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Ryszard Duź


Born in Wrocław where he also completed his music education. He graduated with honours from the State Higher College of Music in Wrocław in 1976.

He has co-operated with the “Wilanów” Quartet since 1977. To this day, after 29 years, he has given about 3 thousand concerts at home and abroad and taken part in numerous, renowned music festivals and radio, television and record recordings (35 CDs).

He has worked at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music since 1991 and has been associate professor at the Department of Instrumental Studies where he teaches a viola and chamber music class (string quartets) since 2003. In the period of 2012–2016 I held the function of Vice-Dean of the FCUM’s Department of Instrumental Studies. During the election in 2016, I was re-elected for the same function (term of office 2016–2020).

During his term at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music he has had the opportunity to play with many string quartets which have passed examinations very well, performed at many academic concerts and also participated in many competitions at home and abroad. In 1999 the “Wilanów” Quartet won 3rd prize at the K. Bacewicz International Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition in Łódź and in 2000 the “Royal” Quartet under his leadership won 1st prize and Grand Prix at the International Carlo Solive Competition in Casale Monferato, Italy. In 2001 another quartet, “PRO Musica”, won 3rd prize at the aforementioned competition in Łodź where it presented a very high level of performance.

One of Ryszard Duź’s students, Michał Zaborski, won 3rd prize at the J. Brahms Competition in Portschach (Austria), 3rd prize at the Polish National J. Rakowski Viola Competition in Poznań in 2003 and 2nd prize at the International Viola Competition in Bled in 2004.

In addition to teaching at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Ryszard Duź has taught at Music Master Courses, e.g., in Bydgoszcz (1999), Bielsko Biała (2000) and Lima, Peru (2000). He has systematically attended the International Summer Master Courses in Zamość since 2002.