Bartosz Hadala’s fascination with music began at a young age in his native Poland when he began listening to his father’s collection of Dixieland records. He was playing the piano at age six. From 1984 through 1992 while receiving formal musical training at the local music school Bartosz actively participated in festivals, competitions and jazz workshops.
At 16, Bartosz became the youngest finalist in the Mieczyslaw Kosz International Jazz Piano Competition (Kalisz, Poland), and also received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA). In 1996 he studied with Anatoliy Kardashov at Odessa State A.V. Nezhdanova Musical Academy (Ukraine), and in 1998 received a full scholarship to Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), where he completed his jazz studies.While at WMU Bartosz received an “Outstanding Performance” award from “Down Beat” magazine, also in 2004 he presented the “Bartosz Hadala Group” at the IAJE Conference in Toronto (Canada).
Bartosz spent the last six years in New York City where he pursued his career as a jazz pianist; he held a position of an organist at the St. Stanislaus Kostka American-Polish parish in Greenpoint (Brooklyn), he also worked as an accompanist at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. While in New York Bartosz released his first CD entitled “The Things You Have Given Me” (original Christian music), on the Apria Records label, where he simultaneously took credit for music, lyrics, vocals and production of the album.