Krzysztof Zimowski,  Concertmaster

Krzysztof Zimowski was born in Wroclaw, Poland. He began his musical studies when he was just six years old . Participating in various music camps and schools organized by La Federation International des Jeunesses Musicales, Mr. Zimowski performed as a Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Weikersheim and Bayreuth in Germany, with Franz Paul Decker, the music director of the Montreal Symphony at that time. 

In 1976, Mr.Zimowski began performing with the L’Orchestre Mondial Des Jeunesses Musicales (The World Youth Orchestra) in Brussels and in Paris, under the direction of Jean Martinon. There he began playing in chamber music ensembles and taking master classes with the world- renowned violin soloist, Henryk Szeryng. 

Krzysztof Zimowski had participated in The Carl Flesch International Violin Competition – London 1978, and J. S Bach VI International Violin Competition – Leipzig 1980.  In 1977 in Warsaw ,Poland ,  in the only National Competition of Music of Karol Szymanowski, he won third prize.                                                                                                              

During his studies, he performed as a soloist in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Germany. In 1976 Mr. Zimowski was appointed Concertmaster of the State Opera Orchestra in his native city. In 1977 Zimowski received his Master’s Degree with Honors from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. After participating in the C. Flesch International Competition, he continued his studies at the Morley College of Music in London with Simon Goldberg and Perry Hart. 

In 1981, Mr. Zimowski joined the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. After his acclaimed appearance as a soloist in the concert dedicated to the Mexico City earthquake victims, Mr. Zimowski was appointed one of the Concertmasters and soloist of the Mexico City Philharmonic, touring Europe, South America and United States. 

In the fall of 1986, he moved to United States of America, where he helped to form the Helios String Quartet, an ensemble-in-residence at the Placitas Artists Series, in Albuquerque’s north community of Placitas.  Mr. Zimowski has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony and Santa Fe Pro Musica. He was also the Concertmaster and soloist of the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque. 

In October of 1986, Krzysztof Zimowski began playing with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and became an Associate Concertmaster in 1995. He was appointed Concertmaster and soloist of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in 1999. He has been featured as a soloist in the Mendelssohn and Wieniawski #2 Violin concertos during the 2001 NMSO New Mexico tour. In the 2009 season, he performed the New Mexico premiere of the Karol Szymanowski Violin Concerto #1.

Currently he is Concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic and was appointed a Concertmaster of the Opera Southwest Orchestra.

Each summer since 1994, Mr. Zimowski performs with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in the renowned International Music Festival in Millennium Park in Chicago.

 He, along with his wife Urszula, opera singer, and their son, Krystian, mechanical engineer and clarinetist make their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  


Our Musicians

Krzysztof Zimowski,  Concertmaster

Krzysztof Zimowski


David Felberg, violin

David Felberg

Associate Concertmaster

Phillip Coonce


Jonathan Amerding


Kerry Lay, violin

Kerri Lay


Linda Boivin, violin

Linda Boivin


Barbara Rivers


Nicolle Maniaci, Violin

Nicolle Maniaci


Barbara Scalf Morris

Barbara Scalf Morris


Carol Swift-Matton, violin

Carol Swift-Matton

Assistant Principal 2nd Violin

Ikuko Kanda, violin

Ikuko Kanda


Justin Pollak


Julanie Lee, violin

Julanie Lee


Iris McDowell


Roberta Branagan


Sheila Seigler, violin

Sheila McLay


Daniel Brandt, Violin

Daniel Brandt (on leave)


Susan French, Violin

Susan French


Gary Logsdon,  viola

Gary Logsdon

Principal Viola


Kimberly Fredenburgh

Assistant Principal Viola

Nicholas Hill


Christine Rancier, Viola

Christine Rancier


Virginia Lawrence, viola

Virginia Lawrence


Willy Sucre, viola

Willy Sucre


Lisa DiCarlo


Joan Zucker, cello

Joan Zucker

Principal Cello

Carla Lehmeier Tatum, cello

Carla Lehmeier Tatum


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Joel Becktell


David Schepps, Cello

David Schepps


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Dana Winograd


Lisa Collins, cello

Lisa Collins


Peggy Wells


Jean-Luc Matton,  Principal Bass

Jean-Luc Matton

Principal Bass

Mark Tatum, bass

Mark Tatum

Assistant Principal Bass

Katherine Olszowka


Terry Pruitt, bass

Terry Pruitt


Derek DeVelder, bass

Derek DeVelder


Ryan Walter

Bassoon 2

Valerie Potter,  flute

Valerie Potter

Principal Flute

Sara Turner,  flute

Sara Tutland

Flute 2/ Piccolo

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Kevin Vigneau

Principal Oboe

Melissa Pena,  Oboe/  English Horn

Melissa Peña

Associate Principal/English Horn


James Shields

Principal Clarinet


Lori Lovato

Assistant Principal Clarinet/E-flat Clarinet


Sunshine Simmons

Clarinet 3/Bass Clarinet

Stefanie Przybylska

Principal Bassoon

Denise Turner, bassoon

Denise Turner

Bassoon 2

Peter Ulffers,  Principal Horn

Peter Ulffers

Principal Horn

Kurt Civilette,  Horn

Kurt Civilette

Assistant Principal Horn


Nathan Ukens

Horn 4

Niels Galloway

Assistant Horn

John Marchiando,  Principal Trumpet

John Marchiando

Principal Trumpet


Mark Hyams

Trumpet 2

Jennifer Brynn Rector

Associate Principal Trumpet, Trumpet 3

Debra Taylor, trombone

Debra Taylor (Principal Trombone)

Principal Trombone


Byron Herrington

Trombone 2


David Tall

Bass Trombone

Richard White, tuba

Richard White

Principal Tuba

Douglas Cardwell, Principal Timpani

Douglas Cardwell

Principal Timpani

Jeff Cornelius,  Principal Percussion

Jeff Cornelius

Principal Percussion

Kenneth Dean

Percussion 2

Emily Cornelius, Percussion

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Anne Eisfeller (Principal Harp)

Principal Harp