Kazimierz Michalik

Kazimierz Michalik (ur. 1933) — Polish cellist and teacher, Professor at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw.

He graduated from the State Postsecondary School of Music in Katowice, where he studied under the direction of J. Drohomirecki. He also completed studies at the Prague Academy of Musical Arts in the cello class of Prof. K. Sádlo and M. Sádlo. As he himself often emphasized, contacts with outstanding cellists, such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Szafran, and André Navarra, significantly influenced his artistic development.

He was a long-time leader of the cello section at the Polish Radio Great Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and at the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. From 1974, he also became active as pedagogue. Many of his students count among outstanding Polish cellists, with Andrzej Bauer, Tomasz Strahl, and Karol Marianowski at the forefront. Andrzej Bauer said about his mentor: “Everyone, who comes into contact with the professor, senses the immensity of his intellectual horizons, extraordinary knowledge of literature, very high standards as to a widely understood manners. The professor possesses an extraordinary knowledge on the subject of art, literature, and theatre. He is a Renaissance man, in the best understanding of the term”.

Kazimierz Michalik is the conceptual founder of the International Witold Lutosławski Cello Competition, the President of the Foundation for the Promotion of Young Violoncellists (the competition organizer), and in several of its celebrations, chairman of the jury.

At the concert of the 9th Witold Lutosławski Cello Competition laureates, given at the National Philharmonic in February, 2013, Kazimierz Michalik was honoured with the Witold Lutosławski Centennial Medal in recognition of his contribution to the dissemination of the composer’s music and knowledge about his person.

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