Kazimierz Michalik – Polish cellist and educator. He began teaching new musicians in 1974 as a professor at Music Academy in Poznan. He continued his work at Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, where he acted as vice-rector of artistic matters and the head of the cathedral of string instruments. He also conducted courses as visiting professor at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and Keimyumg University in Daegu.
He Studied at State Higher Music School in the class of professor Józef Drohomirecki and in Prague’s Academy of Music Arts in violoncello class under professors Karel and Miloš Sádlo. His latter encounters with Mścisław Rostropowicz and André Navarra had also a significant influence on Michalik’s artistic development.
- He was on the jury of many international music competitions such as the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Prague Spring Competition, Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Gaspar Cassado Competition, and many more.
- Cofounder and juror of Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw.
- He conducted lectures on masterclasses all around the world – in Poland, Spain, Korea, Finland, and Germany.
- He educated many outstanding soloists, laureates of national and international competitions, cellists that are making great impact on musical life in Poland and abroad. Among them are: Andrzej Bauer, Michał Dmochowski, Aleksander Gebert, Piotr Hausenplas, Bartosz Koziak, Piotr Janosik, Stanisław Pokorski and Tomasz Strahl.
Prizes and awards:
- In 2007 He was awarded the Golden Medal ‘For Merits to Culture’ Gloria Artis.