*1996 in Poland
Studies with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt
Kronberg Academy Professional Studies
funded by the Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff Stipendium
Maciej Kułakowski was born in Gdańsk (Poland) in 1996 and began playing the cello at the age of six. From 2009 to 2012 he was a young student in the class of Michael Flaksman at Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, afterwards he studied with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar. He has taken part in masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Mischa Maisky, Truls Mørk, Gary Hoffman, Phillippe Muller, Jens Peter Maintz and Ivan Monighetti.
In 2015, he won first prize and a special award in the 10th Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. He later won second prize at the 2015 TONALi Competition in Hamburg, and in 2016 was awarded both a scholarship and a special prize from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn. He was also among the 2017 finalists at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Maciej Kułakowski has played in many European countries, both as a chamber musician and as a soloist, working under conductors such as Frank Brailey, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Stéphane Denève and Marek Pijarowski. His chamber music partners have included the musicians Alfred Brendel, Arnold Steinhardt and Charles Neidich. In 2011, he performed in the opening concert for the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice under Krzysztof Penderecki. He played Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Calgary Symphony Orchestra at Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary, and was likewise awarded prizes there. Working with the Kassak Brass Ensemble in 2010, he performed the world premiere of Tadeusz Kassak’s McKulak, a piece which is dedicated to him. He has also recorded a CD of works by Anton Arensky for the DUX label together with the Wiłkomirski Trio.
Maciej Kułakowski plays a cello by Charles Gaillard, Paris 1867, which is on loan to him from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
He was an active participant in the 2014 and 2016 Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses, where he was awarded the Landgrave of Hesse Prize in 2014. In the year 2017 he participated in the Kronberg Academy Festival. Since October 2017, Maciej Kułakowski has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. These studies are funded by the Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff Stipendium.
last updated: October 2018