“…Baldych gives his violin a voice and emotional power that have been too rarely heard in recent decades and offers a fresh take on the instrument for the contemporary scene” - Allaboutjazz.com (USA)
Violinist and composer. Born 18th May 1986. Living in Warsaw / Poland.
First called A CHILD PRODIGY evolved to being named INNOVATOR OF JAZZ VIOLIN (Fono Forum/DE).
Bałdych has composed and recorded 5 albums (2012 “Imaginary Room”, 2014 “The New Tradition”, 2015 “Bridges”, 2017 “Brothers”, 2019 “Sacrum Profanum”) released by the prestigious ACT MUSIC, winning a number of prizes including ECHO JAZZ 2013 (Best Instrumentalist / International) – the most important German music award bestowed on artists by the German music industry.
Bałdych is also BMW Jazz Award nominee (2019), FRYDERYK (Polish Grammy) 4 times nominee („Imaginary Room”, „The new Tradition”, „Brothers”, „Sacerum Profanum”) and was the joungest Artist to receive GOLD CROSS OF MERIT by President of Poland and MEDAL OF MERIT for his cultural achievements and successes.
Bałdych consistently creates his musical world, not only by his own but also while cooperating with acclaimed artists such as: Lars Danielsson, Helge Lien, Yaron Herman, Nils Landgren, Iiro Rantala, Marius Neset, Aaron Parks, Jacob Karlzon, Joachim Kuhn, Billy Cobham.
Considered one of the most inventive violinist today, who „must be commended for developing a completely new vocabulary for the jazz violin” (The Guardian/UK) and „has, without doubt, the greatest technique of any jazz violinist alive today” (FAZ/Germany).
Bałdych goes uncompromisingly his own way, permanently showing new musical areas that he has discovered for himself. His music derives from the rich source of classical music techniques and sounds, but in its nature is unpredictable, free and deeply rooted in the jazz idiom.
Consciously refers in his music to Polish tradition and blurs the differences between classical and jazz music. His music is considered „A wonderful expedition” (Stereo / DE), where "Never has silence sounded more beautiful.”(Kulturzeitschrift / DE).
His fast-growing career allowed him to present his music at many prestigious festivals around the world (i.e. London Jazz Festival, Jarasum Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival) presenting his music in Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Indonesia, USA, South Korea, China, Japan, Canada, Czech Rep, Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iceland and many other countries.
„Bałdych is a genial virtuoso who is capable of creating unbelievably tender and forcefully grabbing music through his instrument.” (Kulturzeitschrift/ DE)
Bałdych after Zbigniew Seifert & Michał Urbaniak continues the great tradition of Polish jazz violinist. - (Mannheimer Morgen), redefining sound and concept of improvising violin bringing it to next level. „Listening to Adam’s playing, I’m happy about future of jazz violin” concludes Jean Luc Ponty.
Adam Bałdych recently focused also on composing for Orchestra, including „Mozaika - Impresje” (2015) for Baltic Neopolis Orchestra, „Antiphona - Syrian Psalms” - (written in 2016 as an answer to war in Syria) for orchestra, voice and improvising instruments based on apocrypha found in Syria, was premiered in NOSPR hall in Katowice, financially supporting people who suffered in war in Syria, “Memoirs” (2018) for Kalisz Philharmony Orchestra and “Early Birds Symphony” (2019) for AUKSO orchestra, which piece he performs together with Helge Lien Trio.
„Polish violinist Adam Bałdych goes where the muse leads him. Although the musical selections on ‚sacrum profanum‘ jump from century to century, his decidedly modern, “new music” aesthetic keeps the proceedings cohesive. Bałdych has recruited a crew of flexible players who excel at spare, poignant arrangements, as well as dense tracks packed with sonic layers. There are plenty of moments of thorny aural angst here, but sections with gorgeous, clean violin lines.” - (Downbeat/USA)