dr hab. Piotr Wyleżoł
Piotr Wyleżoł – pianist and composer. Born December 6th, 1976. As a child, he was already winning awards at national piano competitions in Poland and playing concerts with a classical repertoire. At 10 and 11 years old, he performed Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Rybnik, Poland. He began his jazz performing career while still studying in Katowice, in groups led by Janusz Muniak, Jarek Śmietana and Marek Bałata, among others. As a student, he was also a laureate of numerous jazz competitions and festivals: Jazz Juniors in Krakow (1st prize), the Jazz Standards Festival in Siedlce (1st prize), the Pomeranian Jazz Autumn’s “Key to a Career” and Jazz on the Oder in Wrocław (individual award for best instrumentalist), and the International Jazz Improvisation Competition in Katowice. Piotr Wyleżoł has led his own Trio since beginning his activity as an artist. In 2001 his first CD as a leader was released, titled “Yearning” and recorded with Adam Kowalewski on bass, and Łukasz Żyta on drums. Even then, the music press was generous in its praise: “This is one of the most interesting debut albums to come out in some time. A trio of young Polish musicians has created a musical atmosphere on this CD which is on a par with some of the finest work in this genre.” (Jazz Forum, November 2001). In 2006 his second CD, “Piano Trio” (with Michał Barański on bass and Łukasz Żyta on drums) was released, and in 2009 the renowned label Fresh Sound Records released his third and latest project, “Children’s Episodes”. This CD was issued on that label’s New Talent series, which includes names like Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Chris Cheek, among others. It’s worth mentioning that Piotr Wyleżoł is the first Polish musician ever to have been included by Fresh Sound in this distinguished circle of musicians. “Children’s Episodes” was also nominated for a Fryderyk Award (Poland’s equivalent of a Grammy Award), in the Jazz Album of The Year category. Besides the trio studio albums, his discography also includes two live recordings as a leader. The first, “Quintet Live”, was released in 2010 and included guest musicians Adam Pierończyk on sax, and David Doruzka on guitar, while the second – titled “DuoDram” – is a piano duo concert with Sławek Jaskułke, recorded at the “Jazz in Gdynia” festival.
In November 2014 showed up newest Wyleżoł’s album SOLO PIANO „Improludes“ (Hevhetia)
In the course of his presence on the professional jazz stage thus far, he has had occasion to work with a number of its leading figures, including: Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, Nigel Kennedy, Steve Logan, Monty Waters, Bennie Maupin, Janis Siegel, Ed Schuller, Antymos Apostolis, Piotr Baron, Andrzej Cudzich, Urszula Dudziak, Kazimierz Jonkisz, Grzegorz Nagórski, Adam Pierończyk, Tomasz Szukalski, Tomasz Stańko, Mika Urbaniak, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, and others. He has worked regularly with Nigel Kennedy since 2005, taking part in the violinist’s own projects as well as performing classical concerts with him, playing harpsichord in a repertoire of Bach and Vivaldi.
Piotr Wyleżoł has performed at numerous concerts and festivals throughout Poland, as well as in several dozen various countries of the world. Besides his own CDs recorded as a leader and co-leader, he has participated in a significant number of recordings by other artists, and the number is constantly growing. He has also been teaching piano at the Krakow Academy of Music’s Jazz and Modern Music Department since 2007.