Since 2008 Piotr Turkiewicz is the Artistic Director of the Jazztopad Festival , one of the most important jazz events in Poland and Central Europe. It presents unique and crossover projects tailored specially for the festival and its eighth edition took place in November 2011 and it featured the world premieres of pieces composed exclusively for the festival as well as the work of many young artists.
The international guest artists of the festival included the most important musicians in the world of jazz such as Wayne Shorter, Bill Frisell, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Peacock, Marc Copland, John Surman, Sonny Rollins, Charles Lloyd and in 2012 will present Ornette Colman, Jack DeJohnette and Enrico Rava.
From 2006 to 2010 Piotr has been the Head Music Management and Assistant to the Artistic Director of Wratislavia Cantans Festival – the biggest and most prestigious festival of classical music in Wroclaw, Poland. In this role he was responsible, alongside the artistic director, for the programming and the international relations of the festival.
Prior to these positions Piotr worked for a national Polish newspaper and for other publications writing about jazz, studied cello and trumpet and graduated in English Philology and Journalism. He wrote his Master Thesis in the US about the role of the ‘Voice of America’ in communism.
Currently, in addition to the Jazztopad Festival Piotr is also heading the department of international development of the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw – one of the most prestigious concert halls in Poland, which will have its grand opening in 2013.
He is also involved as a co-funder in various European initiatives supporting young composers and musicians – Music Masters on Air (MusMa.eu) as well as JazzPlaysEurope (jazzplayseurope.eu) and Take Five: Europe (www.takefiveeurope.com).
Piotr has been invited as a speaker to numerous conferences, including European Festival Association Conference in Vilnius, International Society of Performing Arts Congress in Toronto, ISPA Seminar in New York, Asian Festivals Association Conference in Shanghai and Live! Conference in Singapore.
He also represented Poland at the 2nd Asia- Europe Young Urban Leaders Dialogue which took place in Shanghai.
From January 2012 he is a board member of International Society of Performing Arts.