Cello virtuoso Dominik Połoński dies
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish virtuoso cellist Dominik Połoński has died three days after his 41st birthday.
Dominik Połoński. Photo: Grzegorz Śledź/PR2
His spectacular career was brought to a halt in 2004 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He lost the ability to move the left side of his body.
After several operations and five years of rehabilitation, he returned to the concert platform in 2009, becoming the only cellist in the world to use only his right hand. Several Polish composers wrote pieces specially for him.
Połoński said in an interview once that he “was born for the cello.” He passed away after the disease returned.
In the years prior to his death, he was active as a teacher at two music academies in Poland and contributed to music magazines.
Połoński studied cello in Poland and Spain, and later developed his skills at masterclasses in London, Berlin and Los Angeles.
A prizewinner of many music competitions, he recorded for labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Dux, Polskie Nagrania and Polish Radio.
He performed in many European countries as well as the United States, including at such prestigious venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Salle Pleyel in Paris.