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Andrzej Bauer

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Andrzej Bauer (b. 1962) — cellist and pedagogue, a performer and popularizer of Witold Lutosławski’s music, professor at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw and the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

He completed his studies in Łódź under the direction of Kazimierz Michalik, and supplemented his education by working with André Navarra, Miloš Sadlo, and Daniel Szafran, among others. As a Witold Lutosławski scholarship recipient, he underwent two-year studies in the class of William Pleeth in London.

Andrzej Bauer remembers: “Witold Lutosławski’s influence on my life was immense. It began by chance. Witold Lutosławski saw my television recital. (...) The events which followed the recital seemed to me like a fairy tale: an invitation to Śmiała [Street] to the composer’s house, the opportunity to perform Grave for its masterly author, his first valuable remarks and first meetings on stage – the Cello Concerto under the composer’s baton at the Academy of Music in Warsaw”.

A NAXOS recording of Witold Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto was made by Andrzej Bauer together with the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice under the direction of Antoni Wit. Bauer’s recording of Grave (with Jan Krzysztof Broja) appeared in the cycle Lutosławski. Opera Omnia (CD Accord / NFM Wrocław).

Andrzej Bauer in collaboration with his musician friends also performs arrangements of Witold Lutosławski’s compositions. With Leszek Możdżer and m.bunio.s he was initiator of the Lutosphere project in 2004, and with Agata Zubel and Cezary Duchnowski he now interprets ‘Lutosławski’s hits’, written under the pseudonym Derwid (the project EL-Derwid. Sunspots). In 2013, along with the group Kwadrofonik and Cezary Duchnowski, he presented a chamber version of the Cello Concerto and gave concerts with the group Lutosławski Collective.

Andrzej Bauer was Vice President of the Lutosławski Society in the period 2003-2006. He was conceptual originator and artistic director of the first two celebrations of the Witold Lutosławski Chain music festival (2004-2005). In 2013 he received the Witold Lutosławski Centenary Medal for outstanding contributions to the dissemination of the music and knowledge about the composer.

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