Professor Konstanty Andrzej Kulka

Pho­to Mikołaj Gryn­berg

Kon­stan­ty Andrzej Kul­ka is count­ed among the most out­stand­ing vio­lin­ists of his gen­er­a­tion. He was born in Gdańsk in 1947. He began to study the vio­lin with Ste­fan Her­man when he was eight and con­tin­ued his stud­ies with this teacher at the Music High School and High­er School of Music in Gdańsk. He was award­ed a diplo­ma of dis­tinc­tion at the Inter­na­tion­al N. Pagani­ni Vio­lin Com­pe­ti­tion in Genoa as a 17-year-old stu­dent but it was the First Prize at the Inter­na­tion­al Com­pe­ti­tion in Munich which opened his way to fame. From then on he began his rapid career. Kon­stan­ty Andrzej Kul­ka has been per­form­ing on both hemi­spheres (all Euro­pean coun­tries, USA, South Amer­i­ca, Japan, Aus­tralia) since 1966.

As a soloist he has been the guest of many renowned orches­tras such as: Berlin­er Phil­har­moniker, Chica­go Sym­pho­ny, Lon­don Sym­pho­ny, Eng­lish Cham­ber and Leningrad Phil­har­mon­ic. He has also tak­en part in many pres­ti­gious music fes­ti­vals, e.g., in Berlin, Bor­deaux, Lucerne and many oth­er places. Per­for­mances with the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic Sym­pho­ny orches­tra occu­py a spe­cial place in the vio­lin­ist’s tours. In 1968 Kon­stan­ty Andrzej Kul­ka began to play in duet with Jerzy March­wińs­ki and he has also played cham­ber music with Ste­fan Kamasa, Roman Jabłońs­ki and Jerzy March­wińs­ki as a mem­ber of the Pol­ish Radio and Tele­vi­sion Quar­tet.

The artist has made many record­ings for Pol­ish Radio and Tele­vi­sion and Pol­skie Nagra­nia record com­pa­ny. His record­ings of A. Vivaldi’s Four Sea­sons with Karol Teutsch’s Cham­ber Orches­tra, F. Mendelssohn and A. Glazunov’s vio­lin con­cer­tos with the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra con­duct­ed by Jerzy Katlewicz, J. Brahm­s’s Vio­lin Con­cer­to with the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra con­duct­ed by Witold Row­ic­ki and J. S. Bach’s Sonatas for solo vio­lin have won him par­tic­u­lar recog­ni­tion.

Kon­stan­ty Andrzej Kul­ka has also record­ed for radio broad­cast­ers and record com­pa­nies abroad. His record­ing of K. Szy­manowski’s 2nd Vio­lin Con­cer­to for EMI was award­ed “Grand Prix du Disque” in 1981. Mod­ern music occu­pies an impor­tant place in his enor­mous reper­to­ry. For exam­ple, he is an excel­lent inter­preter of K. Pen­dereck­i’s Vio­lin Con­cer­to which he has played many times with var­i­ous orches­tras con­duct­ed by the com­pos­er.

last modified: 27/11/2013