prof. dr hab. Jan Pilch
Jan Pilch (born 1956) – graduated with distinction from the Cracow’s Academy of Music – Prof. J.Stojko class of percussion. As soloist and chamber musician, he has participated frequently in the most important Polish festivals of modern music (Warszawska Jesień, Poznańska Wiosna, Musica Polonica Nova – Wrocław, Audio-Art – Kraków, Stuttgart, Sacrum –Profanum , ) as well as in festivals in Dresden, Nurnberg (Musik des XX Jahrhunderts), Munich, Moscow,Berlin, Kyoto, Sendai, Tokyo.
He was awarded the “Polymnia Medal” for an interpretation of “Variants” composed by K. Moszumańska-Nazar, in the ‘Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna’ Festival in 1980.
He is a founder and member of the Krakowska Grupa Perkusyjna(Cracow’s Percussion Group), the “Muzyka Centrum” Artistic Association and the Mr. Bober’s Friends Group. He was a member of the Laboratorium Jazz Group and the international Crossover Trio, collaborated with the MW2 Group, Symphonic Orchestra of the Cracow’s Philharmonic Society, the Orchestra Giovanile in Lanciano (Italy), Opera Factory in Zurich, Chamber Orchestra in Basel and the musical “Cats”.
He has numerous radio recordings and records of modern and jazz music as well as of the first performances of works of such composers as K. Moszumańska-Nazar, B. Schaeffer, H. Kulenty, R. Szeremeta, Z.Jabri, M.Dlugosz. He has given classes during international courses of modern music in Stuttgart, Schwaz (Austria ), Kazimierz nad Wisłą, Radziejowice and others.
In the years 1994-1996 he was a soloist of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria.
He is Professor at the Academy of Music in Cracow, Head of the Contemporary Music , Jazz and Percussion Departament and Director of “Sources and Inspiration” Percussion Festival in Cracow.