TOMASZ DAROCH – the Grand Prix and the First Prize winner at the 8thInternational Lutoslawski Cello Competition 2011 was born into an artistic family on June 15th, 1989 in Łódź, Poland.
In 2011 he graduated, receiving a diploma with distinction from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim, Germany in the class of Prof. Michael Flaksman and Prof. Jelena Ocic.
He studied also at Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum der Universität Augsburg in Germany in the cello class of Prof. Julius Berger and at the Academy of Music in Lodz in Poland by Prof. Stanislaw Firlej.
He has annually taken part in cello master classes under the supervision of: Prof. Bernard Greenhouse, David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Miklos Perenyi, Gary Hoffman and Heinrich Schiff.
Tomasz Daroch has won many awards and received numerous acknowledgments at international competitions, among them:
the 2nd Prize at the Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in Budapest in 2014,
the 3rd Prize at the Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Zagreb in 2012,
the Grand Prix and First Prize at the 8th Lutoslawski Cello Competition 2011,
the 1st Prize at the 4th International Michał Spisak Competition in Poland in 2010,
in 2009 the 1st Prize at the 44th International Cello Competition in Markneukirchen in Germany,
special prize at the „Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann 2006” in Berlin,
the 1st Prize at the International Music Talent Competition in Oldenburg in Germany.
He has been awarded scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture, the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Lions Club and Menuhin Live Music in Germany.
In 2003 he made his debut with the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Lodz. Since then he has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as the National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the ’’Amadeus’’ Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Heidelberger Philharmoniker, Magyar Radio Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, Varazdin Chamber Orchestra and Moscow Virtuosi. Tomasz Daroch has worked with such conductors as Vladimir Spivakov, Cornelius Meister, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Krzysztof Urbański.
The artist performs also as a chamber musician in a family piano trio, the ’’Daroch Trio’’ and with his friends as a "Polish Cello Quartet".
In 2014 Tomasz has recorded two CD's, the cello concerto by W. Lutoslawski together with conductor Jacek Kaspszyk and NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic and another recording as a "Daroch Trio" with piano trios of C. Debussy, M. Ravel and A. Dvorak.