Prof. Jerzy Kaplanek
Associate Professor, Violin, Strings and Chamber Music, Co-ordinator of String Program, QuartetFest and WLU String Academy
Contact InformationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Location: A315
Personal Website: http://quartetfest.ca/
BMus (Bytom, Poland), MMus (Katowice, Poland), Diploma in Chamber Music (The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Jerzy Kaplanek ,
violinist, member of the Penderecki String Quartet, was born in Poland in 1965.
His music schooling started at the age of six on piano and at the age of ten he
commenced his violin studies. In 1984, he received a Bachelor of
Music degree from the Conservatory in Bytom. Six years later, in 1990,
graduated with a Master's Degree in Musical Arts from the prestigious Karol
Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. There, he studied with the
distinguished teachers Janusz Skramlik, Stanislaw Lewandowski, and Aureli
In 1987, Mr.
Kaplanek left Poland to continue his music education in the United States. In
1987-88 he was assistant to Efim Boico of the Fine Arts Quartet at the Chamber
Music Institute in Milwaukee. In 1989-90, he was a student of Sylvia Rosenberg
in New York City. In 1990-91 he studied at the University of Maryland, where
his teachers included Daniel Heifetz, the Guarneri String Quartet and its
violinists, Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley. Pursuing his interest in Baroque
performance practice, Mr. Kaplanek has also worked with the Custodian of Period
Instruments at the Smithsonian Museum, Jaap Schroeder.
With the Penderecki Quartet, and also as a soloist and chamber musician, Jerzy Kaplanek performs throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America over 80 concerts each season. His impressive discography includes over two dozen CDs (Marquis, Eclectra, CBC, CMC, EMI labels), including the acclaimed recording of the complete string quartets of Béla Bartók with the PSQ, and Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire with the Blue Rider Ensemble.
His chamber music partners have been pianists Janina Fialkowska, Francine Kay, Vladimir Feltsman, Lev Natochenny, Jamie Parker, Stéphan Sylvestre (with whom he has formed a duo), cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, clarinettist James Campbell, and others. He is frequently heard on CBC Radio and NPR. In the fall of 1997 was featured soloist at a concert held in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as a tribute to Karol Szymanowski. The duo Kaplanek/Sylvestre is looking forward to a release of the CD of works for violin and piano by Karol Szymanowski in the summer of 2013 on Marquis Classics Label, which has been supported by a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University and Western University Canada.
Jerzy Kaplanek is presently an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he has been teaching violin and chamber music since 1991. In addition to his duties at the WLU, he is in great demand as a soloist, adjudicator and teacher at international competitions and summer festivals, and master classes given in Canada and abroad. He plays a 1680 Antonio Casini violin made in Modena, Italy.
Academic Interests: Performance, String Quartet, String Pedagogy
Languages Spoken: English, Polish