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”.