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Mariusz Skula began his musical education in his native Koszalin, Poland at the Grazyna Bacewicz Music School.

He later attended the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (1986-1991). During his studies in Warsaw he performed chamber music as a member of a Piano Trio. In 1987 the group was invited to perform in Helsinki, Finland and in Hinterzarten, Germany a year later. Mr. Skula served on numerous occasions as principal cellist with the Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. In 1990 he was invited to perform as a member of the prestigious Polish Chamber Orchestra at the Wiener Festwochen Festival in Vienna, Austria and Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. In 1988 he collaborated with the "Varsovia" String Quartet and violist Stefan Kamasa which resulted in performance and recording for "Polskie Nagrania" of Andrzej Panufnik's String Sextet.

Mr. Skula participated in the XXXI International Contemporary Music Festival "Warsaw Autumn" in 1988 (Warsaw, Poland) and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in 1993 (Germany).
In 1994 Mr. Skula performed Gorecki String Quartet at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Upon graduation in 1991, he was appointed to the post of Assistant Principal Cello, and later Principal Cello with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of this world-renowned group Mr. Skula toured Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Holland, Belgium and France. Among the most memorable performances were those in famous concert halls of Berlin (Philharmonic Hall), Leipzig (Gewandhouse), Vienna (Musikverein and Grosser Konzerthaussaal), Munich (Gasteig), Hamburg (Musikhalle) and Amsterdam (Concertgebouw). He participated in recording of several CDs as well as numerous radio and television broadcasts.

Mr. Skula is a prizewinner of several national music competitions:
Szczecin (1st prize, 1978), Young String Player Competitions in Koszalin (1980 and 1983), Cello and Double Bass Competition in Elblag (1984) and Warsaw (1987).

Mr. Skula participated in numerous master class seminars: VII Jeuness Musicales Festival in Siedlce (1982), Chamber Music Master Classes in Lancut, Poland as a student of Stanislaw Firlej (1983), Marina Tchaikovska and Michael Flaksman (1987). He also participated in Hinterzarten Chamber Music Master Classes (1988), Academie Musicale De Villecroze seminar (1990) as a student of Yvan Chiffoleau, Cello Master Classes with Daniel Shafran (1989-91).

In 1993 he was invited to study with Aldo Parisot at the Yale University, School of Music in New Haven. He graduated in 1995 with a Master of Music Degree.

Mr. Skula won the New Haven Symphony Orchestra audition in 1995, a position that he presently continues to hold today. He has served as Principal Cellist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions.

Mr. Skula is a founding member of the Bel-Etre ensemble (2004-present). The Bel-Etre enseble performs regularly in New York and Connecticut and has been invited to perform in Estonia, Poland and France.

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