Marcin Murawski

Marcin Murawski was born on October 29, 1974 in Poznan, Poland. He studied viola at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan in the class of his father, professor Andrzej Murawski. He graduated with distinction from the Poznan Academy in 1998, and since 1997 he has been employed there, at present as professor of viola. He gained further education with, among others, prof. Konrad Haessler (Hannover, Germany) and prof. John Krakenberger (Madrid, Spain). In the academic year 2003–2004 he received a scholarship from the Danish Government for postgraduate studies in prof. Claus Myrup’s viola class at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark. In 2004 he earned a doctorate in music from the Academy of Music in Katowice (Poland), and in 2012 he was awarded the habilitated doctor degree from the Academy of Music in Poznan. Murawski has given viola and chamber music masterclasses at music academies in Bergen (Norway), Dublin (Ireland) and Reykjavik (Iceland). He has also been a juror of national competitions and an expert for the Polish Artistic Education Center. His graduates are laureates of awards and prizes (among others, the Special Prize of the Marshall of Zachodniopomorskie Voivodship to Joanna Maksymowicz in 2009 and Edyta Hedzielska in 2013 for the best diploma performance in the field of music performance).

He has appeared as soloist with, among others, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal, Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Polonia, and Kielce Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed chamber music with, among others, the Agutti Quartet, Classic Ensemble of Poznan, and Tutti E Solo, and as orchestral violist he has played in the Hannover Kammerorchester, Pro Arte Novum, Sinfonietta Polonia, and the Poznan Chamber Orchestra. He has given concerts in France, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Ireland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and the USA (in Carnegie Hall and elsewhere). Murawski has also performed solo recitals at the Polish Institute in Prague (Czech Republic), at Store Saal in Aarhus (Denmark), Universitet i Bergen - Griegakademiet (Norway), Ole Bulls Villa in Lysoen (Norway), the Academy of Art in Reykjavik (Iceland), and the Polish Cultural House in Dublin (Ireland), to name a few outside Poland.

His discography includes an album of music recorded during concerts in the Fara Church in Poznan in July 1995 ("Marcin Murawski & Hanna Buczkowska - Koncerty Farne III"). In April 1996, an album of masterpieces of Polish Baroque recorded for Dorian Discovery (Benigna Jaskulska & Tutti E Solo "Jewels Of Polish Baroque"), in which he made a guest appearance, was reviewed in The Washington Post and elsewhere. In March 1997, together with a chamber music ensemble, he recorded an album of G.B. Pergolesi's Mass (Schola Cantorum Posnaniensis "G.B. Pergolesi - Stabat Mater"). In April 1997, as principal violist of the Szczecin chamber orchestra Academia, he recorded an album with the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi (soloist: Henryk Tritt, violin). With the Sunday String Quartet he recorded music for the debut album of the music group Lizar (Lizar "Historye!ye!ye!" BMG). In 2007 an album of W.A. Mozart's flute quartets, which he recorded together with Ewa Murawska (flute), Blanka Bednarz (violin) and Cheung Chau (cello), was released. In 2008 Acte Préalable released his next album - "Roman Palester, Paul Kletzki" (AP 181), which includes premiere recordings of the chamber works of these composers with the same musicians, and in April 2009 - his own family project with his sister, flutist Ewa Murawska - 6 Duos for flute and viola composed by F. Devienne, which began the series of flute and viola works recorded for Acte Préalable. In December 2009 Acte Préalable released his album of J.N. Hummel’s viola works with piano and orchestra, recorded with pianist Urszula Szyrynska and the Hummel Project Orchestra. In June 2013 Acte Préalable came out with the first in his newest series of CDs, compositions written by American violist Michael Kimber: "Michael Kimber - Works for Viola(s),” recorded with graduates from his viola class at the Academy of Art in Szczecin: Edyta Hedzielska, Justyna Kowalczyk and Aleksandra Bazan. In the same year he produced a second CD of Michael Kimber’s music entitled "Music for Viola 2," recorded with Szczecin Concertino Orchestra (conductor: Marek Siwka). In 2014 another two albums of Kimber’s viola music were released: "Michael Kimber - Music for viola(s) 3" in June (featuring viola duets, trios and more) and "Michael Kimber - Music for viola 4" in October (featuring works for viola and orchestra only, including Variations on a Polish Folk Song "Ty pójdziesz góra" dedicated especially by the composer to Marcin Murawski). In 2015 two last CDs of Kimber’s music were released: "Michael Kimber - Music for viola 5" in April (featuring works for solo viola and for viola and marimba), and the sixth one in July (with a mixture of pieces for viola solo, viola quartet and orchestra). August 2015 brought a CD recorded together with pianist Anna Starzec-Makandasis - "Nocturnes for viola and piano" - with masterpieces by L. van Beethoven, F. Chopin and J.W. Kalliwoda. In 2016 another two CDs were released with viola music of Emile Ratez (AP358, AP366), recorded together with pianist Hanna Holeksa.

In 1996-2001 together with Bartosz Melosik he ran the Lemur Artistic Agency. In June 1997 he finished the School of Teaching at the Poznan Academy of Music and in June 1998 he graduated from the Postgraduate School of Journalism at the Adam Mickiewicz University School of Political Science and Journalism in Poznan. In June 2002 he was awarded a First Certificate in English of the University of Cambridge. Between 2005-2011 he worked as a viola teacher at the POSM Music School in Poznan. Since 2003 he has been a member of the International Viola Society and the German Viola Society (Deutsche Viola-Gesellschaft), and in 2008 he became the first Polish member of Hummel Gesellschaft Weimar. Murawski is a frequent guest at international music conferences, where he presents his own lectures: in Bratyslava, Slovakia ("Expressive use of viola in works of Johann Nepomuk Hummel"), in Dublin, Ireland ("Michael Kimber - Music for viola") and recenly in Poznan ("Avant-garde, classique, arriere-garde - compositions for viola solo from the XXIst century"). Between 2006-2010 he led the viola class at a branch of the Poznan Music Academy in Szczecin, and from 2010 to 2013 at the Academy of Art in Szczecin as professor of viola. In 2013 Murawski was awarded the Bronze Medal for Long Service from the president of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski, and a special prize from the principal of the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music.

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Marcin Murawski

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Marcin Murawski +48.601.644.225, e-mail

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