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Wojciech Kostrzewa

Department: Department of Jazz and Stage Music

Chair: Jazz and Stage Music

Composer, arranger, drummer. Laureate of numerous composition competitions and recipient of several scholarships awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Continues to work with many jazz and classical musicians. Since 2016 he has been a lecturer at The Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

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Wojciech Kostrzewa

composition, jazz arrangement

Completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree studies at The Chopin University of Music taught by professor Marcin Błażewicz, and Henryk Majewski Postsecondary Jazz Studies in Warsaw in the jazz drumming class taught by professor Czesław Bartkowski.

His compositions were performed among others by Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Teatr Wielki Orchestra – National Opera and Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra. Moreover, he composed many jazz or theatrical musical pieces. He is also an arranger and session musician who performs on albums released by Agencja Muzyczna Polskiego Radia or Sony Music Poland.

Performed at many international festivals, among others, ”La Folle Journee" in Nantes and ”Dusseldorf Jazz Rally" in Dusseldorf. He participated in “Film Music Composition Workshops” in Gdynia run by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, “Hollywood Music Worshop” in Baden (Austria) in composition class taught by Joe Kraemer and lectures “Arranging for Big Band & Strings” under supervision of Chris Walden.

In the course of his artistic projects, he worked, among others, with Gordon Goodwin, Basia Trzetrzelewska, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Michał Urbaniak, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Krzesimir Dębski, Adam Sztaba, Grupa MoCarta, Chopin University Big Band and The Dumplings.


  • Laureate of the 1st prize and distinction awarded to orchestra at the Composers’ Competition „In modo di Lutosławski", for his composition “Little Variations for Symphonic Orchestra" (2013).
  • Winner of the main prize at the 4th International Composers’ Competition organized by Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Wojciech Kilar Contemporary Music Festival, for symphonic poem “Universe” (2016).
  • Winner of the 1st prize and the Audience Award at the 3rd edition of the Composers’ Competition “Arboretum” of Krzysztof Penderecki, for composition “Novelette” (2017).
  • Winner and laureate of the Audience Award at the Composers’ Competition organized as part of celebrations of the centenary of the ZAiKS Artists Association, for composition “GLOW!” (2018).
  • Beneficiary of scholarship programs "Młoda Polska" ["Young Poland"] (2018) and "Kultura w sieci" ["Culture online"] (2020) organized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.