In 1972, Eugene Ormandy invited Paul Krzywicki to join the Philadelphia Orchestra as tubist, and he remained there for 33 years playing more than 4,000 concerts around the world under Maestros Muti, Sawallisch, and Eschenbach, in addition to his first eight years with Ormandy. In that same year Rudolf Serkin invited him to join the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music where he is now in his 46th year as teacher of tuba and brass orchestral performance.
Paul attended the Aspen Music Festival in 1963. There he studied with William Bell, America’s most renowned teacher, and eventually followed him to Indiana University where Paul received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, a Performers’ Certificate and was teaching assistant to Mr. Bell. Krzywicki joined the Army in 1967 and spent three years as a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. His career after the Army brought him many opportunities in many places: the New York Brass Sextet, the Cambridge Brass Quintet of Boston, the Boston Ballet, the Portland (Maine) Symphony, summers as a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival, assistant professor at Youngstown State University, and a position with the Buffalo Philharmonic.
In 1985, the Philadelphia Orchestra presented him with the C. Hartman Kuhn Award for showing “ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and reputation of the Philadelphia Orchestra.”
That same year, the Philadelphia Orchestra commissioned a new work, Music for Three Trombones and Tuba by Raymond Premru, which Krzywicki performed. He had already appeared as soloist with the Orchestra in 1965, performing the premiere of Fantasy for Tuba and Strings, a composition by his brother, Jan. He also appeared as soloist on four Youth programs in his first fifteen years in the Orchestra. He played the first performance of Jan’s Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra with the Temple University Orchestra under Luis Biava in 1997 and soloed under John Williams at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He was the recipient of a Fromm Foundation Fellowship to Tanglewood and for three years was a member of the Fulbright Fellowship Screening Committee in New York. He has taught master classes around the United States as well as in faraway places such as Poland, Taiwan and Argentina. In 1983, he participated in an International Music Festival at the University of Maryland, performing before musicians from around the world.
His graduating students from Curtis have held positions in the Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, San Jose, New World, North Carolina, Jacksonville, and Syracuse Symphonies; the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Australian National Opera and Ballet Company in Sydney, the Scottish National Symphony in Glasgow, the Flensburg Symphony in Germany, the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, and the United States Army Band and Field Band.
He is President/Treasurer of the non-profit organization, The Philadelphia Orchestra Retirees and Friends, and recently published the book, From Paderewski to Penderecki.
Mr. Krzywicki publishes his arrangements for brass with Saker Music since 2020.