Kostrzewa, Piotr International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Born in 1966 in Warsaw, he graduated from Edward Iwicki’s percussion class at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (1989). He embarked on his artistic career while still a student, playing in Warsaw Philharmonic and Grand Theatre orchestras. He has cooperated with Warsaw’s theatres such as the Ateneum, Studio, Mały, Współczesny, and Rampa. Since 1993 he has played the timpani in the Sinfonia Varsovia. 

In 2000 he co-founded the Sinfonia Varsovia Foundation, in which he was a board member, and later its vice-president and president (since 2007). The Foundation’s aims include promoting the Orchestra, organising some of its concerts and recordings, as well as supporting young talents. 

In 2006 he took up work as a percussion teacher at the Karol Szymanowski Music School Complex no. 4 in Warsaw, where he became the artistic supervisor and conductor of the Szymanowski Big Band. With the latter he recorded three albums. In 2012, after the dissolution of this ensemble, he set up the Szymanowski Young Power Big Band. 

In 2012 he became the supervisor and artistic director of the Chopin University Big Band in Warsaw, with which he has appeared at many festivals in Poland and abroad. Having obtained his DMA in 2017, he was appointed head of the Chair of Jazz and World Music at the Chopin University’s Instrumental Department (2019), and later dean of the newly established Department of Jazz and Stage Music.