Włodzimierz Promiński was born in Opole in 1958. He completed his primary and secondary music education with honours in Karol Reiman’s violin class. He studied under Franciszek Jurys at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music (now the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) in Warsaw and graduated with honours in 1983.
He has participated in numerous master courses led, e.g., by Oleg Krysa, Zakhar Bron, Robert Masters and Vladimir Avramov. After his graduation from the FCAM in Warsaw he went on to study chamber music at Hochschule für Musik in Cologne in the Amadeus Quartet class and later in Berlin with Professor Eberhard Feltz and at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold with Professor Ernst Mayer-Schierning.
In 1984 he founded the Camerata Quartet where he is principle violinist. As a chamber musician he has been the laureate of several international music competitions, e.g., in Tokyo (1989), Munich (1990) and Paris (1990, first prize). He has played with his ensemble in many renowned music centres in Europe, Asia, USA and Japan and at international music festivals. His performances and recordings have won him the acclaim of critics in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Le Monde de la Musique, Le Soir and The Strad.
Włodzimierz Promiński received the S. Wyspiański Youth Artistic Award in 1991. His recordings with the Camerata Quartet for Belgian, German and Polish record companies have won him several distinctions including the 1995 Record of the Year awarded by the Polish magazine “Studio” (Schubert’s quartets for DUX) and Diapason d’Or (1994) for Gillaume Lekeu’s chamber music recorder for Ricercar.
Włodzimierz Promiński and the Camerata Quartet have been nominated for the “Fryderyk” award six times and won the trophy in 1999. Promiński received the Minister of Culture’s medal “Distinguished Cultural Activist” in 2004.
He is Professor at the Department of Instrumental and Educational Studies in Białystok of the FCUM where he was deputy dean in 2004–2008. In 2008 he was elected dean of the department for term 2008–2012.
Włodzimierz Promiński has been teaching string quartet master courses in Gorlice since 1994. He is a member of the executive committee of the Phonographic Academy Council, the rector’s proxy for concerts at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and president of the Polish Chamber Music Association.