Hlib Baisha is a musician from Ukraine who double-majored in Jazz Guitar & Jazz Composition / Arranging at Conservatorium Maastricht. He is a winner of the “Louis van Dijk Jazz Award 2019” , winner of the Mechelen Jazz Contest 2018 and finalist of “EU Young Jazz Award” and the Maastricht Jazz Awards 2019.
Hlib merges jazz improvisation concepts with a variety of different forms of classical music. Following this idea, Hlib has written two “Jazz Sonatas”, variations on “Giant Steps” and adaptation of “All The Things You Are”.
Hlib was born in Ukraine and was originally taught music esthetics and theory later on, by his grandmother who is a classical music educator in Kharkiv Conservatorium. During his teenage years Hlib spent two years studying at Boulder High School, Colorado, which is where he first fell in love with electric guitar, being influenced by rock bands that kids listened to around.
Two years later Hlib went back to Ukraine. Wanting to study music professionally he began his jazz guitar studies at Kharkiv College of music. During his studies Hlib met and became friends with a famous Ukrainian composer Vitaliy Pazera, who introduced Hlib to the world of jazz and contemporary music. After graduating, Hlib wanted to continue his jazz education on a higher level in Europe and got accepted to Conservatorium Maastricht. Hlib studied jazz guitar with Jan Formannoy and Joachim Schoenecker, and composing by Wolfgang Braun. With a great mentoring by his new teachers Hlib started to develop his ideas of merging jazz improvisation concepts with variety of different forms of classical music.
Since then Hlib has written music for Amsterdam Concertgebouw jazz orchestra, composed music for Belgium Movie “In de mond van waanzin”, performed together with Mike Roelofs, Ron van Straatum etc.