Polish cellist Dominik Połoński has passed away from brain cancer – aged just 41.
A graduate of the Lodz Academy of Music and Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia, Dominik was a former prize winner at the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Competition and the Bucharest New International Talent Competition.
In 2004, he fell ill with cancer – and as a result of a number of lifesaving surgeries subsequently lost the ability to use his left hand.
He did however continue to perform the cello – becoming one of the only known cellists to perform solely with his right hand.
Numerous composers wrote one handed cello works for him – including Dariusz Przybylski and Olga Hans.
Our condolences are with Dominik’s family, friends and colleagues.