Jerzy Sapieyevski is an award-winning composer, pianist, and innovator. He is the founder of NewCenturyMusic®and as artistic director, he brings some groundbreaking ideas to the concert stage and education.
A composer/pianist, (click to hear music samples) he presently performs concerts which unite diverse styles of music into one-of-a-kind creations drawn from the interaction with the audience.
The distinctive voice of his compositions finds its inspiration from the American spirit of George Gershwin, innovation of Philip Glass and the spontaneity of improvisations by Keith Jarrett and Dave Brubeck.
Sapieyevski brings a new approach to piano performance blending jazz and classical styles into multi-layered "sound sculptures". The Art of Sound - the Sound of Artsm was a project devoted to the development of a new generation of multimedia events.
Sapieyevski’s commissions and performances included the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, and some major academic centers. The score for the Shakespeare Theatre's Production of Richard III (Stacy Keach) was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.
In 2005 Jerzy Sapieyevski was decorated with the "Knight Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland". He was also a guest lecturer on Cultural Diplomacy at the Foreign Service Institute and delivered very popular pre-concert talks at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. His "Music – The Brain’s Software"®events serve the growing demand for music applications towards the enhancement of thinking skills and emotional capacity.
Major performers of his classical compositions included: the Tokyo String Quartet, An die Musik, Manhattan String Quartet, American Wind Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony, among others.
Jerzy Sapieyevski began music and engineering studies in his native Poland and later completed his music degrees in the United States. Acknowledged in The Oxford Dictionary of Music, he is especially interested in creating interactive works that bring together various disciplines in live events - The American Songbook Club.
He appeared with the celebrated Polish actress, Anna Dymna, in her reading of poetry by the Nobel Prize Laureate, Czeslaw Milosz.
"Aesop Suite" narrated by the renowned attorney
Robert S. Bennett,
explores the synergy between musical phrasing and gifted oratory. Sapieyevski created a multimedia event in which painters - in live performance - engaged in a visual and musical dialogue with the pianist.
His collaborations with painters
Makoto Fujimura and Alexander Kaletski are examples of this innovative approach. After a New York event, the
Associated Press syndicated article:
"Can a painting create music? An experiment in painting and music pushes boundaries" and a leading science writer, James Trefil suggested that these types of explorations "are the lifeblood of art".
Sapieyevski’s versatile creative activities prompted the US Chamber of Commerce to choose his profile as one of the case studies, Faces of IP for a presentation in support of intellectual property protections. He is a voting member of The Recording Academy (Grammy®).
RECENT COMPOSITIONS and EVENTS:
"A Tribute to GLENN FREY (Eagles - Desperado)" - LIVE! with David Keplinger, vocals, Washington DC, April 3, 2017;
"OSHER INSTITUTE (OLLI)" - What makes the Great American Songbook so enduring? Performance/Lecture - Washington DC, April 3, 2017;
"THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK CLUB" - Katzen Museum, Washington DC, Feb. 26 2017;
"STYLE and IDENTITY in MUSIC COMPOSITION" - Master Class, University of Texas, Edinburg TX, February 5, 2016; Ann Ferren Conference, Washington DC, January 13, 2017;
"MERCURY CONCERTO" - Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, March 12, 2016;
"AESOP SUITE" - CKUA Radio Network, Canada, December, 2016;
"PAINTED MUSIC for Orchestra" - Valley Symphony Orchestra, Performing Arts Center, McAllen TX, February 4, 2016; American University Orchestra, Washington DC, April 4-5, 2017;
"PICASSO'S CAFE de la ROTONDE" - music interpretation, composer/performer, The Kreeger Museum, Washington DC, January 21, 2016;
"MUSIC OF THE WARSAW UPRISING" - artistic director/composer/performer, The Embassy of Poland, Washington DC, September 10, 2015;
"VIVALDI PICCOLO CONCERTO" (Orchestration) - United States Army Field Band, Gala Concert and Closing Ceremonies of the 2015 National Flute Association Convention, Washington DC, August 16, 2015;
"ART and the HUMAN CONDITION" – Panel design and composition for Pheo-Para Alliance Benefit, May 2, 2015;
"ARIA for SAXOPHONE" - International Saxophone Festival, Poland, April 19, 2015;
"FOREVER is COMPOSED of NOWS" - Crystal Records (CD) featuring "Aesop Suite", 2014;
"YOUR SMILE and CHERRY BLOSSOMS" - RMS Records single and a music video, 2014;
"MUSICAL PORTRAIT - JAN KARSKI" - Kosciuszko Foundation, Washington DC, 2014; Pheo-Para Alliance Special Presentation, Washington DC, 2014;
"PAINTED MUSIC" -
for orchestra, 2014 (9’)
MUSIC for “PROTEST” - a play by Vaclav Havel, Ambassador Theatre Co., Washington DC, November 2013;
"TRUMPET CONCERTO" - the Eastman Wind Ensemble performance at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 2013;
“MUSIC - The BRAIN'S SOFTWARE®”- Concert-Conversation with Dr. Joel M. Oster, MD – Neurology, Lahey Clinic, Boston, Nov. 4, Katzen Center, Washington DC, 2013;
"THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK CLUB" - Piano compositions and arrangements, Katzen Center, Washington DC, 2012;
"POETRY BY CZESLAW MILOSZ" - Piano interludes for reading by Anna Dymna; Consulate General of Poland, New York, 2011;
"ARE YOU BLUE?" and "ARE YOU BLUE 2?" for Piano Solo, Katzen Center, Washington DC, 2010 (40');
"AESOP SUITE" for Piano Solo and Narrator, An die Musik Ensemble, Merkin Hall, New York
City, Nov. 6, 2011; The Potsdam Brass Quintet of SUNY Faculty, Potsdam, NY, April 19, 2011; Robert S. Bennett, narrator, Katzen Center, Washington DC, 2008; Gdansk Shakespeare Festival, Poland, 2009 (25');
"VARIATIONS on a THEME by PADEREWSKI" for Piano Solo, Tribute to Gen. Edward Rowny, Senator Chuck Hagel - guest speaker, Embassy of Poland, Washington DC, 2007, (7');
"PAINTED MUSIC" for Piano Solo, Interactive Electronics and Painters, American University, Washington DC, 2006, (20'); Collaboration with painter Makoto Fujimura, Alaxander Kaletski, Dillon Gallery, N.Y., 2007 - 2009 (40')
"CONCERTO for PIANO solo and COMPUTER", Centralne Muzeum Morskie, Gdansk Poland; Music Club "Ucho" Gdynia, Poland, 2004 (40')
"CLIO's TRIUMPH", modern ballet score commissioned by the Washington Ballet, Kennedy Center, 1997 (30')
"ILLUMINATA", modern ballet score commissioned by the Washington Ballet, choreography by
Simon Dow, Kennedy Center, 1996 (30')
RICHARD III (Stacy Keach), incidental music, The Shakespeare Theatre, 1990.
SCORES in PRINT
SONGS OF THE ROSE (Presser Co.), Kennedy Center/WPAS Washington DC, The National Cathedral; The Gregg Smith Singers American Music Workshop, (10')
ARIOSO, for Trumpet and Woodwind Quintet (Presser Co.), commissioned by The International Trumpet Guild. Performed: Western Illinois University; The Palm Beach Music Festival; Zagreb
(Croatia) Wind Ensemble, Zagreb, Croatia; ITG Conference, Dallas, Texas; Waterloo Music Festival, Princeton, Univ., Recorded on Crystal Records, (12')
for string quartet (Presser Co.) commissioned by the Library of Congress. Performed by Manhattan String Quartet in Moscow; Tokyo String Quartet on U.S./European tour; Soviet Emigre Orchestra, Vermont Festival and Australian tour; TV "CBS Sunday Morning"; (10')
AESOP SUITE for Brass Quintet and Narrator (Presser Co.)
commissioned by the Annapolis Music Society for Annapolis Brass Quintet and An die Musik Ensemble. Performed on American/European Tour, Recorded on Crystal Records, Belgian Radio, and Newport Classics - a Grammy® nominated album, (15')
MORPHEUS for wind ensemble
(C.F. Peters Corp.) American Wind Symphony, Recorded on AWSO Records, (8')
TOADA IN MEMORY OF VILLA-LOBOS, for Clarinet and Piano (Presser Co.) commissioned by the Delmar Foundation for the Dumbarton Concert Series, (15')
SCHERZO DI CONCERTO for Wind Ensemble (Tokyo, Japan, OngakuNoTomo Sha),(5')
GAMES for Brass and Percussion (C.F. Peters Corp.,) American Wind Symphony Series commission, (10')
ARIA for Flute and Piano (Presser Co.) Performed by An die Musik, Kennedy Center, (11')
LOVE SONGS (to poems by Anne Lindbergh) for voice and piano (Presser Co.), The Philips Collection Series, Washington DC, (35')
MERCURY CONCERTO for Trumpet and Orchestra (C.F. Peters Corp.), Eastman Wind Ensemble, Kodak Hall at Eastman; Armando Ghitalla and AWSO. Recorded on AMCAM Records, and by Alex Jokipii on ALBANY Records(15')
TRIO FOR AN ITALIAN JOURNEY (Presser Co.)
SUMMER OVERTURE for orchestra (Presser Co.), Virginia Youth Orchestra, (10')
ARIA for saxophone (Presser Co.), Miller Sigmon and Duke University Quartet, (11')
SCHERZO DI CONCERTO for Band (Presser Co.) Univ. of Michigan Band, (5')
CONCERTO FOR VIOLA (Presser Co.), Raphael Hillyer and The Catholic University Ensemble, Philips Collection. Recorded on Crystal Records, (15')
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