Jacek Ropski

— violinist, Doctor of Arts, assistant professor at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław.

Born in 1981 in Gliwice, he began his violin education under Józef Błaszczok. After Błaszczok’s death, Jacek Ropski continued his violin education under the guidance of Antoni Cofalik, being his student until high school graduation in 2000.

Between 2001 and 2003 he was a violin student of professor Antje Weithaas at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. From 2003 he was a violin student of professor Bartosz Bryła at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław from where he graduated in 2005.

In 2008 he received a Doctor of Arts degree as a result of a doctoral program in which, in its final phase, he performed the complete cycle of 24 Caprices op. 1 by Niccolò Paganini.

He has been a laureate of national and international violin competitions in Katowice, Sosnowiec, Wrocław, Kraków, Elbląg, Poznań and Warsaw, Poland, and Saint Petersburg, Russia.

His greatest achievements are, among others:

  • 3rd prize and special prize for the best performance of a 20th century piece in the 3rd International Pyotr Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1st prize in the National Auditions for violin and viola students in Elbląg, Poland
  • 3rd prize and an award given by the Henryk Wieniawski Society in the 6th Zdzisław Jahnke National Violin Competition in Poznań, Poland
  • 1st distinction (6th prize) in the 2nd Tadeusz Wroński International Solo Violin Competition in Warsaw, Poland.

Having passed qualification auditions, he took part in the Competition of Music Performances in Geneva, the Georg Kulenkampff Competition in Cologne, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and the Niccolò Paganini Competition in Genoa. He was the finalist of the Max Rostal Competition in Berlin and semi-finalist of the Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poznań.

As a recipient of multiple scholarships, he received scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art and the National Foundation for Children and was a laureate of a prize awarded by the President of Gliwice and the Plebiscite for the Person of the Year of the Gliwice Soil.

As a soloist he has performed in renowned festivals, both in Poland and abroad, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Kammermusik Podium Braunschweig, Henryk Wieniawski Days in Szczawno-Zdrój and Masters of Violinism in Zielona Góra.

He has performed with the orchestral accompaniment of the philharmonic orchestras of Cracow, Zabrze, Zielona Góra, Szczecin, Hamburger Symphoniker, Symphonieorchester Bern, Gliwice and Racibórz Chamber Orchestras, Kammerorchester Hannover, Chamber Orchestra of the Philharmony in Kirovograd, and the Student European Symphonic Orchestra. With the last one, under the baton of Maestro Marek Pijarowski, he performed the Violin Concerto in A-major op. 8 by Mieczysław Karłowicz in the main concert halls of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, in the framework of the European Capital of Culture – Wrocław 2016.

At the request of the 2nd channel of the Polish Radio, he recorded Concerto in D-major op. 35 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky with the Polish Radio Orchestra under Andrzej Straszyński. He has also recorded a CD with music by Polish composers, Paderewski/Gąsieniec/Stolpe, which was published in 2016 by Wratislavia Productions.

Since his graduation, he has been professionally connected with his alma mater, the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, where he conducts his own violin class.

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