Bartók World Competition

Krzysztof Węgrzyn (D)

Founder and artistic director of the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, Krzysztof Węgrzyn was born in Gdansk in Poland and he conducted his studies in Warsaw, Freiburg and London under Wolfgang Marschner, Yfrah Neaman and Dorothy DeLay. As winner of numerous international competitions, he has travelled the world, while his name is associated with several radio, television and album recordings. His extensive repertoire includes works by Lutosławski, Ligeti, Nono, Schnittke, Pärt and Penderecki. For many years Węgrzyn was concertmaster of the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover. From 1993, he has taught at the University of Music, Drama and Media, Hanover, and he regularly holds master classes in Europe, Asia and the United States. In 2004, he was awarded the Musikpreis des Landes Niedersachsen for his contributions to music. Krzysztof Węgrzyn plays on a violin made by master Venetian luthier Domenico Montagnana.