Daniel Stabrawa, 1st Concertmaster

Born in Kraków

Member since 1983-11-15

Daniel Stabrawa studied in his native Kraków, won prizes at several international competitions, and in 1979 was appointed concertmaster (leader) of the Kraków Radio Orchestra. He was a first violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic for three years before becoming one of the three First Konzertmeister. He has appeared as a concert soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker on many occasions playing, among others, the violin concertos by Prokofiev, Mozart and Beethoven. In 1994, he performed the first violin concerto by Karol Szymanowski under the direction of Mariss Jansons, a work which had not been heard with the orchestra since 1955. More recently, he was the orchestra’s soloist in Jenö Hubay’s Third Violin Concerto in December 2011 (conductor: Iván Fischer), and in December 2012, with the music for violin and orchestra by Rudi Stephan, conducted by Kirill Petrenko.

In 1985 Stabrawa and three colleagues from the orchestra founded the Philharmonia Quartet, which has appeared with great success in Berlin and other international music centres all over the world. Other chamber music partners are Yefim Bronfman, Murray Perahia, Emmanuel Ax, Rafał Blechacz and Nigel Kennedy, and his wife Elzbieta Stepien-Stabrawa who he has performed with since his early youth. Daniel Stabrawa is also active as a conductor: For example, he was artistic director of Capella Bydgostiensis in Bydgoszcz for nine years. From 1986 to 2000, he also taught at the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy; he continues to tutor at master classes and also judges at various competitions.