winner of the 1st Prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich, a prize in the Prague Spring International Competition, and awards from the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the Polish Composers’ Union, and the Polish Minister of Culture for his services in propagating contemporary music. He studied the cello with Kazimierz Michalik as well as during masterclasses with André Navarra, Miloš Sadlo, and Daniil Shafran. As a Witold Lutosławski scholarship holder, he studied in London with William Pleeth.
Throughout his career, he has appeared as a recitalist in Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, Hamburg, Munich, and has played with symphony orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, RAI Orchestra in Naples, Strasbourg Philharmonic, and the radio orchestras of Stuttgart and Berlin. As a soloist, he has cooperated with most Polish symphony and chamber orchestras, as well as touring Europe with the Warsaw Philharmonic and Sinfonia Varsovia, and has performed in the United States and Japan.
His recording of the works of Schubert, Brahms and Schumann (published by (Koch/Schwann) received the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Another CD featured works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Panufnik, and Witold Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto. In 2000, he published Poland’s first recording of the cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach (on CD Accord), earning him the Fryderyk Award from the Polish record industry (2000). Andrzej Bauer’s vast repertoire features many works of new and newest music, including works composed specially for him. In 2002, he appeared at Warsaw Autumn playing a recital of first performances of compositions for solo cello and electronic media, written on his inspiration. The Cellotronicum project was thus launched, which continues to bring recordings and premieres presented at the major contemporary music centres throughout Europe. The edition of Cellotronicum presented at 2006 Warsaw Autumn was awarded the Orpheus Prize.
A professor of musical arts, Andrzej Bauer teaches cello at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and Bydgoszcz Academy of Music. He is the founder of the Cellonet ensemble. Today, he increasingly focuses on composition and improvisation.