Piotr Szewczyk

Violin

Piotr Szewczyk comes from a musical family – his father played the French horn and his mother was a pianist and professor of music theory at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw.

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
Besides being a violinist I’m also a full time composer of all kinds of music, from solo, through chamber, to orchestral and theme song for 89.9 WJCT First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross. You can hear my music at my website at www.VeryNewMusic.com

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
I would be a scientist, probably an astronomer.

What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
Besides practicing, teaching lessons, composing music and discovering and listening to a lot of contemporary art music and jazz, I read a lot of non-fiction books on science, history and philosophy, listen to my favorite NPR shows like TED Radio Hour, Radio Lab, Fresh Air, Science Friday, watch documentaries on PBS, BBC, History and some guilty pleasures on Netflix like House of Cards.

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
Participating with other musicians in an art form that inspires audiences and elevates them above the complicated world we live in.

What sport(s) do you participate in?
Swimming

Do you have a favorite team?
Our orchestra!

What is your favorite food?
Pierogi

Who is your favorite composer?
John Adams

What’s currently on your Ipod?
Mathias Eick – Midwest, Bob Mintzer – Get Up!, John Luther Adams – Become Ocean, Andrew Norman – Play, John Adams – City Noir, Stanley Clarke – Up, Mason Bates – Violin Concerto, Roomful of Teeth – Render, Zack Brock – Purple Sounds, Chris Potter – Imaginary Cities, Alisa Weilerstein – Solo, Missy Mazzoli – Vespers for a New Dark Age, Vijay Iler – Mutations, Steve Gadd Band – 70 Strong, Marcin Wasilewski Trio – Spark of Life, Kronos Quartet – Tundra Songs, Jeffrey Zeigler – Something of Life and many more.

Education
BM, MM in Violin and Composition, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music