Marcin Zdunik

Polish cellist, musicologist and improviser born on December 5th, 1987 in Warsaw, Poland. In 2011 he finished his studies with Andrzej Bauer at Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw being awarded Magna cum Laude Medal. He was also a Guest Student at the Leopold Mozart Zentrum (Augsburg University) in a class of Julius Berger and holds a Master in Musicology from the University of Warsaw.

The cellist performs in many European countries, the USA and Korea. He has co-operated with many renowned ensembles (the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Camerata, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia), distinguished conductors (Andrey Boreyko, Antoni Wit, Tadeusz Strugała) and reputable musicians (Nelson Goerner, Gerard Causse, Ewa Pobłocka, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Jose Gallardo, Modigliani Quartet). He performed with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Tatjana Grindenko at the Festival Chamber Music Connects the World organized by Kronberg Academy.

He has performed as a soloist at many renowned concert halls, e.g. the National Philharmonic Concert Hall in Warsaw, the Rudolfinum in Prague, Carnegie Hall in New York, Cadogan Hall in London, Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Hermitage Theatre in St. Petersburg, Konzerthaus Dortmund (Philharmonie für Westfalen) and the Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava.

In 2007 Marcin Zdunik won the first prize at the VI Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw (Poland). He was also awarded the Grand Prix for an outstanding performance of Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto and received nine other prizes. In 2008 he represented the Polish Radio in Bratislava (Slovakia) at the International Forum of Young Performers (IFYP) organized by the European Broadcasting Union where he won the 2008 New Talent title.

In 2010 he got Polish TV Culture Award, Gwarancje Kultury and Fryderyk Music Award 2010 for the album: Haydn, Denisov „Cello Concertos”. More recently he recorded complete Robert Schumann’s works for cello and piano (2014, with Aleksandra Świgut), and Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s “Fantasia for cello and orchestra” (2015, with Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and Andres Mustonen).

Besides the traditional cello repertoire Marcin Zdunik presents his own compositions and arrangements for cello and chamber ensembles. Since 2014 he has been giving improvised recitals as well.  

Zdunik teaches at the Music Academy in Gdańsk (Poland) and holds a doctorate degree in music since 2015. 

The cellist holds a scholarship of Pro Polonia Society, Polish Ministry of Culture and Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund.