Mateusz Smoczyński Quintet (POL)

Mateusz Smoczyński – violin
Michał Miśkiewicz – percussion
Wojtk Pulcyn – contrabass
Konrad Zemler – guitar
Jan Smoczyński – piano

The virtuoso jazz violinist Mateusz Smoczynski returned to the Polish scene from the USA and recorded with his quintet a new album “Berek”, which will be presented at our festival. The album intertwines the influences of Polish folk melodies, American folk and classical music. And in this program, we will hear Mateusz playing an unusual jazz performance of the baritone violin.

Mateusz Smoczynski is a graduate of Akademii Muzycznej im. Fryderyka Chopina in Warsaw in the class of prof. Andrzej Gębski. He made his debut in 1999 with Jacek Namislovsky’s quintet. With this team he has won many awards. Despite his young age, Mateusz played a lot abroad. He collaborated with the best Polish musicians such as: Zbigniewe Namysłowski, Jarosław Śmietaną, Krzesimir Dębski, Janusz Skowron and others.

For many years, he has played with his younger brother a virtuoso pianist Yan Smochinsky. All other members of the quintet are also well-known Polish jazzmen.