Gemma Classical Music Trust

Gemma Artists

Michal Kaznowski

When he joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1979 Michal Kaznowski was the youngest principal cello in the country to accept such a senior position. He shared the CBSO's early development as Simon Rattle turned it into one of the UK’s leading orchestras.

Since leaving the CBSO in 1983 for what became the Maggini Quartet, Michal has been principal cello of the New London Orchestra, and continues to be in demand as a guest principal cello for leading orchestras including the CBSO and Birmingham Royal Ballet.  He performs regularly as soloist, broadcast recitalist and as deputy with other quartets, as well as in chamber music concerts with artists including Peter Donohoe.

As a member of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet, Michal has played throughout Europe, North America and the Far East. With the Quartet he has recorded over thirty five award winning discs of twentieth-century British string quartet repertoire.

Michal has worked as a conductor for over thirteen years with the Esher and Ditton Youth Orchestra and he regularly works with student orchestras at Imperial College and Oxford University.

He has taught extensively at institutions including the Royal College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, the Purcell School and Wells Cathedral Music School  He was appointed an ARAM in 1991 and is also an Honorary Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University and Brunel University. Michal plays on an Italian cello, made in 1745 in Genoa by Jacobus Philippus Cordanus.

Photo by Melanie Strover