Kuba Płużek – pianist and composer
Born 1988, in Krakow, he studied at the Katowice Academy of Music, in the Jazz and Popular Music Department.
He is one of the most talented and creative instrumentalists on the Polish jazz scene. His creativity is characterized by a wide-ranging musical imagination, absolute control of his instrument, and electrifying power of expression.
A provocative spirit in the musical world, with a bold virtuosity, whose intriguing compositions are rich with diffuse and fragmented phrasing, he balances harmonic coherence on a fine line with sensitivity, and opens a world of true jazz of the highest grade before the listener.
A finalist at the Montreux Piano Competition, he's won or been a finalist at many jazz competitions in Poland and international jazz competitions
Winner and finalist:
2007 - 1st Place at the Jazz Pianists’ Festival in Warsaw
2008 - 1st Place at the Jazz Juniors International Competition for Young Jazz Groups in Krakow
2008 - 1st Place at the Jazz Standards Competition in Siedlce
2009 - 1st Place and Best Instrumentalist award at the Azoty Tarnów International Jazz Competition
2009 - Finalist and honorable mention at the Montreux Jazz Piano Competition
2009 - 1st Place at the Jazz and Popular Music Pianists’ Competition in Warsaw
2009 - Golden Washboard award at the competition of the ‘Golden Washboard’ Old Jazz Meeting International Traditional Jazz Festival
2010 - 1st Place at Jazz on the Oder 2010
2014 - Finalist at the Nottingham Piano Competition
2015 – Nominated for a Polish Phonographic Industry award in the Phonographic Debut of the Year
Kuba Płużek has cooperated and performed with: Janusz Muniak, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Zbigniew Wegehaupt, Vitold Rek, Maciej Sikała, Nigel Kennedy, Greg Osby.