BIO

Paweł Janas is an extraordinary and versatile musician and composer. He is comfortably moving around the grounds of Classical, Jazz and Electronic music and improvisation. He is the laureate of more than 30 competitions, including those in: Poland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Lithuania and Croatia. He is the World Champion of Roland V-Accordion in 63rd Coupe Mondiale and the winner of the Virtual Accordion Festival in Rome.

He has been awarded scholarships: by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, by the prestigious program Young Poland scholarship, by the capital city of Warsaw, by the Musical Safety Pin scholarship – J&S Pro Bono Poloniae Foundation, by Dongsan Research Foundation and Pro Polonia Society (the corona scholarship), by the National Culture Centre and by Societe Generale bank. He received the individual scholarship from the former President of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz. He was also awarded at the Polish Festival of Music Week of Talents in Paderewski Center, at the National Festival of Art in Lublin and at the International Festival of Young Winners of Music Competitions organized by SILESIA (Katowice). He is the finalist of Polish edition of a TV program Must Be The Music.

Janas is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, of the class of accordion under prof. Jerzy Jurek and prof. Klaudiusz Baran. During the academic year 2011/2012 he continued his studies in the class of prof. Grzegorz Stopa in Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien. He took part in master courses, working under the direction of such tutors as Inaaki Alberdi, Stefan Hussong, Claudio Jacomucci, Alfred Melichar, Owen Murray, Wlodzimierz Lech Puchnowski, Matti Raantanen and Yuri Szyszkin.

He has performed in many European countries, in the USA, in Canada and in China. He delivered solo or chamber music performances and cooperated with orchestras lead by conductors as Zygmunt Rychert, Krzysztof Kozlowski, Maciej Tworek, Sławomir Chrzanowski. He is the first accordionist in history who performed as a soloist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw.

He has performed, among others, at: TEDx Warsaw, Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova, Musical Spring in Poznan, Alkagran, Warsaw Musical Meetings, Portraits of Composers, WARVIE, Master’s Evening in Kąśna Dolna, Royal Art Arcades, Arsenal Evenings, Music Gardens, Wawer Music Festival, Tallin Afekt Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Musica in Collina, Sinfonia Varsavia Summer Concerts or Music on the Peaks in Zakopane.

He has released many albums – “Buttonhacker” (2018), “#Network Music” (2018), “Witkacy” (2018), “Trash Music” (2018), “Small talks” (2015), “Visegard Songs” (2015), “Magic and legends – Mysterious accordions” (2012).

In his artistic life Janas finds it important to cooperate with young composers, so far he has collaborated with: Zygmunt Krauze, Piotr Tabakiernik, Rafał Janiak, Dariusz Przybylski, Wojciech Blecharz, Krzysztof A. Janczak, Tomasz Jakub Opałka, Ignacy Zalewski and Mikołaj Majkusiak. As a result of so many years of collaboration there have already appeared 50 premieres of solo and chamber music performances and larger projects.

He began collaboration with Roland (digital accordions) in 2009. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Hashtag Ensemble which specializes in contemporary and improvised music.

In 2019, he began to use Button Portative (world premiere), K-drone (world premiere) and Quarter-tone Accordion in his works.

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Awards

 

I. Prize

International Music Competitions Carlo Civardi – Val Tidone (Italy)

I. Prize

National Accordion Competition – Chełm (Poland)

II. Prize

International Accordion Competition Vilnius – Vilnus (Lithuania)

I. Prize

Coupe Mondiale, Varazdin (Croatia)

I. Prize

Krzanowski Accordion Competition Czechowice Dziedzicach (Poland)

I. Prize

XVIII International Accordion Festival, Przemyśl (Poland)

I. Prize

X National Accordion Competition, Szczecin (Poland)

I. Prize

XII International Competition „Jeunes Talents”, Montrond les Bains (France)

II. Prize

46 International Accordion Competition, Klingenthal (Germany)

I. Prize

International Accordion Competition VAMO w Wiedniu (Austria)

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National Accordion Competition, Mława (Poland)

I. Prize

National Accordion Competition, Solec Zdrój (Poland)

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III National Accordion Competition, Krasiczyn (Poland)

I. Prize

International Accordion Competition „Harmonia Viva”, Wrocław (Poland)

I. Prize

International Accordion Competition, Giżycko (Poland)

II. Prize

International Accordion Competition, Sanok (Poland)

I. Prize

6. Festival Internaziolane della Fisharmonica Digitale, Roma (Italy)

I. Prize

International Accordion Competition, Częstochowa (Poland)

I. Prize

International Accordion Competition, Gorlice (Poland)

I. Prize

I National Accordion Competition, Krasiczyn (Poland)

I. Prize

XV International Accordion Festival, Przemyśl (Poland)

I. Prize

National Accordion Competition, Jasło (Poland)

I. Prize

Macro-regional Accordion Competition, Tarnobrzeg (Poland)

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