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Les Titans - Szalone dni Muzyki 29.09 - 02-10.2010

Jakub Jakowicz / violin

"Jakub Jakowicz treated the Concerto (...) differently from his predecessors ... providing unusually precise articulation of each motif, drawing high cantilenas and provoking the listener with cascades of double stops. He is very consistent in his narration... Ruch Muzyczny


Jakowicz was brought up in a family of musicians. He learned to play the violin from his father, with whom he has been performing for many years in a duet.

In 2001 he played his debut performance with the Munich Philharmonic under the direction of PinchasSteinberg, playing Karol Szymanowski’s 1st Violin Concerto. Since then he has appeared as soloist with many renowned orchestras, including Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Czech Philharmonic in Prague, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Drsden Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Orquesta National in Madrid.

Jakub Jakowicz has played with many conductors, including Pinchas Steinberg, Jerzy Semkow, Antoni Wit, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jacek Kaspszyk, Yan Pascal Tortellier, Krzysztof Penderecki, Agnieszka Duczmal, Walter Weller, Heinz Wallberg and Kirill Karabits.

Jakowicz also plays chamber music – in a duet with pianist Bartosz Bednarczyk, with whom he has recorded the album “Subito” (released by Polskie Radio), a record with Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” and “Spring” sonatas (Subito Records), as well as Lutosławski’s Partita(CD Accord).

Since 2006, Jakub Jakowicz is a member of the Zehetmair Quartett, one of the few ensembles which cultivate the 19th century tradition of playing string quartets from memory. Together with the Zehetmair Quartett he has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, at the Wigmore Hall in London, at Suntory Hall in Tokyo and at the Vienna Konzerthaus. The quartet’s album of Bartok’s 5th and Hindemith’s 4th string quartets (ECM) won the Diapason d’Or.

Jakowicz has performed with many famous musicians, including Heinz Holliger, Daniel Mueller-Schott, Paul Gulda, Michel Lethiec, Håkan Rosengren, Ruth Kilius, Ursula Smith, Andrzej Bauer, Jan Krzysztof Broja, Bartłomiej Nizioł and Rafał Kwiatkowski.

In 2009 he has assumed the position of 1st violinist in the Lutosławski Quartet Wrocław.

Jakub Jakowicz is a laureate of “Polityka” weekly’s Passport award (2003) and the “Orfeusz” award received at the 2007 edition of the Warsaw Autumn Festival.

He has been a teaching assistant at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music since 2004.

Jakub Jakowicz plays an Italian instrument given to him by Professor Tadeusz Wroński.