Biography

Robert Kowalski learns the art of the grat tradition from his musical mentors Bernard Greenhouse, Ida Haendel and Ivry Gitlis. His solo repertoire ranges from baroque to modern music, with a particular eye on the great Polish composers. Robert Kowalski's artistic fate is already lined before birth, when his mother purchases and destines him a little violin.

At the age of seven he receives the first violin lesson, and already at eleven he makes his debut at the Baltic State Opera House, performing the famed concerto by Felix Mendelssohn. He mainly studies in Germany and Switzerland; he specializes with Kolja Blacher, Ana Chumachenco, Zakhar Bron and recognizes in Valery Gradow the Maestro who led him to musical maturity.

Robert holds currently the position of the first concertmaster with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano (Switzerland).

Robert cooperates as a chamber musician with Robert Cohen, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Michael Flaksman, Bernard Greenhouse, Jose Gallardo.

He is recognized the Val Tidone Award 2005, the Grand Prix at the Aleksander Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities, the Young Creators Award by the mayor of the city of Danzica, the Young Artists Award of the Ministry of Polish Culture, the Young Poland Prize by the Polish Government and awards by Rotary Clubs of different countries. Robert is regularly invited as a soloist and chamber musician in Music Festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, U.K., Israel, United States and in Music Halls such as Carnegie Hall - NY, Walt Disney Hall - LA, Kimmel Centre of Philadelphia, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Auditorium Stelio Molo of Lugano.

He records for the Corean Radio Television and the Croatian Radio. A CD has been released in Poland for the label Soliton, in which he performs Vivaldi concertos alongside Konstanty A. Kulka. He has recently recorded the Violin Concerto No. 2, for bass-baritone, violin, 33 instruments & tape by Hans Werner Henze for the Italian Switzerland Radio/TV.

He plays on the violin by G.B. Guadagnini "Ex Joachim" from 1767,  generously loaned by "Pro Canale" Fondation, Milan.

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