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Jakub Haufa Concertmaster

I Violin in Sinfonia Varsovia since 2003

Concertmaster of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, habilitated doctor, Professor at the Music Academy in Poznań. Born in Poznań, he graduated from the violin class of prof. Jadwiga Kaliszewska. He is a versatile violinist with rich phonographic and concert achievements, a laureate of many national and international competitions. Winner of  honorable mentions in the final of the XII International Violin Competition Henryk Wieniawski in Poznań (2001).

Since 2003, he is the first concertmaster of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra, with which he has also repeatedly performed as a soloist with such artists as: Krzysztof Penderecki, Alexander Sladkovsky, Jacek Kaspszyk or Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marc Minkowski, Nigel Kennedy, Stefan Dohr, Albrecht Mayer, Daniel Hope. As a concertmaster, he led the orchestra under the baton of such conductors as: Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Christoph Eschenbach, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jerzy Semkow, Lawrence Foster, Marek Janowski, Andrey Boreyko, Leopold Hager, Sylvain Camberling, Hubert Soudant, Alexander Sladkovsky, Robert Trevino etc.

He recorded as both concertmaster and soloist, incl. for record labels such as Deutsche Grammophon (with Albrecht Mayer – CD / DVD New Seasons), EMI (with Nigel Kennedy – DVD Live at Carcassonne). He also appeared with Nigel Kennedy as a co-soloist with the Polish Chamber Orchestra and with “Das Collegium” with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 2016, as a soloist, he made the premiere recording of the version for violin and cello Concerto doppio by Krzysztof Penderecki under the baton of the composer. The album with this song was nominated for the Fryderyk 2018 Award.

Jakub Haufa is also often invited as a guest concertmaster both in Poland and abroad, including National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Euskadi Orchestra in San Sebastian.

He plays the violin “Stephan von Baehr Paris 2010”.

Prizes and Awards

  • 2nd prize in the National Stanisław Serwaczyński Competition for Young Violinists in Lublin (1999)
  • 2nd prize in the 6th National Zdzisław Jahnke Competition for Violinists in Poznań (1999)
  • honourable mention in the 12th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań (2001)

CD / Discography