Krzysztof Herdzin is one of the most exceptional pianists, composers and arrangers in Poland today . He was born in 1970 in Bydgoszcz , where he attended secondary music school . On graduating from the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music in the piano masterclass of J . Sulikowski and K . Popowa - Zydron ( Class of 1993 ) he became a faculty member of the Academy and has taught there for three following years, coming again to teach in 2010. He appeared in several orchestral concerts : " Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue" and Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor . He recorded chamber music pieces for the Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich , performed with clarinettist Wojciech Mrozek, violinist Vadim Brodsky and famous polish flutist Jadwiga Kotnowska , collaborated with Yehudi Menuhin's "Live Music Now" fund based in Germany. The pianist is one of very few artists in Poland who successfully combine exploring classical , jazz and popular music fields - the latter exemplified by collaboration with many Polish pop stars , such as: Kayah , E . Gorniak , A . Piasek Piaseczny , R . Rynkowski , R . Janowski , A . M . Jopek , K . Groniec , H . Frackowiak , E . Geppert , K . Groniec , L . Prus , I . Santor , E . Bem , A . Serafinska ; cooperated with Maria Schneider , Gregoire Maret , Gil Goldstein , Richard Bona , Oscar Castro Neves , Mino Cinelu , Gary Husband , Dhafer Youssef.
Krzysztof Herdzin recorded 11 CDs as a leader, and as a pianist, composer and arranger took part in recording of over 160 albums . As a producer and arranger recevied 11 Gold Records and 2 Platinum Records . He has taken part in many television productions for both public and private television stations in Poland . He has been a staff member and lecturer at numerous music workshops and held the function of artistic director of prestigious concerts . He has taken part in recording of the music to Zbigniew Preisner's movie " Fairy Tale a true story " .
He orchestrated and arranged music by famous Polish composer Jan A . P . Kaczmarek , on the movie " Finding Neverland " , which won an OSCAR '2005. His band West won the main prize at the 1990 Jazz Juniors Festival in Cracow. In 1993 he won the third prize at the International Jazz Improvisation Competition in Katowice . He is a double winner of the " Key to Career " at the Pomorze Jazz Autumn in 1989 as member of the band Ostatni Dzwonek and in 1993 as member of KGB . Spotted by jazz talent scouts Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski , Janusz Muniak , Kazimierz Jonkisz and a " legend " of Polish jazz Z . Namyslowski ( 1996 - 2002 ) he has learned the practical aspects of performing in their ensembles .
He's been a pillar of Jacek Pelc's City Jazz Trio , Eryk Kulm's Quintessence / 96 and Mariusz Bogdanowicz's Back to the Bass , Loud Jazz Band. He has worked with M . Kulenty , W . Staroniewicz , M . Fazi Mielczarek , K . Barcik , L . Szafran , Z . Gorny , Z . Kukla . Many acclaimed musicians have collaborated in his own projects , namely : M . Sika³a , P . Wojtasik , R . Majewski , P . Baron , G . Nagorski , M . Napiorkowski , A . Cegielski , J . Niedziela , F . Sojka , M . Jahr , C . Konrad , M . Dabrowka , Z . Wegehaupt , M . Kulenty among others . K.Herdzin entirely produced many pop records ( among others for: Edyta Geppert , Anna Serafinska , Ewa Malas - Godlewska , Katarzyna Groniec , Dorota Jarema , Leszcze , Irena Santor , Wojciech Gassowski , Maryla Rodowicz ). He has also contributed to musical productions as a pianist and arranger ( " Fame " in Komedia Theater in Warsaw , "Crazy for You" and " Peter Pan " in Roma Theatre in Warsaw ) . He was musical director for " Five Guys Named Moe " - 2002' Roma Theater musical , " End Of The Rainbow " - 2008' Teatr Stu musical. His current projects include concerts with popular polish jazz and pop artists , and leading his own Acoustic Trio and Big Band.
Krzysztof Herdzin is a highly valued arranger and conductor, his work especially consisting of orchestral and big band pieces . He cooperated with : Orchestre National de Belgique , Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra , Polish Radio Orchestra , Sinfonia Varsovia , Sinfonia Viva , Capella Bydgostiensis , Concerto Avenna , Sinfonia Artis , Kukla Band , Zbigniew Gorny Orchestra , Eljazz Big Band .
Herdzin is composer of jazz and fusion music , pop songs and also classical pieces :
- " Concertino " for piano and orchestra
- " Narrations " for alto saxophone and orchestra
- " Fairytale Stories " for flute/alto saxophone and piano
- " Plaything " for strings
- " Winter Sketches " for symphony orchestra
- " Lirycal Miniatures" for voice and orchestra
- " Looking for Balance " for saxophone , orchestra , jazz ensamble
- " Fantasy on themes from Grazyna Bacewicz's IV String Quartet " for string quartet , saxophone , jazz trio
- " Chopiniana con Delizia " for clarinet , two accordeons , string quartet
- " Ritmico Alla Zoppa " for six percussionists and jazz trio
- " String Quartet "
- " Assertive Preludium and Nonassertive Toccata "
- " Olender " for chamber orchestra