fot. Pavol Stanik, Mikulášsky Jazzový Festival

fot. Pavol Stanik, Mikulášsky Jazzový Festival

Mateusz Gawęda – born in 1990 pianist, composer

Graduate of the Krakow Academy of Music, where he studied jazz piano under Dr. Joachim Mencel. Co- founder of the groups Pezda/Gawęda Duo, Mateusz Gawęda Trio, PeGaPoFo and Cracow Jazz Collective, whose repertoire primarily consists of his own original compositions.

Worked and performed with numerous renowned Polish and foreign jazz musicians (among others Billy Hart, John Scofield, John Medeski, Ralph Alessi, Gianni Gebbia, Albert Beger). He recorded with ECM's artist like Maciej Obara and Ralph Alessi.

The inspiration comes mainly from such musicians as Agustí Fernández, Mathew Shipp, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, Igor Stravinsky and Wojciech Kilar, but most for his love of music and the need to explore the world...

Winner of numerous awards:

2017, Nomination to Fryderyki 2017 in category Jazz Music - Phonographic Debut of the Year

2016, Individually Award for „The Best Pianist of Freedom Jazz Festival” in Sopot funded by Steinway & Sons.

2013 – Grand Prix at the “Young Jazz Breeze” competition, as part of the XXII International KROKUS JAZZ FESTIWAL in Jelenia Góra (PeGaPoFo)

2013 - Grand Prix at the II Polish National Competition for Jazz Improvisation and Interpretation in Chodów

2013 – 2nd place at the 6th Azoty Group Jazz Contest in Tarnów

2012 – 1st place at the GORZÓW JAZZ CELEBRATIONS – XXXVIII “Key to a Career”

2011 - 1st place at the “Jazz Juniors” International Competition for Young Groups

2010 - Grand Prix at the 3rd Tarnów International Jazz Contest

2007 – 3rd place at the IV Polish National Competition for Jazz Pianists in Warsaw

Discography:

- PeGaPoFo „Świeżość” (2015)

- Cracow Jazz Collective "No More Drama" (2016)

- Silberman and Three of a Perfect Pair (2016)

- Mateusz Gawęda Trio "Overnight Tales" (2016) nominated to Fryderyki 2017

- D.R.A.G. "Oberek" (2017)

- Silberman New Quintet "Pieśni Gęsi Kanadyjskich" (2017)

- Mateusz Gawęda Trio "Falstart" (2018)

- ZK Collaboration „Double Universe” (2018)