Krzysztof Zimowski,  Concertmaster

Krzysztof Zimowski was born in Wroclaw, Poland. He began his musical studies when he was just six years old . Participating in various music camps and schools organized by La Federation International des Jeunesses Musicales, Mr. Zimowski performed as a Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Weikersheim and Bayreuth in Germany, with Franz Paul Decker, the music director of the Montreal Symphony at that time. 

In 1976, Mr.Zimowski began performing with the L’Orchestre Mondial Des Jeunesses Musicales (The World Youth Orchestra) in Brussels and in Paris, under the direction of Jean Martinon. There he began playing in chamber music ensembles and taking master classes with the world- renowned violin soloist, Henryk Szeryng. 

Krzysztof Zimowski had participated in The Carl Flesch International Violin Competition – London 1978, and J. S Bach VI International Violin Competition – Leipzig 1980.  In 1977 in Warsaw ,Poland ,  in the only National Competition of Music of Karol Szymanowski, he won third prize.                                                                                                              

During his studies, he performed as a soloist in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Germany. In 1976 Mr. Zimowski was appointed Concertmaster of the State Opera Orchestra in his native city. In 1977 Zimowski received his Master’s Degree with Honors from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. After participating in the C. Flesch International Competition, he continued his studies at the Morley College of Music in London with Simon Goldberg and Perry Hart. 

In 1981, Mr. Zimowski joined the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. After his acclaimed appearance as a soloist in the concert dedicated to the Mexico City earthquake victims, Mr. Zimowski was appointed one of the Concertmasters and soloist of the Mexico City Philharmonic, touring Europe, South America and United States. 

In the fall of 1986, he moved to United States of America, where he helped to form the Helios String Quartet, an ensemble-in-residence at the Placitas Artists Series, in Albuquerque’s north community of Placitas.  Mr. Zimowski has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony and Santa Fe Pro Musica. He was also the Concertmaster and soloist of the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque. 

In October of 1986, Krzysztof Zimowski began playing with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and became an Associate Concertmaster in 1995. He was appointed Concertmaster and soloist of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in 1999. He has been featured as a soloist in the Mendelssohn and Wieniawski #2 Violin concertos during the 2001 NMSO New Mexico tour. In the 2009 season, he performed the New Mexico premiere of the Karol Szymanowski Violin Concerto #1.

Currently he is Concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic and was appointed a Concertmaster of the Opera Southwest Orchestra.

Each summer since 1994, Mr. Zimowski performs with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in the renowned International Music Festival in Millennium Park in Chicago.

 He, along with his wife Urszula, opera singer, and their son, Krystian, mechanical engineer and clarinetist make their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

 


Our Musicians

Krzysztof Zimowski,  Concertmaster

Krzysztof Zimowski

Concertmaster

David Felberg, violin

David Felberg

Associate Concertmaster

Phillip Coonce

Violin

Jonathan Amerding

Violin

Kerry Lay, violin

Kerri Lay

Violin

Linda Boivin, violin

Linda Boivin

Violin

Barbara Rivers

Violin

Nicolle Maniaci, Violin

Nicolle Maniaci

Violin

Barbara Scalf Morris

Barbara Scalf Morris

Violin

Carol Swift-Matton, violin

Carol Swift-Matton

Assistant Principal 2nd Violin

Ikuko Kanda, violin

Ikuko Kanda

Violin

Justin Pollak

Violin

Julanie Lee, violin

Julanie Lee

Violin

Iris McDowell

Violin

Roberta Branagan

Violin

Sheila Seigler, violin

Sheila McLay

Violin

Daniel Brandt, Violin

Daniel Brandt (on leave)

Violin

Susan French, Violin

Susan French

Violin

Gary Logsdon,  viola

Gary Logsdon

Principal Viola

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Kimberly Fredenburgh

Assistant Principal Viola

Nicholas Hill

Viola

Christine Rancier, Viola

Christine Rancier

Viola

Virginia Lawrence, viola

Virginia Lawrence

Viola

Willy Sucre, viola

Willy Sucre

Viola

Lisa DiCarlo

Viola

Joan Zucker, cello

Joan Zucker

Principal Cello

Carla Lehmeier Tatum, cello

Carla Lehmeier Tatum

Cello

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Joel Becktell

Cello

David Schepps, Cello

David Schepps

Cello

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Dana Winograd

Cello

Lisa Collins, cello

Lisa Collins

Cello

Peggy Wells

Cello

Jean-Luc Matton,  Principal Bass

Jean-Luc Matton

Principal Bass

Mark Tatum, bass

Mark Tatum

Assistant Principal Bass

Katherine Olszowka

Bass

Terry Pruitt, bass

Terry Pruitt

Bass

Derek DeVelder, bass

Derek DeVelder

Bass

Ryan Walter

Bassoon 2

Valerie Potter,  flute

Valerie Potter

Principal Flute

Sara Turner,  flute

Sara Tutland

Flute 2/ Piccolo

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Kevin Vigneau

Principal Oboe

Melissa Pena,  Oboe/  English Horn

Melissa Peña

Associate Principal/English Horn

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James Shields

Principal Clarinet

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Lori Lovato

Assistant Principal Clarinet/E-flat Clarinet

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Sunshine Simmons

Clarinet 3/Bass Clarinet

Stefanie Przybylska

Principal Bassoon

Denise Turner, bassoon

Denise Turner

Bassoon 2

Peter Ulffers,  Principal Horn

Peter Ulffers

Principal Horn

Kurt Civilette,  Horn

Kurt Civilette

Assistant Principal Horn

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Nathan Ukens

Horn 4

Niels Galloway

Assistant Horn

John Marchiando,  Principal Trumpet

John Marchiando

Principal Trumpet

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Mark Hyams

Trumpet 2

Jennifer Brynn Rector

Associate Principal Trumpet, Trumpet 3

Debra Taylor, trombone

Debra Taylor (Principal Trombone)

Principal Trombone

ByronHerrington

Byron Herrington

Trombone 2

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David Tall

Bass Trombone

Richard White,   Principal Tuba

Richard White

Principal Tuba

Douglas Cardwell, Principal Timpani

Douglas Cardwell

Principal Timpani

Jeff Cornelius,  Principal Percussion

Jeff Cornelius

Principal Percussion

Kenneth Dean

Percussion 2

Emily Cornelius, Percussion

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Anne Eisfeller (Principal Harp)

Principal Harp