Krzysztof Wegrzyn, the Founder and Artistic Director of the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, was born in Gdansk, Poland. He studied in Warsaw, Freiburg and London. His personal performance style has been strongly influenced by Wolfgang Marschner, Yfrah Neaman and Dorothy DeLay. He was the winner of the Karol Szymanowski- and Rodolfo Lipizer Competitions and was a laureate at other renowned international competitions including Spohr and Montreal. His career on the stage has taken him around the world and he has made numerous recordings for radio, television and CD. His broad repertoire also features works by Lutoslawski, Ligeti, Nono, Schnittke, Pärt and Penderecki. Krzysztof Wegrzyn served as concert master of the Hanover State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra for many years and since 1993 has been a professor at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover. Many of his students have won top prizes in major international competitions and have become members of leading European orchestras. Krzysztof Wegrzyn regularly holds masterclasses in Europe, the United States and Asia including at the Holland Music Sessions, the Ishikawa Music Academy, the Great Mountains International Music Festival, the Bowdoin Music Festival, the Aurora Scandinavian Master Classes the Keshet Eilon and the Conservatories in Geneva, Madrid, Florenz, New York, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. He has served on the juries of numerous international competitions such as Tchaïkovski, Kreisler, Paganini, ARD, Singapore and Sendai competitions. Furthermore, he has also been greatly involved in chamber music and has founded the Ensemble ‘il gioco col suono’. In 2004 he was awarded the State Music Prize. He plays a venetian violin made by Domenico Montagnana.