From Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet to solo gigs with jazz icons Rabih Abou-Khalil, Tomasz Stańko, Joachim Kühn, Branford Marsalis and Mino Cinelu, Mateusz Smoczyński is among the most versatile musicians of his generation. In recent years he has become increasingly more active in symphonic composition, combining his natural gift for improvised music with classical academic training, quickly capturing attention of international audiences and critics alike, and becoming a sought-after cross-genre contemporary composer.
His debut concerto „Adam’s Apple” (2018) has been described as a „stunning tour de force with great significance for the emergent cross-genre string canon”. A fine and solid orchestration is set against the violin part that requires the soloist to boast a wild gamut of the violin technique – from jazz through folk and bluegrass to strictly classical. All accompanied with effortless improvisation, the piece is a stunning and fun playground for Smoczyński’s complete mastery of the instrument.