PIANOHOOLIGAN | PIOTR ORZECHOWSKI

Born in 1990, pianist and composer Piotr Orzechowski, also known as ‘Pianohooligan’ is one of the most award-winning jazz musicians of the younger generation. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has received many prizes, the most important of which was 1st Prize at the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition (2011), which he was the first Pole to win in the legendary Swiss festival’s history.

The artist is the leader of the High Definition Quartet, with which he has won several international competitions – among them, Jazz Hoeilaart in Belgium (2011) – and undertaken a collaboration with contemporary jazz trumpet giant Randy Brecker which resulted in two concert tours: in Poland (2012) and the Persian Gulf countries (2013). Piotr toured with such eminent jazz personalities as Victor Mendoza (Taiwan, 2014) or Perico Sambeat (Ecuador, 2015).

He has to his credit some albums as follows: a solo disc with arrangements and pieces inspired by the œuvre of Krzysztof Penderecki – Experiment: Penderecki (Decca/Universal, 2012); a disc recorded with High Definition Quartet entitled HOPASA, containing his own compositions (EmArcy/Universal, 2013); and an album recorded in collaboration with Marcin Masecki accompanied by the Capella Cracoviensis, entitled Bach Rewrite (Decca/Universal, 2013). Then he released a piano solo album - 15 Studies for the Oberek (Decca/Universal, 2014) and Bukolics (Bukoliki) that is his own arrangement of Witold Lutosławski music (ForTune, 2015).

The winner of such honors as the ‘Grand Prix Jazz Melomani’ in the ‘Melomani Hope’ category (2012) and the ‘Album of the Year’ category for the HOPASA disc (2013) and the ‘New Hope of Polish Jazz’ title awarded by Jazz Forum magazine (2014). He has received nominations for the most important Polish prizes: the ‘Coryphaeus of Polish Music’ (2012), TVP Kultura’s ‘Guarantees of Culture’ (2013) and the ‘Fryderyk’ (2013, 2014).

He has worked with such eminent personalities as, among others, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Adrian Utley of Portishead, Avishai Cohen, Randy Brecker, Victor Mendoza, Carlos Zíngaro, Skalpel, Adam Bałdych and Vladislav ‘Adzik’ Sendecki.


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Simply put, I think Piotr Orzechowski is a stunning pianist, composer, and musician, one of the very best I have ever played with, and I have played with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Horace Silver. He is capable of playing anything put in front of him in either a jazz or classical context.

Randy Brecker

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An extraordinarily mature pianist; his great sensitivity and exceptional musical imagination permit him to arrange works, which appear to be untouchable.

Zbigniew Namysłowski

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Obviously to make music of such a high level you have to be more than talented... I am certain this young man will develop into a world-class musician enriching us with unforgettable musical emotions.

Vladyslav 'Adzik' Sendecki  

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A star is born to us.

Piotr Metz