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Henryk Tritt – violin

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He graduated with honours from the State Higher School of Music in Poznan in 1975, the violin class of Associate Professor Igor Khachbabian, a pupil of David Ojstrach. The Henryk Wieniawski Poznan Music Society scholarship holder and a participant in competitions organised by the Jeunesses Musicales federation in Belgrade, the International Chamber Ensemble Competition in Augsburg, and the Jozsef Szigeti International Violin Competition in Budapest, he has been, among others, concertmaster of the Polish Radio and Television Chamber Orchestra in Poznan, Stanisław Moniuszko Grand Theatre Orchestra in Poznan, Tempo Giusto Orchestra in Bern (Switzerland), the Orchestra of Pomeranian Association of Instrumentalists ‘Academia’, Camerata Nova Orchestra of the Castle of Pomeranian Dukes in Szczecin, and the Symphony Orchestra in Bienne (Switzerland). With a contract from the Polish Artistic Agency (PAGART), he gave concerts in Czechoslovakia, Greece, Yugoslavia, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Great Britain, the republics of the former Soviet Union and Hungary. The artistic director of summer concerts in the Swiss canton of Graubünden (1989 – 2005) and the founder of the instrumental ensemble Pro Arte Novum, as well as a member of the piano trio International consisting of Henryk Tritt – violin (Poznan), Kalman Dobos – cello (Stuttgart), Klauss Hellwig – piano (Berlin), he has performed in a number of cities in Poland and Europe. He has made many archival recordings with outstanding Polish chamber musicians, including Barbara Halska, Magdalena Rezler, Tadeusz Chmielewski, Andrzej Guz, Leszek Kędracki, Mirosław Makowski, Waldemar Malicki, and Andrzej Tatarski, for the Polish Radio in Warsaw and public radio stations in Poznan and Szczecin, as well as Czech, French, German, Swiss and Hungarian radio stations. A lecturer at the Academies of Music in Wrocław and Poznan, as well as the Private Post-Secondary School Programme of Vocal Art in Poznan, Head of the Department of String Instruments at the Academy of Art in Szczecin, a pedagogue at the International Music Courses in Nowy Sącz and the Summer Music Academy in Krakow, he also served as a member of the board of the Schola Cantorum Posnaniensis Music Society and as president of the Feliks Nowowiejski Music Society. He has been entrusted with many honourable tasks and functions, including serving as a member and chairman of the jury of regional violin auditions, an artistic education expert of the Minister of National Education and a violin consultant to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. For his long-standing teaching work and artistic achievements, Professor Henryk Tritt has been awarded the Order for Merit to Culture and the Gloria Artis medal.

As a professor – violinist, he applies his own method of the playing apparatus operation. He specifically focuses on sound production, which makes it possible to gain a multi-layered and in-depth knowledge of the playing apparatus, an understanding of its behaviour during practice and performance (mistakes and regularities), as well as to adjust it to a violinist’s individual physical predispositions.