XI Witold Lutosławski
International Cello Competition
Warsaw, January 30 - February 10, 2018


Agnieszka Kozło

Magdalena Bojanowicz

Radosław Kurek

Robert Dacko

Dominik Zabłocki

Mikołaj Pałosz


Magdalena Bojanowicz

Magdalena Bojanowicz is holder of the Polityka Passport prize awarded each year by the Polityka weekly to artists and creators. She has won First Prize at the 45th Jeunesses Musicales International Competition in Belgrade, 2015. She is also winner of Second Prize and two Special Prizes at the 8th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. She graduated with honours from the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the class of Andrzej Bauer and Bartosz Koziak, and also from the University of Arts in Berlin with Jens Peter Maintz. She has performed amongst others at the Tonhalle in Zürichu, Royal Festival Hall in London, Kolarac in Belgrade, the Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. As a soloist she has performer with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, National Polish Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Wrocław National Music Forum Leopoldinum Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, AUKSO, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. Sha has cooperated as soloist with directors: M. Caldi, G. Tchitchinadze, D. Smith, V. Schmidt-Gertenbach, R. Rivolta, M. Moś, M. Klauza, T. Wojciechowski, J. Kosek, M. Nesterowicz, P. Przytocki, W. Rodek, B. Suđić, B. Lack, E. Kovacic, J. Maria Florêncio. She has appeared at numerous Polish and international music festivals. Magda Bojanowicz is an active soloist and chamber musician playing in Poland and abroad.

Robert Dacko

Robert Dacko, Polish cellist, soloist and chamber musician. Winner of several chamber music competitions. He studied in Professor Andrzej Bauer's class at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and graduated with the title Master of Arts in 2009. Robert is a member of the Warsaw Cellonet Group with which he performed at many renowned concert halls, at various festivals in Poland and abroad. As a chamber musician and cello group concertmaster he has performed more than a hundred concerts outside the country: in the USA, Japan, China, Tunisia, France, Germany, Ukraine, Slovakia. In 2017 he started cooperation with the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra as leader of the cello group. Robert plays on a cello made by Wojciech Topa in 2006.

Agnieszka Kozło

Agnieszka Kozło is one of the most versatile Polish chamber musician. In 1996, together with Katarzyna Ewa Sokołowska she has founded Ravel Piano Duo which led them to winning competitions in Marcopoulo (Greece) in 1996 and XI International Competition of Piano Duets in Jesenik (Czech Republic) in 1999 (where they also won the special award) and in 2002 they placed second in the competition Premio Valentino Bucchi in Rome. They are finalists of the competitions in Caltanisetta (Sicily) in 2001 and San Marino 2004.

She graduated with honors from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, in the class of piano (Prof. Bronisława Kawalla) and in the class of chamber music (Prof. Maja Nosowska). She continued her postgraduate studies in the same Academy (Prof. Jan Ekier) and then, in the years 2001-2005, as a part of Ravel Piano Duo, she continued her postgraduate studies in Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Rostock (Germany) in the class of master duet Hans- Peter Stenzl und Volker Stenzl. The Duo completed the studies (Konzertexam) with top honors.

For years now Agnieszka Kozło collaborates with cellists, in a partnership with Andrzej Bauer, Piotr Hausenplas, Tomasz Strahl, Bartosz Koziak. She is also a teacher and together with professors of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music prepares young cellists for competing in the most important cello competitions like that of Tchaikovsky’s in Moscow, Lutosławski’s in Warsaw (where since 2003, she is competition’s pianist) Danczowski’s in Poznań, Isang Yun’s in Tongyeong in Korea, and the Prague Spring. Many times she’s been awarded as the best pianist of the competition.

The artist gave concerts in many places (Germany, Russia, Israel, Japan, Spain, Czech Republic, China, Greece, Iceland, England, Italy, and National Philharmonic and Studio of Witold Lutosławski in Poland). She made recordings for the Polish Radio, with Ravel Piano Duo she published record of French music for 4 hands, and the record with Ravel Piano Duo with Brahms’s works for chamber choir and piano duo received prestigious award of the Phonographic Academy "Fryderyk 2005". Next CD in the series "A Polish Kaleidoscope", featuring a selection of Polish compositions for four hands, received also the Fryderyk Award in 2016.

Agnieszka Kozło has been awarded a doctorate in Arts in 2011.

Radosław Kurek

Since winning The Bridget Doolan Prize for the best performance of W. A. Mozart’s work at The International Piano Competition in Dublin and the top award at The Johannes Brahms International Competition in Pörtschach (with the cellist Georgiy Lomakov), Radosław Kurek is working intensively to increase his repertoire. He continuously improves his chamber music skills and presents his sensibility to the audience by performing well-thought-out piano recitals with repertoire ranging from classical period to contemporary music of the present day.

The result of the meetings with various artists has been recorded with leading music producers such as GENUIN Classics, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ANAGRAM, DUX, Soliton and BeArTon.

As both soloist and chamber musician Radoslaw Kurek has taken part in various music festivals in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. He performed as a soloist with Wroclaw Philharmonic, Pomeranian Philharmonic, Baltic Philharmonic orchestras, Sinfonietta Cracovia and Capella Bydgostiensis appearing in numerous concert halls including Cracow Philharmonic Hall, Pomeranian Philharmonic Hall, Baltic Philharmonic Hall, Łódź Philharmonic Hall, Augustianum Auditorium in Roma, Festsaal in Vienna and Auditorium al Duomo in Florence. Radosław Kurek has performed with many numerous conductors as Jacek Kaspszyk, Jose Maria Florencio, Michał Nesterowicz and Jakub Chrenowicz.

Radosław Kurek graduated with honours from the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, where he studied towards his MA degree in piano under the supervision of Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń. Following his graduation in 2008, he worked as a teaching assistant at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. Since 2009, he has been a teaching assistant at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where in 2014 he was awarded his doctoral degree.

Mikołaj Pałosz

Mikołaj Pałosz, freelance cellist, improviser and composer specializing in contemporary and avant-garde music performance. He studied at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Prizewinner at international music competitions including the Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Cracow and the Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. He appears at the Warsaw Autumn, the Wrocław Musica Polonica Nova, the Katowice Polish Music Premieres, as well as Audio Art and Ad Libitum music festivals. Permanent member of the Warsaw Cellonet Group and Chain Ensemble. As a member of Netherlands-based Cello Octet Amsterdam (formerly Conjunto Ibérico) he has toured throughout Europe, USA and South America. His solo contemporary music recital CD Cellovator was released in 2008. Mikołaj has composed works for solo cello Pretudes (2012) and created audiovisual compositions Dłubak Soundsystem (2012) and AVC (2016) sponsored by the city of Warsaw and Polish Minister of Culture. Mikołaj is collaborating with leading Polish composers in the creation of new works and has premiered many pieces often dedicated to him.

Dariusz Przybylski

Dariusz Przybylski (b. 1984, Poland) - composer and organist. Author of operas, symphonic and vocal works and chamber music. In 2010 Dariusz obtained the Solistenexamen diploma in composition with Prof. Wolfgang Rihm at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and PhD (Music Theory and Composition) at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where he is teaching since 2008. Between 2003-2008 he studied composition with Prof. Marcin Błażewicz, and organ with Prof. Andrzej Chorosiński at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In the academic year 2006/07, he studied composition with Prof. Krzysztof Meyer and York Höller, and organ with Prof. Johannes Geffert at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Dariusz received scholarships including the Polish Minister of Culture, the DAAD, the Deutsche Bank Foundation - Academy Opera Today, the International Ensemble Modern Academy. In the years 2007-2010 he was promoted by the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Centre program for young composers. Dariusz has won numerous awards in composition contests, and has led guest lectures in New York, Hamburg, Rome, Istanbul and Moscow. He was Visiting Professor of composition at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea in 2010/11; composer in residence at the kofomi Composers’ Forum in Mittersill 2009 (Austria), International Composers’ Academy Bad Ischl 2010 (Austria), Scratch Cantatas Festival in 2012 Niznhyi Novgorod (Russia), and in 2012/13 at the Vocalensemble Phoenix16 - Berlin. Dariusz Przybylski’s works are published by Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin.

Dominik Zabłocki

Dominik Zabłocki was born in Poland and started playing the piano at the age of six. Having studied with Lucyna Dąbrowska he graduated from the State School of Music in Nysa and continued his studies with Elżbieta Tarnawska at the Academy of Music in Warsaw from which he graduated in 2006. At the Academy, parallel to his piano faculty, he studied organ with Piotr Wilczyński as well as chamber music with Maja Nosowska and Jerzy Marchwiński. He received a Postgraduate Diploma in chamber music in 2007, having completed further studies with Maja Nosowska.

He has taken part in masterclasses with such prominent artists as Emanuel Ax, Andrzej Bauer, Christiane Edinger, Paul Gulda, Tomasz Herbut, Piotr Janosik, Szymon Krzeszowiec, Aleksiej Orłowiecki, Alicja Paleta-Bugaj, Wiesław Rekucki, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Jerzy Sterczyński, Andrzej Tatarski, Roman Totenberg and Waldemar Wojtal.

Dominik is a competition prize winner. He was awarded 3rd prize at the XV International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź (2004), 2nd prize (no 1st prize awarded) at the National Piano Competition in Konin (2000), 4th prize at the National Piano Auditions in Warsaw (2000) and 2nd prize at the Silesian Piano Competition in Zabrze (1997) amongst others.

Dominik is a regular pianist at the Jerzy Heller International Music Course in Opole and the International Music Academy in Bałoszyce. He is also an active teacher, dividing his time between the State School of Music in Nysa and the Primary State School of Music in Głuchołazy.