Precollege Faculty:Violin, Chamber Music
Polish-born violinist Krzysztof Kuznik is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician in the New York metropolitan area. He made his solo debut at Symphony Space in November 2002 and has been praised by the Strad magazine for his “…honest and musical account of the Bruch Concerto in G minor…” He began playing the violin at age seven and later studied at Joseph Elsner High School of Music in Warsaw. He has appeared as recitalist and soloist throughout Poland and the United States and has received numerous violin and chamber music awards, among them are the Tadeusz Wronski Solo Violin Competition, the Young Concert Artists European and the Coleman competitions.
Krzysztof is a graduate of both the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and Manhattan School of Music, where he was a full-scholarship undergraduate and graduate student as well as a recipient of the Whittaker Scholar Career Grant. His former teachers include Krzysztof Jakowicz, Glenn Dicterow, Sheryl Staples, Yoko Takebe, and Lisa Kim. As a founding member of the Elsner String Quartet, he has performed at Merkin Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the 92nd Street Y, Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, among other venues.
In August 1998 he was invited by members of the Amadeus Quartet to perform at the Quartet’s fiftieth-anniversary gala concert in London. He has participated in many international music festivals, has made numerous recordings, and has participated in television and radio broadcasts in both Europe and the United States, including regular live appearances on WQXR in New York City. As a finalist in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra auditions, Krzysztof is frequently asked to play with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and has participated in their Latin American, Asian and East Coast tours since 2001.
Krzysztof was the violinist of the Paderewski Trio, which won the 32nd Artists International’s New York Debut Award Auditions and as a result performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall on November 7, 2004. Other engagements included the Opening Gala Concert of the Kosciuszko Foundation Chamber Music Series on October 16 2005, which was broadcasted live on the classical music station WQXR, 96.3 FM.
Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2003.