• Here comes the third edition of the Seifert Competition!


    A pool of prizes amounting to EUR 17,000 and international jazz violin stars in the jury.

    Registration of candidates for the 3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition has begun!

    The Competition is dedicated to the memory of the Polish jazz violin virtuoso.

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Tomasz Stańko about Zbigniew Seifert


He was first of all an outstanding violinist. Nobody plays like he did, even today with Coltrane’s technique of fourths, unlike any violin technique. (…).

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Urszula Dudziak about Zbigniew Seifert


Zbyszek amazed us musicians. Our jaws dropped when we heard what he came up with. 

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Richie Beirach about Zbigniew Seifert


Zbiggy was an angel who happened to land in Poland and chose the violin as a way to inspire, elevate, enchant and deliver a powerful message of passion for life.

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Janusz M. Stefański about Zbigniew Seifert


Who was he to me? He was a brilliant musician!

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Glen Moore about Zbigniew Seifert


I first heard Zbiggy on a cassette that Jeremy Steig made in Berlin in 1969.  He was playing a solo on Autumn Leaves.

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Dave Liebman


My brother Richie Beirach knew Zbiggy personally, which makes his comments all the more touching.

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Zbigniew Seifert


Zbigniew Seifert (1946-1979) was a unique figure in the world of Polish jazz. Though he did not even live to be thirty-three and his musical output is modest, its artistic value still compels admiration and has a distinct impact on young artists. Joachim Ernst Berendt once said: Zbigniew Seifert (...) was one of those musicians thanks to whom so much good is now said in the world about Polish jazz.

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Calendar 2018

July  25
audition in Lusławice – semi-finals
July 26
audition in Lusławice – semi-finals
July 27
audition in Lusławice – finals
July 28 – gala concert in Cracow

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Zbigniew Seifert (1946-1979) was one of the most eminent Polish jazz musicians and a man of incredible musical talent. His untimely death did not let him fully develop his musical abilities and interrupted a promising worldwide career.

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Regulations of the 3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition, Poland, July 25-28, 2018.

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10,000 EURO – 1st prize

5,000 EURO – 2nd prize

2,000 EURO – 3rd prize

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Marek Karewicz photos

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