PAWEL KNAPIK, hailed by the top contemporary artists as “an outstanding instrumentalist” and “an extraordinary double bass player”, the Polish-American double bassist and composer is a recipient of numerous international awards, grants, and scholarships including Kosciuszko, Arthur, and Stanley Thomas Johnson foundations.
A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Wroclaw Academy of Music, and a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mr. Knapik also performs regularly with preeminent orchestras in the New York City metropolitan area such as New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theatre, as well as European ensembles including the legendary Vienna Philharmonic.
Mr. Knapik has played as a Principal Bass with the following ensembles: Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Metro Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Jupiter Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic, and Wroclaw Chamber Orchestras ”Wratislavia” and “Leopoldinum”. He has performed with critically acclaimed chamber music ensembles Sequitur, Modern American Ensemble, and New York Chamber Musicians. Mr. Knapik has been featured fifteen times as a soloist with various symphonic and chamber orchestras throughout Europe and North America.
An award-winning composer, Mr. Knapik mastered his skills with composers Richard Danielpour and Grazyna Pstrokonska-Nawratil. He recently gave a World Premiere of his original “Wroclaw” Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra with Orchestra 54 he founded at the premier New York City venue DiMenna Center for Classical Music. He is also an educator and a recording artist.
Outside of classical genre, Pawel Knapik worked with Paul McCartney, Bono and the Edge, Elvis Costello, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Harry Connick Jr., and appeared on Golden Globe winning TV Series “Mozart in the Jungle”, as well as in the upcoming Hugh Jackman’s film “The Greatest Showman”.
Mr. Knapik has performed on four continents and plays a double bass crafted by Oreste Martini, Mantova 1934.