Krzysztof Polonek, born in Kraków, initially studied as a young student at the Julius-Stern-Institute, University of the Arts, Berlin with Prof. Tomasz Tomaszewski before he obtained his degree at this university. He played his concert exam (Konzertexamen) under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Brandis at the Lübeck University of Music. Furthermore he has attended masterclasses with the professors R. Kussmaul, K. Węgrzyn, K. Sassmannshaus, I. Gitlis and Z. Bron.
Krzysztof has performed as soloist with the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Orchestra at Frankfurt (Oder), the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. As a chamber musician and soloist he has been invited to renowned festivals like the “Music in old Cracow” festival, the Hubermann Violin Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and the Max-Reger Tage at Weiden.
Up to 2009 he taught at the Music Academy in Breslau, where he successfully finished his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Jarosław Pietrzak. Krzysztof was the concertmaster of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Presently he is the concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker.