A Polish cellist – soloist and chamber musician. He performs music of various eras: from the Renaissance to the present day. He also improvises, arranges and composes. He has been invited to take part in prestigious music festivals: the BBC Proms in London, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano and Chopin and his Europe in Warsaw. In 2007, he won the Grand Prix in the 6th International Witold Lutosławski Cello Competition in Warsaw, and in 2008 participated in the International Forum of Young Performers in Bratislava, winning the title ‘New Talent 2008’.
He has performed as a soloist in many renowned concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Rudolfinum in Prague. He has been accompanied by many excellent ensembles, including the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and City of London Sinfonia, and also by outstanding conductors, such as Andrzej Boreyko, Antoni Wit and Andres Mustonen.
An important role in his artistic life is played by collaborations with inspiring instrumentalists, including Nelson Goerner, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Ewa Pobłocka, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Szymon Nehring, Jakub Jakowicz and Aleksander Dębicz.
He has recorded many albums of concert and chamber repertoire, including cello concertos by Joseph Haydn and Paweł Mykietyn, works for cello and piano by Robert Schumann, the complete chamber works of Fryderyk Chopin, compositions for choir and cello, chamber music pieces, and also his own improvisations. He has received three Fryderyk awards from the Polish record industry, and in 2009 he also won a ‘Cultural Guarantee’ awarded by TVP Kultura.
Composition plays an important part in Marcin Zdunik’s artistic activity. In recent years, he wrote Cello Concerto ‘Ghosts of the Past’ (2021), Piano Quartet (2022) and a number of solo pieces and theatre music.
Marcin Zdunik trained with outstanding musicians: Andrzej Bauer and Julius Berger. He also completed musicology studies at the University of Warsaw. He teaches cello at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In April 2021, he received the title Professor of Art, and in 2020 the Honorary Badge of Merit for Services to Polish Culture, awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.