“I am excited about coming back to Budapest for the New Millennium International Chamber Music Festival. I am particularly happy and looking forward to meet young cellists with whom we will work during the master classes. It is sure that the atmosphere of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe gives to all of us a lot of joy and inspiration”
The winner of the 3rd Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in 2001 in Warsaw (Poland), 2nd prize winner of the International Cello Competition in Tongyeong (Korea) in 2006 (“Isang Yun in memoriam”), winner of the 2nd prize at the Mikola Lysenko Competition in Kiev in 2007, winner of the International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Krakow, and a laureate and winner of a special prize at the Prague Spring Music Festival in 2006, Bartosz Koziak also received prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2002 and the ARD competition in Munich in 2005. In 2003, he received a special prize of the Polish Cultural Foundation awarded by Ewa Podles.
Bartosz performs regularly at venues such as: Konzerthaus in Berlin, Rudolfinum in Prague, Cite de la Musique in Paris, Khachaturyan Hall in Yerevan, Teatro Politeama in Palermo, and the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, among others.
As a soloist, Bartosz Koziak has collaborated with the Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice, Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Armenian State Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and Radio Orchestras in Warsaw and Budapest, collaborating with conductors Krzysztof Penderecki, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jan Krenz, Antoni Wit, Gabriel Chmura, Jacek Kaspszyk, András Keller, Tan Dun, Massimiliano Caldi, and Sergey Smbatyan. In recent years, Bartosz Koziak was invited and participated in numerous concert projects with Krzysztof Penderecki, such as in the first recording of “Concerto Grosso” conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki himself, and several recordings for Polish Radio were also made.
Bartosz Koziak graduated in the class of Prof. Kazimierz Michalik and Andrzej Bauer at the Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw, receiving a “Magna cum Laude” distinction. He completed his studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris in the class of Philippe Muller.
Professor Koziak has been teaching cello at the Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz for many years.