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Zbigniew Wytrykowski

Zbigniew Wytrykowski

II Violin

in Sinfonia Varsovia since 1982


    Prizes and Awards

    • 3rd prize in the quartet category at the classical music competition in Łódź (1968)
    • 3rd prize in the duet category at the classical music competition in Łódź, in the duet category (1968)
    • 2nd prize at the National Young Musicians’ Festival in Gdańsk (1970)

    Zbigniew Wytrykowski

    Born in the city of Grudziądz. He began to learn to play the violin at the age of six. He graduated from the Emil Młynarski Secondary Music School in 1964.

    Wytrykowski graduated with honours from the State Higher School of Music in Gdańsk in the violin class of Professor Tadeusz Kochański, the long-term concert master in the Baltic Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1969-1972 he was an assistant in the chamber music class headed by Professor Roman Suchecki.

    Since 1967 he has led the Gdańsk Quartet ‘67, with which he won 3rd prize at the classical music competition in Łódź in 1968.

    During the five years of the quartet’s activity, it gave more than 200 concerts, including at the Bydgoszcz Music Festival, Poznań Spring and at the Organ and Chamber Music Festival in Kamień Pomorski.

    In 1971 he attended master courses in chamber music in Sweden, headed by Kurt Lewin and Josef Vlach.

    He commenced his professional career in 1965 in the Orchestra of the State Opera and Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk, initially in the 1st violin section, then as leader of the 2nd violin section.

    In 1972 Wytrykowski travelled on a contract to Tehran, working in the Tehran Symphony Orchestra in 1972-1979, then in the National Iranian Radio Television Chamber Orchestra, in both ensembles as leader of the 2nd violin section.

    He performed with such artists as Rudolph Barshai, Henryk Szeryng, Daniel Szafran, Claudio Arrau, Janos Starker and Karol Teutsch.

    During his nearly seven year stay in Iran he was also involved in teaching at the Tehran Conservatory of Music and performance in chamber music ensembles.

    After returning to Poland he worked for one season in the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.

    In 1980 he commenced work in the Polish Chamber Orchestra and then in the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, where he has held the position of leader of 2nd violins since 1989.

    In 1985 Zbigniew Wytrykowski was awarded the medal of Merit in the Service of Culture and in 2004 again, receiving the medal of merit in the Service of Polish Culture. For his activity he has received the Bronze Cross of Merit in 2015.