Jan Romanowski – a violinist, a music teacher, a composer, an arranger

Born on 14 September, 1978
In 2001 he graduated with honors from the Ignacy Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, in theViolin Class of Professor M. Baranowski. He is a prize-winner of enormous number of competitions. In the Polish National S. Serwaczyński Competition for Young Violinists in Lublin he won the third prize in 1990, and in 1998 the fourth one. As the first violinist of the Ensemble AGUTTI QUARTET he was awarded the third proze in the 13th International Interacademic Competition of Chamber Ensembles in Łódź in 1998. He also received an honorary degree in the Macroregional Auditions for Students from Secondary Schools of Music in Cracow (1993) and also in the Polish National Auditions for Students from Violin and Viola Classes in Elbląg (1993). He also participated in the 5th, the 6th and 7th K. Lipiński and H. Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists in Lublin (1991, 1994, 1997) and in the First Family Groblicz International Violin Competition in Cracow in 1996. He was also a holder of a scholarship of Children’s Art. Foundation.
He improved his violin playing, taking part in the Hindemith Summer European Foundation Academy in Blonay (Switzerland) in 1996 and also in the Summer Music Academy in Źagań (1994,1996,1997). His artistic output consists of numerous recitals and concerts, among others, those with the State Lublin Philharmonic, recordings for the Radio and Television in Lublin, and also performances within the cycles of lecture concerts of the State Philharmonic in Poznań.

Being a student of the I. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań he performed many times with the academic orchestra as a leader of the strings. In the years 1999 and 2000 he worked on the same post in the New Century Chamber Orchestra conducted by D. Tabisz.
As a member of AGUTII QUARTET he toured in his country and abroad, among others, within the Berlin-Straussberg Jewish Music Festival with an outstanding clarinetist G. Feidman. In the years 1998-2001 he also cooperated with G. Bregovic’s string orchestra, giving concerts all over the world. In 1998 he recorded music to the radio play “Marina” (compaser: A. Dąbrowski, direction: W. Modestowicz). In the same period he cooperated with The Eighth Day Theatre in Poznań and Hanna Banaszak, too.

Since 1998 he has been a cofounder and a member of the Ensemble TRIO TAUKLAMAKAN with which he has successfully been touring in Poland and in the world, performing, among others, folk music, Piazzolla’s tangos and his own compositions (www.trio.taklamakan.pl).

Since the beginning of 1999 he has begun his work as a violin teacher in the Group of Schools of Music in Poznań. Since then he has been preparing numerous programmes and and concerts promoting his school and also he has been organizing and he has been leading music workshops and musical and theatrical workshops during summer holidays. In 2005 he passed the examination, becoming appointed to a post of a music teacher and in September in 2006 he became the supervisor of the String Instruments and Guitar Section in the State Secondary Schol of Music.

Since 2004 he has been a manager, an arranger and the artistic consultant of Mundana Quartet.

At the end of 2004 he started the cooperation with The Artistic Platform O.B.O.R.A. in Poznań which resulted in creating theatrical and musical performance “Och Szczęście” (Oh Good Luck) directed by Janusz Andrzejewski, in which he performs as a musician and an actor with Trio Taklamakan at the same time. In August 2006 he was awarded the individual prize in the 15th Polish National Open-air Theater Festival in Warsaw.

Since the beginning of 2005 he has started the regular artistic cooperation with the pianist, Michał Karasiewicz, setting a classical duet for violin and piano, ARDENTE, in which hehas worked out an original concert programme of virtuoso’s character.

In the same year he became the member of the film group METAMORPHOSIS, creating and performing music to the film “Szczęściarze” (Lucky People), which was shown, among others, during The Feature Film Festival in Gdynia in 2006.

For a few years he has been an inventor and a creator of the annual artistic project on the occasion of the International Music Day to which he invites the Poznań friendly artists.