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Leszek Możdżer

Leszek Możdżer

Leszek Możdżer

*23 III 1971 Gdańsk

"I consider him to be the greatest talent among Polish jazz pianists of recent years", "Personally, I think Leszek is the best Polish pianist."
Zbigniew Preisner 

The outstanding pianist, composer and producer Leszek Możdżer, who graduated from Gdańsk Academy of Music in 1996, is widely considered to be the greatest revelation of Polish jazz of the last decade. Born in 1971, he has been playing the piano since he was five, but he became interested in jazz relatively late – at the age of eighteen. After a baptism in the band of clarinettist Emil Kowalski, his proper start came with a band called Miłość [Love], in 1991. A year later, he received an individual award at the international Jazz Juniors competition, held in Cracow. He was also a member of the Zbigniew Namysłowski Quartet. In a poll of Jazz Forum readers, Możdżer has been chosen Most Promising Musician of the year for 1993 and 1994, Best Jazz Pianist each year since 1994 and Musician of the Year for 1995, 1996 and 2011.

He has recorded with Zbigniew Preisner (Requiem for my friend, 10 Easy Pieces for piano) and works on a regular basis with Jan Kaczmarek (scores for 20th Century Fox and Mira Max), including the Oscar-winning music to Finding Neverland. He has also performed and recorded with such leading lights of the Polish jazz scene as Tomasz Stańko, Janusz Muniak, Michał Urbaniak, Anna Maria Jopek, Adam Pierończyk and Piotr Wojtasik, as well as many internationally acclaimed musicians, including Arthur Blythe, Buster Williams, Billy Harper, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, David Gilmour and Archie Shepp.

Możdżer has recorded over 100 albums, many of them released under his name.

His variations and improvisations on themes by Fryderyk Chopin have further raised his standing on the European jazz scene, and his joint project with Andrzej Bauer and Michał Srok based on music by Witold Lutosławski, under the title ‘Lutosphere’, has been performed in public many times. On 21 August 2010, Możdżer performed in Gdansk on three stages, in a project called Możdżer +. His co-artists were Nana Vasconcelos, Lars Danielsson, Zohar Fresco, John Scofield, Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart; Marcus Miller, Alex Han and Louis Cato; Eddie Daniels, Charles Fox and the Polish musicians Motion Trio, Gaba Kulka and the Aukso Chamber Orchestra under Marek Moś. He has toured in almost every European country, as well as in the USA, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, Brazil, Canada, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Uruguay and Chile (for 15,000 people).


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