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Piotr Zimnik

double bass


When and where was your first concert with the MCO?

In July 2017 in Evian les Bains. We played Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto no. 1 and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7. I love both pieces and to play them with MCO was an amazing experience.

What’s the best thing about playing with the MCO?

The way people are listening to each other and playing together is unique. Everyone is so into it and doing their best. I like how friendly people are. You can hear in the way this orchestra plays how close people are and how good they know each other.

Can you tell us something about your instrument?

I have loved the low sound of double bass since hearing it for the first time. I enjoy very much the feeling of supporting the orchestra from the base and searching for the ways to be an active part of creating the sound. I think that double bass is still a bit of an undervalued instrument. Its sonic capabilities are very special, starting from very deep tones to the high ones. My goal is always to improve the position of my instrument and to show the listeners the beauty and capabilities of it.

What is the best thing about being a musician?

These moments during concerts when you feel that you are somewhere else. Making music with people and feeling it together. 

If you could play another instrument what would it be?

I would probably play cello or sing. 


Polish double bass player Piotr Zimnik graduated from Bytom School of Music in the class of Prof. Gerard Przybyła. During his studies in Poland he was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He continued his studies with Prof. Miloslav Jelinek in Brno while playing in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

From 2015 Piotr has been a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Karajan Academy, where Matthew McDonald is his teacher. Starting in 2018, Piotr has been furthering his studies at the Hochschule für Musik “Hans Eisler” Berlin with Prof. Gunars Upatnieks.
He is a prizewinner of competitions such as: 1st Prize in the 19th Annual Leoš Janáček International Competition, 1st Prize in the International Double Bass Competition in Wrocław, and 3rd Prize in the 7th International J.M. Sperger Competition. 

Piotr performs as a soloist with orchestras and with piano. He is also active as a chamber music player and orchestra musician. He has been playing as a substitute with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Deutsche Oper.

Piotr is Associate Member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the 2018/19 season.