Ryszard Groblewski

1st Prize viola 2005

Ryszard Groblewski- the winner of the 60th Geneva Competition 2005 (1st prize, Audience Prize, Breguet Special Prize ). Born in 1983 in Warsaw, Poland. He started his musical education at the age of seven. In 2007 he graduated with honours from the Warsaw Academy of Music where he studied with Prof. Piotr Reichert. Currently, he holds the assistant viola professor position there. In recent years he has been improving his musical skills with internationally - renowned artists as Tabea Zimmermann, Nobuko Imai, Kim Kashkashian, Gabor Takačš, Wolfgang Marschner, Andrzej Bauer, Emmanuel Ax, Atar Arad, Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Ralf Gothoni, Stefan Kamasa.

Groblewski is the first Polish violist awarded with the prize at the ARD Competition in Munich ( II prize, 2004 ). Moreover, he is the winner of international viola competitions in Pörtschach (Austria), Essen (Germany), Bled (Slovenia). Ryszard Groblewski performs regurarly as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Chech Republic, USA, Italy, Spain and France. As a chamber musician he was a partner of Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Heinrich Schiff and Frans Helmersson at the project of Kronberg Academy, “Chamber Music Connects the World”. Besides he has participated in chamber music festivals in Lockenhaus, Davos, Geneva, Montpellier, Asiago (Italy), Schloss Elamau –Berlin –Munich - Vienna (ARD Kammermusikfest) and Ravinia (Chicago).

In February 2009 Groblewski was invited by Krystian Zimerman to take part in the concert tour as a member of the piano quintet. As a part of this project he made his CD debut for Deutsche Grammophon (G. Bacewicz – Piano Quintets no 1&2). In January 2007 and February 2008 as a result of international auditions he has been accapted for Seiji Ozawa’s International Music Academy Switzerland. During this project (June/July 2007) Groblewski has worked with such great musicians as Maestro Seiji Ozawa, Pamela Frank, Robert Mann, Nobuko Imai and Sadao Harada.

After winning top prizes at both ARD in Munich and Geneva Music Competitions Ryszard Groblewski has appeared in prestigious European concert venues : Vienner Konzerthaus, Berliner Konzerthaus, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Tonhalle in Zurich, Lieder Halle in Stuttgart, Rudolfinum in Prague and Schloss Elmau. During his carreer he has performed with several European orchestras: The Bavarian Radio Symphony in Munich, Munich Chamber Orchestra, SWR Stuttgart, Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve, Warsaw Philharmonic,
Philharmonia Hungarica, Collegium Musicum Basel, Sinfonia Varsovia, Capella Istropolitana and most of the Polish radio, philharmonic and symphony orchestras.

In May 2005 Groblewski made the Polish premiere of the revised version of the B. Bartok Viola Concerto, which was edited by Bartok’s son, Peter. In April 2006 he was invited for the Music Fest to Geneva to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. He made the archieve recordings for the radio stations in Germany, Switzerland, Poland and France. In January 2006 was nominated for the MIDEM Special Prize “Revelation of the Year” in Cannes.

In November 2008 Ryszard Groblewski won the solo- viola position in Zürcher Kammerorchester. As a principal violist he has also cooperated with Verbier Chamber Orchestra and Weinberger Kammerorchester under Gabor Takačs- Nagy. Ryszard Groblewski was granted The Polish Ministry of Culture Scholarship for the outstanding accomplishment (2001, 2002, 2004, 2007) as well as the Keimyoung University Research Foundation 2006.