Rafał Zambrzycki-Payne

Place of birth: 
Łódź, Poland

Winner of numerous competitions including the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and the Parkhouse Award, violinist Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne was born in Poland. He studied with Wen Zhou Li at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and subsequently in Vienna with Gerhard Schulz. As a soloist, Rafal appeared with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Northern Sinfonia. Further afield he performed with the KZN Philharmonic in Durban, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Armenian Chamber Orchestra, Danubia Symphony in Budapest, Munich and Zurich Chamber Orchestras among others. He had the honour of working on several occasions with the late Lord Menuhin as conductor. In 2009 Rafal gave the Polish premiere of Hanna Kulenty's second Violin Concerto at the Warsaw Autumn Festival. He recorded Zbigniew Baginski's Violin Concerto with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and performed throughout Poland on a tour with the Polish Youth Philharmonic. Other concert engagements have taken him to countries throughout Europe as well as to the Middle East, Far East, North America and South Africa, performing in many of the world's prestigious venues and festivals. Rafal has recorded for the EMI Debut Series, Musiques Suisses, Champs Hill Records and the Ensemble Modern Media Label. In January 2014 Rafal became the Leader of the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this position (2005–2014), he was the Solo Violinist/Leader of the Frankfurt-based contemporary music group Ensemble Modern. Numerous solo appearances with the Ensemble Modern have included Ferneyhough's Terrain in the Salzburg Festival, Berg's Chamber Concerto at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival and in the Alte Oper Frankfurt, and Milhaud's Concertino de Printemps in the Kurt-Weill-Fest in Dessau. In demand as an orchestral leader, Rafal has worked in this capacity with the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra as well as with the Philharmonic Orchestras in Strasbourg and Monte Carlo. An avid chamber musician, Rafal is a founding member of the Dimension Piano Trio.