Tomasz Daroch took first place in the 8th International Witold Lutosławski Cello Competition, along with the Grand Prix title for his performance of the composer's Violin Concerto. Second place in the competition went to Magdalena Bojanowicz, third place to Korea's Hee-Young Lim and fourth place to Lukas Stasevskij, who represented both Ukraine and Finland...
Second place in the competition went to Magdalena Bojanowicz, third place to Korea's Hee-Young Lim and fourth place to Lukas Stasevskij, who represented both Ukraine and Finland.
According to the Jury Chairman Mirosław Błaszczyk, first-place winner Tomasz Daroch wasn't initially considered a favourite, however his interpretation of Witold Lutosławski's Cello Concerto dazzled the jurors. Błaszczyk remarked that the young violinist's "expression and creativity resulted in a professional performance with a fragment of his own soul".
Tomasz Daroch was born in 1989 in Łódź. He began studying the cello at the age of seven. He completed the Henryk Wieniawski Music Conservatory and is currently a student at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim in Germany under the professorship of Michael Flaksman and Jelena Ocic-Flaksman. Since 2009 he has performed with the Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Heidelberg
The second-place winner - Magdalena Bojanowicz - also received two special honours for her performances of Grave and the Sacher Variations.
The finale performances of the competition took place on February 10, 2011 at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. The competitors performed with the Philharmonic's Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Piotr Dąbrowski.
For more information on the competition, see: The Eighth Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition