Winner of the first prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich (1992), prize-winner at the “Prague Spring” Competition (1989) and holder of the “Europaischer Forderpreis” award (1991). He completed his studies at the Academy of Music in his hometown Łódź under the direction of Kazimierz Michalik and took part in numerous masterclasses, studying among others with Miloš Sadlo, Daniel Shafran and André Navarra. He also completed a two-year course under William Pleeth in London, thanks to a scholarship funded by Lutosławski.
Andrzej Bauer participates in international festivals, performing in most European countries as well as in the USA and Japan. He also records for many foreign Radio and television Networks [among others BBC, Radio France, Radio Prague, Sender Freies Berlin, Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Polish Radio]. He has performed with all polish orchestras including Sinfonia Varsovia and National Philharmonic in Warsaw, who invited the cellist to be a soloist on their European tours.
During last years, the cellist has given recitals in Paris, Amsterdam, Hamburg and with major orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of RAI in Napoli, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Radio Orchestra in Stuttgart and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Andrzej Bauer has also successfully performed at festivals such as Tivoli Festival in Copenhagen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Carintischer Sommer, Warsaw Autumn, Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Kissinger Sommer and Klavierfestival Ruhr.
Bauer’s first recording for Koch/Schwan, which includes works by Schubert, Brahms and Schumann, was awarded the quarterly German Critics Prize [“Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”]. Successive CD releases include works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, as well as Lutosławski’s Cello concerto. His double album with the complete Cello Suites by J. S. Bach has been released in 2000 on CD ACCORD label.
The vast repertoire of Andrzej Bauer includes many contemporary pieces, some of them composed specially for him.