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Rafał Kwiatkowski - graduate and doctoral student at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, winner of first prizes at international competitions in New York, Baltimore, Leipzig, Ljubljana, Viňa del Mar (Chile), Kuhmo (Finland) and second prize at the Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki. He is the winner of a Polityka Passport, four Fryderyks, the Magna cum Laude medal and the Polish Culture Foundation award. He has given concerts as a soloist in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia - in Japan, among other places, he gave a recital at Tokyo's Suntory Hall. Following his New York recital debut at the Y Hall and a chamber concert at Carnegie Hall (1999), he has toured the US many times. He has performed at renowned music festivals in Poland, Russia, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, Macedonia, Lebanon, Puerto Rico and Chile. He has performed as a soloist with many foreign orchestras - including. Los Angeles, Bogota, Santiago, Moscow, Helsinki, Budapest, Palermo, Astana, and with the Munich Philharmonic, and at home he regularly performs and records with such great ensembles as Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonia Iuventus, Sinfonietta Cracovia, NOSPR, Polish Radio Orchestra and the National Philharmonic, with which he made his highly successful debut in 1999 under the direction of Stanisław Skrowaczewski. This success led to invitations to tour abroad with the FN Orchestra and a CD recording of W. Lutoslawski's Concerto under Antoni Wit, which received many European honors in addition to the Polish Fryderyks. He was a soloist in symphonic concerts promoting Polish culture on the threshold of Poland's accession to the EU, which took place in Copenhagen (Tivoli Hall), Helsinki and Basel. In 2001, he performed Krzysztof Penderecki's Viola Concerto in Berlin under the baton of the composer, and participated in the Polish premiere of the Concerto Grosso. Since then, Prof. Penderecki has regularly invited the cellist for Polish and foreign performances of his Concertos, as well as for their CD registrations. 

In addition to his solo activities, Rafal Kwiatkowski is passionate about chamber music - he has had the pleasure of co-creating on world stages with such personalities as Christoph Eschenbach, Kevin Kenner, Maxim Vengerov and Krystian Zimerman, with whom he played a series of concerts culminating in a CD recording for Deutsche Grammophon (the CD received a double Fryderyk award). Over the past two decades, he has established chamber music collaborations with most of Poland's most prominent artists. He has performed many times in a trio with Vadim Brodsky and Waldemar Malicki (including Vienna and Copenhagen). Together with Konstanty Kulka, Krzysztof Bąkowski and Krzysztof Jablonski, he became a member of the Warsaw Quintet, reactivated after years by viola player Stefan Kamasa, who built the worldwide reputation of this Ensemble with Władysław Szpilman at its head. In 2017. Kwiatkowski began a permanent collaboration with the Camerata string quartet, one of Poland's most outstanding chamber ensembles. He is nevertheless invited to joint concerts by the Meccore String Quartet and the Szymanowski Quartet. The classically trained cellist has also experienced a slightly different dimension of chamber music, having given numerous concerts and recorded the CD Polanna with Anna Maria Jopek, alongside such stars as Gil Goldstein, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Stanislaw Sojka, Krzysztof Herdzin, among others. Rafal Kwiatkowski has been teaching at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw since 2005.

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