Krzysztof Wegrzyn, the Founder and Honorary President of the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hanover was born in Gdańsk, Poland. He studied in Warsaw, Freiburg and London. His musical personality 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 another renowned international competitions (Spohr, Montreal).
His concert activities have taken him around the world and he has made numerous recordings for radio, television and CDs. His broad repertoire also features works by Lutosławski, Ligeti, Nono, Schnittke, Pärt, and Penderecki. Krzysztof Wegrzyn served as concertmaster of the Hanover State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra for many years. Since 1993 has been a violin professor at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover and since 2012 its Vice President. Many of his students have won top prizes in major international competitions and have become members of leading European orchestras.
Krzysztof Wegrzyn regularly holds master classes worldwide including the Holland Music Sessions and the Conservatories in Geneva, Lausanne, Madrid, Florence, New York, Beijing, Auckland, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo. He has served on the juries of numerous international competitions (Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Paganini, ARD, Qingdao, Seoul, Singapore and Sendai). 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 and in 2018 the State Cross of Merit.
He plays a venetian violin of Domenico Montagnana.