Kacper Nowak


Born in Poland, Kacper Nowak began playing the cello at the age of eight. A year later, he was the laureate of the Liezen Cello Competition in Austria and entered the Fryderyk Chopin School in Poznan, in the class of Danuta Taczanowska. Having won several national and international competitions, he became a member of the National Foundation for Gifted Children.

 

In 2005 he won first prize at the Concours de Woluwé St-Pierre in Brussels and the following year he entered the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the class of Didier Poskin. In 2010 he joined the class of Maria Kliegel in Cologne and won both the Van Cutsem prize and the Fely Wasselle prize. He subsequently pursued his studies with Justus Grimm at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and in 2012 won the grand prize of the Prix Edmond Baert competition. In 2014 Kacper obtained his master’s degree and was awarded the Oranjebeurs scholarship from the Netherlands.

 

He has participated in a number of master classes with musicians such as Gérard Caussé, Boyan Vodenitcharov, France Springuel, Gautier Capuçon, the Danel Quartet, Walter Grimmer, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Natalia Gutman.

Since September 2014 Kacper has been studying at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, under the direction of Gary Hoffman where he received a scholarship by Haas-Teichen.

 

In 2015 Kacper becomes a laureate of the 22nd Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria and wins the first prize and the public prize at I Solisti competition in Belgium.

 

In the fall of 2018 Kacper releases his first cello-piano CD « Contrastes » with Christia Hudziy on the piano, where they perform sonatas by J.Brahms, B. Martinu and A. Schnittke, the CD is nominated as one of the 5 best cello recordings of the year by Cello Society in NYC.

In January of the following year, he wins  « Supernova Classics competition » with Urban Piano Quartet, of which he is the founding member. The competition offers a concert tour in most prestigious halls and a CD recording, released on March 1st 2021 at Etcetera Records.

 

In May 2019, Kacper wins the first prize in the solo category of the « International Competition of Madrid » and in January 2020, he wins with Urban Piano Quartet « Nordic Strings Competition » organizing them a concert tour across China during the 2021/2022 season.

During the same year, he wins the Gold Medal at « Vienna International Music Competition » and joins « L’Ensemble K » composed of French-Belgian soloists. With this same group, he records a CD supported financially and artistically by the brand « Cartier ® » and which  was officially released on January 15th 2021.