Antoni Cofalik – violinist, chamber musician, composer and pedagogue studied in Krakow with Z. Felinski, in Siena under R. Brengola, in Weimar with M. Wajman, and in Lucerne and Salzburg (chamber music) with E. Mainardi. In the years 1963-1991 together with the pianist J. Lukowicz and K. Okon – cello they created the Krakow Trio which was performed throughout Europe as well as in Asia, Africa and North America. In 1964 Trio received the first prize (Premio A. Vivaldi) at the International Chamber Music Competition in Siena. In 1973, they were awarded the Gold Medal of the City Rome. Antoni Cofalik was the leader of the youth chamber orchestra ALL'ANTICO awarded in 1974 with the Gold Medal in Herbert von Karajan Competition in West Berlin. In the years 1980-1993 he taught at Music Academies in Bydgoszcz and Katowice, and from 1968 to the present day he leads the master class at the F. Chopin Music Secondary School in Cracow. He received the Best Teacher Award three times at international competitions (1979 – International Competition for Young Violinists in Lublin; 1995 – P. Tchaikovsky International Competition of Young Musicians in Sendai; Japan, 2011 – International Competition Talents for Europe, Dolny Kubin, Slovakia). In 2006 he received the highest Kazakh award in the field of culture - Normad Gold. In 2012 he was awarded the title of honorary doctor of the String Academy in Hamburg. In Poland he was awarded the Gloria Artis Silver Medal for Merit to Culture (2016).
A. Cofalik is the author of around 60 publications including Violin ABC, Little abc for Violin, Methodic Note-book, and a composer of numerous didactic works published by PWM, the Euterpe Edition and the Barenreiter Edition. Juror of a numerous significant violin competitions (Poznan, Lublin, Cracow, Warsaw, Gdansk St. Petersburg and Lviv).