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The Polish violinist Konstanty Kulka was born in 1947 in Gdansk. At the age of eight he began to study the violin with Ludwik Gbiorczyk, and in both the Secondary School of Music and Music Academy in Gdansk he worked under the direction of Stefan Herman. In 1971 he graduated with honours at the highest grade. While still at school, he participated in the Nicolò Paganini International Competition in Genoa where he received a diploma with a special distinction. Since 1967 he has appeared in over 1500 concerts and recitals throughout the world. He has collaborated as a soloist with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Minneapolis, London Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and has performed at such prominent music festivals as those in Lucerne, Bordeaux, Berlin, Brighton, Prague, Barcelona, Flanders, Warsaw and many others. He has made many records for radio, television and gramophone companies. His recordings include, among others, concertos by Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Glazunov, Lalo, Bartók, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Brahms, Karlowicz, Penderecki, Hindemith and Szymanowski. He has participated in recordings of Polish contemporary music by composers such as Penderecki, Lutos1awski, Knapik, Bloch, Jablonski, among others, and received a Polish Radio Special Award for his recordings of Karol Szymanowski. In 1981 in Paris he received the Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of Szymanowski’s two violin concertos. He has played Penderecki’s concertos many times in Europe and North America, mainly under the direction of the composer himself. He takes part in many foreign tours with Polish orchestras, and is directly connected with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra where, since 1984, he has held a regular position as a soloist. It is with this orchestra, mainly conducted by Witold Rowicki and later by Kazimierz Kord, that he has toured the whole world many times. Konstanty Kulka has received many honours, among others awards from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the award of the Polish Foreign Office for services to the popularisation of Polish culture abroad, many honorary titles and other occasional distinctions.
Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
LIPINSKI, K.: Violin Music (Selected Works) (Kulka) CD Accord
Chamber Music
PENDERECKI: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
SZYMANOWSKI : Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Marco Polo
SZYMANOWSKI: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos

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