Janusz Wawrowski is Polish violin virtuoso with multi-album contract with Warner Music. As result of this cooperation two solo albums has been released: Aurora (2014), nominated to the prestigious Polish Phonographic Academy Award Fryderyk, and Sequenza (2016), awarded Fryderyk 2017. His new album recorded with Stuttgarter Philharmoniker under Daniel Raiskin has been released by Warner Classics in November 2017. It includes Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 as well as Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.
He graduated from the Chopin Univeristy of Music in Warsaw, where he studied under professor Mirosław Ławrynowicz. Later he mastered his skills under professor Yair Kless and Salvatore Accardo.
Wawrowski has performed at the Berliner Philharmoniker, Musikverein in Vienna, Piotr Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, National Philharmonic in Warsaw, De Doelen in Rotterdam, Tel Aviv Music Center, Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas and many others. He also participated in number of reputable festivals, such as Salzburger Festspiele, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Chopin and His Europe Festival or Transatlantyk Festival.
…performances at the edge of possibility!
– Erica Jeal, The Guardian
Janusz Wawrowski has appeared as soloist with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela and many others, under such conductors as Conrad van Alphen, Łukasz Borowicz, Gabriel Chmura, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Mykola Diadiura, Tomáš Netopil, Agnieszka Duczmal, Juozas Domarkas, Daniel Raiskin and Antoni Wit.
Janusz Wawrowski premiered several contemporary violin concertos: Vivaldi Recomposed by Max Richter (Polish premiere), The Four Seasons by Sukhi Kang (Polish premiere), L.A. Concerto by Tomasz Jakub Opałka (world premiere performance) and Óneiros concerto by Dariusz Przybylski (world premiere recording).
Collaborating with Oscar-winning film music composer, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, Janusz Wawrowski premiered and recorded music for Hollywood films – Evening (directed by Lajos Koltai) and Get Low (directed by Aaron Schneider).
Janusz Wawrowski is today the best Polish violin virtuoso.
– Anna S. Dębowska, Gazeta Wyborcza
Being still a student, Janusz Wawrowski acquired a unique skill of performing all the famous 24 Caprices by Paganini in one concert evening. In 2007 he recorded his first CD, Niccolò Paganini 24 Caprices Op. 1. Due to its success and popularity, this album has been re-released (Warner Classic 2016).
In 2013, Janusz Wawrowski signed a multi-album contract with Warner Classic. The first result of cooperated work – Aurora album with music by Szymanowski, Lutoslawski, Ravel and Ysaÿe received excellent reviews in international press (Strings, The Strad, Pizzicato and Huffington Post) and was nominated for the Fryderyk award 2014.
In Autumn 2016, Janusz Wawrowski’s released Sequenza which explores violin solo repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with the music by Ysaÿe, Brustad, Penderecki, Bacewicz, Berio, Opałka and Przybylski. Sequenza received outstanding recognition by the press including a 4* review by the Guardian and live performance in the BBC Radio 3. The album was awarded Fryderyk 2017 prize by the Polish Phonographic Academy and nominated to the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA).
Wawrowski has a dark, luscious sweetness of sound, with warm vibrato…
– Mark Pullinger, Gramophone
Janusz Wawrowski is a keen explorer, performer and editor of missing or forgotten works by Polish composers, including Mieczysław Karłowicz, Karol Lipiński and Zygmunt Noskowski. Besides being a violinist, he has founded and managed as artistic director two international chamber music – Music on the Heights (2009-2010) and Spaces of Music (from 2011). In 2017 Wawrowski has founded Warsaw Players – a string orchestra composed of talented students and graduates of The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.
In recognition of his artistic achievements, Janusz Wawrowski was awarded Decoration of Honour “Meritorious for Polish Culture” by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Beyond the concert stage, he is a violin professor at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Janusz Wawrowski plays on the violin built by the Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari in 1685. It is the first Stradivari violin in post-war Poland [read more about Stradivari 1685]
THIS IS THE LARGEST PRIVATE patronage in Contemporary Poland!
The first Stradivarius in post-war Poland has been loaned to Janusz Wawrowski. The precious instrument will be stored in the treasury and displayed at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. The patron of the art who decided to buy the instrument is one
from the richest Poles who wants to remain anonymous. By purchasing and sharing these exceptional violin, he wants to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining of Independence.
More information: http://wawrowski.com/