Pianist, born on July 12, 1988, in Poznań. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Poznań in the piano class of Waldemar Andrzejewski.

Currently, he is working at the university as an assistant in the Department of Piano.

Jacek Kortus has participated in numerous international and national piano competitions, earning multiple awards. In 2003, he was a finalist in the International Piano Competition named after Stefan Seiler in Kitzingen (Germany), and in 2004, he received a special prize at the VI International Competition for Young Pianists Arthur Rubinstein In Memoriam in Bydgoszcz. In 2005, he was a distinguished finalist at the XV International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.

The pianist has performed in leading philharmonic halls both in Poland and abroad – including Germany, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Italy, Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, China, Japan, Israel, Palestine, Morocco, and Taiwan.

In 2002, he was granted a scholarship from the Jolanta and Aleksander Kwaśniewski Foundation for Young Talents. He twice received scholarships from the Minister of Culture (in 2002 and 2005). In 2006, he was honored with the Young Art Award by the editorial team of Głos Wielkopolski for outstanding artistic achievements, as well as with the Young Positivist Medal named after Hipolit Cegielski for achievements in organic work. He was nominated for the Polityka Passport Award.

In 2008, Jacek Kortus released his first solo album featuring works by Fryderyk Chopin and Ferenc Liszt, recorded for the Muza Polskie Nagrania label, which received a nomination for the Fryderyk Award in 2009. Furthermore, in 2015, his album of Polish composers' songs was released, recorded together with the distinguished Polish tenor, Tomasz Zagórski.

In 2011, the artist received a scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding artistic achievements, and in 2017, he was awarded the honorary badge “Meritorious for Polish Culture" by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

During the 15th Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, he reached the finals and received a distinction. In the subsequent edition of the Chopin Competition in 2010, he advanced to the second stage.

In 2002, he was awarded a scholarship from the Jolanta and Aleksander Kwaśniewski Foundation called “Assistance for Young Talents". He received scholarships from the Minister of Culture twice, in 2002 and 2005.