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Ryszard Groblewski

Ryszard Groblewski

Ryszard Groblewski

*1983 Warszawa

Winner of the Geneva Competition in 2005 (also the Audience Prize and Breguet Special Prize), Ryszard Groblewski is a graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Music, where he studied with Piotr Reichert. He has honed his musical skills with internationally-renowned artists such as Seiji Ozawa, Sadao Harada, Gabor Takačš, Kim Kashkashian, Pamela Frank, Nobuko Imai, Miriam Fried, Andrzej Bauer, Stefan Kamasa, Wolfgang Marschner, Atar Arad and Ralf Gothoni. The first Polish violist to win a prize in the ARD Competition in Munich (Second Prize, 2004), he has also won international viola competitions in Pörtschach (Austria), Essen (Germany) and Bled (Slovenia).

As a chamber musician, he has worked with Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Heinrich Schiff and Frans Helmersson, at festivals in Kronberg (Germany) and Lockenhaus (Austria).

He has performed in most philharmonic halls in Poland, in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Hall of Polish Radio, and also abroad (Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, the USA, Spain, the Netherlands and France). As a soloist, he has played with the Südwestrundfunk Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, Symphonieorchester des Bayerische Rundfunk, Münchner Kammerorchester, Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve, Collegium Musicum Basel, Wratislavia chamber orchestra, Capella Bydgostiensis and the philharmonic orchestras of most Polish cities.

In 2009, he was invited by Krystian Zimerman to tour as a member of a piano quintet – a project that led to his CD debut for Deutsche Grammophon (Bacewicz’s Piano Quintets Nos. 1 and 2). His repertoire ranges from the Baroque to contemporary times, including new works by Gubaidulina, Szymański, Howells, Gasser and Ligeti.

In 2005, Groblewski gave the Polish premiere of the revised version of Bartók’s Viola Concerto, edited by Bartók’s son, Peter. In 2006, he was nominated for the MIDEM Special Prize ‘Revelation of the Year’ in Cannes.

He has recorded for radio stations in Poland, Germany, France and Switzerland, is a multiple grant-holder of the Polish Ministry of Culture (2001, 2002, 2004, 2007) and also carries on pedagogic work: from 2007 to 2009 he taught at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and since March 2009 he has been a soloist with the Zürcher Kammerorchester.


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