Robert Kabara




At the very beginning of his artistic path Robert Kabara met two of the greatest polish violin players: professor Eugenia Umińska and her successor professor Kaja Danczowska. Both artists’ high standard was based on the Polish canon of violin school, however, it was not free from foreign influences. During her studies in Paris in the 1920’s, Eugenia Umińska’s mentor was George Enescu, while Kaja Danczowska developed her mastership skills cooperating with David Oistrakh in the Moscow Conservatory.

Still being a student, had already begun his intense concert activity. He was the laureate of the most prestigious national and international competitions, such as in Łódź (1983), Poznań (1985) or the semifinals of the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1983). His crowning achievement was winning third prize along with nine non-statutory awards at the 9th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (1986). One of the reviewers, Kazimierz Wiłkomirski, commented that
(…) Robert Kabara is an artistic prodigy of the greatest value. In his impetuous, dynamic, almost enchanting interpretation …truly great music could be heard.”
This success was followed by such achievements as winning first prize at the Adelaide International Violin Music Competition in 1986, and a special distinction at the Zino Francescati Compettion in Marseille, in1989.

He was taught by the best: Oleg Krysa and Grigori Zhyslin, as well as Andre Gertler and Wolfgang Marschner. Their distinctive styles led to a clash between the classic virtuosity of the elegant and deeply emotional Leopold Auer’s Russian school of violin and the measured intellectual Western European way. The variety of Kabara’s musical influences helped him broaden his solo repertoire and give more refined performances. Robert Kabara continues his concert activity in Polish and European concert halls. He is known for his chamber music performances during Munich, Oberhausen and Tokyo music festivals, as well as in La Scala Opera House in Milan or Teatro Collon in Buenos Aires. Since 2009, he has been realizing his own project “La Musica da Camera” at the Jagiellonian University.

One of the crucial moments in Kabara’s career was the creation of Sinfonietta Cracovia, which emerged from an initiative of young musicians from the Music Academy in Krakow. Thanks to Kabara’s artistic leadership, the orchestra has transformed into an ensemble renowned in Europe. Apart from being the leader of Sinfonietta Cracovia, he has made several recordings with the orchestra: from Penderecki’s „Sinfonietta per archi’, produced by PWM Edition, to Lutosławski’s chamber music recorded for Arion Studios from France.

As a soloist, Kabara is the author of a vast discography comprising of studio albums, TV and radio recordings. He recorded Panufnik’s compositions (Dux), Henryk Wieniawski’s “Violin Concerto no. 1” (Arte TV), Penderecki’s “Violin Concerto no. 1 under the composer’s baton and Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (Dux), awarded first prize “Fryderyk” by the Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry in 1998.

The performances as a soloist are by far the most interesting part of his musical life. Robert Kabara always cooperates with the greatest Polish conductors: Gabriel Chmura, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Antoni Wit. He has performed with such prominent artists as Krzysztof Penderecki, under whose direction he played Maestro’s “Violin Concerto No. 1” and “Metamorphoses” (“Violin Concerto No. 2”), along with Szymanowski’s (with the Symphony Orchestra in Trondheim) and Panufnik’s (with the Orchestra do Norte in Porto) concertos. He has also collaborated with Maxim Vengerov, who conducted Mozart’s D major during Kabara’s solo performance, and formed duo with such master as Grigori Zhyslin. Robert Kabara’s repertoire ranges from Baroque music and Beethoven to violin concertos from the 19th and 20th century, especially those created by Polish and foreign composers, from Prokofiev and Bernstein to Penderecki.




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