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He studied trombone playing at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, class of Professor Roman Siwek and he obtained a diploma in 1990. He was a laureate of the All-Poland Competition of Chamber Ensembles in Bydgoszcz in 1989 and won a distinction at the All-Poland Competition of Brasswind Instruments Playing in Gdańsk in 1990.
He started his professional career in 1989 at the Orchestra of the Polish Radio and Television in Warsaw. Since 1993 he has worked as a musician in the orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia, with which he has given concerts in most European countries, and also in Japan and the USA. With the same orchestra he made numerous recordings – about 80 CDs with classical, contemporary, film, opera and operetta music for such renowned record companies as: Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Sony, EMI, Virgin Classic, Naxos, and more.
While working at Sinfonia Varsovia he has had a chance to perform with world-famous conductors and soloists (Y. Menuhin, K. Penderecki, M. Rostropowicz, P. McCreesh, M. Minkowski, L. Maazel, Ch. Dutoit, G. Nowak, J. Krenz, T. Wojciechowski, J. Kaspszyk, J. Maksymiuk, J. Semkow, K.A. Kulka, A.S. Mutter, N. Kennedy, P. Domingo, M. Argerich, M. Vengerov, B. Berezovsky and others).
He has been performing as a soloist for many years and on his score card he has numerous solo recitals, as well as concert with symphony and wind orchestras. Among the pieces he performed with orchestras were concertos by such composers as: W. Błażewicz, F. David, G.F. Haendel, J. Koetsier, L.-E. Larsson, M. Małecki, K. Serocki, or N. Rimsky-Korsakov.
At the same time he has been working as a chamber musician – he is a founder and leader of the Warsaw Trombone Quartet, with which he has played at many festivals in Poland. He also performs early music on a baroque trombone. He has cooperated with the ensembles Collegio Antico, La Tempesta and Ars Cantus (giving concerts and making recordings).
In 1991 he started his teaching career and currently he is Assistant Professor with a post-doctoral degree in the trombone class at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
In 2014, Marek Żwirdowski was honoured with the badge “For Merits to Warsaw”.