Artur Kasperek

Bassoonist

One of the best polish bassoonists. For many years he is cooperating with leading polish orchestras. He was a soloist in Polish Chamber Orchestra (1990 – 1994), in 1999 he was a principal bassoonist in Krystian Zimerman Polish Festival Orchestra. With this ensemble he received many prestigious awards for the recording of Chopin Piano Concertos for the Deutche Gramophon.

Cofounder and principal bassoonist of the bassoon quartet named Varsovia and member of Varsovia Nova quintet. With this ensemble he performed dozens of concerts on festivals in Europe.

Laureate of solo and chamber competitions, such as: III prize on chamber competition in Potsdam - 1998.

For now, he is a head of wind section of Polish National Opera (he is working in orchestra from 1992), and a soloist of Sinfonietta Cracovia and Polish Radio Orchestra (since 1994). What is more, he is cooperating with: Concerto Avenna, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Ensemble de Narol, Sinfonia Varsovia, New Art Ensamble, Gruppo di Tempera.

He performed as a soloist numerous times in Poland and abroad (Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Belarus) with such orchestras as: National Philharmonic of Belarus, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Concerto Avenna, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Capella Bydgostiensis, Silesian Chamber Orchestra “Orfeusz”, with whom he performed concertos by: Mozart, Weber, Hummel, Vivaldi, Strauss, Panufnik and Villa – Lobos.

He worked with prominent conductors such as: Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Claudio Abbado, Christoph Eschenbach.

He is a bassoon teacher, and his students are winning main competitions, playing in leading orchestras and are prominent young players of the generation. Kasperek is giving masterclasses and is a member of the jury in many competitions.

In 2012 he received Ph D of Frederic Chopin University of Music, he is working in Wind Instruments Department.