NCE Musicians

Present and Past

Lukasz Szyrner (cello)

"A great talent like Lukasz Szyrner comes along infrequently . . . . [and] is without a doubt an outstanding instrumentalist who has a brilliant technique and a vivid talent...." Stephen Kates, Professor of Cello at The Peabody Conservatory. "... the Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello, played beautifully by Lukasz Szyrner." The Washington Post.  With a resume of musical accomplishments beyond his years, Lukasz Szyrner brings his engaging talent to the stage. Born in Poznan, the musical capital of Poland, he began his studies at the age of seven. A recognized child prodigy, Mr. Szyrner was performing in the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra when he was ten and made his solo debut with the orchestra at fourteen, performing the Saint-Saens cello concerto. He was the youngest Master's graduate of the Jan Paderewski Music Conservatory in Poznan, studying under Prof. Stanislav Pokorski. He continued his studies with Karine Georgian at the prestigious Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold, Germany. ( Since coming to this country he has studied at The Peabody Conservatory with celebrated cellist Stephen Kates, and with renowned cellist Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory of Music. By age twenty, Mr. Szyrner started winning competitions worldwide. These including the International Nicanor Zabaleta Competition for Strings in San Sebastian, Spain; the Irving M. Klein String Competition in San Francisco; the Mary Graham Lesley International Music Competition; the Yale Gordon Competition; the International UNESCO competition for Young Musicians; and the D'Angelo Young Artist Competition. He was a semi-finalist in the Leonard Rose Competition, and in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 1993, he was the recipient of the Glos Wielkopolski "Medal of Young Art" award for his artistic achievements in Poland and abroad. In past seasons, Mr. Szyrner has performed solo and chamber works throughout Europe and in major cities across the United States, including New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Richmond, and San Francisco. In addition to an active recital and chamber music career, Mr. Szyrner has soloed with many orchestras. He spends summers performing at numerous festivals such as the prestigious Ravinia Festival; the Piatigorsky Seminar in Los Angeles; and the Heifetz InternationalMusic Institute, where he also taught a master class series to aspiring young performers. Mr. Szyrner made his debut on compact disc with the Swedish recording company, Chamber Sound, and has performed for radio and television in Poland, Sweden, and Germany.