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Zdzisław Łapiński – cello

Graduated with honours from the State Higher School of Music *PWSM+ in Kraków, classes of Prof. Ludwik Solecki and Henryk Zarzycki. He continued his studies under the guidance of Prof. Aldo Parisot at the Yale University (USA, 1981). As member of the quartet, he won the 1st prize at the National Competition of Chamber Music in Lódź (1977) and the 3rd prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian (France, 1978). Received the 3rd prize at the National Cello Competition in Poznań (1978). As member of the piano trio (Trio Jagiellońskie) he was laureate of the International Chamber Music Competition in Florence (1979). Made several recordings for the Polish Radio and Television, and for the French Radio. Gave concerts in many countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Yougoslavia, USA, Brazil, Japan, Lebanon and Malta. During the years 1979-81 Z.Łapiński worked as the 1st cellist of Capella Cracoviensis chamber orchestra, between 1981-89 – as concert master of the PRiTV Orchestra in Kraków, and since 1989 he has been working as concert master of the Polish Radio National Symphonic Orchestra in Katowice. Founder and artistic director of the cello ensemble Cantabile (since 1992) and of the chamber music ensemble Primo Allegro (od 1997). Professor of the Academy of Music in Kraków and Head of the Chair of the Cello and Double Bass.