Cezary Konrad

jazz percussion

Drummer, pianist, composer and arranger. A graduate of the F. Chopin Academy of Music in the class of Professor Edward Iwicki and Professor Stanisław Skoczyński. During his studies he was heavily involved in percussion ensembles, including the Young Percussion Studio and the Warsaw Percussion Group, with which he performed at important music festivals in Poland (Poznań Music Spring, Warsaw Autumn), Russia and North Korea. He has collaborated with the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw and the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, Jan Krenz, Jerzy Semkow, Emmanuel Krivine, Yehudi Menuhin, Justus Frantz, among others.

Since 1990 he began his professional career on the Polish jazz scene. He has collaborated with almost all the most important jazz musicians in Poland, including Zbigniew Namysłowski, Jarosław Śmietana, Tomasz Stańko, Leszek Możdżer, Wojciech Karolak, Andrzej Kurylewicz, Krzesimir Dębski, Włodek Pawlik, Anna Maria Jopek, Marek Napiórkowski, Krzysztof Herdzin, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Piotr Baron, Piotr Wojtasik, Krzysztof Ścierański, Adam Bałdych.

For many years he was the leader of his own bands, with which he recorded three albums: "Meeting in Krakow"- 1995; "One mirror...many reflections"- 2000; "On Classical"- 2015.

As a session musician, he has taken part in the recording of over 150 albums.

He is a laureate of the "Mateusz" award of Programme III of the Polish Radio (1993) and Krzysztof Komeda Scholarship (1993).

In the years 1992-2016 he was continuously elected the best jazz drummer in the Jazz Top survey of the Jazz Forum monthly magazine.

Between 2006 and 2009 he was voted best Jazz/Latin/funk drummer according to the readers of Top Drummer monthly magazine. In 2014 he won the "Eugeniusz" award, for the best Jazz/ Fusion drummer, and in 2018 Polish Percussion Award in the magazine ,,Drummer".

In 2014 he participated in the recording of the album "Night in Calisia", with music by Włodek Pawlik, which was honoured with a Grammy Award.

Cezary Konrad has worked with the great stars of world jazz including Pat Metheny, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Gregory Porter, Arturo Sandoval, Maria Schneider, Didier Lockwood, Jim Beard, Gary Husband, Mino Cinelu, Karrin Allyson, Joe de Franco, Mike Richmond, Deborah Brown.

Since 2017, he has been working as a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, at the Jazz and Stage Music Department.