Congratulations to Krzysztof Polonek!

14 Oct 2020

We congratulate Krzysztof Polonek, who has successfully completed his probationary period as concertmaster. Born in Krakow, the violinist comes from a family of musicians. His father, the violist Zdzisław Polonek, was also a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker and his son’s first violin teacher. He continued to train him musically and prepared him for the concertmaster audition together with Krzysztof Polonek’s mother, a pianist. “My parental home has had a fundamental influence on me both musically and in terms of artistic taste,” says the musician. “What was personally moving for me about the Berliner Philharmoniker was that I was able to play with my father for several years in the orchestra that I had known and admired since the days of Karajan.”

Krzysztof Polonek, a pupil of Tomasz Tomaszewski, Thomas Brandis and Markus Becker, became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2009 – after positions as concertmaster and section leader at Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Dresden Philharmonie and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. In February 2019, the musician, who also holds a doctorate from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw under Jarosław Pietrzak and is a member of the Berlin Piano Trio, which has won international awards, passed the audition to succeed Andreas Buschatz as concertmaster. A position which was to allow him to gain completely new experiences: “As concertmaster, I have a different level of responsibility by acting as a link between the individual instrumental sections, the soloists and the conductor. I am now allowed to make decisions that are binding for the collective, but I also have to be able to live with their consequences!”

(Photo: privat)