prof. dr hab.
Zbigniew Płużek graduated from the State Higher School of Music (now the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music) in Wrocław. He obtained his diploma with honours in bassoon class of Professor Stanisław Lech in 1974. He was a member of the Great Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio and Television in Katowice in the period of 1073–1976, and was the first bassoonist at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw in 1976–1987. Since 1989 he has been the soloist of Sinfonia Varsovia.
He participated in many music competitions, winning a number of awards, e.g., 1st award at the All-Poland Competition for Young Bassoonists in 1973, 2nd award at the International Competition in Ancon in 1979 (1st prize was not awarded) and brown medal at the International Competition in Geneva in 1980.
He is a member of the Warsaw Wind Quintet “Da Camera”, with which he has given concerts in many countries in Europe, as well as in the USA, and has made a number of CD and radio recordings. Since 1980 he has run the class of bassoon at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Among his graduates are e.g.: G. Gołąb, A. Budejko, M. Oczachowski, L. Wachnik, K. Piotrowska, R. Zason, K. Zdybel, and P. Kamiński — soloists and members of leading Polish orchestras and laureates of numerous national and international competitions.
In term 2012–2016 he headed the Chair of Wind Instruments at the FCUM in Warsaw.