prof. dr hab.
Jan Stanienda graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where he studied the violin in Professor Krzysztof Jakowicz’s class. He joined Jerzy Maksymiuk’s famous Polish Chamber Opera in 1975 and began to perform with the orchestra in 1977 on nearly all the continents, both as concertmaster and soloist.
He received an honourable mention at the International Niccolo Paganini Violin Competition in Genoa in 1976.
He has played with many distinguished musicians including: Sir Yehudu Menuhin, Maurice André, Michaela Petri, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Nigel Kennedy, Guy Touwron, Janos Starker, Barbara Hendricks, Moris Boweg, Grzegorz Nowak, Ewa Pobłocka.
He has played in the most prestigious concert halls all over the world including: Carnegie Hall (New York), Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Barbican Centre (London) and Royal Albert Hall (London — BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts), Santa Cecilia (Vatican) and many, many others.
He was the concertmaster of “Sinfonia Varsovia” in 1986–1990 and before that he was the concertmaster of the Polish Chamber Orchestra. He was the artistic director of the “Leopoldinum” Chamber Orchestra in 1992–1995 and has been the artistic director of the Wrocław Chamber Orchestra “Wratislavia” since 1996.
Jan Stanienda has performed with many ensembles at home and abroad. For example, he was first violinist in Orchestre de Chambre National de Touluse in 1991–1992. On 1 January 1992, with this orchestra and the outstanding soprano Barbara Hendricks, he took part in the concert “Music Against the Tumult of War” in Dubrovnik. Jan Stanienda has made many recordings for Polish Radio, RFI, Polish Television and French Television. He has also recorded for such record companies as: APERTO, LINN RECORDS, PAVANE, KOS RECORDS, DUX and TONPRES.
Jan Stanienda also teaches. He has a violin class at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.