Piotr Szumiel, born in Warsaw (1977) has achieved fame among the young violists early on. He played in the Dresden Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra as soloist. He is a viola and chamber professor at Carl-Maria-von-Weber Music Academy (Dresden) and Karol Szymanowski Music Academy (Kattowitz) and teaches well sought after master courses. Being a part of the renowned „Apollon Musagete” string quartet is what he recognizes as the strong point of his carrier.
Piotr Szumiel was awarded many prizes for his outstanding work as an artist. Among others, he received the „Polish Youth” (Mloda Polska) scholarship founded by the Polish Ministry of Culture for young artists. In 2013 the Polish review, „Politika” gave the „Apollon Musagete” string quartet the „Passwort Polityki” award. In 2014 Szumiel received the „Burletti Buitoni Trust Award” for his outstanding artistic work in the „Apollon Musagete”.
Piotr Szumiel started his musical studies in the Bacewicz Elementary School for Music in Warsaw, playing the piano and violin. He studied viola in Stefan Kamasa professor’s class at the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy, Warsaw – he graduated in 2001 with honours. He continued his studies at Vienna, in Wolfgang Klos professor’s class at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts. He graduated with honours here as well.
At a young age he already won many prizes at famous international competitions such as the first prize of the International Competition for Music Schools in Elblag in 1995, first prize of the Jan Rakowski Viola Competition (Posen) in 1998, first prize of the Modern Music Competition (Radziejowicé) in 1999, special award of the 36th International Music Competition (Markneukirchen) in 2001, second prize of the 9th International Johannes Brahms Competition (Pörtschach) in 2002 and the third prize of the International Viola Competition (Vienna) in 2004.