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Krzysztof Herdzin,
pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator; b. 21st May 1970 in Bydgoszcz. He studied piano with Jerzy Sulikowski and Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, graduating in 1993. He spent the next 3 years lecturing at his alma mater. He has taken up teaching in Bydgoszcz again in 2010.
He has performed with orchestras (Gershwin's Blue Rhapsody, Grieg's Concerto in A Minor), recorded chamber music for the Bayerische Rundfunk (Munich), played concerts of chamber music with clarinetist Wojtek Mrozek, world-famous violinist Vadim Brodski, and flutist Jadwiga Kotnowska. He has also collaborated with Yehudi Menuhin's foundation "Live Music Now" operating in Germany.
He belongs to the group of artists who have managed to function successfully on the classical, jazz and pop market. He has collaborated with all of Poland's top popular singers, including Kayah, Ryszard Rynkowski, Edyta Górniak, Ewa Bem, Anna Maria Jopek, Edyta Geppert, Mieczysław Szcześniak, Zbigniew Wodecki, Natalia Kukulska, Maryla Rodowicz, Irena Santor, and Wojciech Gąssowski.
In the early 1990s he collaborated with Jacek Pelc's City Jazz Trio, Janusz Muniak's quartet, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski's quartet, Kazimierz Jonkisz's quartet, Mariusz Bogdanowicz's Back To The Bass, Eryk Kulma's Quintessence, Wojciech Staroniewicz's quartet, Michał Kulenty's quartet, Cezary Konrad's quartet, and Loud Jazz Band. He also worked with Ewa Bem, Lora Szafran, Anna Maria Jopek, Danuta Błażejczyk, Anna Serafińska, Dorota Miśkiewicz, and Agnieszka Hekiert. In 1996-2001 he played in Zbigniew Namysłowski's band. Herdzin has performed with the world's best jazz musicians: Maria Schneider, Gregoire Maret, Richard Bona, Gil Goldstei, Oscar Castro Neves, Mino Cinelu, Dhafer Youssef, Gary Husband, Yami, Jon Lord, Clarence Penn. Currently he leads his own Trio, Big Band, performs solo, collaborates on regular basis with Anna Maria Jopek, and participates in various projects.
He has played jazz and chamber music in Mexico, the USA, Turkey, Canada, India, China, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Ukraine.
He conducted Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Capella Bydgostiensis, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Concerto Avenna, Ricordanza, Sinfonia Viva, Sinfonia Artis, Orkiestra of the Grand Theatre in Łódź, Lower Silesian Philharmonic, Łódź Philharmonic, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, and National Orchestra of Belgium. He appeared four times at the Jazz Jamboree Festival in Warsaw (Made in Poland by J. Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Back To The Bass by M. Bogdanowicz, Quintet by Z. Namysłowski, Seriale Seriale).
Krzysztof Herdzin is also a composer. He wrote several songs, jazz themes, film scores, and music for TV ads (AIG, Hochland, TVN Foundation). He arranged and orchestrated Jan A. P. Kaczmarek’s music for Finding Neverland, which won an Oscar in 2005. He composed Poland's first official "musical logo" for the Kujawsko-Pomorskie province.
As a pianist, conductor, composer, and arranger he has been involved in recording of over 190 CDs. He received 16 Golden Records for arrangements (Intymnie by Ryszard Rynkowski, Ladies, Sentiments by Ewa Małas-Godlewska, Nic Nie Muszę by Edyta Geppert, Nasza Niepodległa, Pogadaj Ze Mną by Wojciech Młynarski/Włodzimierz Nahorny, Śpiewam Życie by Edyta Geppert/Kroke, Wielcy Kompozytorzy by Jerzy Duduś Matuszkiewicz, Kręci mnie Ten Świat by Irena Santor, Moje Królestwo by Edyta Geppert, Seweryn Krajewski Krzysztof Herdzin, I Wish You Love by Wojciech Gąssowski, Hej Kolęda by Aleksandra Kurzak, Feelharmony by Kroke, Deszczowa Piosenka by Roma Theatre, Polanna by Anna Maria Jopek) and 3 Platinum Records (50 by Maryla Rodowicz, ID by Anna Maria Jopek, In the Rhythm of Chopin by Eljazz Big Band).
Krzysztof Herdzin is an award-winning artist. He received two "Key to Career" awards ("Klucz do Kariery") at the Pomerianian Jazz Autumn (1989, with the band "Ostatni Dzwonek", 1993, with KGB band), Grand Prix of the festival Jazz Juniors (1990, with the group "West") and 3rd prize at the International Jazz Improvisation Competition in Katowice (1994). In 2005 he was presented with the Mayor of Bydgoszcz Award, in 2006 – "Felix" award (granted by "Gazeta Wyborcza" daily), in 2011 - RMF CLASSIC's "Mocarty 2011" (for the album Seweryn Krajewski Filmowo ... by Krzysztof Herdzin), and in 2012 - the Award of the Marshal of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province. In 2012 he won the "Fryderyk" award in the "Best Jazz Composer/Arranger of the Year" category. He has been repeatedly named the "Arranger of the Year" (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and "Composer of the Year" (2012), according to the Jazz Top ranking of the "Jazz Forum" magazine.

updated: May 2014 (Anna Iwanicka-Nijakowska)

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Lyrical Miniatures for baritone and strings (1993)
Fairytale Stories for flute (or alto saxophone) and piano (or strings) (1995)
Igraszka for strings (1996)
Concertino for piano and orchestra (1996-99)
Sonatina for Flute and Piano (2001)
Fantasy on themes of Quartet No. 4 by Grażyna Bacewicz for string quartet, saxophone and jazz trio (2005)
Score for the film Po Sezonie, directed by Janusz Majewski (2005)
Score for the film Kilka fotografii, directed by Marcin Pieczonka (2006)
Winter Sketches, a poem for orchestra (2006)
Hymn about St. Albert Chmielowski for voice and orchestra (2007)
Looking for Balance for tenor saxophone, orchestra and jazz trio (2008)
Narrations for alto saxophone and orchestra (2009)
Chopiniana con Delizia for clarinet, two accordions and string quartet (2009)
Ritmico Alla Zoppa for 6 percussionists and jazz trio (2010)
String Quartet (2011)
Assertive Prelude and Unassertive Toccata for strings (2012)
Olender for chamber orchestra (2012)
Suite on Polish Airs for five saxophones (2014)