Cellist Arek Tesarczyk joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2004 and made his solo debut with the Orchestra in 2006, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. He gave the world premiere performances of Rautavaara’s Cello Concerto No. 2, Towards the Horizon, under the baton of Osmo Vänskä in fall 2010. He has presented a full range of concerto repertoire, including works by Dvořák, Elgar, Saint-Saëns, Haydn, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Goldschmidt, as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Orchesta Sinfonica de Chile and Concert Artists of Baltimore.
Tesarczyk, winner of a 2008 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, has participated in many Minnesota Orchestra chamber concerts, performing works by Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Messiaen, Dohnányi and Shostakovich, among others. He has collaborated with such artists as Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, Martin Beaver and Scott St. John, and he has recorded Brahms’ G-minor Piano Quartet with Jon Kimura Parker for the Bravo television network. Before joining the Minnesota Orchestra he was principal cello of the Winnipeg Symphony for 11 years.