Marek Żwirdowski Principal

Trombone in Sinfonia Varsovia since 1993

Marek Żwirdowski studied trombone at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the trombone class of Professor Roman Siwek, graduating in 1990.

He commenced his professional career in 1989 in the Polish Radio and Television Orchestra in Warsaw. He has been a musician in the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra since 1993, working with world renowned conductors and solists: Yehudi Menuhin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mstislav Rostropovich, Paul McCreesh, Marc Minkowski, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Jan Krenz, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jerzy Semkow, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Nigel Kennedy, Placido Domingo, Martha Argerich, Maxim Vengerov, Boris Berezovsky, Sergei Nakariakov, Piotr Anderszewski, Rafał Blechacz, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka.

As part of Sinfonia Varsovia, he also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Sony, EMI, Virgin Classic, Naxos, Warner Classics.

Żwirdowski has been performing as soloist for many years, with solo recitals and performances with symphony orchestras and concert bands.

Works performed with orchestras include concertos by such composers as Marcin Błażewicz, Ferdinand David, Georg Friedrich Haendel, Jan Koetsier, Lars-Erik Larsson, Maciej Małecki, Kazimierz Serocki and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Marek Żwirdowski also plays in chamber ensembles. He is the leader and founder of the Warsaw Trombone Quartet, with which he has performed at many festivals in Poland.

He also performs early music on a baroque trombone. He worked with the Collegio Antico, La Tempesta and Ars Cantus ensembles, both as a concert and recording artist. Since 2008 he is a member of Sinfonia Varsovia Brass.

In 1991 he commenced teaching activity in the trombone class of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

For his activity he has been honoured with the Order of Distinguished Service for Warsaw in 2014.

Prizes and Awards

  • laureate of the National Chamber Music Competition in Bydgoszcz (1989)
  • a distinction at the National Brass Instrument Performance Competition in Gdańsk (1990)