violinist, composer and educator
Mateusz Smoczyński is an internationally-acclaimed Polish jazz violinist and winner of numerous prizes at major competitions, including the Grand Prix of the Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Competition. A sought-after soloist and ensemble-leader, he has performed at the most important jazz venues and festivals around the world. An active educator, since 2017 he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Jazz and World Music Department of the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw. Mateusz Smoczyński is also considered one of the most multi-faceted Polish contemporary music composers. An author of numerous chamber and symphonic works, his „Adam’s Apple” violin concerto had it’s premiere at the iconic hall of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice, Poland.
The leader of the Quintet
Mateusz Smoczyński leads his own quintet, featuring some of Poland’s most celebrated jazz musicians, including pianist Jan Smoczyński, guitarist Konrad Zemler, double-bassist Wojciech Pulcyn with Michał Miśkiewicz on drums. The quintet has released three records: Inspirations, Expressions and Berek, with the latter being nominated for the 2017 Fryderyk phonographic award as the Best Jazz Album of the Year.
“Jazz Violinist of the year 2017”
by Jazz Forum, European Magazine
Co-founder of Atom String Quartet
Atom String Quartet is one of the most intriguing string quartets in the world, and also one of best Polish jazz bands. The group combines the classical features of an acoustic string quartet (i.e. two violins, viola and cello) while pushing the improvisation aspect to dizzying limits. The set of instruments of a chamber music ensemble, which is most classic and firmly established in music tradition, enables the artists to search for new sound and formal achievements. The result is a ground-breaking combination that captivates music lovers of all genres the world over.
Smoczyński / Braun Duo
These nine pieces – the choicest selections from a marathon four-hour recording session – are a showcase for playing that is impassioned without every becoming overblown, and relaxed without ever falling into torpor.
You may now watch and listen to excerpts of Mateusz Smoczyński's "Adam's Apple" violin concerto! The excerpt comes from a concert in NOSPR in Katowice, Poland, organized as part of Zaduszki Jazzowe event (Jazz All Souls' Day) on 4 November 2018. Mateusz Smoczyński –...
At the end of February Atom String Quartet is going to Liverpool, where will perform during the 7th Liverpool International Jazz Festival. Straight from there ASQ will set of on their first American tour, to play in: Chicago, Madison, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Washington.
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