Edward Partyka

Edward Partyka

Instrument: Composer/conductor | Location: Austria

Updated: January 12, 2022

Born: August 23, 1967

Ed Partyka is a bass trombonist/tubist, composer/arranger and conductor. Originally from Chicago Illinois, he received a BA degree from Northern Illinois University before moving to Germany in 1990. He completed a master’s degree in jazz trombone performance at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne, where he was also a member of the G.E.M.A. Jazz Composers Workshop, led by Bob Brookmeyer. He was recipient of the 2000 “A.S.C.A.P. / I.A.J.E. Commission Honouring the Centenary of Louis Armstrong”. He was 1st prize-winner of the 1998 “NDR Musikpreis” (Hamburg), 1st prize winner of the Jazz Composers Alliance 1998 Julius Hemphill Composition Awards (Boston) and finalist in the 1996 HR Emerging Composers Competition (Frankfurt).

Ed has toured and recorded with the Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra, Vienna Art Orchestra, Carla Bley, WDR Big Band, NDR Big Band, Mnozil Brass, Gansch & Roses and the Roman Schwaller Nonet. He currently leads the Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra and was musical director of the Concert Jazz Orchestra Vienna from 1999 – 2006 and the Sunday Night Orchestra from 2000 – 2007. Mr. Partyka has appeared as a guest conductor with the Danish Radio Big Band, HR Big Band, NDR Big Band, RIAS Big Band, RTV Big Band Slovenia, UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, Summit Jazz Orchestra, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, Generations Festival Big Band, Zürich Jazz Orchestra, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Concept Art Orchestra, Milan Svoboda ́s Prague Big Band, Oslo Workshop Big Band, Graz Composers Orchestra and the German National Youth Jazz Orchestra (“BuJazzO”). His was associate conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Big Band (HR Big Band) from 2011 - 2015, where he led projects in a wide variety of styles and genres. During his tenure with the HR Big Band, he arranged music for and conducted projects with jazz artists Robben Ford, Theo Bleckmann, China Moses, Fay Claassen, and Dena Derose, Fado vocalist Ana Moura, electronic jazz group NuBox, Brazilian vocalist Fabiana Cozza, rock-blues artist Chuck Leavell, the pop band Sunrise Avenue and German pop star Tim Bendzko.

Ed Partyka is currently artistic director and chief conductor of Finland’s UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra as well as Musical Director of the Zürich Jazz Orchestra.

As a recording musician Ed Partyka can be heard on over 60 albums, including 11 released under his own name. Most notable of these are the recordings of his Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra, the Vienna Art Orchestra, WDR Big Band and Bob Brookmeyer’s New Art Orchestra.

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Professor for Jazz Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria. Composition Lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland.

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Low brass, composition arranging and big band workshops available. All levels.

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Edward Partyka Albums

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Past Concerts

  Sat, Oct 1
Zurich, Switzerland
Brilliant Voices: "mundo...
Musikklub Mehrspur
Sat, Oct 1. 8:30 pm
  Sun, Nov 13
Zurich, Switzerland
Brilliant Voices: Zurich Jazz...
Sun, Nov 13. 7:00 pm
  Thu, Dec 15
Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich Jazz Orchestra Feat. Robben Ford...
Thu, Dec 15. 8:30 pm
  Sun, Dec 18
Zürich, Switzerland
Duke Ellington's "the...
Theater Rigiblick
Sun, Dec 18. 6:00 pm