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Janusz Wawrowski – violin

photo by Bartek Barczyk

Janusz Wawrowski is recognized as one of the most outstanding and experienced violinists of his generation. His solo career brings him to perform in a number of the world’s most important concert halls, including: Musikverein in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Beethoven- Saal in Stuttgart, Seoul Arts Center, Lithuanian National Philharmonic in Vilnius, De Doelen in Rotterdam, Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Teatro Teresa Carreῆo in Caracas, Beethoven Haus in Bonn, Eslite Performance Hall in Taipei, National Philharmonic in Warsaw, NFM in Wroclaw, NOSPR in Katowice, or M. Karlowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin.

He has been associated with the Warner Classics label for many years, for which he has released six solo albums and a number of singles. His recordings bring him excellent critics’ reviews and many notable awards. His most recent album Chopin Inspiration is nominated for the Fryderyk 2024 award. His previous album, Phoenix, received nominations for ICMA 2021, PdSK, Opus Klassik 2021 and Fryderyk 2021, and was chosen album of the month on the UK’s Presto Classic and album of the week on London’s Classic fm, Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Polish Radio Dwójka. He is also the winner of the 2017 and 2019 Fryderyk awards, the most prestigious phonographic honor in Poland.

The artist gave many premieres of violin concertos. Tomasz J. Opałka, Marcin Markowicz, Norbert Palej, Dariusz Przybylski and Albena Petrovic have written works dedicated to him. A unique reconstruction of Różycki’s Violin Concerto, which disappeared in Warsaw, ruined by the Uprising in 1944, was created on his initiative.

For his outstanding artistic and social activities, he was awarded the medal of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for Merit to Polish Culture. He has been nominated for the “Coryphaeus of Polish Music” award in the “Personality of the Year” category 2018 and the Norwid 2019 statuette.

He plays a 1685 Antonio Stradivari violin.