Project Description

Maciej Kulakowski began playing the cello at age six in the cello class of prof. Jadwiga Ewald. He is currently studying with prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt in the Universität der Künste Berlin and also at the Academy of Music. S Music in Gdansk in the class of Dr. Martin Zdunik. He won first prize and special prize at the X International Witold Lutoslawski Cello Competition in Warsaw. In 2009-2012, he studied under prof. Michael Flaksman at the Hochschule für Musik und Performing Arts in Mannheim. From 2014 he has a scholrship of Musik Akademie in Liechtenstein. He has performed in many European countries as a chamber musician and soloist under the baton of such conductors as M. Pijarowski, M. Mos, W. Rajski, T. Wojciechowski and Ł. Borowicz.

He has participated in many music courses, where he studied, among others, under the guidance of prof. F. Helmerson, M. Maisky, T. Mora, G. Hoffmann, P. Muller,

  1. P. Maintz and I. Monighetti.

In July 2010, 2011 and 2014. He participated in a big international project – Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary, where he worked under the guidance of distinguished teachers. In 2011, this course has occurred with the Calgary Symphony Orchestra, performing Cello Concerto in B minor A. Dvorak and won second prize at the competition soloists. He also won first place in chamber ensembles together with young artists from China. October 1, 2011, Maciej had the honor to perform at a concert inaugurating the activities of the European Centre for Music in Lusławice under the baton of Maestro Penderecki. In 2010, 2012 and 2013 received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and was a laureate of the National Cultural Centre – Young Poland. Maciej is also interested in pop music – in January 2010 in the Hall of Baltic Philharmonic performed the composition dedicated to him by Tadeusz Kassak “McKulak” with

Kassak accompaniment Brass Ensemble. In 2014 Cello Festival in Kronberg won the prestigious “Landgraf von Hessen Preis” for the most promising cellist and Grand Prix at International Competition of Music Interpretation of the twentieth and twenty-first century in Radziejowice. Maciej is also actively involved in chamber music. He had the pleasure of working and performing chamber music with musicians such as Alfred Brendel, Arnold Steinhardt and Charles Neidich. In 2015, along with the Clarinet Trio in Gdansk he won the first prize at the VII International . Johannes Brahms Chamber Music Competition in Gdansk and from 2015 he has been a member of the Trio. Wiłkomirskich with whom he recorded a CD with works by Anton Arensky’ego for DUX. He is Playing the cello Charles Gaillard 1867 rented by the foundation Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Maciej Kulakowski will perform From Russia with Love: Tchaikovsky on January 26, 2018. And The Best of Tchaikovsky on January 27, 2018.