Born in Warsaw, Michal Dmochowski began his cello studies with Kazimierz Michalik, studying at the Chopin Academy in the Polish capital. With scholarships from different institutions such as the AECI (Spanish Agency for International Cooperation), the Japanese Foundation for Artistic Development (JESC), the Foundation for Child Development in Poland and the Isaac Albéniz Foundation, between 1998 and 2001 Dmochowski perfected his studies with maestros Frans Helmerson and Natalia Shakhovskaya at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía. There he will have the honor of receiving the Most Outstanding Student Award from the Queen, where he will also receive master classes from such distinguished musicians as Bernhard Greenhouse, Natalia Gutman, Tobias Kuhne, Boris Pergamenschikow, Imre Rohmann, Miloš Sádlo and, especially, Phillippe Müller.
Winner of some of the most prestigious national and international awards, such as the Kazierz Wilkomirski in Poznań (Poland), the Ludvig van Beethoven International Cello Competition in Hradec nad Moravicí (Czech Republic), the Ludvig van Beethoven International Cello Competition in Hradec nad Moravicí (Czech Republic), the Young Cellists’ Competition in Elblag (Poland), the International Cello Competition in Liezen (Austria), the International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź (Poland) or the Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw, Michal Dmochowski quickly began an international career that has led him to collaborate with artists of the stature of Alexander Anissimov, Teresa Berganza, Fabio Bidini, Zakhar Bron, Gerard Caussé, José María Gallardo del Rey, Enrique García Asensio, Siegfried Mauser, Paul Meyer, Zsolt Nagy, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Radovan Vlatkovic or Jörg Widmann.
His artistic activity includes collaborations as soloist with the Octeto Ibérico de Violonchelos and with the instrumental ensemble Plural Ensemble. His recitals around the world have taken him to Germany, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Czech Republic, China, South Korea, Dominican Republic, Spain, United States, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Russia. He has opened the door to such distinguished halls as the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, its Teatro Monumental, the Fundación Juan March or the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, as well as the Liceo de Barcelona, the Auditorio de Zaragoza, the Filarmónica de Burgos and the Palacio de Festivales de Santander; the Estudio W. Lutoslawski and the National Philharmonic in Warsaw; the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Warsaw; the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland. Lutoslawski Studio and the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the Auditorio di Roma, l’Opéra Comique in Paris, the Lithuanian National Philharmonic, the Poly Theater in Beijing, the Pick-Staiger Hall in Chicago and the Santo Domingo Philharmonic, as well as some of the most important music festivals of the moment, such as the Warsaw Autumn or the Music and Academy Meeting in Santander. Among his most emblematic recordings are the sonatas of Rachmaninov, A. Bauer, S. Stojowski, W. Szalonek and A. Tansman, always accompanying Graham Jackson; and the CD My Spain, (Deutsche Grammophon). His latest recording is Brahms’ Concerto for violin and cello op. 102, with violinist Zakhar Bron and the Polish Radio and Television Orchestra. He has also recorded with RNE, TVE, Polish National Radio and Lithuanian Television.
Michal Dmochowski has been a professor by competitive examination at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música Jacinto Guerrero in Toledo since 2000. At the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía he has been the assistant professor of Natalia Shakhovskaya’s Chair of Cello from 2001 to 2014 and, currently, of Ivan Monighetti’s Chair of Cello. He also serves as a cello professor at the Katarina Gurska Higher Center. Strongly committed to education, the cellist has been artistic director, between 2012 and 2016, of the successful Europe at the Gate project, a music education program aimed at professional music conservatories in the Polish region of Silesia, funded and commissioned by the European Union, which has been acclaimed as one of the best for music education in the Old Continent.
Among his many students are promising and established artists, winners of national and international prizes, professors in higher music conservatories, teachers or members of orchestras such as the Gulbenkian of Lisbon, the National Orchestra of Spain, the RTVE, the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra or the one of the Teatro Real in Madrid. Luis Aracama, Fernando Arias, Pedro Bonet, Paula Brizuela, Marco Fernández Pereira, Pablo Ferrández, Alfredo Ferré, Víctor García, Héctor Hernández, Mikolaj Konopelski, Antonio Martín Acevedo, Mon-Puo Lee Hsu, Lucía Otero or Teresa Valente can attest to this. Michal Dmochowski plays a 1780 English instrument built by W. Forster, courtesy of D. Juan Vizuete Mendoza