Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Pieronczyk, Adam, saxopohones, zoucra (folk double-reed), composer; b. Elblag, Poland, January 24 1970. His father, Pawel Pieronczyk (b. April 6, 1948, Kedzierzyn-Kozle, Poland), was a saxophone and clarinet player.
Adam grew up in Braniewo (Northern Poland). He started to play the piano at age of 7, then the saxophone and clarinet when he was 18. After his emigration to Germany in 1988 Pieronczyk took private lessons (Peter Decker), attended some jazz workshops (a.o. Ellis Marsalis) in Germany and Austria and began 1992 to study saxophone at the jazz department of Music Academy Folkwanghochschule in Essen / Germany (Matthias Nadolny, Hugo Read, Wollie Kaiser). He graduated 1996 and lives at present in Poland and Germany. He took private lessons with Peter Decker (1990-1992) and attended workshops with Ellis Marsalis (1990-1992). From 1992-1996, he studied at the Music Academy Folkwanghochschule Essen, Germany. His teachers were Matthias Nadolny, Hugo Read, Wollie Kaiser.
He has performed with Gary Thomas, Archie Shepp, Bobby McFerrin, Joey Calderazzo, Ted Curson, Ed Schuller, Jeff Williams, Vitold Rek, Leszek Mozdzer, Mircea Tiberian and others.
Temathe (1995); A Few Minutes In Space (1997); Live In Sofia (1997); 19-9-1999 (1999); Digivooco feat. Gary Thomas (2000); Amusos (2002)
Awards and honors:
New Hope Of Polish Jazz (Jazz Forum Ranking / 1997)
Album Of The Year "Live In Sofia" (Jazz Forum Ranking / 1998)
Artist Of The Year (Musician Union Award / 1999)
Album Of The Year "Digivooco" (Jazz Forum Ranking / 2001)
Was nominated for the Polish Music Award "Fryderyk" as The Best Jazz Artist Of The Year (1997,1998)
Was voted in the main Polish daily newspaper "Gazeta Wyborcza" one of the most influential jazz musicians in Poland ("Five main jazz musicians for the XXI century in Poland" / 2000).
Won the top position in the annual jazz forum magazine ranking "the best soprano saxophonist of the year"