Leszek Kułakowski – pianist, composer and theoretician, born in 1955 in Słupsk.
He studied violin at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk and in the year 2000 he obtained his PhD in composition at the Academy of Music in Katowice and got the post of the professor at the Pomeranian Pedagogical Academy, where he is in charge of the Music Institute. Kułakowski is the originator and inspirer of the Krzysztof Komeda Composers’ Competition and Komeda Jazz Festival.
As a jazz musician he had his debut in 1979 along with his band Antiquintet. The collaboration brought him the 1st prize for the composition of Reinkarnacja at the Jazz nad Odrą Festival. 1994 saw the release of the first album of Kułakowski’s sextet, Black & Blue. Along with Swinging Singers and the folk band Modraki z Parchowa he recorded Kułakowski & Kaszubi in 1997 and two years later the album he made with his trio and a string quartet, Katharsis, was released. The latter is a mixture of jazz with the hints to the language of classical music of the romanticism and the present. Eurofonia, in turn, is a compilation of contemporary music, polish stylized folk and jazz for solo vocal, jazz quintet and symphonic orchestra, which was selected album of the year by Jazz Forum readers in 2000.
1994 – „BLACK & BLUE” Leszek Kułakowski Sekstet,
1995 – „CHOPIN & OTHER SONGS”
1996 – „INTERWAŁY”
1997 – „LESZEK KUŁAKOWSKI I KASZUBI”
1999 – „KATHARSIS”
2000 – „EUROFONIA”
2001 „BALTIC WIND”
2002 „KOMEDA IN THE CHAMBER MOOD”,
2005 „SLAP & CARESS”
2010 „CODE NUMBERS”
2011 "Cantabile in G-Minor"
2012 PIANO CONCERTO","SKETCHES FOR JAZZ TRIO & SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA"
Autor: Anna Iwanicka-Nijakowska, grudzień 2007, updated by jazzarium.pl march 2014