Violinist and composer Piotr Szewczyk is a violinist in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida since September 2007. He is also the Winner of the 2008 Jacksonville Symphony Fresh Ink - Florida Composers’ Competition and was commissioned by JSO to write a new orchestra piece for JSO to be premiered under Fabio Mechetti in 2010. In May 2007 Mr. Szewczyk completed a three year fellowship at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, under Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas where he served as a rotating concertmaster and was a winner of the 2006 New World Symphony Concerto Competition.
As a violinist, Piotr Szewczyk has won prizes at international competitions including: winner of the 2006 New World Symphony Concerto Competition, First Prize Winner of the 2002 Young Artist String Competition in Lima, Ohio and winner of the 1994 Interlochen Concerto Competition among others. Mr. Szewczyk performed as soloist with the Lima Symphony, New World Symphony, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Queen City Virtuosi, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, CCM Philharmonia Orchestra, CCM Concert Orchestra among others. Mr. Szewczyk’s extensive orchestral experience includes positions as a rotating concertmaster of the New World Symphony, violinist in the Jacksonville Symphony, Colorado Music Festival orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and Opera, concertmaster of the CCM Philharmonia, Concert, Chamber and I.N.T.Y. Contemporary Orchestra among others.
Described as a “mature virtuoso”, with “stellar technique and constantly ringing tone“, “gifted violinist with remarkable facility” and as a“superb violinist” and “an excellent young violinist with a beautiful musical taste” Szewczyk has given solo and chamber recitals in the USA, Poland, Germany and Austria.
Chamber music groups he’s played in include the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, FAZA String Quartet, Roggero Trio and performed as soloist and chamber musician in the Spoleto Festival Music in Time series, Santa Fe New Music Festival, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, New World Symphony Chamber Music Series, Xchange concerts and Musican’s Forum concerts, Colorado Music Festival Family Spotlight Series, henry mancini Institute in Los Angeles and others.
Mr. Szewczyk is the creator and performer of the critically-acclaimed Violin Futura Project, a recital of brand new, short, exciting and innovative solo violin pieces written and dedicated to him by renowned composers from USA, Germany, England and Japan. Mr. Szewczyk’s project was described by critics as "bold and ambitious" and "a triumph for Szewczyk." Mr. Szewczyk performed Violin Futura at numerous festivals and universities including Spoleto Festival USA, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Santa Fe New Music Festival, University of Cincinnati, University of North Florida, EMMA Lecture Series at Flagler College, Bavarian Academy of Arts in Munich, Germany, New Museum of Art and Design in Nuremberg, Germany and many others. Currently in its second edition, Violin Futura project expands into a new set of pieces written especially for Mr. Szewczyk.
As a composer, Mr. Szewczyk’s music has been featured on NPR Performance Today, CBS Early Show, NPR - Live from Studio C and has been described as “exquisite”, “hautingly beautiful”, “exciting”, “dramatic” and “filled with energy, melody, and sophisticated sense of harmony that is his own”. Mr. Szewczyk’s music has been performed by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, ALIAS Ensemble, Degas Quartet, Quarteto Latinoamericano, ACCORD Quartet, INTY Contemporary Orchestra, Young Musicians’ Orchestra of Miami, CCM Philharmonia Orchestra, Queen City Virtuosi, Sybarite Chamber Players, members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, members of the Kansas City Symphony and others.
Mr. Szewczyk’s music has been performed in festivals such as Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Colorado Music Festival, UPBEAT-Hvar Festival in Coratia and Music X New Music Festival in Cincinnati, Santa Fe New Music, Bavarian Academy of Arts in Muich, Germany among others. Mr. Szewczyk’s music was performed live on the NPR radio and on the American Symphony orchestra League Conference by ALIAS Ensemble in Nashville. Mr. Szewczyk’s string quintet The Rebel was performed live on the CBS Early Show by the Sybarite Chamber Players and in Lincoln Center and was recently published by Wizard Sleeve Publishing.
Piotr Szewczyk received numerous composition awards including Winner – Jacksonville Symphony Fresh Ink – Florida Composers’ Competition, finalist- British Trombone Society Composition Competition Honorable Mention on the 2007 Fauxharmonic Orchestra Adagio Composition Contest, Winner of the 2005 Vox Novus 60x60 Project, Winner of the 2004 University of Cincinnati Orchestral Composition Competition, Second Prize at the 2004 ACCENT Composition Competition at the MUSIC X New Music Festival in Cincinnati, 1st Prize Winner – 2003 Composition Competition UPBEAT-Hvar in Hvar, Croatia. Mr Szewczyk’s solo violin piece CADENZA I has been chosen as the compulsory contemporary work for the UPBEAT-Hvar violin competition.
Mr. Szewczyk studied violin and composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was awarded full undergraduate and graduate scholarships and earned degrees of Bachelor of Music and Master of Music. Mr. Szewczyk also was awarded the Starling Foundation Scholarship and studied violin with prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus, Piotr Milewski and Dorothy Delay and composition with Darrel Handel, Joel Hoffman, Henry Gwiazda, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Michael Fiday.
Mr. Szewczyk is an active member of the following organizations: American Federation of Musicians Local 444, American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, American Composers Forum, National Association of Composers, Society of Composers.
More information at Mr. Szewczyk’s websites: www.VeryNewMusic.com and www.ViolinFutura.com
COMPLETE CATALOGUE OF COMPOSITIONS:
Composer Piotr Szewczyk (ASCAP)
Catalogue of compositions (with dates and durations)
First Coast Groove for Violin (3’50”) 2008
T-Boned for Tenor Trombone (4’) 2008
Lament for the Tsunami Victims for Violin (5’40”) 2005
All-Wheel Drive for Violin (2’40”) 2004
Cadenza I, II, III, IV and V for Violin Solo (2’- 5’each) 1997-2003
The Moon Goddess for Violin and Cello (3’50”) (2007)
An Adventure on Another Planet for Viola and Cello (16’) 2007
By The Fire for Two Cellos (3’50”) 2005
Conundrum for Violin and Viola (7’) 2004
Snapper for Violin and Piano (4’30”) 2004
Fantasia for Violin and Piano (15’) 2000
Two Movements for Violin and Piano (5’30”) 1999
Three Moods for Violin and Piano (10’) 1999
Conundrum II for Three Violins (10’30”) 2006
Ma Intenso for String Trio (9’30”) 2005
Three Images for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (11’10”) 2004
Introduction and Scherzo for String Trio (6’) 2002
Two Remembrances for String Trio (9’20”) 2002
Wild West Sketch for String Trio (4’45”) 2002
Three Summer Sketches for Violin, Clarinet and Bassoon (9’30”) 2002
Three Summer Sketches for String Trio (9’30”) 2002
Time Travel for String Quartet (16’30”) 2005
Ocean Drive for String Quartet (4’) 2005
Half-Diminished Scherzo for String Quartet (5’15”) 2004
In Motion for String Quartet (15’) 2004
Traffic Jam Alert for String Quartet (4’20”) 2003
Three Miniatures for String Quartet (8’30”) 2001
OTHER CHAMBER MUSIC
Apparitions for Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Cello and Percussion (5’34”) 2006
The Rebel for String Quintet (3’15”) 2005
Romantic Beatbox for Piano, Marimba and String Quintet (14’30”) 2003
Three Images for Viola, Clarinet and Piano (11’) 2003
Summer Music (5’) 2009
Rebirth of Hope (5’45”) 2005
A Journey Within (12’) 2005
Concertino for Oboe and String Orchestra (12’) 2005
Three Dimensions (11’30”) 2004
Fantasia for Violin and String Orchestra (6’) 1997
First Coast Fanfare for Orchestra (12’) 2009
Violin Concerto (17’) 2006
Transposed Memories for Orchestra (11’) 2004
Time for Change for Electric Violin and Jazz orchestra (9’30”) 2003