A keen educator, cellist Marcin Szawelski has taught cello and chamber music at the College of Music, Mahidol University since 2006, where he currently serves as chair of the String & Chamber Music Department. Besides his lecturing duties, he has written two textbooks: “Elementary Techniques and Fundamental Warm Ups for Cellists with a Selection of Compositions by H.R.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej” (2017) and “Manual of Selected Orchestral Excerpts for Cello” (2019) in order to supplement the existing pedagogical literature for cellists at multiple levels.
In addition to lecturing at the College of Music, since 2006 Marcin has enjoyed his career as a cellist with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) where he is currently Principal Cello; to date, he has given more than 600 performances with the TPO. His extensive experience as an orchestral musician has led him to numerous collaborations with countless international soloists and on orchestra tours in Japan, New Zealand, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia. Marcin’s passion for teaching and education extends into orchestral coaching as well: since 2007 he has been a cello instructor for SAYOWE (Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble) and SEAYCO (Southeast Asian Youth Chamber Orchestra).
Marcin Szawelski’s love of chamber music is another important driving force in his musical endeavors. He collaborates in various chamber ensembles like The Lermontov String Quartet, International Quintet and the AmaCor Trio; his chamber music partners include illustrious personalities such as Dr. Eri Nakagawa, Dr. Korak Lertpibulchai, Dr. Paris Paraschoudis, among others.
A native of Gdańsk, Poland, Marcin Szawelski started his musical training at the age of 7 with Andrzej Filar, and later continued his studies at the Liceum Muzyczne im. F. Nowowiejskiego in Gdańsk where he earned a Diploma in Cello performance. He subsequently earned a Master of Arts in Cello Performance (2005) from Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk where he studied cello performance, chamber music and music pedagogy under professors Krzysztof Sperski, Anna Prabucka-Firlej, and Tadeusz Samerek, winning numerous awards and prizes in regional and national competitions during his musical studies. His artistic mentors and musical influences include renowned cellists such as Stefan Popov, Maria Tchaikovska, Peter Leisegang, and Roman Jablonski.
2005 – Stanisław Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdańsk (Poland) – Master of Arts