Lech Antonio Uszynski has come to prominence as one of the most exciting and versatile viola players of his generation thanks to what the Badische Zeitung has described as his “thoughtful playing, which banks not on showy effects but on timbre, texture and emotion”. As a soloist and chamber musician he has played in concert halls that include the Philharmonie Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Vienna Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. He is also a regular guest at international festivals.
2019 his new solo album “Progetto Gibson” was released by RCA Red Seal (Sony Classical). Previous recordings include Steve Reich’s string quartets “Different Trains” & “Triple quartet” for Warner Classics and chamber music versions of Mahler 1st and 4th Symphonies.
As a chamber musician he has worked with Vilde Frang, Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Thomas Demenga, Antoine Tamestit and others. He was born in 1986 into a family of Polish musicians in Padua in Italy but moved to Switzerland the following year. It was there that he grew up, studying with Ana Chumachenco, Zakhar Bron and Michel Rouilly at Zurich’s University of the Arts. He also received mentoring and encouragement as a viola player from Rudolf Barshai. In addition to his wide stylistic range as a performer, he is also passionate about teaching. Lech Antonio Uszynski is fortunate to have been playing from 2010-2017 on one of the 9 remaining Stradivari violas, the “Gibson” 1734 on loan from the “Stradivari Foundation Habisreutinger”. Currently he performs on a rare Viola by the Master H. Willems from 1690.