Biography

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Principal cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski has delighted audiences of many concert halls in America, Europe and Asia with his great artistic and technical command of the instrument. As a soloist he performed with numerous orchestras in the US including the National Philharmonic, Alexandria Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic, Qingdao Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

In 2013 Dariusz was awarded the prestigious Baker Artist Award, the highest recognition for artists in Maryland.

As a chamber musician, Dariusz appeared in numerous chamber music concert series including the Candlelight Series, Music in the Valley, Music at the Great Hall in Baltimore and the Barge Music Festival in New York City. In November of 2005 he gave his Carnegie Hall debut, which was sponsored by the La Gesse Foundation. The cellist is also a member of a critically acclaimed ensemble – the Monument Piano Trio.

Dariusz began his musical education at the age of six and spent his school years in Warsaw, Poland where his teachers were Professor Z. Liebig and Professor A. Zielinski. He completed his higher education as a scholarship recipient at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and perfected his art under the supervision of world-renowned cellist Stephen Kates.

The soloist’s repertoire is extremely diverse and includes compositions from early Baroque to the present. His debut CD “Cello Populus” is a collection of solo pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries and includes works of Hindemith, Ligeti, Crumb, Penderecki and others. Dariusz’s second album “Cello Phantasia” features music by Schumann, Franck and Rachmaninov.

Dariusz plays a 1702 Carlo Guiseppe Testore cello which is generously loaned by Marin Alsop in memory of her mother Ruth Alsop.