Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Boguslaw Furtok

Boguslaw Furtok , born in Katowice (Poland), received his first double bass tuition at the age of 9. He later studied the instrument at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in his home town, graduating from Prof. Waldemar Tamowski's double bass classes in 1991 with distinction. He completed his postgraduate studies with Prof. Günter Klaus at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt with the Soloists' Diploma.

Boguslaw Furtok has been principal double bass in the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1995. He was awarded many prizes prior to his career as an orchestral musician, including 1st prize at the International Double Bass Competition in Markneukirchen in 1989, 3rd prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva in 1990 and the Menzione Speziale in Parma in 1992.

As a soloist, Boguslaw Furok has made guest appearances with well-known orchestras, including the RSO Warsaw, the RSO Katowice, the Jena Philharmonic, the Tirol Symphony Orchestra Innsbruck, the Bamberg and Hof Symphonies and also in various towns in Poland and Germany. He has also given concerts in the Czech Republic, Italy, France and Switzerland.

In 2000 Furtok produced a CD recording for Classic-Produktion Osnabrück (CPO) of Giovanni Bottesini's double bass concerts with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Stephan Tetzlaff. 2001 saw the issue of two CDs of Sonatas by Brahms, Hindemith and Hertl and diverse transcriptions with the Zuk Records company.

Boguslaw Furtok recorded Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski's Double Bass Concerto of 1929 with the Katowice National Symphony Orchestra for Polish Radio and a further CD with the Double Bass Concerto Lunar Halos by Brian Fennelly.

Boguslaw Furtok combines this with many years of chamber music collaboration with the pianist Ewa Warykiewicz. He plays a Nicola Bergonzi copy double bass by Thomas Martin.

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