Krzysztof Jakowicz


Eminent Polish violinist, specially valued by Witold Lutosławski, to whom the great composer entrusted the Polish premieres of all his violin works (Chain II , the Partita’s version for violin and orchestra, and Subito). On the Master’s invitation, he performed the composer’s works under his baton in major centres of the musical world.
Krzysztof Jakowicz completed his violin performance studies with distinction under the direction of such masters as T. Wroński, J. Gingold, E. Umińska, J. Starker, and H. Szeryng. He is First Award winner of the E. Ysaÿe Competition in Warsaw (1959) and the Third Award and the H. Szeryng Special Award in the H. Wieniawski 4 th International Competition in Poznań (1962). The Polish artist was a frequent guest of world- renowned festivals, such as the Warsaw Autumn, Edinburgh Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Old Cracow Festival, London City Festival, and festivals in Bregenz and Schleswig-Holstein. He appears with famous orchestras, such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Polish National Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Orquesta National de España, Polish Chamber Orchestra, and Amadeus Orchestra. He was soloist during a great number of tours abroad with the majority of Polish orchestras: the Polish National Philharmonic, Polish Chamber Orchestra, SinfoniaVarsovia, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonics of Łódź, Wrocław, Śląsk, Cracow, and Bydgoszcz, Amadeus Orchestra, and others. He collaborates with all prominent Polish conductors, as well as artists of such measure as J. Bělohlávek, R. Chailly, L. Hager, C. Imamura, P. Steinberg, M. Tabachnik, and T. Yuasa. For two years, he was first violinist of the famous Warsaw Quintet. For over a dozen years, he has appeared in a violin duo with his son, J. Jakowicz. He also collaborates with other outstanding artists of various generations, including J. Bocheńska, K. Borucińska, B. Gimpel, K. Jabłoński, S. Kamasa, M. Kozłowski, K. Marosek, W. Malicki, R. Morawski, T. Strahl, Wł. Szpilman, T. Tsutsumi, and M. Zdunik

It was Krzysztof Jakowicz who performed as soloist in the Polish premieres of Witold Lutosławski’s works for violin and orchestra: Chain II (in 1986) and Partita (in 1991). He was also the first artist to record, before the American premiere, Subito for violin and piano at the Polish Radio studio. His performances of Lutosławski’s Chain II, Partita, and Recitativo e arioso were permanently memorialized on several CDs. In 1986, during the Warsaw Autumn festival, he received the SPAM Music Critics’ Award for the performance of Chain II, and the record presenting his interpretation of this work was honoured in 1989 with the French critics Diapason d’Or award. The recording of the Partita in turn received the Fryderyk award. Jakowicz is a longtime performer of Lutosławski’s music in Poland and abroad. The Polish musician has often reminisced that his acquaintanceship with Witold Lutosławski was among the most important meetings in his artistic as well as private life.
On February 7, 2015, at a Chain 12 festival concert held in Warsaw at the Concert Studio of the Polish Radio, Krzysztof Jakowicz received the Year of Lutosławski Medal for his outstanding contribution to the dissemination of the composer’s heritage.