Tomasz Wabnic


Tomasz Wabnic founded the Morphing Chamber Orchestra in 2006. As its artistic director, manager, and producer he brought the soloist ensemble to international attention with performances at the Teatro alla Scala and the Metropolitan Opera Live in Concert Series. Violist Tomasz Wabnic performs as soloist, generally leads the ensemble in performance or takes the role of principal violist. Tomasz Wabnic also creates unique orchestrations and arrangements for a wide range of music- his arrangements for the MET were received enthusiastically by Peter Gelb. He has recorded 16 CDs for several labels including Sony Classical International and Gramola and is currently an official Aparté artist.

In recent years, he forged professional relationships with leading musical personalities in diverse genres: amongst them are singer Bobby McFerrin, counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, soprano Angel Blue, oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros and composer Arvo Pärt. In 2020, Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak first chose Morphing Chamber Orchestra for her Sony album Desire, prompting the invitation by Wabnic for another collaboration: the album Mozart Concertante co-produced by Wabnic and Aparté’s Nicolas Bartholomée, which received rave reviews. A further recording featuring the renowned Polish opera singer together with Roberto Alagna and Andreas Scholl is due to be released this year Its focus is Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater, Tomasz Wabnic plays the solo part in Fratres and Spiegel im Spiegel and again co-produces with Nicolas Bartholomée.

Recent work as an arranger and orchestrator includes the reduction of opera scores for the Morphing Quintet in performances with MET opera stars for the 2020 online series Metropolitan Opera Live in Concert, as well as the MET Stars New Year’s Eve Gala with Blue, Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena and Matthew Polenzani, broadcast on Dec 31, 2021, on American TV network PBS. Further credits include work for Aparté, French label Little Tribeca, and renowned cellist Ophélie Gaillard.

As a violist and chamber musician, Tomasz Wabnic recently performed in the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, Teatro all Scala, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Moscow’s Philharmonic Hall, Teatro Amazonas in Brazil and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. He performs the viola solo of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante on his most recent album Mozart Concertante, his musical partner is violinist Yuuki Wong.

In 2013 Tomasz Wabnic founded the Huberman String Trio together with brothers Sándor and Ádám Jávorkai. The Trio presented its critically acclaimed recording of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (arr. Dmitri Sitkovetsky) This year will see the release of an Aparté album honoring the 140th anniversary of Bronislaw Huberman.

Since 2012, Tomasz Wabnic leads a world-class Early Music ensemble dedicated to unearthing hidden treasures, particularly of the Polish Baroque era, the Capella Claromontana. Previously, Tomasz Wabnic founded and led the Capella Czestochoviensis (2006-2012). He produced 9 world-premiere recordings, including works by Amando Ivancic, Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Józef Daubeck and Filip Gotschalk, and discovered lost gems by W.A.Mozart and Joseph Haydn at the Częstochowa monastery of Mons Clara in Poland which were received with great acclaim internationally.

Born in Wrocław, Poland, into a family of musicians, Tomasz Wabnic began his studies at the conservatories, and universities of Bydgoszcz and Poznan in the violin class of Prof. Jadwiga Kaliszewska before continuing his training at Vienna's Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität (MUK) as a member of the viola class of Herwig Zelle. He received important impulses in the chamber music masterclass of the Altenberg Trio Wien. After graduating with honours, Tomasz Wabnic received several awards as a soloist and chamber musician. With his Fidelio Quartet, he was a finalist in the 2001 International Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne.

Tomasz Wabnic lives and works in Vienna, Austria. He leads the Morphing Music Institute and is the founder of the Lobkowicz Festival.