dr Andrzej Zawisza – klawesyn
Andrzej Zawisza was born in Krakow, Poland. There he completed his undergraduate harpsichord training with distinction in the class of Prof. Magdalena Myczka before pursuing postgraduate study at the Academy of Music in Krakow with Prof. Elżbieta Stefańska and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with James Johnstone. As a harpsichordist (basso continuo and solo), he has performed in many concerts with early music ensembles in Poland and throughout Europe: Florilegium, Sonnerie, Altri Stromenti, Arte Dei Suonatori, Consortium Iagellonicum, Capella Cracoviensis and Camerata Vivaldi and modern orchestras: Tarnów Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven Academy Orchestra and Kraków Opera Orchestra.
He also studied singing at Guildhall with Andrew Watts and Mhairi Lawson. He also studied with Dame Emma Kirkby. As bass soloist he has performed with Harmonia Sacra, Cracow Chamber Choir, Pro Arte Chamber Choir, Hamburg Radio Choir and the Polish Radio Choir. Remarkably Andrzej has also performed as a dancer and singer with Ardente Sole Court Ballet and Dancerye. His recording of the Bach harpsichords concerts was nominated to the prestigious Fryderyk Award in 1998. In 2001 he was awarded the Young Artist Prize of the City of Krakow, in 2003 a prize from the Polish Ministry of Culture, he is also the winner of the 7th Broadwood Harpsichord Competition (Fenton House 2005) and finalist of the Monteverdi Singing Competition (Mantua, 2007).
He is an assistant in Early Music Department at the Academy of Music in Krakow and artistic director of early music chamber ensemble Estravaganza. With Estrvaganza he has recorded DVD with Bach’s Cantatas for IMC publisher (2007).
He divides his time between cooking, riding, swimming, teaching, playing and singing concerts with many groups throughout Europe.