Maciek Kulakowski (Gdansk, 1996) began playing the cello at age six in the class of prof. Jadwiga Ewald. He previously studied with Marcin Zdunik Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, and is currently enrolled at the Kronberg Academy under the tutelage of Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.
At the age of 19, Maciej won 1st Prize and a special award at the Lutoslawski International Cello Competition. He was a Laureate in the Finals of the 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2019. Maciek Kulakowski has appeared as a soloist with the National Philharmony Warsaw, Baltic Philharmony, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Brussels Philharmonic, and St. Petersburg Symphony, among others. Recitals and chamber music have taken him across Europe and further afield, including the Piatigorsky Cello Festival in Los Angeles, Beijing Cello Festival, the Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Moritzburg, Kronberg, Krzyzowa Music, Hohenstaufen and Munich Rising Stars Festivals. He has worked closely with Krzysztof Penderecki, Emanuel Ax, Jan Vogler, Lawrence Power, and Kian Soltani.
Maciek plays a cello by Thorsten Theis from 2014.