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Jazz string quartets are rare. Jazz string quartets as brilliant as Atom String Quartet, the Polish ensemble founded in 2010, are rarer still.
—All About Jazz
Dawid Lubowicz – Violin
Mateusz Smoczyński – Violin
Michał Zaborski – Viola
Krzysztof Lenczowski – Cello
Atom String Quartet is one of the most intriguing string quartets in the world. The group combines the capabilities of a string quartet (two violins, viola, and cello) with improvisation in its broad sense. The set of instruments of the chamber music ensemble most classic and firmly established in music tradition enables the artists to search for new sound and formal achievements. The group’s music output, besides jazz, shows sources of inspiration coming from Polish folk, music of various regions of the world, and contemporary and classical music.
The quartet was established in Warsaw, Poland, in 2010, created by violinists Dawid Lubowicz and Mateusz Smoczyński, violist Michał Zaborski, and cellist Krzysztof Lenczowski. All of them graduated from Warsaw Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. Since winning the Grand Prix of the 13th Bielska Zadymka Jazz Festival in 2011, the band has performed at many of the world’s greatest music festivals, such as Berliner Jazztage, Jazz Baltica, Leipziger Jazztage, Cairo Jazz Festival, and others.
Atom String Quartet has received many awards, including “Grand Prix of Music Lovers Society” in the categories New Hope of Music Lovers (2010) and Band of the Year (2016), “Gold Fiddle” at the 15th Polish Radio New Tradition Folk Festival (2012), and “Mateusz Trójki” (2015) in the category Jazz Music – Event. Since the quartet’s beginning, it has ranked in first place several times in the Acoustic Band category in Jazz Forum magazine surveys.