Jan Lewandowski is an honours graduate of the General Education Primary and Secondary Music School in Gdańsk, class of mgr Jadwiga Ewald, and of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, where he studied cello with prof. dr hab. Marcin Zdunik and chamber music with prof. dr hab. Anna Prabucka-Firlej. In October 2019, after obtaining his diploma, he started teaching in the Department of Chamber Music of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk.
Since his student days he has actively collaborated with the pianist Aleksandra Świgut, playing concerts together. On 11 November 2018 they performed Fryderyk Chopin’s Sonata for cello and piano in the Quirinal Palace in Rome at a special concert for the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland. Jan Lewandowski is also the member of the Polish Soloists chamber orchestra composed of the most outstanding musicians of the new generation.
He won prizes in both national and international competitions, both in solo performance (third prize and both special prizes – the Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra Prize for the best performance in the finals and the Prize for the most distinct artistic personality – in the 10th International Michał Spisak Music Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza, semi-finalist in the 10th International Witold Lutosławski Cello Competition in Warsaw, Golden Prize in the International Music Competition ‘Svirel 2017’ in Nova Gorica (Slovenia), first prize in the 12th International Juliusz Zarębski Music Competition in Warsaw) and chamber ensemble performance Grand Prix in the 12th Macro-regional Chamber Ensemble Meetings in Gdańsk (2013), first prize in the All-Polish CEA Auditions in Warsaw (2013), second prize in the International M. K. Ogiński Competition in Smarhonʹ, Belarus (2013), first prize in the Cello Competition in Ełk in the chamber ensembles category (2014), honourable mention in the Schubert Competition in Ruse (Bulgaria), Grand Prix in the 4th International Music Competition ‘With Music Through Europe’ in Vilnius (Lithuania) and first prize in the Chamber Tournament in Three Acts in Bydgoszcz).
He was a recipient of a Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the National Children Fund, the Prize of the Mayor of Tczew City (twice), the Cultural Scholarship of Gdańsk City ‘Young Citizen of Gdańsk’ and of the scholarship of the Rector of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk (several times).
He perfected his skills in workshops and masterclasses conducted by prof. Kazimierz Michalik, Andrzej Bauer, Julius Berger, Michael Flaksman, Roman Jabłoński, Stanisław Firlej, Tomasz Strahl, Andrzej Orkisz, Dominik Połoński and Bartosz Koziak.
As a soloist he collaborated with the following conductors: Zygmunt Rychert, George Tchitchinadze, Adi Bar, Wojciech Rajski, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Sławomir Chrzanowski and Szymon Morus. He performed on various platforms and in various concert halls in Poland (including the Royal Castle, Warsaw Philharmonic, Teatr Wielki, Wilanów Palace in Warsaw, the Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk, in the Łańcut Castle, Palace of Culture in Dąbrowa Górnicza, the Atma Villa in Zakopane) as well as in Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus.
He plays on an instrument made by Wojciech Topa.