Piotr Turkiewicz

Artistic Director of the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, curator of Improvised Contemporary Music and Jazz at Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin.

Piotr Turkiewicz

Since 2008 Piotr Turkiewicz has been Artistic Director of the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. Its most distinctive feature is commitment to commissioning new music, presenting special projects tailored for the festival and hosting the most important jazz and improvised music artists. Since 2015, the festival has its annual edition in New York.   

In 2018 Piotr was appointed as a Curator of Improvised Contemporary Music and Jazz at Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin – a new state-of-the-art concert hall designed by Frank Gehry and directed by Maestro Daniel Barenboim. 

Additionally, Piotr has been the Head of International Development and Programming (jazz, world music, dance, special projects) at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Poland.

Piotr Turkiewicz studied the cello. He graduated in English Philology and Journalism. His M.A. thesis was written in the United States, and its subject-matter was the role of the Voice of America, its Polish Section and jazz programmes in the communist era.

He has been invited as a speaker to numerous international conferences, including a congress of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) in Toronto and Bogota, an ISPA seminar at The Juilliard School in New York, a conference of the Asian Performing Arts Festivals in Shanghai and Live! Conference in Singapore. He represented Poland during the 2nd conference Asia-Europe Young Urban Leaders Dialogue in Shanghai. 

Piotr Turkiewicz is also a co-founder of four European platforms supporting musicians of the young generation: Music Masters on Air (MUSMA), Take Five: Europe, JazzPlaysEurope and Melting Pot. Since 2012 he has been on the board of ISPA and serves as a co-chair of the Programme Committee and a Chair of Pitch New Works. Between 2014-2018 he was the Vice-President of the European Jazz Network.