Born in Warsaw in 1971 Krzysztof enjoys a diverse career as a performing musician that takes him all over the world. Since 1996 he has been the violist in the Belcea Quartet with whom he performs regularly in the world’s most prestigious halls, such as the Wigmore Hall in London, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Belcea Quartet has recorded extensively for EMI Classics and their recordings have won the Gramophone, Diapason d’Or, Midem and Echo Klassik Awards. Krzysztof’s passion for chamber music extends to partnerships with other musicians, such as Imogen Cooper, Stephen Kovacevich, Piotr Anderszewski, Katya Apekisheva, Natalie Clein, Adrian Brendel, Sasha Sitkovetsky and Kathy Gowers.
He appears as guest violist with ensembles such as the Alban Berg, Pavel Haas Quartet, Ysaye and Jerusalem Quartets, Razumovsky Ensemble and Jerusalem Piano Trio. His viola and piano recital disc with Katya Apekisheva has recently been released by Champs Hill Records and was launched in February 2012 with a concert at London’s Wigmore Hall.
Krzysztof is a viola and chamber music professor at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In the summer of 2011 he taught at a course in Israel organised by the Jerusalem Music Centre and in 2012 he joined the faculty of the Astona International Summer Academy in Switzerland. He returns regularly to give chamber music classes at Warsaw’s Elsner Music High School – his old school, with which he retains a strong connection.
Krzysztof is also pursuing a conducting career. He conducted the recording of Ittai Shapira’s Concierto Latino with the composer as violin soloist – released in 2011 by Champs Hill Records.