Henryk Kowalewicz Principal, French Horn Section Leader

French horn in Sinfonia Varsovia since 2008

Henryk Julian Kowalewicz was born in Warsaw. He began playing the French horn at the age of eleven. In 1988, he entered the Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex no. 4 in Warsaw, initially studying the piano. He became interested in the French horn only in grade 6, entering the class of Professor Krzysztof Specjał.
In 2001 Kowalewicz entered the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the French horn class of Professor Jan Jeżewski. He graduated in 2006.

In 2005 Kowalewicz commenced post-graduate studies at the Hochschule der Kunste Bern in Switzerland in the French horn and natural horn class of Professor Thomas Muller, from which he graduated in 2007.

Since 2002 Krzysztof Kowalewicz has worked with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, the Pomeranian Philharmonic, the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, the Leopoldinum Wrocław Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Philharmonic and the National Opera Orchestra in Warsaw.

In the 2007-2008 he was the principal horn of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.

In 2011 he has also joined the European Brass Orchestra.

Henryk Kowalewicz has performed as soloist with the Orchestra of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Warmińsko-Mazurska Philharmonic, the Łódź Philharmonic, the New Chamber Orchestra and with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra.

Kowalewicz is also an active chamber musician. He has been a member of the Sinfonia Varsovia Brass Quintet and of the Sinfonia Varsovia Wind Quintet since 2008. Since 2007 he has been a member of the Essentia Musica ensemble, which specialises in the performance of early music. He has joined the Mazo Horn Quartet in 2010.

Henryk Kowalewicz is also a member of the Warsaw Brass Trio, with which he has performed at such festivals as the Schagerl Brass Festival (2008, 2011), Budapest Brass Weekend (2010), Lieksa Brass Week (2011), Melbourne International Festival of Brass (2011) and 13ème Stage de Trombone in Lille (2012). He has performed in Poland, Austria, Finland, France, Hungary and Australia.

In 2006-2013 he taught in the French horn class at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
In 2013 Kowalewicz led a master class at the International Belgian Brass Academy in Harelbeke-Kortrijk in Belgium.
He has been a lecturer of the Sinfonia Varsovia Academy, a project intended to refine the playing skills of orchestra musicians.

Henryk Kowalewicz is a laureate of a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for distinguished Polish artists of the young generation Young Poland (2006),

In 2008 Henryk Kowalewicz became the principal French horn of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra.


Prizes and Awards

  • 2nd prize in the open category at the 1st Prof. Edwin Golnik French Horn Players’ Competition
  • 1st prize in the brass quartet and quintet category at the 7th National Wind Instrument Ensemble Competition in Warsaw (2005)
  • 1st prize in the woodwind quintet category at the 7th National Winds Ensemble Competition in Warsaw (2005)
  • 3rd prize with the Warsaw Brass Trio at the 7th International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Cracow (2003),
  • 2nd prize in the brass quartet category at the 6th National Wind Instrument Ensemble Competition in Warsaw (2003)
  • 1st place in the woodwind quintet category, grand prix and special prize of the Polish Radio at the 6th National Wind Instrument Ensemble Competition in Warsaw (2003)
  • 3rd prize at the International Brass Instrument Performance Competition in Gdańsk (2002)
  • 1st prize at the 3rd National Horn Players’ Festival in Łódź (2001)