Tomasz Bińkowski

Tomasz Bińkows­ki was born on 7 July 1969 in Łódź, he start­ed his music edu­ca­tion in a vio­lin class at the Pri­ma­ry Music School in Łódź. At the age of 13 he took his first steps in play­ing the French horn under the super­vi­sion of  Pro­fes­sor Czesława Szczukows­ka who is par­tic­u­lar­ly respect­ed by him as, thanks to her per­son­al­i­ty, she shaped him as a future hor­nist, teach­ing him basic skills and  kin­dling his love for the instru­ment. While at sec­ondary school, he debuted as a musi­cian engaged addi­tion­al­ly by the orches­tra of the Artur Rubin­stein Phil­har­mon­ic and the Łódź Radio Orches­tra.  After grad­u­at­ing from the Hen­ryk Wieni­aws­ki Sec­ondary Music School in Łódź he con­tin­ued his edu­ca­tion at the Fry­deryk Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw, class of Pro­fes­sor Jan Jeżews­ki. In that peri­od he coop­er­at­ed with numer­ous orches­tras and cham­ber ensem­bles, such as: Pol­ish Cham­ber Musi­cians’ Ensem­ble “Cam­er­a­ta Vis­tu­la”, War­saw Cham­ber Opera, Pol­ish Radio Orches­tra, Menuhin Fes­ti­val Orches­tra under the baton of  Sir Yehu­di Menuhin, and also Pen­derec­ki Fes­ti­val Orches­tra under the baton of Krzysztof Pen­derec­ki. In the peri­od of 1992–1998 he was the third hor­nist  in the orches­tra Sin­fo­nia Varso­via.

He has made many record­ings with sym­phon­ic, film and cham­ber music with the men­tioned orches­tras. From 2008 for two con­cert sea­sons he was the first hor­nist of the inter­na­tion­al orches­tra “Phil­har­monie der  Natio­nen” under the baton of Jus­tus Franz. After the expi­ra­tion of his con­tract he became the first hor­nist and soloist at the Great The­atre – Nation­al Opera in War­saw, where he still works.

He coop­er­ates on a per­ma­nent basis with numer­ous Pol­ish sym­pho­ny and cham­ber orches­tras, such as: Cra­cow Orches­tra “Sin­foni­et­ta Cra­covia”, Igna­cy Jan Paderews­ki Pomeran­ian Phil­har­mon­ic in  Byd­goszcz, Tadeusz Szeligows­ki Phil­har­mon­ic in Poz­nań, Artur Malaws­ki Sub­carpathi­an Phil­har­mon­ic in Rzeszów, Pod­lasie Phil­har­mon­ic in Białys­tok, Hen­ryk Wieni­aws­ki Phil­har­mon­ic in Lublin, Toruń Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra, Wrocław Cham­ber Orches­tra “Leopold­inum”, Cham­ber Orches­tra “Con­cer­to Aven­na”, Cham­ber Orches­tra “Feel Har­mo­ny”, and Beethoven Acad­e­my Orches­tra in Cra­cow.

Work­ing at the Great The­atre and coop­er­at­ing with the above men­tioned sym­pho­ny orches­tras he nev­er aban­doned his favourite music genre, i.e., cham­ber music. He has per­formed with such ensem­bles as: Wilanów Quar­tet, Sile­sian Quar­tet, Paderews­ki Quar­tet, “Pri­ma Vista” Quar­tet and Wieni­aws­ki Quar­tet.

He is the founder of the Brass Instru­ments Quin­tet “Cham­ber Brass” with which, apart from per­form­ing many con­certs, he record­ed the album enti­tled “Blacha” [Brass] being the first album by a brass quin­tet using the audio­phil­i­ac tech­nol­o­gy “Hi-End” in Poland. With Tytus Wojnow­icz as artis­tic man­ag­er he co-cre­at­ed the group “Ensem­ble de Narol” per­form­ing Baroque and ear­ly Clas­si­cal music on con­tem­po­rary instru­ments; in 2004 the it was trans­formed into a big­ger cham­ber for­ma­tion exist­ing to this day under the name “Essen­tia Musi­ca”.

Togeth­er with a group of musi­cian friends he is one of the co-founders of “Grup­po di Tem­pera”.  It is an ensem­ble of a very inter­est­ing instru­ment jux­ta­po­si­tion, i.e., piano plus clas­si­cal wind quin­tet. The com­bi­na­tion of these instru­ments gives a diver­si­ty of line-ups and cham­ber music forms, and also unlim­it­ed reper­toire pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Since 2004 Tomasz Bińkows­ki has taught a horn class at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw.

 


last modified: 24/11/2014