Andrzej Grabiec – Virtuosi of Houston


Internationally renowned musician Andrzej Grabiec has performed as a soloist in symphonic concerts and recitals around the world, including in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.  He has led masterclasses for violinists and chamber ensembles in numerous countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, New Caledonia, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Italy and his native Poland.



After being awarded at the Fifth International Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poland and the International Thibaud Violin Competition in Paris, France, Grabiec completed his formal studies at the Szymanowski Academy of Music in 1972.  He became a professor of violin at the Academy, as well as a soloist and concertmaster of the Polish National Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and a leader of the chamber orchestra Capella per Musica da Camera.  During that time, he made many solo and chamber music recordings for their archives and founded the Polish Radio Piano Trio, which won First Prize at the Tenth International Competition for Chamber Music Ensembles in France.


Since moving to the United States in 1979, Mr. Grabiec has held numerous prestigious positions.  He was founding music director of the Mozart Festival Chamber Orchestra, concertmaster of the Pueblo Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Eastern Philharmonic and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras, founder and concertmaster of the American Sinfonietta and artistic director of the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, NY.  He has been a member of the Fairmount String Quartet and the Western Arts Trio, as well as a founding member of Trio NOVA and Trio GraLaQ.  Mr. Grabiec joined the Moores School of Music as a professor of violin in 1995 and, in 1996, co-founded the Virtuosi of Houston, where he currently serves as the artistic co-director.



In 1999, the Government of Australia invited Mr. Grabiec to be artistic director of an extensive Olympic Arts Tour throughout Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific islands, where he played a dual role as violin soloist and conductor.  During the last few seasons Mr. Grabiec had seven performances in the famous Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Mr. Grabiec’s performances continue to take him to important music centers in the United States, and Europe, including Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, London, Manchester, Luzern, Milan, Udine, Venice, Warsaw, Krakow and Katowice, to collaborate as soloist, chamber musician and conductor with some of the world’s leading international artists.

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