Pękala, Miłosz International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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graduated in percussion from Warsaw’s Chopin Academy of Music. He also studied with Gert Mortensen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He obtained his PhD in 2014 and habilitation in 2019. 

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in prestigious concerts and festivals as of classical, contemporary, popular, and ethnic music. He specialises in vibraphone playing, multipercussion, and Latin American instruments. In his own projects, he puts particular emphasis on new technologies and interdisciplinarity. 

He has won prizes in numerous competitions, both as a soloist and chamber musicians. Albums with his contributions: Kwadrofonik’s Folklove (Polskie Radio, 2008) and Folk Requiem (Polskie Radio / Narodowy Instytut Audiowizualny, 2015) were awarded as best folk music albums. 1976: A Space Odyssey (Lado ABC / Polskie Radio / Narodowy Instytut Audiowizualny, 2015), recorded in cooperation with Zbigniew Wodecki and the Mitch&Mitch ensemble, was a double platinum record and received a Fryderyk Award for the pop album of the year. In 2015, together with Kwadrofonik quartet, he received the Passport Award of the Polityka weekly in classical music. 

He has recorded three solo albums: Monopercussion (Bôłt, 2018), Monopercussion 2 (Bôłt Records, 2021), and 8 Pieces in Different Tempos (Gustaff Records, 2021). He lectures at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and is the artistic director of Hob-beats Percussion Group, member of Mitch&Mitch, Pękala Kordylasińska Pękala, MIR, and Chain Ensemble, as well as a participant of numerous local and international artistic events.