We congratulate Krzysztof Polonek who won the audition for the position of concertmaster on 14 February. He succeeds Andreas Buschatz, who left the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2017. The Krakow-born violinist, who has been a member of the first violin section since 2009, comes from a family of musicians. His father, the violist Zdzisław Polonek, was also a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Krzysztof Polonek, who studied under Tomasz Tomaszewski at Berlin University of the Arts, under Thomas Brandis at the University of Music Lübeck and under Markus Becker at the University of Music, Drama und Media Hanover, began his orchestral career in 2001 as second concertmaster with Deutsche Oper Berlin.
This was followed by engagements as section leader of the second violins with the Dresden Philharmonic (2002 to 2005) and as section leader of the second violins at the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (2005 to 2009) before he became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In addition, Krzysztof Polonek, who obtained a doctorate under Jarosław Pietrzak at the Wrocław Music Academy, is a member of the Berlin Piano Trio.