I was blown away by your music. It’s powerful, creative, intricate, soulful… quite extraordinary. The textures are wonderful, and the musical ideas are so original. I really really loved it. You’re amazing.”
Maria Schneider

Nikola Kolodziejczyk is one of the most talented musicians that I have ever met. He represents the future of creative music in Poland.”
Ed Partyka


Nikola Kołodziejczyk - pianist, composer and orchestrator.

20.09.2013
  He loves to stay in large groups of people, which probably gave rise to a passion for composing for large ensembles and made him like to ride and wait for Polish trains. Music for Nikola is the search for new answers to familiar questions — his multicolored narratives draw in with interesting story and thoughtful twists.
His music has been performed and commissioned by:
Metropole Orkest featuring Richard Bona (Netherlands / Cameroon), the Wrocław Philharmonic and Jazztopad Festival, Jazz Orchester Regensburg, Amine et Hamza M’Raihi (Tunisia), Concept Art Orchestra (Czech Republic), Nigel Kennedy Orchestra Strings of Life, Academic Baroque Orchestra (Katowice), Anna Hawkins (New Zealand), Michael Polcyn “Cuiaviana”, Aga Kiepuszewska “Silence”, Orchestra L’Autunno, Karolina Skrzyńska, Adam Bałdych “Storyboard”, Kid Brown, Małgorzata Hutek, Ewelina Serafin Quartet, Cello Girls, Stryjo, Fusion Strings and others.
Recipient of the Berklee College of Music World Scholarship Tour, Bosendorfer Solo Piano Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2007 semi-finalist, winner of a number of awards:
Transatlantic Instant Composition Competition HM, Bielsko Zadymka Jazz, Jazz Krokus
Festival, Jazz Juniors, Festival of Jazz Piano “Debuts”, Hopes of Warsaw and others.
He studied under the guidance of eminent educators - Edward Anthony Partyka (USA), Irene Rolanowska, Andrzej Jagodzinski, Kazimierz Chludek, Emilian Madey, Darius Janus, Bogdan Chmura and Wojciech Niedziela. He also owes his musical skills to brief but impactful encounters with such figures as Vince Mendoza, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Lotte Anker, Maria Schneider, Jim Black and Kurt Elling.
He uses every opportunity to research music, both the latest, and forgotten —
European, Arab, electronic, jazz, baroque and folk.

 

Individual awards:

  • Lotos Jazz Festival “Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa 2011” Best Performer - Individual Award
  • Montreux Jazz Festival 2007 Bösendorfer Solo Piano Competition - semi-finalist
  • Lotos Jazz Festival “Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa 2007”- Audience Award
  • Krokus Jazz Festival 2007 - Individual Honorable Mention
  • Jazz Juniors 2006 - Individual Honorable Mention
  • Nadzieje Warszawy 2005 - Individual Honorable Mention
  • DEBIUTY 2005 3rd Jazz Pianists’ Competition - 2nd prize
  • XVII Ogólnopolski Festiwal Muzyki Jazzowej i Rozrywkowej Szkolnictwa Artystycznego w
    Elblągu 2004 - Individual Honorable Mention

Band awards:

  • Lotos Jazz Festival “Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa 2007” (Nikola Kołodziejczyk Orkiestra)
  • Krokus Jazz Festival 2007 (Bartek Pieszka Quartet)
  • Jazz Juniors 2007 (Bartek Pieszka Quartet)
  • Jazz Juniors 2006 (Snub Cube)
  • XVII Ogólnopolski Festiwal Muzyki Jazzowej i Rozrywkowej Szkolnictwa Artystycznego w
    Elblągu 2004 (PSM II st z Krakowa)

Scholarships

  • Berklee World Scholarship Tour 2006 Recipient
  • Sapere Auso Scholarship 2007 and 2008 Recipient
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