Professor Roman Lasocki, DMus Hab.

Roman Lasoc­ki is one of the most out­stand­ing Pol­ish vio­lin­ists of his gen­er­a­tion. He grad­u­at­ed with hon­ours from the State High­er School of Music in Łódź, class of Prof. F. Jam­ry. He per­fect­ed his skills under such mas­ters as André Gertler, Hen­ryk Szeryng, Tadeusz Wrońs­ki, and Stanisław Lewandows­ki. He has tak­en part in many mas­ter cours­es.

He has per­formed at many con­cert halls all over the world includ­ing the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Bösendor­fer-Saal in Vien­na, Carnegie Hall in New York and the great­est con­cert cen­tres in Europe, Asia, USA and Cana­da. He has tak­en part in renowned world music fes­ti­vals includ­ing Fes­ti­val de Paris and War­saw Autumn.

He has played with the best Pol­ish con­duc­tors and he par­tic­u­lar­ly cher­ish­es con­certs and record­ings with the Sile­sian Phil­har­mon­ic and the Nation­al Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra of the Pol­ish Radio con­duct­ed by Karol Stry­ja, Antoni Wit, Miroslaw Jacek Błaszczyk and Jerzy Swo­bo­da, and recitals dur­ing which his part­ners were Kiejs­tut Bacewicz, Józef Stom­pel, Urszu­la Bożek-Musial­s­ka and Tadeusz Chmielews­ki, etc.

Roman Lasoc­ki has record­ed more than twen­ty ana­logue records and com­pact discs for Pol­ish, Ger­man, British, French and Japan­ese record­ing com­pa­nies, and the ren­der­ings which won awards were, among oth­ers, the record­ings of W. Lutosławski’s Par­ti­ta, D. Shostakovich’s Vio­lin Con­cer­to no. 1 in A Minor op. 77, G. Bacewicz’s Vio­lin Con­cer­tos, and K. Szymanowski’s Vio­lin Con­cer­to no. 2 which had many favourable reviews. He has also record­ed for the Pol­ish Radio as well as Ger­man, French, Ital­ian, Swedish, Hun­gar­i­an, Bel­gian, Dutch, Span­ish, Czech, Kore­an, Amer­i­can and Cana­di­an broad­cast­ing com­pa­nies. His coop­er­a­tion of many years with the Pol­ish Tele­vi­sion has led to the pro­duc­tion of six ser­i­al pro­grams includ­ing Fan­ta­sy for Strings, Mas­ters of the Vio­lin, His­to­ries Writ­ten with Bows and Roman Lasoc­ki Presents. All in all, he record­ed more than 250 instal­ments in which his guests were the most out­stand­ing Pol­ish vio­lin­ists, vio­la play­ers and cel­lists.

The artist has been invit­ed for a few decades to con­duct mas­ter cours­es in Ger­many, France, Hol­land, Spain, Hun­gary, South Korea, Japan, USA and Cana­da. He has fre­quent­ly judged and chaired the juries of Pol­ish and inter­na­tional vio­lin com­pe­ti­tions.

Roman Lasoc­ki has also taught since 1970. He is full pro­fes­sor at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw and pro­fes­sor at the Acad­e­my of Music in Katow­ice. In the peri­od of 2002–2004 he was a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at Keimyung Uni­ver­si­ty in Daegu (South Korea), and between 1996 and 2000 he con­duct­ed mas­ter cours­es in Seoul.

Many recog­nised vio­lin­ists, who are now music con­ser­va­to­ry teach­ers or con­cert­mas­ters of sym­pho­ny and cham­ber orches­tras, have grad­u­at­ed from his class. Roman Lasoc­ki has also held many respon­si­ble aca­d­e­m­ic func­tions. He was Vice-Rec­tor for Artis­tic Affairs (for four terms of office), Head of Chair of String Instru­ments as well as Dean of Warsaw’s Acad­e­my of Music (now Uni­ver­si­ty). He has also super­vised and reviewed over 40 doc­tor­al and post-doc­tor­al the­ses, and requests for the con­fer­ment of the aca­d­e­m­ic title of pro­fes­sor at most acad­e­mies of music in Poland.

Over 30 out­stand­ing com­posers have ded­i­cat­ed their work to Roman Lasoc­ki, e.g., Rafał Augustyn, Jerzy Bauer, Marcin Błażewicz, Edward Bogusławs­ki, Mar­i­an Borkows­ki, Sła­womir Czar­nec­ki, Andrzej Dutkiewicz, Jan Win­cen­ty Hawel, Benedykt Konowal­s­ki, Włodz­imierz Kotońs­ki, Stanisław Mory­to, Bro­nisław Kaz­imierz Przy­byl­s­ki, Witold Rudz­ińs­ki and Romuald Twar­dows­ki.

Renowned musi­cians have spo­ken favourably about Roman Lasocki’s play­ing. Witold Lutosławs­ki wrote in a let­ter to the artist: Your and Ms Musialska’s per­for­mance made me believe that Recita­ti­vo e arioso was not writ­ten by me with my left hand, and I enjoyed your per­for­mance very much. The great com­pos­er also encour­aged Lasoc­ki to take an inter­est in his oth­er pieces. As a reply to Lutosławski’s sug­ges­tion the vio­lin­ist per­formed his Par­ti­ta (ver­sion for vio­lin and orches­tra) almost 70 times, and its record­ing (PRK CD020) made 10 years ago fea­tur­ing the Sile­sian Phil­har­mon­ic under the baton of Jerzy Swo­bo­da, as well as its fur­ther record­ing for DUX, were very well received by crit­ics and won phono­graph­ic awards. Pro­fes­sor Tadeusz Wrońs­ki, one of Poland’s great­est vio­lin­ists and vio­lin teach­ers, wrote in the mag­a­zine “Ruch Muzy­czny” of 11 Jan­u­ary 1998: Roman Lasoc­ki is a mature vio­lin­ist, enjoy­ing well-deserved recog­ni­tion in Poland and abroad. A unique fea­ture of his musi­cal imag­i­na­tion is that he ful­ly feels and under­stand the new music, which he knows how to instil in his stu­dents. At the same time, he remains a uni­ver­sal musi­cian who under­stands all styles. Roman Lasoc­ki can regard his per­for­mance of Lutosławski’s Par­ti­ta as a real achieve­ment and – in my opin­ion – thanks to this record­ing the Par­ti­ta will become a per­ma­nent ele­ment of vio­lin­ists’ reper­toire. Sim­i­lar opin­ions about his play­ing were expressed by Prof. Jad­wiga Kaliszews­ka and Prof. Zenon Brzews­ki, out­stand­ing teach­ers and vio­lin­ists who Roman Lasoc­ki was friends and close­ly coop­er­at­ed with for decades.

In recog­ni­tion of his artis­tic achieve­ments he has been award­ed, among oth­ers, the Polo­nia Resti­tu­ta Commander’s Cross, the Polo­nia Resti­tu­ta Officer’s Cross, Gold and Sil­ver Cross­es of Mer­it, the Gold Medal of the Pol­ish Radio and the “Gold­en Screen” award and has been giv­en the Min­is­ter of Culture’s award five times, as well as the medal “Glo­ria Artis” and Medal of the Com­mis­sion of Nation­al Edu­ca­tion.

 As he held the func­tion of Artis­tic Man­ag­er of the fes­ti­vals he cre­at­ed, i.e., Mas­ters of the Vio­lin and The Stars Pro­mote, he was award­ed by the towns of Zielona Góra and Lublin and was giv­en an hon­orary cit­i­zen­ship of Jele­nia Góra. Hav­ing played the instru­ment which is an Ital­ian copy of Maggini’s, Roman Lasoc­ki, who is deeply inter­est­ed in the devel­op­ment of Polsh vio­lin mak­ing, cur­rent­ly per­forms using the vio­lin named “Roman Lasoc­ki” built this year by Stanisław Król, an out­stand­ing Pol­ish luthi­er.

In the peri­od of 2012–2013 he was Chair­man of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Pol­ish Artists Musi­cians, and in 2004 he became Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Hen­ryk Wieni­aws­ki Music Soci­ety in Lublin. In 2013 the artist was also award­ed with an hon­orary title of Pro­fes­sor of the String Acad­e­my in Ham­burg.

last modified: 05/05/2015