Piotr Orzechowski

Born in 1990, a jazz pianist and composer. One of the most frequently awarded jazz musicians of the young generation studied at Krakow’s Academy of Music, and later at Berklee College of Music.

His numerous accolades include: the 1st prize in the prestigious Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition (Switzerland, 2011) and Jazz Hoeilaart (Belgium, 2011). He also won the Grand Prix Jazz Melomani (2012, 2014). He was also nominated for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award (2012) and Fryderyk Awards (2013, 2014, 2018). Ever since his much-publicised success in Montreux, he has given performances worldwide. His albums are released, among others, under the Decca Classics label.

As an improviser and composer, Orzechowski combines in a highly unique and original way elements of many musical styles, forms and genres, subjecting them to creative analyses and bold reinterpretations. He has collaborated with the most outstanding personalities in contemporary classical music (Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Krzysztof Knittel, Krzysztof Penderecki) and jazz (Randy Brecker, Avishai Cohen, Victor Mendoza, Michał Urbaniak). He has played with such leading Polish orchestras as the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, AUKSO Orchestra, and the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw.

He is also the founder and member of High Definition Quartet.

Orzechowski’s discography includes, among others, three solo albums that he released as Pianohooligan, three with High Definition, and Bach Rewrite with Marcin Masecki and Capella Cracoviensis.

Phot. Adam Golec
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