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Mateusz Smoczynski

Mateusz Smoczynski is a graduate of the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland. A student of Andrzej Gebski, he made his jazz debut in 1999 in Jazz Camping Kalatowki with the Jacek Namyslowski Quintet. Winner of the 2nd International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition. The best jazz violinist of 2017 by Jazz Forum, European Magazine. Since 2017 he teaches jazz violin at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Mateusz has collaborated with such renowned Polish musicians as Urszula Dudziak, Tomasz Stanko, Krzesimir Debski, Zbigniew Namyslowski and Jaroslaw Smietana. Together with Joachim Kuhn, Janusz Stefanski and Bronislaw Suchanek, he took part in the premiere of legendary jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert’s Jazz Concerto for Violin, Symphony Orchestra and Rhythm Section. Mateusz leads his own quintet with which he recorded his first CD, “Inspirations”, dedicated to his two biggest music influences, John Coltrane and Zbigniew Seifert. In 2007, following the success of this recording, Mateusz received the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship, and in June 2008 was awarded “Jazz Oscar” in the category “Music Lovers’ Hope of 2007″. Also in 2008, his second recording “Expressions” was released to popular acclaim. In 2017 his quintet released third album - “Berek”.

In 2009, Mateusz formed a band with his brother Jan on Hammond organ and the Russian drum star Alexander Zinger called “New Trio”. In 2010 they released their first CD “Simultaneous Abstractions” which was nominated for “Best Recording Debut of the Year” for a Fryderyki award (“the Polish Grammy”). That same year Mateusz co-founded the Atom String Quartet, the very first Polish jazz string quartet. They have recorded two CDs: “Fade In” which won Fryderyki award for “Jazz Album Debut of the Year” and “Places” which won Fryderyki award for “Jazz Album of the Year”. The Atom String Quartet was also on the first place in Jazz Top (survey of readers Jazz Forum magazine) in the 2013 Acoustic Jazz Group of the Year category, and received first prize for the “Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa” Competition, the most important jazz competition in Poland. ASQ collaborated with such great artists like: Branford Marsalis, Mino Cinelu, Vladislav Sendecki, Grazyna Auguscik, Janusz Olejniczak, Grzech Piotrowski, Natalia Kukulska, Sebastian “Karpiel” Bulecka and many others. In 2014 they performed with Leszek Mozdzer Trio in the Berlin Philharmonic (recorded and released on the prestigious label ACT). Mateusz had the opportunity to play with pianist Richie Beirach, trumpeter Ack van Rooyen, bassist Glen Moore, and drummer Janusz Stefanski, at the “Zbigniew Seifert in Memoriam” Festival. In 2014, he also performed with Bobby McFerrin at the “Solidarity of Arts Festival”.

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Primary Instrument

Violin

Location

Warsaw

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Discography

Berek

Berek

Universal Music Polska
2017

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Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

Zbigniew Seifert Foundation
2017

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Simultaneous Abstractions

Simultaneous...

Tokarnia Music Production
2010

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