Marek Polanski

Marek Polanski was born in Krakow in 1986 into a family of academic lecturers. He started studying the violin at the age of six with Piotr Langos, and continued under the guidance of Mieczyslaw Szlezer and Antoni Colalik. He graduated with an honours M.A. diploma from the Music Academy in Krakow, where he studied with Wieslaw Kwasny. He furthered his skills with Roman Nodel at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim. He also completed postgraduate studies with distinction under Yair Kless at the Universitat fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz, and with Roman Lasocki at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (with the highest mark). He also has a master’s degree in Law. In 2016 he gained a doctorate in musical arts on the basis of the dissertation From the composer to the performer. An evolution of the violin caprice as a musical form in the post-Classical period on the basis of the caprices of Joachim Kaczkowski and Fryderyk August Duranowski as important links in the developmental process of the genre, which was prepared under the supervision of Professor Mielczyskaw Szlezer at his alma mater, In 2017 he was honoured with the Prime Minister award for distinguished doctoral dissertations, as the only representative of the field of musical arts. Marek Polanski is a prizewinner of many national and international competitions, including the 16th ‘Euterpe’ International Competition in Corato (Primo Premio Assoluto with the maximum result of 100 points), the 11th International Music Competition in Belgrade (First Prize, 98/100 points), the 11th ‘Don Vincenzo Vitti’ International Competition in Castellana Grotte (Primo Premio Assoluto), the 20th ‘Citta di Barletta’ International Competition (Primo Premio Assoluto), the 4th ‘Citta di Treviso’ International Competition (First Prize), the Polish National TV Broadcaster Competition ‘Dolina Kreatywna’ (First Prize), the 28th Bach Competition in Zielona Gora (Second Prize), the 12th ‘Luigi Zanuccoli’ International Competition in Sogliano al Rubicone (Third Award), the 15th ‘Premio Virtuosite’ International Competition in Padua (Third Award) and the 7th Stanislaw Serwaczynski National Young Violinists’ Competition in Lublin (Fifth Prize). In 2010 he won the ‘Primus Inter Pares Expert’ competition of Poland’s best student in the ‘artist’ category. He has held scholarships from the Prime Minister, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (three times), the Minister of Science and Higher Education, as well as the following (all of which he received twice): from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage ‘Mloda Polska’, from the city of Cracow and the `Sapere Auso’ scholarship. In 2011, he received, together with his mentor, Professor Mieczyslaw Szlezer, the prestigious ‘Ars Quaerendi’ Prize of the Malopolska Province. He has participated in numerous masterclasses given by such prominent Polish and foreign teachers as Arne Balk-Moller, Marcin Baranowski, Tadeusz Gadzina, Michal Grabarczyk, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Danwen Jiang, Eyal Kless, Yair Kless, Jadwiga Kaliszewska, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Roman Lasocki, Augustin Lean Ara, Miroslaw Lawrynowicz, Wolfgang Marschner, Petru Munteanu, Igor Ozim, Igor Petrushevski, Wiktor Pikajzen, Pawef Radzinski, Paul Rosenthal, Daniel Stabrawa, Wanda Szymczynska, Monika Urbaniak-Lisik, Janusz Wawrowski, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Wanda Wilkomirska, Iwona Wojciechowska and Grigori Zhislin. He worked closely with the famous British violinist Nigel Kennedy as a member of his The Orchestra of Life. Marek Polanski has developed a busy concert career as a soloist, orchestra member and chamber musician (in the Polanski Duo with the pianist Marta Polanska, and with the organist Michal Bialko). He served as one of the leaders of the Mannheimer Philharmoniker and works closely with Sinfonietta Cracovia – the Orchestra of the Royal City of Krakow. Foreign tours have taken him to most European countries, as well as to China and South Korea. He has given many premieres of works by contemporary composers, including those by Jerzy Kaszycki, Piotr Sarnecki and Jakub Polaczyk, which have been dedicated to him. He is regularly invited onto the juries of violin competitions. He also pursues a teaching career as an assistant in the Department of Violin and Viola at the Academy of Music in Krakow and a member of faculty at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music School in Krakow and the Music School in Wieliczka, and gives a wide range of masterclasses. His pupils have won numerous awards at national and international competitions. He serves as deputy president of the board of the ‘Sfogato’ Music & Arts Society. He plays a copy of the Antonio Stradivari ‘Cremonese’ instrument, made by Polish luthier Stanislaw Krol in 2012.

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