Piotr Szewczyk, violin

Friday, July 17, 2015, 7:30pm
Concert is free and open to the public.
Doors open 30 minutes in advance of concert.

Thank you to The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida for awarding Friday Musicale with a grant from the Art Ventures Fund for summer concerts in 2014 & 2015!

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Piotr Szewczyk, violin



Piotr Szewczyk performs selections from Violin Futura – 21st Century Solo Violin Project.

Violin Futura Project was created by Piotr Szewczyk to showcase the multitude of exciting styles present in the 21st century music for solo violin.

The project features over 30 short solo violin miniatures written by composers from around the world for Piotr Szewczyk and it includes own of Piotr’s own compositions as well.

Piotr has performed the project in various combinations, most recently in Carnegie Hall – Weil Recital Hall in May 2013 as a winner of Florida State University Carnegie Hall Recital Competition.

The project was also the subject of Piotr’s Doctoral treatise at FSU which he completed in December 2014. The 130-page treatise can be downloaded as a free PDF from his website www.ViolinFutura.com .

Violin Futura Project features music of two local Jacksonville composers, Dr. Gary Smart from UNF and Dr. Jian Jun He from JU.

All pieces commissioned by and written for Piotr Szewczyk

Lawrence DillonMister Blister
Jason BahrEphemeral Rhapsody
Kari Henrik JuuselaRed Bull #3
Patrick CastilloCirque
Tyler CappScatterbrain
Lisa CoonsComing Undone
John Kennedyfp (For Piotr)
Marc Mellits - Zubrowka
Mason BatesBlue Berceuse
Carson CoomanThe Doors in the Sky
Carl Schimmel - Whiffet
Lan-Chee LamMemories
Hiro MorozumiReal Phone Key


Focus on local Florida composers:

Jian Jun He (JU) - Yang Ge Dance
Williams Schirmer (JU) - Lyric
Clifton Callender (FSU)Gegenschein (afterglow)
Sydney Hodkinson (Stetson) - Rush
Gary Smart (UNF) - Benediction
Paul Richards (UF) - Einstein's Dream of a Unified Field WORLD PREMIERE
Piotr Szewczyk
- All Wheel Drive
Piotr Szewczyk - First Coast Groove



Piotr Szewczyk (pronounced: pyo-ter chef-chick) Polish-born violinist and composer, became a naturalized U.S. Citizen in 2014, and has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 2007. Before joining the JSO, Mr. Szewczyk completed a three-year fellowship at the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas where he served as a rotating concertmaster. He holds the degrees of D.M. from Florida State University, B.M. and double M.M. in violin and composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Szewczyk is the creator and performer of the Violin Futura Project, a series of recitals of 34 commissioned solo violin pieces written and dedicated to him by renowned composers from around the word. Mr. Szewczyk was the winner of the 2013 Florida State University Carnegie Hall proposal with this project and he has performed it over 20 times since its inception.

As a violinist, Mr. Szewczyk has won the Florida State University Doctoral Concerto Competition, the New World Symphony Concerto Competition, CCM Chamber Music Competition, the Young Artist String Competition in Lima, Ohio and the Interlochen Concerto Competition, among others. He has performed in the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, New World Symphony Chamber Music Series, Santa Fe New Music, Colorado Music Festival, St. Augustine Music Festival and many others.

As a composer, Mr. Szewczyk has received numerous awards, including those from The American Prize, American Modern Ensemble, Rapido! Composition Contest, Third Millennium Ensemble, American Composers Forum, Society of Composers, Jacksonville Symphony Fresh Ink, ACCENT Competition at Music X Festival, and others. Mr. Szewczyk is the winner of the Theme Song Contest for NPR station WJCT and his composition begins and ends each First Coast Connect show with Melissa Ross. Mr. Szewczyk’s music was featured on NPR’s Performance Today and the CBS Early Show, and was performed by numerous ensembles including the Alias Ensemble, Dover Quartet, Carpe Diem String Quartet, Sybarite 5, Juventas Ensemble, Atlanta Chamber Players, New Music Raleigh and others. His piece Apparitions was released on Navona records NOVA CD and was called “magical” in a review by Gramophone Magazine. His orchestral piece First Coast Fanfare was performed by Florida State University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Alexander Jimenez for the opening concert of their 2012-13 season.

More information is available at www.VeryNewMusic.com.