Throughout our 2018-2019 we worked with six very talented candidates who auditioned with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for the vacant Concertmaster position, with each having the opportunity to work with the orchestra for a set of rehearsals and a concert. Krzysztof Kuznik, who worked with the orchestra in the fall, has been offered and accepted this position.
Mr. Kusnik is a Polish-born violinist and is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician in the New York metropolitan area. He began playing the violin at age seven and has appeared as recitalist and soloist throughout Poland and the United States. He has received numerous violin and chamber music awards. Among them are Tadeusz Wronski Solo Violin Competition, the Young Concert Artists European and the Coleman competitions.
Mr. Kuznik is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he was a full-scholarship undergraduate and graduate student as well as a recipient of the Whittaker Scholar Career grant. His former teachers include Krzysztof Jakowicz, Glenn Dicterow, Sheryl Staples, Yoko Takebe, and Lisa E. Kim. As a founding member of the Elsner String Quartet, he has performed at Merkin Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the 92nd Street Y, Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, among other venues.
In August 1998 Mr. Kuznik was invited by members of the Amadeus Quartet to perform at the Quartet’s 15th Anniversary Gala Concert in London. He has participated in many international music festivals, has made numerous recordings, and has appeared in television and radio broadcasts in both Europe and the United States, including regular live broadcasts on WQXR in New York City with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Kuznik was the violinist of the Paderewski Trio, which won the 32nd Artists International’s New York Debut Award Auditions and as the result performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall on November 7, 2004. He is a member of the violin faculty of Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division and JCC Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, NJ.