Jakub Wycislik is a Polish cellist based in London and is currently a member of the Southbank Sinfonia. In 2023, he earned a Masters of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a full scholarship holder and studied with David Geber. In 2021, Jakub graduated with first-class honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was studying with Josephine Knight. Jakub is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player.
He was awarded many prizes at the international competitions in locations such as Dolny Kubin, Warsaw, Palmanova, Ek, and Elblg. His latest achievements include second prize at the Rudolf Barshai International Strings Competition, third prize at the II International Gustav Mahler Cello Competition in Jihlava (2020), first prize at the 4th North International Music Competition in Stockholm (2019), and first prize at the Bach Competition in Krakow (2018).
Jakub has participated in a wide range of courses and masterclasses, including with Jens Peter Maintz, Marti Roussi, Natasha Brofsky, Morten Zeuthen, Philippe Muller, Colin Carr, Sung-Won Yang, Mario Brunello, and Claus Reichardt.
As an orchestral musician, Jakub collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Czech Philharmonic. He played under the baton of Hannu Lintu, Semyon Bychkov, Stephane Deneve, Sir Mark Elder, John Wilson, Ryan Wigglesworth and Speranza Scappucci.
In recent years, he has performed at prestigious concert halls around Europe and the US, some of which are Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Snape Maltings, St James’s Church Piccadilly, Southwark Cathedral, the Szczecin Philharmonic, The National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, the Concert Hall of The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice, The National Opera in Warsaw, the Cracow and Silesian Philharmonic, the Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw, and Teatro Gustavo Modena in Palmanova.
He has been the recipient of scholarships from the Julian Cochran Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation, the Williamson Foundation for Music, and the St. Marylebone Educational Foundation.
Jakub plays on a cello by Wojciech Topa, made in 2020 in Zakopane, Poland