Marcin Murawski was born on October 29, 1974 in Poznan, Poland. He studied viola at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan in the class of his father, professor Andrzej Murawski. He graduated with distinction from the Poznan Academy in 1998, and since 1997 he has been employed there, at present as professor of viola. He gained further education with, among others, prof. Konrad Haessler (Hannover, Germany) and prof. John Krakenberger (Madrid, Spain). In the academic year 2003-2004 he received a scholarship from the Danish Government for postgraduate studies in prof. Claus Myrup’s viola class at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark. In 2004 he earned a doctorate in music from the Academy of Music in Katowice (Poland), and in 2012 he was awarded the habilitated doctor degree from the Academy of Music in Poznan. Murawski has given viola and chamber music masterclasses at academies and universities in Europe (Icelandic Academy of Arts Reykjavik – Iceland, Royal Irish Academy of Music Dublin – Ireland, Academy of Music in Riga – Latvia, Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen – Norway, Estonian Academy of Music and Theater in Tallinn – Estonia, National Academy of Music in Lviv – Ukraine, National Conservatory of Music in Tbilisi – Georgia to name a few), in the United States (University of Iowa, Ball State University, University of Northern Iowa, Lawrence University, Illinois State University, Coe College, Luther College among others) and in New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington during 44th International Viola Congress in 2017). He has also been a juror of national competitions and an expert for the Polish Artistic Education Center. His graduates are laureates of awards and prizes.
He has appeared as soloist with, among others, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal, Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Polonia, and Kielce Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed chamber music with, among others, the Agutti Quartet, Classic Ensemble of Poznan, and Tutti E Solo, and as orchestral violist he has played in the Hannover Kammerorchester, Pro Arte Novum, Sinfonietta Polonia, and the Poznan Chamber Orchestra. He has given concerts in France, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Ireland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, New Zealand and the USA (in Carnegie Hall and elsewhere). Murawski has also performed solo recitals at the Polish Institute in Prague (Czech Republic), at Store Saal in Aarhus (Denmark), Universitet i Bergen – Griegakademiet (Norway), Ole Bulls Villa in Lysoen (Norway), Icelandic Academy of Arts in Reykjavik (Iceland), the Polish Cultural House in Dublin (Ireland), Opera in Lviv (Ukraine), National Conservatory in Tbilisi (Georgia), Estonian Academy of Music and Theater in Tallinn, to name a few outside Poland. During 44th International Viola Congress in Wellington, New Zealand he performed twice as soloist with Wellington Viola Congress Orchestra, gave lecture-recital about passacaglias in viola literature, taught on masterclasses, performed recital of polish music and conducted Massed Viola Orchestra during final concert, entitled “A tribute to Michael Kimber”.
His discography includes an album of music recorded during concerts in the Fara Church in Poznan in July 1995 (“Marcin Murawski & Hanna Buczkowska – Koncerty Farne III”). In April 1996, an album of masterpieces of Polish Baroque recorded for Dorian Discovery (Benigna Jaskulska & Tutti E Solo “Jewels Of Polish Baroque”), in which he made a guest appearance, was reviewed in The Washington Post and elsewhere. In March 1997, together with a chamber music ensemble, he recorded an album of G.B. Pergolesi’s Mass (Schola Cantorum Posnaniensis “G.B. Pergolesi – Stabat Mater”). In April 1997, as principal violist of the Szczecin chamber orchestra Academia, he recorded an album with the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi (soloist: Henryk Tritt, violin). With the Sunday String Quartet he recorded music for the debut album of the music group Lizar (Lizar “Historye!ye!ye!” BMG). In 2007 an album of W.A. Mozart’s flute quartets, which he recorded together with Ewa Murawska (flute), Blanka Bednarz (violin) and Cheung Chau (cello), was released. In 2008 Acte Préalable released his next album – “Roman Palester, Paul Kletzki” (AP 181), which includes premiere recordings of the chamber works of these composers with the same musicians, and in April 2009 – his own family project with his sister, flutist Ewa Murawska – 6 Duos for flute and viola composed by F. Devienne, which began the series of flute and viola works recorded for Acte Préalable. In December 2009 Acte Préalable released his album of J.N. Hummels viola works with piano and orchestra, recorded with pianist Urszula Szyrynska and the Hummel Project Orchestra. In June 2013 Acte Préalable came out with the first in his newest series of CDs, compositions written by American violist Michael Kimber: “Michael Kimber – Works for Viola(s), recorded with graduates from his viola class at the Academy of Art in Szczecin: Edyta Hedzielska, Justyna Kowalczyk and Aleksandra Bazan. In the same year he produced a second CD of Michael Kimbers music entitled “Music for Viola 2,” recorded with Szczecin Concertino Orchestra (conductor: Marek Siwka). In 2014 another two albums of Kimbers viola music were released: “Michael Kimber – Music for viola(s) 3” in June (featuring viola duets, trios and more) and “Michael Kimber – Music for viola 4” in October (featuring works for viola and orchestra only, including Variations on a Polish Folk Song “Ty pójdziesz góra” dedicated especially by the composer to Marcin Murawski). In 2015 another two CDs of Kimbers music were released: “Michael Kimber – Music for viola 5” in April (featuring works for solo viola and for viola and marimba), and the sixth one in July (with a mixture of pieces for viola solo, viola quartet and orchestra), and in 2017 – “Music for viola 7” and “the best of Music for Viola” were released. August 2015 brought a CD recorded together with pianist Anna Starzec-Makandasis – “Nocturnes for viola and piano” – with masterpieces by L. van Beethoven, F. Chopin and J.W. Kalliwoda. In 2016 another two CDs were released with viola music of Emile Ratez (AP358, AP366), recorded together with pianist Hanna Holeksa, two cds with viola music of Rene de Boisdeffre (AP 401, AP402) with pianist Urszula Szyryńska in 2017, and “Wojciech Gawroński – Works for Viola and Piano” with Anna Starzec-Makandasis in 2018. In the same year a complete music-film dvd among five YouTube videos with Christoph Graupner music were released, in Polish-New Zealand coproduction together with prof. Donald Maurice.
In 1996-2001 together with Bartosz Melosik he ran the Lemur Artistic Agency. In June 1997 he finished the School of Teaching at the Poznan Academy of Music and in June 1998 he graduated from the Postgraduate School of Journalism at the Adam Mickiewicz University School of Political Science and Journalism in Poznan. In June 2002 he was awarded a First Certificate in English of the University of Cambridge. Between 2005-2011 he worked as a viola teacher at the POSM Music School in Poznan. Since 2003 he has been a member of the International Viola Society and the German Viola Society (Deutsche Viola-Gesellschaft), and in 2008 he became the first Polish member of Hummel Gesellschaft Weimar. Murawski is a frequent guest at international music conferences, where he presents his own lectures. Between 2006-2010 he led the viola class at a branch of the Poznan Music Academy in Szczecin, and from 2010 to 2013 at the Academy of Art in Szczecin as professor of viola. In 2013 Murawski was awarded the Bronze Medal for Long Service from the president of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski, and a special prize from the principal of the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music. Since 2017 member of Australian and New Zealand Viola Society.