After four years of performing and recording with the Turtle Island Quartet (world's most famous jazz string quartet) Mateusz Smoczynski returns to the US with his own project. The tour will promote his latest release "Berek" (Universal Music 2017) featuring original compositions by Mateusz and his brother Jan Smoczynski. The music on the album reflects a wide variety of inspirations such as: classical music, jazz, Polish and American folk.
Mateusz Smoczyński - the best jazz violinist of 2017 by Jazz Forum, European Magazine. Winner of the 2nd International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition. Since 2017 he teaches jazz violin at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Mateusz has performed at chief jazz stages and festivals nearly all over the world, and cooperated with the artists of the order of Branford Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Gil Goldstein, Richie Beirach, Glen Moore, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Tomasz Stańko, Urszula Dudziak, Władysław "Adzik" Sendecki, Leszek Możdżer, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Natalia Kukulska, Anna Maria Jopek and Sebastian Karpiel Bułecka. Together with Joachim Kuhn, Janusz Stefanski and Bronislaw Suchanek, he took part in the premiere of legendary jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert's Jazz Concerto for Violin, Symphony Orchestra and Rhythm Section. In 2012–16 Mateusz Smoczyński was the first violin in the American Turtle Island Quartet (winner of two Grammy awards). In 2013, the band were invited to participate in the recording of Grammy-nominated After Blue album of Tierney Sutton.