Klaudiusz Baran accordion

Praised as a versatile artist of extraordinary musical sensitivity, through his
artistic achievements, he changed the perception of the accordion in Poland, elevating its
position to a fully-fledged instrument shaping the real world of music. While humble to a
musical piece, in his interpretations he gives us abundance of inventions, his personal
understanding of time in music, unique and charismatic performances and genuine
expression, which all easily interweave. His musical creations were often appreciated by
enthusiastic reviews and awarded prizes at instrumental and other competitions. He is
the first accordionist to have received the FRYDERYK Award for his album
Astor Piazzolla
– Tango
, recorded for SonyClassical. In 2020 he recived two another Fryderyk’s Statuettes
for album „100 for 100. Musical Decades of Freedom”.

’’Virtuosic performance, evocative interpretations, sincerity of expression!”
Monika Partyk, Ruch Muzyczny

Comfortable in repertoires of various music periods, he has been highly acclaimed
for his interpretations of contemporary music, including 50 premieres of various solo,
chamber and orchestral pieces, most of which were dedicated to or inspired by him. His
great passion is Argentine tango, Astor Piazolla’s
tango nuevo in particular. The virtuosic
bandoneon performances reflecting his temperament, youthful energy but also musical
maturity and a need to creatively shape his stage presence made him the first Polish
instrumentalist to introduce the bandoneon into native concert halls. He was the cofounder and leader of the most famous tango bands shaping the Polish tango culture such
Tangata Quintet and Machina del Tango.

’’Rare renditions of the musical pieces by Klaudiusz Baran, so truly undimmed”
Anna Woźniakowska, Dziennik Polski

He was the first accordionist to have performed solo with the Warsaw National
Philharmonic Orchestra and other leading Polish orchestras. In various chamber music
projects he co-operated with such maestros as: Ivan Monighetti, Roby Lakatos, Julius
Berger and Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, among others. He is a musical chameleon; he finds
inspiration in other worlds of music; he has found a place in
world music. As a session
musician he records film scores and popular music but also accompanies singersongwriters.

’’Let me once again express my absolute admiration for Klaudiusz Baran’s talent”
Adam Suprynowicz, Ruch Muzyczny

He seamlessly combines his artistic activities with administrative and educational
duties at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, whose 200 years of
tradition have placed it among one of the most recognisable universities in Poland. He
was elected its President in 2016, and in June 2020 again for cadency 2020-2024.