BIO

"From the early days of his career it was obvious that Lichtański is an exceptional instrumentalist."

Adam Baruch (The Soundtrack Of My Life)

Wojciech Lichtański (born in 1989) - one of the most talented alto saxophonists of the Polish young generation, the prizewinner of  the competitions such as the 15th Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa, Grand Prix Jazz nad Odrą and many more. His uncommon maturity, refined sound and professional technique can impress every audience. As a composer, he received a few prestigious prizes: a special prize for “Journey with K.” to a big band from Maria Schneider in the competition of the 14th Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa. As a teenager, he won many classical music competitions.

In 2013, he obtained his Master of Arts degree in Saxophone at the Academy of Music in Katowice. At the same Academy he was awarded a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition and Arrangement. He is currently a PhD student at the Academy of Music in Katowice.

Wojciech co-creates several outstanding Polish jazz bands: Piotr Budniak Essential Group, Vehemence Quartet or Bartosz Pernal Sextet. He is also the leader of his own quartet – Wojciech Lichtański Questions. He had the opportunity to perform at many festivals in Poland and abroad: Leverkusen Jazz Festival, Delhi Jazz Festival, Stara Zagora Jazz Festival, Jazz nad Odrą and many more. He cooperated with such musicians as:  David Doróżka, Jorge Vistel, Leszek Możdżer, Janusz Muniak, Piotr Wojtasik, Ed Partyka and Piotr Wyleżoł.

Awards (selected):

  • „Jazz Individuality” and Grand Prix 51. Jazz nad Odrą Festival with Vehemence Quartet
    (Head of Jury Lee Konitz)
  • „Jazz Angel“ and Grand Prix 15. Lotos Jazz Festiwal Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa with Lichtański Sound Lab (Jury member: Aaron Parks)
  • Special prize for the best composition for a big band from Maria Schneider
    (Head of Jury) - 14. Lotos Jazz Festiwal Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa
  • II prize for composition “QWE”
    in I International Jazz Composition Contest at Silesian Jazz Festival.