Maciej Kulakowski
Poland, °1996
CELLO 2017 : Laureate
Maciej Kulakowski started playing the cello at the age of six with Jadwiga Ewald in Gdansk. He is currently studying at the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin under Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and at the Music Academy of Gdansk with Marcin Zdunig. In 2015, he won Second Prize at the TONALi Competition and First Prize and a special prize at the International Witold Lutosławski Competition. In 2011, he performed in the inaugural concert at the European Centre for Music in Lusławice, with Krzysztof Penderecki conducting. He has taken part in masterclasses given by renowned musicians such as Mischa Maisky, Franz Helmerson, Truls Mørk, Gary Hoffman, Philippe Muller, Jens Peter Maintz, and Ivan Monighetti. With the Clarinet Trio, Maciej Kułakowski won First Prize at the International Johannes Brahms Chamber Music Competition in 2015 in Gdansk.

Instrument : Charles Gaillard (1867), loaned by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben


2014 Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt
2014 Marcin Zdunik


2016 Bachelor - Universitat der Kunst Berlin
2014 Bachelor - Stanislaw Moniuszko Music Academy (Gdańsk)


2016 Witold Lutosławski Festival, Witold Lutosławski Studio (Warszawa) - AUKSO Chamber Orchestra, Marek Moś (dir.)
2016 Baltic Philharmony Concert Hall (Gdańsk) - Baltic Philharmony Orchestra, Marek Pijarowski (dir.)
2015 Rutesheim Cello Academy - Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (dir.)
2015 TONALI Competition, Hamburger Laeiszhalle - Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Eivind Gullberg Jensen (dir.)
2015 Landgraf von-Hessen Preis Concert, Kronberg Academy - Julia Okruashvilli (piano)
2012 Radziejowice - Juventus Polish Symphony Orchestra -, Tadeusz Wojciechowski (dir.)
2012 Heilbronn - Heilbronnen Sinfonie Orchester;Heilbronnen Sinfonie Orchester, Peter Braschkat (dir.)
2011 European Center of Music (Lusławice) - Juventus Symphony Orchestra, Krzysztof Penderecki (dir.)
2011 Mount Royal University (Calgary, Canada) - Calgary Philharmony Orchestra, Rolf Bertsch (dir.)
2010 Stadthalle Northeim, Northeimer Konzertring - Kammerorchester Hannover, Adam Kostecki (dir.)


2015 X Witold Lutosławski Cello Competition (Warsaw) - 1st Prize and additional prize
2015 TONALI Competition - 2nd Prize
2015 VII Johannes Brahms Chamber Competition in Gdańsk - 1st Prize
Final 2017: Maciej Kulakowski - Shostakovich
Final 2017: Maciej Kulakowski - Hosokawa
Semi-final 2017: Maciej Kulakowski - recital
Semi-final 2017 : Maciej Kulakowski - Concerto
Final (31/05/2017)
Toshio Hosokawa Sublimation
Dmitry Shostakovich Concerto n. 1 in E flat major op. 107
Maciej Kulakowski, cello
Brussels Philharmonic, dir. Stéphane Denève

Récital (20/05/2017)

Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude (Suite n. 6 in D major BWV 1012)
Johann Sebastian Bach Allemande (Suite n. 6 in D major BWV 1012)
Johann Sebastian Bach Gigue (Suite n. 6 in D major BWV 1012)
Annelies Van Parys Chacun(e) sa chaconne
Claude Debussy Sonata in D minor
Krzysztof Penderecki Capriccio per Siegfried Palm
Pablo de Sarasate Zigeunerweisen op. 20
Maciej Kulakowski, cello
Keiko Tamura, pianist accompanist

Concerto (17/05/2017)

Joseph Haydn Concerto n. 2 in D major Hob. VIIb:2
Maciej Kulakowski, cello
Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, dir. Frank Braley
First round (10/05/2017)
Eugène Ysaÿe Grave (Sonata for solo cello in C minor op. 28)
Franz Schubert Allegro moderato (Sonata in A minor D 821)
Luigi Boccherini Sonata in C minor G. 2
Maciej Kulakowski, cello
Katharina Litschig, cellist accompanist
Naoko Sonoda, pianist accompanist
Relive the performances of Violin 2024
The Competition's CD's
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