Konstanty Kulka (Konstanty Andrzej Kulka) is a Polish violinist and teacher born (in Gdansk, Poland) on March 5, 1947. Kulka spends most of his time in Europe, although he has toured around the world, playing with most major orchestras, including the London Symphony, the Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony. Kulka has also played at many of the world’s music festivals, including ones in Lucerne, Berlin, Prague, Barcelona, and Warsaw. He began studying violin at age 8 with Ludwig Gbiorczyk. At 24, he graduated from the Stanislaw Moniuszco Academy of Music (Gdansk) in 1971, where his primary teacher was Stefan Herman. He had, however, already started concertizing in 1967. In fact, at age 17, he entered and received first prize at the German International ARD Radio Competition in Munich (in 1964.) He first appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic on February 28, 1982, playing Krzysztof Penderecki’s second violin concerto. He was 34 years old. In 1984, he was appointed violin soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic. In 1994, Kulka was appointed violin professor at the Frederick Chopin School of Music in Warsaw. As far as I know, he is still teaching there. Kulka has recorded extensively and champions the music of modern Polish composers. Among the standard concertos he has in his discography are the Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Lalo, Bartok, Prokofiev, Brahms, and Glazunov. In addition, he has recorded for many television and radio programs. Here is a video of his performance of the Mieczyslaw Karlowicz concerto. Karlowicz was a Polish composer who showed great promise but who, unfortunately, died very young (at age 32.) Here is an audio file of the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnol. In 1981, Kulka received the Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of both Karol Szymanowski concertos. The Polish government has also bestowed several official honors on Kulka.