Born in 1956, Jan Pilch, is a percussionist playing both ancient and contemporary classical music, jazz, ethnic music and pop. As a soloist and chamber music player he has taken part in major Polish festivals of contemporary music, e.g. Warszawska Jesień (the Warsaw Autumn), Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna (the Poznan Musical Spring), the Musica Polonica Nova in Wrocław, the Audio-Art Festival Kraków-Stuttgart, as well as in festivals in Dresden, Nuremberg (the Musik des XX Jahrhundrets), Salzburg (the Aspekte), Amsterdam, Berlin (the Inventionen), Munich, Moscow, Kyoto, Sendai, or Tokyo.
For his interpretation of Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar's Warianty he received the Polihymnia's Medal at the Poznan Musical Spring in 1980.
He is a founding member of the Krakowska Grupa Perkusyjna (the Krakow Percussion Group) and the Stowarzyszenie Artystyczne "Muzyka Centrum" (The Muzyka Centrum Artistic Association).His artistic partners include the contemporary avant-garde music group MW 2, the Krakow Filharmonia's symphony orchestra, Orchestra Giovanile of Lanciano (Italy), the Opera Factory (Zurich), the Chamber Music Orchestra of Basel, and the performers of the musical Cats. In the years 1994 - 1996 he was a soloist in the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria on Canary Islands.
He used to belong to the jazz bands Laboratorium, Confirmation (winning a prize at the 'Jazz Nad Odrą' festival in 1978), Axis, Elektryczny Pastuch and Digital Jazz and the international trio Crossover. He has cooperated with Tomasz Stańko, Marek Bałata and Ryszard Styła. Currently, he is playing with the trio Little Egoists and the band Mr. Bober's Friends. Also, he is the leader of the Inside Drumming, a band that plays jazz with ethnic elements. He has made a lot of radio or album recordings, featuring contemporary music and jazz, for example premiere performances of works by K. Moszumańska-Nazar, B. Schaeffer, H. Kulenty, or R. Szeremety.
On top of all this he is a teacher: he teaches classes at his mother Academy of Music in Krakow, as well as international courses in contemporary music, such as in Stuttgart, Schwaz, Kazimierz n/Wisłą, or Radziejowice.