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Jakub Jakowicz born June 10, 1981, Warsaw, Poland.
He took violin lessons at the Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex No. 4, where his violin teachers were S. Winiarski, S. Kawalla, Prof. Slawomir Tomasik; chamber music was taught by his mother, Julia Jakimowicz-Jakowicz. Under the guidance of his father, Krzysztof Jakowicz, he studied at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. He was also the last student of Tadeusz Wroński. The artist received a doctorate in musical arts in 2013, and a postdoctoral degree in 2020, in the field of arts, in the artistic discipline of musical arts.
He has won first prizes at violin competitions in Lublin (1993), Wattrelos, France (1995) and Takasaki, Japan (1999). He also won first prizes playing in a piano trio. In September 2001, he was one of three winners (alongside a cellist and a trombonist) of the International Tribune of Young Performers in Bratislava, organized under the auspices of the European Radio Union and the UNESCO International Music Council. In 2002, he received the Polish-Japanese Foundation's award for the most promising Polish violinist of the young generation. He is also the winner of the "Polityka" Passport for 2003, and was awarded the "Orpheus" prize at the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival in 2007.
He has been performing since the age of 11. He has played with all the leading Polish orchestras. His debut in Piotr Tchaikovsky's Concerto in D Major in 1994 with orchestras in Bydgoszcz, Cracow and Szczecin led to subsequent invitations to perform with the Sinfonia Varsovia and National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestras. At the invitation of Krzysztof Penderecki, in 1998 he performed at the festival named after him in Cracow, performing Capriccio under the direction of Jerzy Maksymiuk. He has also worked with such conductors as Michail Jurovski, Pinchas Steinberg, Heinz Walenberg, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Agnieszka Duczmal, Jan Krenz, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marek Pijarowski, Wojciech Rajski, Antoni Wit, Tadeusz Strugała, Tomasz Bugaj, Czesław Grabowski, Wojciech Michniewski, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Jerzy Semkow, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jacek Kaspszyk, Kazimierz Kord, Yan Pascal Tortellier, Eiji Oue, Kirill Karabits, Marc Minkowski, Stefan Solyom and many others.
He has also given concerts abroad, including Japan, Sweden and Finland. In 2000, he made his debut at the Radio France Festival with great success, which brought him another invitation to perform with the National Orchestra in Montpellier. In 2001 he also made his debut in Spain with the Orquestra Real de Sevilla, with the Orquesta National de Espana and with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Pinchas Steinberg, performing Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1. In the following years, he performed with some of the world's most renowned orchestras, including Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Dresdner Philharmoniker, Philharmonishes Orchester Dortmund, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, Orquesta Nacional in Madrid, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale in Florence, Czech Philharmonic in Prague; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Concerto Köln, Orquesta Sinfonica Valencia, Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra and National Philharmonic in Warsaw. In 2009 and 2011, at the invitation of Antoni Wit, the artist participated as a soloist in the concert tours of the National Philharmonic Orchestra in the UK.
As a chamber musician, Jakub Jakowicz has for years formed a violin duo with his father, Krzysztof Jakowicz. Since 2000 he has been playing with pianist Bartosz Bednarczyk - together they have recorded albums Subito (Polish Radio), Beethoven Violin Sonatas (Subito Records), an album with Witold Lutoslawski's Partita (CD Accord), an album Jakub Jakowicz / Bartosz Bednarczyk FRANZ SCHUBERT (Polish Radio, 2017). In addition, the artist has performed with such musicians as Heinz Holliger, Paul Gulda, Jan Krzysztof Broja, Michel Lethiec, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Ruth Kilius, Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka, Avri Levitan, Ursula Smith, Daniel Möller-Schott, Andrzej Bauer, Rafał Kwiatkowski, Marcin Zdunik, Karol Marianowski and Zvi Plessev.
Since 2006, the musician has been a member of the Zehetmair Quartet, an ensemble created by Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair. This quartet usually prepares one concert program a year, performing most of the works from memory.The ensemble's CD (ECM) with works by Béla Bartók and Paul Hindemith won the 2007 Diapason d'Or de l'Anneé award. Jakub Jakowicz in the Zehetmair Quartet has performed at the Berlin Philharmonic, among other venues.
Berlin Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall in London, Santory Hall in Tokyo, Gulbenkian Center in Lisbon, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Zankel Hall in New York, as well as at famous music festivals, including Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Lucerne, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh.In 2014, the ensemble was awarded the prestigious P. Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau.
From 2008 to 2014 he was the primer of the Litoslavsky Quartet. With this ensemble, he recorded all seven of Grazyna Bacewicz's String Quartets for Naxos, as well as the premiere recording of Paweł Mykietyn's String Quartet No. 2.
Since 2004, he has been teaching violin at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, currently serving as a professor. Since 2018, he has also been working with the Academy of Music in Katowice. From 2008 to 2014 he was the primer of the Litoslavsky Quartet.
Since 2015, he has been a member of the Witold Lutoslawski Society. Since 2015, he has also been a member of the International Artistic Committee of the Musethica Festival.
He plays on a Gand Brothers instrument (Paris, 1859), courtesy of the Fondation Jerzy Semkow.