Krzysztof Jakowicz is a violinist and pedagogue born on September 30, 1939, in Palmiry. After graduating from the High School of Music in Wrocław, he studied violin under Tadeusz Wroński at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. He then continued his studies at Indiana University in Bloomington in the United States, with Josef Gingold and Janos Starker. His first successes came in 1959 when he won first prize in the Eugène Ysaÿe International Competition and the third prize at the International Youth Festival in Vienna. In 1962 he was awarded third prize and a special prize at the 4th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań. In 1970 Jakowicz received a special prize at George Enescu Festival in Bucharest. Since 1966, Jakowicz has taught at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. He is also a visiting scholar at SOAI University in Osaka in Japan and a lecturer in France, Austria, and Japan. He is a laureate of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Prize of the First and the Second Degree for the promotion of Polish Culture abroad and has received praise from the Polish Composers' Union for the numerous performances of Polish contemporary music. He was also awarded the Golden Cross of Merit. He performs on a violin made by the Italian luthier Paolo Albani in 1698.