Winner of two Fryderyk Awards and recipient of the Silver Cross of Merit awarded by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Janusz Wawrowski is considered the leading Polish violinist. As a tribute to his global efforts to promote Polish culture he has been loaned the Antonio Stradivari “Polonia” violin (1685), courtesy of Roman Ziemian.
His latest Warner Classics album Phoenix (2021), recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Grzegorz Nowak, includes the Violin Concerto in D major by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the Violin Concerto by Ludomir Różycki – the latter work was never performed in the composer’s lifetime, it was lost during the war, and rediscovered and reconstructed by Janusz Wawrowski himself. The artist proudly showcases this historic and genuinely modern Polish piece around the world. The album was hailed by the press and received worldwide recognition including award nominations for Opus Klassik, ICMA, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the 2022 Fryderyk Award (“Best Polish Album Abroad” category).
In 2021/2022 season, Janusz Wawrowski returned to Germany for concerts with the Südwestdeutsche Kammerorchester Pforzheim under the baton of Douglas Bostock and a recital at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. He debuted in Spain with the Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia in Madrid under Grzegorz Nowak, performed at the International Music Festival of Central and Eastern Europe “Eufonie” in Warsaw and with the philharmonic orchestras of Opole, Silesia, and Zielona Góra. He also organised in Warsaw a charity concert entitled “Sounds for Ukraine” where all proceeds were donated to the Polish Humanitarian Action.
In the near future, he will tour with Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and for the Naxos label, he will record with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra in Vilnius a piece by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov – Dedication for Violin and Orchestra. Recent highlights include a major US tour with NFM Wrocław Philharmonic under Giancarlo Guerrero, debuts at the Elbphilharmonie with Hamburger Symphoniker and at Wigmore Hall with violinist Linus Roth, and a return to the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea.
In 2013, Janusz Wawrowski has signed a multi-album contract with Warner Classics and has released six albums to date. The artist is committed to supporting contemporary music and has premiered violin concertos by Max Richter, Tomasz Opałka, Dariusz Przybylski, and Sukhi Kang. This interests culminated with his album Sequenza (2016) which explores contemporary violin solo repertoire. Sequenza received outstanding recognition by the press and was featured in a live performance on BBC Radio 3.