PIOTR SZEWCZYK b.1977 (pyo-ter chef-chick)
Polish-born violinist and composer hailed as “a violinist of exceptional finesse and flair” (Gramophone Magazine) has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony first violin section since 2007. As a composer, his music was called “magical” (Gramophone Magazine) and “…so organic, exhilarating, and fresh it makes one want to immediately hear it again…” (The American Prize Competition). He is the creator of the Violin Futura Project, and violinist/composer-in-residence of the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble.
As a composer, Szewczyk has received awards from The American Prize, Project Trio Competition, Flute New Music Consortium Competition, Shuffle Concert Competition, American Modern Ensemble, Rapido! Composition Contest, Third Millennium Ensemble, American Composers Forum, Society of Composers, and others. His music was featured on NPR Performance Today, the CBS Early Show, and has been performed by Atlanta Chamber Players, Alias Ensemble, Dover Quartet, Carpe Diem String Quartet, Vega Quartet, Sybarite 5, New World Symphony, Brno Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, and at the Eastern Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Colorado Music Festival, St. Augustine Music Festival, and others. He received commissions from Atlanta Chamber Players, St. Augustine Music Festival, Jacksonville Symphony, University of North Florida, Michigan State University, University of Cincinnati, and others.
Dr. Szewczyk holds the degrees of D.M. from Florida State University, B.M. and double M.M. in Violin and Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He studied violin with Piotr Milewski, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Dorothy DeLay and Corinne Stillwell, and composition with Joel Hoffman, Michael Fiday, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Henry Gwiazda and Darrel Handel.
The Bold City Contemporary Ensemble is a modular ensemble featuring performance of newly composed works that require from 2 - 12 musicians in various combinations. Founded by clarinetist Dr. Bojana Kragulj, BCCE is based in Jacksonville, FL and features professional musicians from North Florida.
Trio Solis is a faculty piano trio from Florida State University and consists of Corinne Stillwell, violin; Greg Sauer, cello; Read Gainsford, piano.
Photograpy Harry Hellas Photography Bojana Kragulj Photography Kay Meyer
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