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Biographical Notes

Andrzej Bauer

Andrzej Bauer

Founder and Conductor


Winner of the first prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich, prizewinner at the Prague Spring International Competition and recipient of the prize awarded under the auspices of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. He completed his musical studies under Kazimierz Michalik’s guidance and continued his education, working with e.g. A. Navarra, M. Sadlo and D. Szafran during numerous masterclasses. He also completed a two-year course in London, under William Pletth, thanks to a scholarship funded by Witold Lutosławski. Andrzej Bauer has recorded music for a number radio and television networks in Poland and other countries, and has taken part in international festivals. He has given recitals and appeared as a soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras in most European countries, the USA and Japan. His recordings have won several awards (e.g. 2000 Fryderyk Award, German Record Critics’ Award) Andrzej Bauer’s extensive repertoire features a number of contemporary pieces, including works composed especially for him. His Cellotronicum project won the Orpheus prize at the 2006 Warsaw Autumn Festival. Andrzej Bauer is the founder of the Warsaw Cellonet Group. He collaborates with outstanding artists, inspiring works for cello solo and electronic media (Cellotronicum). He teaches at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Recently he has been devoting more and more time to composing and improvising music. More information on websites dedicated to Andrzej Bauer:  andrzejbauer.com   Andrzej Bauer Soudcloud   Andrzej Bauer Vimeo    


Magdalena Bojanowicz

Magdalena Bojanowicz


won 2nd prize and 2 special prizes at VIII Lutosławski International Competition in Warsaw (2011). She got also 3rd prize at I K. Penderecki International Competition in Cracow (2008). Among her another successes she has: 1st prize at 8th International Cello Competition in Liezen (Austria, 2006), 2nd prize at 69th L. van Beethoven International Cello competition in Hradec (2010), 2nd prize at National Duo Competition in Warsaw (2012), Honorary Mention at 64th Prague Spring International Music Competition, 1st prize at International Duo Competition in Częstochowa (2013).

She graduated from Z. Brzewski Music School in the cello class of Andrzej Orkisz. In 2010 she graduated bachelor with honors from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, in the cello class of Andrzej Bauer. Currently she is continuing her education at the master’s studies at UDK in Berlin in class prof. Jens Peter Maintz.

She perfected her skills on noumerous courses with great cello artists like: J. Berger, K. Michalik, Ph. Muller, A. Noras, C. Reichardt or V. Yagling.

She received scholarships from the National Fundation for Children and Minister of Culture and Arts. In 2009 she was awarded the prestigious scholarship „ Young Poland” which received for a recording of contemporary music in duo with M. Frąckiewicz. As a TWOgether duo they received “Polityka’s passeport” for “for their courage, risk and consequence. (…) For the concert creations, to stimulate our imagination and the power of persuasion. ”

She performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Poland and abroad. She took part in many prestigous festivals. She is a member of „Cellonet” group under the direction of A. Bauer.


Michał Borzykowski

Michał Borzykowski


born in Warsaw in a musicians’ family. In 2005 he graduated with honors from Frederic Chopin Music Academy under the supervision of Prof. Kazimierz Michalik and Andrzej Bauer. For the next three years he continued his studies in Hochschule für Musik in Basel under the supervision of Ivan Monighetti and graduated, also with honors, in 2008. He took part in many competitions in which he won many prizes – I Prize in the Regionalny Przegląd Zespołów Kameralnych (Regional Competition of Consorts) in Warsaw (1998), II Prize in the VII Ogółnopolski Konkurs Wiolonczelowy im. Dezyderiusza Danczowskiego (VIIth Dezyderiusz Danczowski All-Polish Cello Competition) in Poznań and Zofia Adamska Special Prize for the best Sonata performance in the second stage of the competition (2002), Special Prize for the best performance of Witold Lutosławski’s “Grave” in the IVth Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw (2003). He gave numerous recitals all over Poland and abroad, for example in Konzerthaus in Vienna, Ecole Normal – Salle Cortot in Paris, Kecskemet (Hungary), in Basel and Lucerne (Switzerland), and Beringen (Belgium). As a member of the cello octet Celli Monighetti, together with the composer Sofija Gubajdulina, he performed her works at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Hamburg. He is a member of the Warsaw Cello Group Cellonet. In 2005 he was awarded a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage; for years 2006 – 2008 he got a scholarship from the Government of Switzerland. Michał Borzykowski is also highly dedicated to his pedagogical work.


Robert Dacko

Robert Dacko


Robert won I prize at National Chamber Music Competition in Wroclaw (2003), I prize at the National Chamber Music Competition in Chelm (2004), III prize at the Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition (2007). Cellist of Erato Trio. Since 2008 till 2014 has worked with Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist at many renowned concert halls, e.g. the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Lodz Philharmonic, Czestochowa Philharmonic, Lviv Philharmonic, Acropolium of Carthage, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Lodz, Warsaw, Gdansk, W. Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio.


Miłosz Drogowski

Miłosz Drogowski


During the years 2007-2012 he has completed studies at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the class of Andrzej Bauer and his assistant Bartosz Koziak. Miłosz has been continuing his education under the supervision of the British cellist Louise Hopkins at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. Currently he is attending scholarship programme of Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt specializing in contemporary music performance.

Miłosz has attended solo master classes with Julius Berger, Umberto Clerici, Miklos Perenyi, Arto Noras, Csaba Onczay, Roman Jabłoński, Kazimierz Michalik, and Andrzej Bauer. He has also taken part in a number of chamber music workshops working with the musicians from such groups as “Alban Berg”, “Artis” and “Keller” Quartets. As a member of Chopin Piano Quintet he was coached by Hatto Beyerle, Marta Gulias, Herbert Kefer, Andras Keller, Avedis Kouyoumdjian and Peter Schuhmayer. He has supplemented his knowledge of historical performance practice taking part in numerous courses devoted to the subject with Paolo Pandolfo and Werner Matzke among others.

He was awarded several prizes at national and international competitions e.g. Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Lugano, 7th Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition (Special Prize for the best performance of „Grave” by W. Lutosławski). Recently he was successful in making the semi-finals of the 3rd Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji.

As a member of Warsaw Group “Cellonet” Miłosz has collaborated with Polish and Ukrainian composers and taken part in the world premieres of their works in Poland and abroad (The International Festival of Contemporary Music „Contrasts” in Lvov, The Festival of Tradition and Musical Avant-Garde „Kody” in Lublin, The International Festival of Contemporary Music “Warsaw Autumn”).

As a soloist Miłosz has performed under the baton of Michał Nesterowicz, Aleksander Gref and Jan Milosz Zarzycki. In 2012 he recorded the solo cello part in “Elogium” (2002) for baritone, cello and chamber orchestra by Paweł Łukaszewski. The CD has been released by Musica Sacra in 2013.


Marta Kordykiewicz

Marta Kordykiewicz


graduated with honors from the Zenon Brzewski Music School in Warsaw, where she was a student of prof. Andrzej Orkisz, as well as from Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where she was working with prof. Tomasz Strahl and Rafał Kwiatkowski. Currently she is a student at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna by prof. Reinhard Latzko.

She is a prize-winner of several major competitions in Poland – as a soloist as well as in different chamber music ensambles, i.a. the 9th D. Danczowski National Cello Competition in Poznań (first prize and a special award for the obligatory piece), the 7th M. Spisak International Music Competition (first prize and two special awards), the 18th K. Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź (third prize). In 2014 she was awarded with artNoble prize.

She has given concerts in several prestigious concert halls in Poland and abroad, as a soloist she performed with some major polish orchestras, such as Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia. She participated in many masterclasses, in which she had a chance to work with well-known artists, such as Kazimierz Michalik, Arto Noras, Vlaentin Erben, David Geringas. She received a scholarship of Polish Minister of Culture and Art. In 2011 she was studying in Mannheim with prof. Micheal Flaksman and Jelena Očić as a scholar of European Union’s “Erasmus” project. Since 2013 she is a member of the Warsaw Cellonet Group.


Bartosz Koziak

Bartosz Koziak


Bartosz Koziak is the winner of the 3rd Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in 2001 in Warsaw, Poland, a winner of the 2nd prize at the International Cello Competition in Tongyeong (Korea) in 2006 (“Isang Yun in memoriam”), winner of the 2nd prize at the Mikola Lysenko Competition in Kiev in 2007 as well as winner of the International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Kraków, a laureate and a winner of a special prize at the Prague Spring Music Festival in 2006. Bartosz Koziak also received prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2002 and the ARD competition in Munich in 2005. In 2003, he received a special prize of the Polish Cultural Foundation awarded by Ewa Podleś.

Bartosz Koziak is a holder of a scholarship granted by the French government and a participant in the programme of the Polish Ministry of Culture “Młoda Polska”.

He performed at Konzerthaus in Berlin, Rudolfinum in Prague, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Teatro Politeama in Palermo, Studio of Witold Lutoslawski and the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall.

As a soloist, Bartosz Koziak collaborated with the Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra , the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice, Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Muenchener Kammerorchester, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, radio orchestras in Warsaw and Budapest, as well as a majority of philharmonic halls in Poland conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, Jan Krenz, Antoni Wit, Gabriel Chmura, Tan Dun and Massimiliano Caldi.

He is invited to renowned festivals, such as Warsaw Autumn, L. van Beethoven Easter Festival, Mecklemburg Vorpommen, Young Euro Classic in Berlin, Musica Polonica Nova.

In the recent years Bartosz Koziak has been regularly invited for participation atconcert projects of Krzysztof Penderecki. He participated in the first recording of “Concerto Grosso” conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki and made several recordings for Polish Radio.

Bartosz Koziak graduated in the class of Prof. Kazimierz Michalik and Andrzej Bauer at the Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw, receiving a “Magna cum Laude” distinction and completed Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris in the class of Philippe Muller.

Thanks to the kindness of Kaja Danczowska he plays on a 19th c. copy of J.B. Guadagnini’s instrument, previously used by the outstanding Polish cellist Dezyderiusz Danczowski during his concerts.

Bartosz Koziak is represented by Ludwig van Beethoven Association.


Maciej Kułakowski

Maciej Kułakowski


born in 1996 in Gdansk, he began playing the cello at age six in the class of prof. Jadwiga Ewald. Winner of first prize and special prize at the X International Witold Lutoslawski Cello Competition in Warsaw in 2015. He is currently studying with prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt in the Universität der Künste Berlin and the Academy of Music in Gdansk with Marcin Zdunik. In 2009-2012, he studied under prof. Michael Flaksman at the Hochschule für Musik und Performing Arts in Mannheim. From 2014 he holds a scholarship from the Musik Akademie in Liechtenstein.

He has performed in many European countries as a chamber musician and soloist under the baton of such conductors as Marek Pijarowski, Marek Moś, Wojciech. Rajski, Tadeusz Wojciechowski and Łukasz Borowicz.

He has participated in many music courses and masterclasses where he studied, among others, under the guidance of Frans Helmerson, Mischa Maisky, Truls Mørk, Gary Hoffmann, Philippe Muller, Jens-Peter Maintz and Ivan Monighetti. In July 2010, 2011 and 2014. He participated in Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary, where he worked under the guidance of distinguished teachers, appeared with the Calgary Symphony Orchestra performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. He also won second prize at the soloists competition and first place in chamber ensembles together with young artists from China.

In 2011, Maciej had the honor to perform at a concert inaugurating the activities of the European Centre for Music in Lusławice under the baton of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki.

In 2010, 2012 and 2013 he received scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and National Cultural Centre – Young Poland program.

Maciej is also interested in pop music – in January 2010 at the Baltic Philharmonic he performed the composition dedicated to him by Tadeusz Kassak “McKulak” with Kassak’s Brass Ensemble accompanying.

In 2014 he won the prestigious “Landgraf von Hessen Preis” at Cello Festival in Kronberg for the most promising cellist and Grand Prix at International Competition of Music Interpretation of the 20th and 21st century Music in Radziejowice, Poland.

In 2015, along with the Clarinet Trio in Gdansk he won the first prize at the VII International Brahms Chamber Music Competition in Gdansk. As a member of the Wiłkomirski Trio he recorded a CD with works by Anton Arensky for DUX label.

Maciej is playing a Charles Gaillard cello from 1867 on loan from by the foundation Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.


Mikołaj Pałosz

Mikołaj Pałosz


A freelance cellist, improviser and composer, specializing in contemporary and avant-garde music performance. Mikołaj studied at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. He won prizes at international music competitions including the Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Cracow and the Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. He appears regularly at the Warsaw Autumn, the Wrocław Musica Polonica Nova festivals, and the Composer’s Portraits series in Warsaw. As a member of Netherlands-based Cello Octet Conjunto Iberico he has toured throughout Europe, USA, Mexico and South America.

Mikołaj Pałosz is permanent member of the Warsaw Cellonet Group directed by Andrzej Bauer. His solo album Cellovator sponsored by the Polish Minister of Culture Young Poland scholarship program featuring contemporary compositions and improvisation was released in 2008 by DUX label. Mikołaj’s audiovisual composition Dłubak Soundsystem was presented at Warsaw Autumn International Contemporary Music Festival in 2012.

Find more on: www.mikolajpalosz.com     cellonetSC


Dominik Płociński

Dominik Płociński


soloist and chamber musician, winner of the Second Prize at the IX W. Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw.

Born on 24.05.1989 in Warsaw. He started playing cello at the age of 8 under the guidance of prof. M. Nyżnyk; next was a disciple of prof. R. Hoffmann. Graduate from AMFN in Bydgoszcz (2011) and UMFC in Warsaw (2013) in the class of prof. A. Bauer and as. B. Koziak.

Finalist of European Broadcasting Union Competition „New Talent 2014”, winner of Concert of the Year 2013 (the Prize of the Minister of Culture). Laureate of many national and international competitions, including IV D. Popper Cello Competition in Varpalota (Hungary, 2009), K. Wiłkomirski Youth Cello Competition in Poznan (2006).

As a soloist, he has performed with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, Polish Radio Orchestra, Slovak Radio Orchestra, the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra under the baton of such conductors as Marek Pijarowski, Rastislav Štúr, Marek Moś, Rafał Janiak, Wojciech Semerau – Siemianowski.


Filip Syska

Filip Syska


Born in 1987 in Poznań. As a chamber player he is a winner of the 1st prize at St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition in London (2011) and also first prize in 19th International Chamber Music Competition held in Thessaloniki, Greece (2010). He is currently a doctoral student at Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz under guidance of Andrzej Bauer. Participated in many master classes conducted by esteemed cellists such as S. Honigberg, K. Michalik, P. Głombik, A.Orkisz, T. Strahl and in chamber music classes led by R. Pidoux (Trio Wanderer), M. Moś, J. Kaliszewska and E. Pobłocka as well. He is also a prize winner of the International cello competition in Liezen, Austria (2nd and 3rd prize), winner of the national, young cellists competition in Bydgoszcz and prizewinner of international cello competition in Kosice, Slovakia.He received Dartington International Summer School 2011 Financial Assistance Award for Master Class with Stephen Kovacevich and „Young Poland” Scolarship Programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.


Marcin Zdunik

Marcin Zdunik


born in 1987 in Warszawa, Poland. In 2011 he finished his studies with Andrzej Bauer at Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw being awarded Magna cum Laude Medal. He was also a Guest Student at the Leopold Mozart Zentrum (Augsburg University) in a class of Julius Berger.
Marcin Zdunik performs in many European countries, the USA and Korea. He frequently presents his own compositions and arrangements for cello and chamber ensembles. He has co-operated with many renowned ensambles e.g. the Prague Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Camerata, The European Union Chamber Orchestra Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia and reputable musicians as Ewa Pobłocka, Olga Pasiecznik, Nelson Goerner, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Krzysztof Jabłoński and Jose Gallardo. He performed with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Tatjana Grindenko at the Festival Chamber Music Connects the World organized by Kronberg Academy.
He has performed as a soloist at many renowned concert halls, e.g. the Rudolfinum in Prague, Carnegie Hall in New York, Cadogan Hall in London, Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Hermitage Theatre in St. Petersburg, Konzerthaus Dortmund (Philharmonie für Westfalen), the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava and the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.

He has appeared at a number of festivals, e.g. the BBC Proms Festival, the Musical Olympus Festival in Saint Petersburg, Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, Chamber Music Connects the World Festival in Kronberg, Meklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and Bratislava Music Festival.

In 2007 Marcin Zdunik won the first prize at the VI Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw (Poland). He was also awarded the Grand Prix for an outstanding performance of Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto and received nine other prizes.
In 2008 he represented the Polish Radio in Bratislava (Slovakia) at International Forum of Young Performers (IFYP)organized by the European Broadcasting Union where he won the 2008 New Talent title.
In 2010 he got Polish TV Culture Award, Gwarancje Kultury and Fryderyk Music Award 2010 for the album: Haydn,Denisov “Cello Concertos”.
He was awarded the prize of the International Summer Academy of Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg (2006). He holds a scholarship of Pro Polonia Society, Polish Ministry of Culture and Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund.