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Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf – viola

photo by G. Gawryszewski – Verden Foto

Viola soloist, chamber musician, Assistant Professor at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk (Habilitated PhD, MBA), teacher at the Zygmunt Noskowski School of Music in Gdynia, nationwide consultant to the Center for Artistic Education (CEA). He has been among the eminent Polish musicians of his generation for many years now. He comes from a family with deep musical traditions. In 2012 he graduated with honors from the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk in the viola class of Professor Irena Albrecht.

He perfected his skills at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Prof. Wolfgang Klos and Ulrich Schönauer and as a guest student of the Swedish National Orchester Academy in Göteborg. He educated himself and completed his studies with numerous courses under the prominent  viola masters such as Alexander Zemtsov, Matthias Buchholz, Hartmut Rohde, Avri Levitan.

Komendarek-Tymendorf has acquired his knowledge of chamber music from renowned musicians such as: Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartett), Peter Schuhmayer (Artis Quartett), Apollon Musagète Quartett, Quatuor Ebène, Eberhard Feltz, Peter Matzka and Averis Kuyumjian. Co-founder and member of the Balthus Quartet and Duo del Gesù; he performed together with eminent artists such as Christoph Hartmann, Avri Levitan, Wolfgang Klos, Joanna Woś, Krzysztof Podejko, Janusz Wawrowski, Bartosz Koziak, Anna Staśkiewicz, Bartosz Woroch, Mateusz Smoczyński, NeoQuartet, Mitch&Mitch, Zbigniew Wodecki, Jan Englert czy Daniel Olbrychski. Winner of international and national prestigious competitions, awards and scholarships.

At the age of 24, after winning two official competitions for the position of assistant, he began to teach at his Alma Mater where he currently works as assistant professor in the viola and chamber music class. In 2018, he defended his doctoral dissertation and received habilitation degree with honors in 2022. In 2017 he received  the honorary award “Distinguished for Polish Culture” and an occasional award from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and in 2022 he was awarded the departmental Bronze Medal for “Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis”. He made his debut as a soloist with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot and as a chamber musician with the oboist Tytus Wojnowicz in Tadeusz Baird Zielona Góra Philharmonic. Komendarek-Tymendorf has been invited to perform concerts as a viola soloist e.g. with the National Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Warsaw, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot, Lower Silesian Philharmonic, Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra, Cappella Gedanensis, Capella Bydgostiensis, Sinfonietta Pomerania Orchestra, Progress Chamber Orchestra, Baltic Youth Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of the Stanisław Moniuszko Music Academy. He worked as a soloist-leader of the viola section in many international symphony and chamber orchestras.

In 2020 he made his phonographic debut with the CD entitled ReVIOLAtion with the label NAXOS (Germany), and in 2021, released a second album – Quantum of Silence with the label ODRADEK RECORDS (USA). Albums won numerous awards, such as the prestigious Supersonic Pizzicato Award in Luxembourg, Clouzine 9. International Music Awards  (USA), 5 camertones in Diapason Magazine in France, nominated (f.e. Opus Klassik, ICMA) and other distinctions.

The artist is a protagonist of viola and new music and has performed over 50 world premieres. Contemporary composers dedicate his works to him. His articles are published, among others in the Journal of the American Viola Society (USA) and on He leads an intensified concert, pedagogical and didactic activity in Poland and abroad. Invited to renowned music festivals. Lecturer of international master courses and juror of music competitions. His students win prizes at viola competitions and for orchestra auditions. Since 2012, he has been the director of the EURO Chamber Music Festival, for which he received the main prize and statuette in the Eagle International Music Competition.

He currently plays on Wojciech Topa’s 2020 master viola and Marcin Krupa’s bow.