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BPO Musician Portraits

Jacek Muzyk, BPO Principal French Horn

Jacek Muzyk
Jacek Muzyk
BPO Musician Portraits

Jacek Muzyk, born in Krakow, Poland, began to study French horn at the age of 18, graduating with a master's degree from Krakow’s Academy of Music. He earned his second master's degree at the Mannes College of Music in New York City studying under David Jolley. He continued his education at The Juilliard School under William Purvis and at Rice University in Houston, Texas under William VerMeulen. Muzyk returned to Poland and worked with the best Polish orchestras, including Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Philharmonic of Warsaw, Polish Radio Orchestra, and the Krakow Philharmonic. In 1999, he was nominated as Principal Horn for Krystian Zimerman's Polish Festival Orchestra, the elite group of Poland's finest musicians that toured Europe and the U.S. with performances of Chopin's concertos, earning numerous accolades, including a Grammy Award. In 2002, Muzyk moved to the U.S. where he played with the Houston Grand Opera and the Dallas Symphony before being appointed the Principal Horn with the Buffalo Philharmonic. Guest appearances include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and other orchestras across the globe, performing as a guest soloist or giving master classes and recitals. He currently has three performances on CD: Mozart's Concertos (including all concertos); Bach Music for French Horn (Cello Suites No. 1, 2, and 3); and Horn Constellation.