Bartosz Cajler

Bartosz Cajler was born in Warsaw in 1980. He graduated with honours from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, where he studied with Professor Magdalena Szczepanowska. He continued his soloist studies in the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, in the class of Professor Henryk Kowalski.

He participated in master courses and open lessons, working under the supervision of such prominent musicians as Joshua Bell, Thomas Brandis, Zachar Bron, Yair Kless, Igor Ozim, Menahem Pressler and Silvia Rosenberg. On four occasions he also attended summer school sessions at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, USA.

The young violinist can be proud of a list of prizes won in music competitions in Olsztyn (1993), Lublin (1996), Łódź (1997) and Elbląg (1999). He is also the prizewinner of the Tadeusz Wroński International Solo Violin Competition in Warsaw (2000). In 2003, he won Second Prize (the First Prize was not awarded) at the A. Postacchini Competition in Fermo, Italy. In 2004, he was a finalist of the Yamaha Competition in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the prizewinner of the Ljunggrenska Tävlingen Competition, also in Gothenburg.

Bartosz Cajler three times received awards from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as three scholarships from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He also obtained scholarships from music schools in Warsaw, Stockholm and Bloomington.

Despite his young age, he has gained considerable concert experience as a soloist, working closely with many symphony orchestras in Poland and musical institutions in Italy, Russia and Sweden. He has performed with such conductors as Bogdan Hoffmann, Jerzy Katlewicz, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Krzysztof Słowiński, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Ryszard Zimak, Michael Güttler, Ola Karlsson and Petter Sundkvist. He also took part in festivals: ‘The Masters of Polish Violin Playing’ with the Zielona Góra Philharmonic and ‘The Stars Promote’ with the Lower Silesian Philharmonic. After a performance of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto in G minor, the Swedish press emphasized the extremely enthusiastic reception of the audience, stressing that ‘the young Polish violinist evoked admiration with his charisma, and in every successive bar delighted the audience with his personal and extremely mature interpretation’ (Vestmanlands Läns Tidning).

His debut CD with recordings of Violin Concerto and Cinq Pièces Suite by Alexandre Tansman was released by label DUX in the beginning of 2009. The soloist is accompanied by the Orchestra of The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok, Poland, under the baton of Maestro Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski.

He has also developed a career in chamber music. He has participated in numerous festivals, including The Gotland Chamber Music Festival in Sweden, The Lavausseau Festival in France, The Stockholm New Music Festival and The Musique à Flaine Festival in France.

Recently, Bartosz Cajler took up teaching. He has been on the faculty of the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm since 2007, and runs a violin class at the Västerås University in Sweden. He also conducts summer violin courses in Nowy Sącz and Västerås.

He plays a Vincenzo Postiglione’s instrument of 1895.