Professor Tomasz Strahl, DMus Hab.

He grad­u­at­ed from the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw, cel­lo class of Pro­fes­sor Kaz­imierz Micha­lik (1989). As a hold­er of the schol­ar­ship of the Aus­tri­an Gov­ern­ment he com­plet­ed a one-year post­grad­u­ate course at Hoch­schule für Musik und dar­stel­lende Kun­st in Vien­na under Tobias Kühne. He also stud­ied cham­ber music under an out­stand­ing vio­lin­ist Krzysztof Jakow­icz with whom he has per­formed for many years.

He was a lau­re­ate of all-Poland (Poz­nań, War­saw) and inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tions, e.g. he won the 1st award at the 5th Inter­na­tion­al Nica­nor Zaba­leta Music Com­pe­ti­tion in San Sebas­t­ian, Spain (1991). He was also award­ed with the schol­ar­ship of the Pol­ish and Japan­ese Foun­da­tion JESC (1994).

Among the mas­ters of the baton with whom he had an oppor­tu­ni­ty to col­lab­o­rate are: Miro­sław Jacek Błasz­czyk, Andrzej Boreyko, Łukasz Boro­wicz, Tomasz Bugaj, Kai Bumann, Mas­si­mi­liano Cal­di, Hen­ryk Czyż, Phi­lippe Entre­mont, Prze­my­sław Fiu­gaj­ski, José Maria Flo­rên­cio, Cze­sław Gra­bow­ski, Bog­dan Jar­mo­ło­wicz, Michał Klauza, Jerzy Kosek, Jan Krenz, Jerzy Mak­sy­miuk, Woj­ciech Mich­niew­ski, Mar­cin Nałęcz-Niesiołows­ki, Krzysz­tof Pen­de­recki, Marek Pija­row­ski, Paweł Przy­tocki, Woj­ciech Rodek, Jacek Rogala, Zyg­munt Rychert, Jerzy Sal­wa­row­ski, Tade­usz Stru­gała, Jerzy Swo­boda, Tade­usz Woj­cie­chow­ski, Moni­ka Woliń­ska, Sła­wek A. Wró­blew­ski, Ryszard Zimak, Maciej Żół­tows­ki, and oth­ers.

For many years he has been an active con­cert musi­cian, per­form­ing with such orches­tras as: Pol­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra, Pol­ish Radio Orches­tra and Nation­al Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra of the Pol­ish Radio in Katow­ice, Sin­foni­et­ta Cra­co­via, Sin­fo­niaVar­so­via, Con­certo Aven­na, Sofia Phil­har­mon­ic, Orqu­estra Sin­fônica Muni­ci­pal São Paulo (Bra­zil) and with almost all phil­har­mon­ic orches­tras in Poland, with the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra at the top of them. He col­lab­o­rates with both out­stand­ing soloists and cham­ber musi­cians, e.g. The Wilanów Quar­tet, Pri­ma Vista, or The Sile­sian Quar­tet.

Tomasz Strahl has per­formed in (among oth­ers): Schau­spiel­haus (Ber­lin), Bruck­ner­saal (Linz), St. John’s Smith Squ­are (Lon­don), Art Cen­ter (Tel Aviv), Top­pan Hall (Tokyo), Audi­tori (Bar­ce­lona), Glin­ka Hall in Sankt Peters­burg, Moniuszko Hall at the Great The­atre in War­saw, and the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic. He had numer­ous tours around Japan, Cana­da and Spain (with Sile­sian Phil­har­mon­ic). Togeth­er with Krzysz­to­f Jabłoń­ski with whom he cre­ates the  Cho­pin Duo he par­tic­i­pat­ed in the per­for­mance of For­te­pia­nis­simo pre­sent­ed at the Great  The­atre in War­saw. He was a guest artist of such fes­ti­vals as:  War­saw Autumn , War­saw Music Meet­ings, Music in the Old Cra­cow, Bra­vo Mae­stro in Kąś­na Dol­na, Festi­val in Łań­cut, Cho­pin à Paris, and fes­ti­vals in Guadix (Spain), Cara­cas, Busko Zdrój, Dusz­ni­ki Zdrój, Anto­ni­n, Słup­sk, Kamie­ń Pomor­ski and Byd­gosz­cz. An impor­tant event for him was the per­for­mance of Witold Lutosławski’s Cel­lo Con­cer­to in the pres­ence of the com­pos­er, under the baton of Miro­sław Jacek Błasz­czyk (1993). In 2005 Tomasz Strahl pre­sent­ed the Pol­ish pre­miere of Cel­lo Con­cer­to no.2 by Pio­tr Moss at the fes­ti­val called Pre­mieres (2005) with the Nation­al Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra of the Pol­ish Radio with which in 2006 he record­ed the found Con­cer­to by Zyg­munt Sto­jow­ski. In 2007, togeth­er with Krzysz­to­f Jabłoń­ski and Kon­stan­ty Andrze­j Kul­ka he record­ed the com­plete cham­ber pieces by Fry­de­ryk Cho­pin for the com­pa­ny BeAr­Ton, and in  2012 he par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Euro­pean pro­mo­tion of The Nation­al Edi­tion of Works by Fry­deryk Chopin; on this occa­sion he per­formed con­certs in Vien­na, Rome and Gene­va. The artist is also a devot­ed pro­mot­er of Cel­lo Con­cer­to by Sta­ni­sław Mory­to.

He has made numer­ous archive record­ings for the Pol­ish Radio and the Pol­ish Tele­vi­sion, as well as the CBC Radio in Cana­da. His discog­ra­phy cov­ers the record­ings for Pony Canyon, CD Accord, Pavane Records, Gema Ste­reo, Polmu­sic, Acte Préa­la­ble and Sony Clas­sics. He was three times nom­i­nat­ed for the ‘Fry­deryk’ award, which he won in 2003.

He teach­es at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw (in 2001 he obtained the title of Pro­fes­sor from Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Poland). Dur­ing the term of office 2012–2016 he held the func­tion of Dean of the University’s Depart­ment of Instru­men­tal Stud­ies. Dur­ing the elec­tion in 2016, he was re-elect­ed for the same func­tion for 2016–2020. He also teach­es at mas­ter cours­es in Poland, Hol­land, Fin­land, Ger­many, Japan and South Amer­i­ca (in 2005 he deliv­ered a cycle of lec­tures and per­formed a few con­certs dur­ing the pres­ti­gious ‘Wien, Prag, Budapest’ Inter­na­tion­al Sum­mer Acad­e­my).

Tomasz Strahl has been hon­oured with a num­ber of state dec­o­ra­tions: in 2002 he was award­ed with The Gold­en Cross of Mer­it; in 2009 he received the 1st degree award of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Nation­al Her­itage for his artis­tic and teach­ing achieve­ments, and in 2010 he was award­ed with the Sil­ver Medal ‘For Mer­its to Cul­ture’  Glo­ria Artis and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Rebirth of Poland.

As part of the cel­e­bra­tions of the Chopin Year jubilee the artist gave con­certs in Sankt Peters­burg, dur­ing the Naf­plion Fes­ti­val in Greece and in Kon­zer­tve­rein in Ingold­stadt, and with Krzysz­to­f Jabłoń­ski he per­formed a recital before Her Majesty Queen Mar­grethe II of Den­mark.

In 2010 he was cho­sen to  join the Coun­cil of the Phono­graph­ic Award of ‘Fry­deryk’.

The artist plays the instru­ment by Leopold Wid­halm, Norym­berg 1778.

Since 2012 he has tak­en part in the pro­mo­tion of The Nation­al Edi­tion of Cham­ber Works by Fry­deryk Chopin edit­ed by Prof.essorJan Eki­er.


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