violinist; b. 22 March 1982 in Konin. He started to study the violin at the age of 6. In 2004, he graduated with distinction from the class of Prof. Mirosław Ławrynowicz at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music of Warsaw. Since 2003, he has been studying with Prof. Yair Kless at the Kunstuniversität Graz, Austria and currently also a student of Salvatore Accardo.
Janusz Wawrowski has won prizes at many Polish and international violin competitions. In 1996, he was awarded the 2nd prize at the Groblicz Family International Violin Competition in Kraków and the 1st prize at the Stanisław Serwaczyński Nationwide Polish Competition of Young Violinists in Lublin; in 1997, he received the 3rd prize at the International Competition of Young Violinists in Kloster Schontal (Germany), and in 2000, the 3rd prize at the Louis Spohr International Competition of Young Violinists in Freiburg (Germany). In March 2006, Janusz Wawrowski won the 3rd prize at the David Oystrakh International Violin Competition in Odessa (Ukraine).
He performs as a soloist at chamber and symphonic concerts in Poland and other European countries, drawing the applause of music critics. All the philharmonic halls of Poland regularly invite Janusz Wawrowski to perform. He has played with the best Polish orchestras (including Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra “Amadeus” and the Polish Radio Orchestra) under the batons of such eminent conductors as Gabriel Chmura, Krzesimir Dębski, Agnieszka Duczmal and Jerzy Maksymiuk.
Numerous scholarships of the Ministry of Culture have supported the development of his remarkable artistic talent.
He is currently a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music of Warsaw.
He records for the Polish Radio and Television. In 2007 Janusz Wawrowski's debut record with 24 Caprices by N. Paganini was released. He also recorded a solo violin part composed by Jan A. P. Kaczmarek for the movie Evening.
Janusz Wawrowski is the only Polish violinist who performs the complete Capricci op. 1 by Niccolò Paganini at his concerts. Wolfgang Marschner has observed that his performances may be compared with the playing of "only a few distinguished European violinists". Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, a famous Polish violinist, has written: "the very fact alone of being able to perform all the 24 capriccios inspires admiration and earns appreciation. The style in which Mr. Janusz Wawrowski plays the capriccios, makes us optimistic as to the future of the art of violin in Poland". And the great Ida Haendel has said this about him: "He is a wonderful violinist, a great talent deserving a worldwide career and an opportunity to perform in the world’s greatest concert halls".
Violinist's own internet site: www.wawrowski.com