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.

He attended international master courses in Lancut, Payerbach-Reichenau (International Summer Academy), Florence, Zürich, Manchester and Siena in the classes of renowned professors such as Günther Pichler, Gerhard Schulz, Hatto Beyerle, Fritz Händschke, Péter Crooper and Thomas Brandis.


After his studies Piotr Szumiel started his solo career right away. He was invited to many renowned orchestras and stages such as the Jelenia Góra Orchestra, Olsztyn Symphonic Orchestra, Mala Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Zielona Góra Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphonic Orchestra and the Radio Orchestra of Vienna. He worked with famous conductor – Czeslaw Grabowski, Agnieszka Kreiner, Marcin Niesiolowski, Vladimir Kiradjiew and Petri Sakri, just to mention a few. He is a part of the „Studio” string sextet, Simfonia Varsovia, the Polish Radio Orchestra, Jungen Philharmonie (Vienna), and he is the solo violist of „Concerto Avenna” and „Mala Filharmonia” Chamber Orchestra in Warsaw. As a chamber musician he worked with Martin Fröst, Gabriela Montero, Várdai István, Valentin Erben, Angelika Kirchschlager, Ewa Kupiec, Kevin Kenner, Igor Levit, Per Arne Glorvigen and Jörg Widmann. Between 2002 and 2008 he was part of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra – from January 2015 he played as a substitute soloist and from September he became the solo violist. At the same time he was the solo violist of the Dresden Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.


He is also a dedicated chamber musician. The first to mention is the Apollon Musagete string quartet (AMQ) which was founded in 2006 by Piotr Szumiel, Pawel Zalejski, Bartosz Zachlod and Piotr Skweres in Vienna. Since then the ensemble received praise not only from well known critics but also from the jury of famous music competitions.


After winning the international competitions in Vienna and Florence the quartet became a dominant part of the European musical life by winning almost every special award at the 57th International Music Competition (2008) organized by ARD. The quartet is part of the „Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now” organization and until 2009 the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) as well. The quartet’s debut concert was organized in 2010 with the Berliner Philharmoniker, then in the 2010/11 season they were introduced to the wide public in the „Rising Star” program (by the nomination of the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Wiener Musikverein) in famous European concert halls such as Megaron (Athen), Köln Philharmony, Cité de la musique Paris, Palais des Beaux Arts Brüssel, Konserthuset Stockholm, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and stages in Luxemburg, Vienna and Barcelona. In the latest seasons the AMQ played ont he stages of Wigmore Hall (London), Carnegie Hall (New York), Library of Congress (Washington), in the program of Schubertiáde in Schwarzenberg, Herkulessaal in Munich, Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), Philharmonie in Warsaw and the Lucerne Festival.


Piotr Szumiel plays on a viola made by Egidius Morreti in 1928.



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