Krzysztof Herdzin was born in 1970 in Bydgoszcz. He is a composer, conductor, arranger, pianist, academic lecturer and music producer, who participated in recording over 150 albums. Considered one of the busiest Polish musicians, he is the laureate of numerous Platinum and Gold Record Awards. He is the author of the orchestration for the Jan Kaczmarek’s Oscar winning soundtrack to Finding Neverland.
As a pianist he recorded for Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich and gave numerous concerts, among others, with clarinetist Wojtek Mrozek, flute player Jadwiga Kotnowska and violinist Vadim Brodsky. As a jazz musician he had his debut while still at the music secondary school in Bydgoszcz. His talent was soon discovered by the prominent figures of Polish jazz: Kazimierz Jonkisz and Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, who invited Herdzin to play with their quartet. Later on he became a sought-after musician for almost all representatives of the jazz main stream in Poland. Apart from leading Krzysztof Herdzin Trio with Cezary Konrad and Robert Kubiszyn, he is a member of several bands, including those of Anna Maria Jopek, Marek Napiórkowski, Olga Bończyk and Ola Bieńkowska.
As an arranger and conductor, Herdzin has cooperated with several orchestras, such as the National Orchestra of Belgium, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish Radio Orchestra, Capella Bydgostiensis and AUKSO Chamber Orchestra. He combines his activity within classical music with the love for jazz and pop music, which can be noticed in his collaboration with artists like Maria Schneider, Grégoire Maret, Richard Bona, Oscar Castro-Neves, Mino Cinelu, Dhafer Youssef, Gary Husband or Brad Terry, Kayah, Edyta Górniak, Hanna Banaszak, Andrzej Piasek Piaseczny, Robert Janowski, Anna Maria Jopek, Halina Frąckowiak, Edyta Geppert, Irena Santor, Ewa Bem, Katarzyna Groniec, Ryszard Rynkowski, Mieczysław Szcześniak, Zbigniew Wodecki, Natalia Kukulska, Maryla Rodowicz, Justyna Steczkowska, Wojciech Gąssowski, Janusz Radek and Trebunie Tutki.
Selected discography :
"Being Confused" (1997)
"Seriale, seriale" (1998)
"Almost After" (2000)
"Dancing Flowers" (2005)
"Live in Tygmont" (2006)
"Belcanto Semplice" (2008)
"Fantazja na tematy 'IV Kwartetu smyczkowego Grażyny Bacewicz'" (2009)
„Looking for Balance” (2011)
„Composers Concert Live” (2013)
Autor: Anna Iwanicka-Nijakowska, December 2007, updated: Małgorzata Kosińska, Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej, Związek Kompozytorów Polskich, November 2010, Jazzarium.pl, March 2014