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Michał Zaborski


Michał Zaborski is a viola player and composer. He graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Being active in many areas of music, including classical and improvised music in the widest sense of the term, the artist has ben able to establish his own style thanks to which Zaborski defies classification. He continually searches for new means of expression, exploring hitherto unknown capacities of the viola – an instrument that has barely ever been used in jazz. An attempt to define and locate the instrument the instrument in a new context is one of the most interesting undertakings on the Polish music scene.

Michał Zaborski is a laureate of the J. Rakowski National Viola Competition in Poznań, the Brahms International Competition in Portschach (Austria) and of the International Viola Competition in Bled (Slovenia).

Zaborski is a member of the Atom String Quartet, with which he won the Grand Prix at the Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa Festival. He is also a four-time winner of the Fryderyk award. He has been invited as a guest musician to take part in many jazz and ethno-music projects, leading to Gold Album sales of Monika Borzym’s – “Back to the Garden”, work with Cezary Konrad and Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa on the album “Święto Słońca”.

In classical music he has worked as a chamber musician, playing with leading Polish musicians, including Stefan Kamasa, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Tomasz Strahl, Klaudiusz Baran, Rafał Kwiatkowski, Robert Morawski, Kuba Jakowicz, Janusz Wawrowski and Marcin Zdunik.

In spring of 2019 Michał Zaborski released his debut solo album “Feeling Earth” on the Hevhetia label. The album garnered positive reviews and is a rare example of the viola accompanying a traditional jazz rhythm section. This is the first combination of its kind in Polish jazz.


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