Milosz Drogowski, Cello

Miłosz Drogowski has been taught by a number of world-class artists and pedagogues during his studies in Poland and Switzerland. As a musician with a very wide spectrum of interests, he is used to performing both early and contemporary music and tries to deepen his knowledge and intuition in these areas of musical performance. Miłosz Drogowski received his basic musical education from Renata Ratajczak as a student of the Juliusz Zarębski School of Music in his hometown Inowrocław. From 2007 to 2012 he studied at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the class of Andrzej Bauer. Miłosz Drogowski has been continuing his education under the supervision of the British cellist Louise Hopkins at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. He joined the Warsaw-based Group “Cellonet” and played with them from 2008 to 2010, including very successful festival appearances in many European countries. As a member of this ensemble, Miłosz Drogowski has collaborated with Polish and Ukrainian composers and performed world premieres of their works. He still occasionally co-operates with the group performing at the Warsaw Autumn – International Festival of Contemporary Music. Miłosz Drogowski has attended solo master classes with Julius Berger, Umberto Clerici, Miklos Perenyi, Arto Noras, Csaba Onczay, Roman Jabłoński, Kazimierz Michalik, and Andrzej Bauer. He has also taken part in a number of chamber music workshops working with musicians from groups such as the Alban Berg, Artis and Keller Quartets. As a member of the Chopin Piano Quintet he was coached by Hatto Beyerle, Marta Gulias, Herbert Kefer, Andras Keller, Avedis Kouyoumdjian and Peter Schuhmayer, which led him to the finals of Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Lugano (2009).
He was awarded several prizes at national and international competitions, e.g. in 2009 the Special Prize for the best performance of „Grave” by W. Lutosławski followed by two awards intended for the best Polish competitor: concert appearances in Łódź Philharmonic and Mazovia Region Centre of Culture and Arts. He also reached the semi-finals of the 3rd Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji (Japan). As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed at the Warsaw, Częstochowa, Opole, Lvov and Łomża Philharmonics with such artists as Andrzej Bauer, Bartosz Koziak, Marcin Zdunik, Agnieszka Kozło and Paweł Gusnar. In 2012 Miłosz Drogowski recorded the solo cello part for a CD by Paweł Gusnar released by DUX. This was followed by the invitation to record Elogium for baritone, cello and chamber orchestra by Paweł Łukaszewski in cooperation with Jan Miłosz Zarzycki, who conducted the Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic. The CD has been released by Musica Sacra. In March 2013 he joined the project of Kazimierz Michalik which aimed to record short solo pieces for children as a template for their education, once again for the label DUX. Miłosz Drogowski has wide experience in the area of orchestral playing, as a leader, soloist or a member of the cello section. He has collaborated with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, Chopin Academy Orchestra, European Workshop for Contemporary Music, Witold Lutosławski Philharmonic in Wroclaw, Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża, performing with them on many prestigious stages in Poland, Germany, Italy, USA and China. Miłosz Drogowski plays a modern cello built for him by Wojciech Topa in 2008.

Updated: 2014-10-13

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