Jacek Kurzydlo

Jacek Kurzydlo received his first musical education in Krakow, one of the oldest cultural centres in Poland. During a period of studying modern violin, he became interested in early music through playing the organ and after attending many master classes and completing a Bachelor's degree in baroque violin studies there, he subsequently enrolled at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. There, under the guidance of Kati Debretzeni, Catherine Mackintosh, Enrico Gatti and Walter Reiter, he could extend his knowledge, also by playing other instruments, mainly baroque viola and viola d'amore. He became especially interested in the latter, focusing his master research on viola d'amore and its use in the music of J.S.Bach. During his studies, Jacek made himself known for bringing out unknown and forgotten repertoire, often combining it with professional editorial work. His further educational experiences include joining the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2012 and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience Scheme in 2014. Increasingly in demand as a chamber musician, he performs with many period-instrument ensembles and orchestras in Europe, often serving as a guest leader in groups such as Capriccio Stravagante, Vox Luminis, etc. Recent recordings include Requiem by J.J.Fux (Ricercar 368) and Bach's cantatas BWV 150 & 131 recorded for Alpha with Vox Luminis. He currently plays a violin by N. A. Chappuy made in Paris in 1764.