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Artistic Director

Krzysztof Wegrzyn, the Artistic Director of the ›Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover‹, is also the founder of this outstanding music event in Lower Saxony. He was born in Gdansk, Poland and was educated in Warsaw, Freiburg and London. His collaborations with artists such as Zenon Brzewski, Wolfgang Marschner, Yfrah Neaman and Dorothy DeLay gave him his vital artistic stimulation.

For years, Krzysztof Wegrzyn served as concertmaster for the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover and, since 1993 he has been a professor at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. His brilliant violin classes are internationally known, with many of his students having won awards at international competitions and being members of renowned orchestras.

Krzysztof Wegrzyn has himself won awards at prestigious international events such as the Louis Spohr and Montreal Competitions, and has earned the First Prize of the Karol Szymanowski and Rodolfo Lipizer competitions. Even today, he regularly travels both around Germany and abroad to give concert performances, where he has gained special acclaim by performing the works of contemporary composers such as Lutoslawski, Ligety, Nono, Schnittke, Pärt and Penderecki in addition to the standard repertoire.

Another focus of his artistic and educational work is the management of master classes in Europe, USA and Asia, which include the Holland Music Sessions, Ishikawa Music Academy, Keshet Eilon, Juilliard School, and music academies in Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. In addition, Krzysztof Wegrzyn is regularly called on to join international juries, such as at the Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Paganini, ARD and Sendai competitions recently.

He has been involved in chamber music for many years and is the founder of the ensemble ›il gioco col suono‹. In 2004, Krzysztof Wegrzyn was awarded the Musikpreis des Landes Niedersachsen for his contributions to music.