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Marek Pasieczny

Education Qualifications:

2012-2015 PhD in Music Composition, University of Surrey (Guildford, UK)
2008-2009 MMus in Composition, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) (Glasgow, UK)
2007-2008 PGDip in Composition, RCS (Glasgow, UK)
2006-2007 MMus in Guitar Performance with Distinction, RCS (Glasgow, UK)
2005-2006 PGDip in Guitar Performance with Distinction, RCS (Glasgow, UK)
2000-2005 MA in Guitar Performance with Distinction, “Karol Lipinski” Academy of Music (Wroclaw, Poland)

Employment activities: 

1. University lecturer and tutor

2012-2015 University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
Department of Music and Media, Composition and Performance
• Lecturer in undergraduate module ‘Orchestration and Instrumentation’
• Tutor of postgraduates studying Composition

2. Guest lecturer, tutor, and competition jury

2018 University of Alaska, UAA Anchorage, Alaska, USA
• Masterclasses (classical guitar, individual lessons)

University of Victoria, Victoria B.C., Canada
• Masterclasses (classical guitar, individual lessons), concert

RNCM – Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
• Masterclasses for classical guitar and guitar in chamber music: with violin, cello (individual lessons)

XVIII Guitar Art Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
• Masterclasses (classical guitar, individual lessons), concert

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University), Birmingham, UK
• Masterclasses (classical guitar and guitar bands, individual lessons)

The Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China
• Masterclasses (classical guitar, individual lessons)

2017 California State University, Fullerton/LA, USA
• Masterclasses (classical guitar), competition jury, concert

III Gitarrophilia – Sudwest, Musikhochschule Trossingen, Trossingen, Germany
• Masterclasses (classical guitar), lecture ‘Classical guitar in the output of Marek Pasieczny: pieces for solo guitar, chamber and orchestral works with guitar’
• Lecture ‘How to write for a classical guitar – a basic knowledge for composers – beginners’, competition jury

2016 The Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China
• Masterclasses (classical guitar)

Hochschule fur Musik, Freiburg, Germany
• Masterclasses (classical guitar)

Music Festival and workshops, Bodrum Gumusluk, Turkey
• Instrumental workshops (solo guitar, guitar bands), composers (individual and group classes)

New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
• Instrumental workshops (solo guitar, guitar bands), concert

Sydney Conservatorium of Music – The University of Sydney
• Masterclasses (classical guitar), concert (Consulate of the Republic of Poland)

2015 Conservatory: Koninklijk Conservatorium – Brussels, Belgium
• Masterclasses (classical guitar), lecture for composition department: ‘The Duality of the Composer-Performer’

2013 Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand
• Masterclasses (classical guitar), lecture for the composition department: ‘Marek Pasieczny – Polish composer: new compositions for the classical guitar, and how to compose and orchestrate for the classical guitar’

New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
• Masterclasses (classical guitar), lecture for the composition department: ‘Marek Pasieczny – Polish composer: new compositions for the classical guitar, and how to compose and orchestrate for the classical guitar’


Publishers: PWM: State Music Publishers, Warsaw, Poland
Euterpe, Publishing house, Kraków, Poland
Lathkill Music, London, UK
Les Productions D’Oz, Ontario, Canada
HomaDream Inc., Tokyo, Japan
SLE: Signature Limited Edition, London/Leeds, UK

Recordings (34 albums in total)

20 albums performed by and with me:
• 12 CDs / solo albums, singles and EP: solo performer and composer: Marek Pasieczny
(2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
• 5 CDs / albums chamber music: Marek Pasieczny in a duet with other artists (music by Pasieczny)
(2015, 2017, 2019)
• 3 CDs / albums: concertos with chamber or symphony orchestras: performer and composer: Marek Pasieczny
(2012, 2014, 2018)

14 albums performed by others of my music:
• 4 CDs / albums: devoted entirely to the works of Pasieczny, performed by various artists
(2009, 2010, 2016, 2019)
• 10 CDs / albums: in which one or more of Pasieczny’s compositions appear, performed by various artists
(2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019)

Record labels:
• Naxos, Canada
• Naxos, New Zealand
• Municipal Cultural Centre in Tychy, Poland
• JB Records, Poland
• QBK Records, Poland
• A & K Production House, Poland
• SLE London Records, UK
• John Oeth, USA
• Azica Records, USA
• Wide Classique, Italy
• Benoit d’Hau, Czech Republic

Scholarships and awards:

2012 Three-year full PhD Studentship from the School of Arts, University of Surrey
2011 ‘The Grumo Festival composition competition’, Italy, 1st prize International
2011 Composition Competition ‘Boston Guitar Fest, USA, 2nd prize
2011 3rd International Composition Competition ‘Claxica’, Italy, 2nd and 3rd prize
2008 Full scholarship from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2006 ‘The John Mather Trust’; ‘Jack Mamond Guitar Scholarship’ and ‘Leverhulm Scholarship’, UK
2006 Special award and scholarship from the POLISH MINISTRY OF CULTURE
2005 ‘SAAS’ (Student Award Agency Scotland)
2004 Special award and scholarship from the POLISH MINISTRY OF CULTURE

Professional body membership:

Since 2011 D’Addario Artist (New York) – Fretted Strings
Since 2009 Polish Music Centre as featured Performer and Composer
Since 2002 ZAIKS Polish Artist’s Union as featured Performer and Composer

Recent and Past Commissions:

2018 Sonata ‘Volante’ (for marimba and alto saxophone)
• Commissioned by The National Youth Music Foundation, South Africa for Cameron Williams (marimba) and Emilio February (saxophone), University of Stellenbosch
• Published July 2018 SLE, UK

Tate Sonata (for solo guitar)
• Commissioned by Giacomo Susani (guitar), prize-winner of Guitar Masters International Competition
• Premiered March 2018, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK
• Recorded March 2019, University of Leeds, SLE, UK

‘Perpetuus': In Memory of Jack Body (for guitar quartet)
• Commissioned by NZGQ New Zealand Guitar Quartet
• Premiered May/June 2018 in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and USA (during the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention)

Vox Sonitus (for traverso flute, violin, baroque lute and viola da gamba)
• Premiered at Warsaw Music Encounters Festival
• Performed May 2018 by Jerzy Żak (baroque lute), Justyna Młynarczyk (viola da gamba), Magdalena Pilch (traverso flute), and Judyta Tupczyńska (baroque violin)

2017 Polish Impressions (for guitar, pipa and string quartet)
• Commissioned by Ling-Ling Yu (pipa) for IV International Music Festival ‘Eurasia’, National Philharmonic, Sverdlovsk, Ekaterinburg, Russia
• Premiered October 2017 by Ling-Ling Yu (pipa), Marek Pasieczny (guitar)

2016 Phosphenes: After Sylvius Leopold Weiss (for solo guitar)
• Commissioned by the International Guitar Festival and the ‘Guitar Masters’ Competition, Wrocław
• Obligatory performance by contestants, October 2016
• Recorded by Vojin Kocic (guitar) for Naxos, Canada; Album: Guitar Recital BACH, J.S. / REGONDI, G. / PONCE, M.M. / PASIECZNY, M.

2014 Anamnesis III (for guitar and cello)
• Created as part of the “Collections” program – the priority of “Composers Commissions”, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance
• Premiered September 2014 at the ISCM World Music Days, Wrocław Academy of Music by Andrzej Bauer (cello) and Marek Pasieczny (guitar)
• Nominated for ISCM Young Composers Award

2012 GO-DAI Concerto (for guitar and orchestra)
• Commissioned by Tychy, XIV International Festival “Silesian Guitar Autumn” under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and Art
• Performed and recorded October 2012 by AUKSO Orchestra, Professor Marek Moś (conductor), Marek Pasieczny (guitar)

2010 Suite ‘Poland’ I (for eight hands and two pianos)
• Commissioned by RCS International Piano Festival, Glasgow, Scotland (200th Anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s Birth)
• Premiered and recorded June 2010 by pianists Fali Pavri (India), Jonathan Plowright (England), Sinae Lee (Korea) and Aaron Shorr (England) in Glasgow, Scotland

2009 Polish Dances (for brass quintet)
• Commissioned by Pure Brass for the Sounds New 2009 Polish Connections Festival with Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki
• Premiered April 2009 by Tom Poulson (trumpet), Mandy Murphy (trumpet), Samantha McShane (horn), Gordon Seith (trombone), and Fraser Russell (tuba) in Canterbury Cathedral, UK

Academic publications:

PhD thesis

Pasieczny, Marek. (2016). The duality of the composer-performer. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey.

Other publications about my music

Ciesielski, Michal. (2013). Concerto Polacco for solo guitar and orchestra by Marek Pasieczny. Doctoral thesis, University of Memphis.

Kościuszko, Jakub. (2016). Impact of jazz and folklore music on guitar literature of the twentieth and twenty-first century based on chosen works by M. Pasieczny, R. Dyens, P. Bellinati and D. Bogdanović. Doctoral thesis, The Academy of Music in Wroclaw.

Nosal, Marek. (2014). Works of Polish composers for solo guitar after 1945: Artistic and Performance Issues based on selected examples. Katowice: The Academy of Music in Katowice.

Traviss, Guy. (2012). Marek Pasieczny. Classical Guitar Magazine, 30(12), 11-16.

Zieliński, Maciej. (2019) The impact of Toru Takemitsu’s work on selected works by Marek Pasieczny (based on Pasieczny’s guitar concerto GO-DAI and his solo and chamber composition: ANAMNESIS). Master’s thesis, The Academy of Music in Katowice.

Completed projects:

International Guitar Nights (IGN) World Tour
• Europe: over 20 concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Netherlands (2017)
• North America: over 25 concerts in 11 different states across USA and Canada (2018)

Notable performances
• Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA (2014)
• Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, USA (2012)
• Conservatoire National de Strasbourg, France (2011)
• He Luting Hall, Shanghai, China (2008)
• BBC Scotland, UK (2007)
• Royal Albert Hall, London, UK (2004)

• ‘International Guitar Festival’ in Bulle, Switzerland (2019)
• ‘Guitar Foundations of America (GFA) International Convention and Competition’, California, USA (2017 & 2018)
• ‘Poland-New Zealand Anniversary’, Auckland, Wellington, New Plymouth, Hamilton, New Zealand (2016 & 2018)
• International Guitar ‘Sul Tasto’ Festival, Paris, France (2013 & 2018)
• ‘GitarFest’ International Festival, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013)
• ‘The Plug Festival’ Glasgow, UK (2008 & 2009)
• ‘Shanghai Spring International Music Festival’, Shanghai, China (2008)
• RCS ‘International String Festival’ Glasgow, UK (2008)



“Moim zdaniem Marek Pasieczny jest niezwykle inspirującym gitarzystą i kompozytorem. Jego muzyczny świat głęboko dotyka mnie niezwykłą osobowością i oryginalnością.
ROLAND DYENS – gitarzysta i kompozytor (Paryż, Francja, październik 2008)

“Pasieczny mimo bardzo młodego wieku, jest już jednym z najważniejszych gitarzystów-muzykówkompozytorów
naszych czasów”.
CARLO DOMENICONI – gitarzysta i kompozytor (Berlin, Niemcy; Maj 2010)

Marek Pasieczny - dr hab. (mgr, PGDip Perf., PGDip Comp., Mmus Perf., Mmus Comp., Ph.D) kompozytor, gitarzysta, wykładowca, należy do jednego z najbardziej rozpoznawalnych kompozytorów obecnie piszących na gitarę na świecie. Pasieczny posiada trzy tytuły magistra sztuki (Masters’s Degree) z uczelni: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, Wielkla Brytania (kompozycja, wykonawstwo z wyróznieniem) oraz Akademia Muzyczna im. K. Lipińskiego, Wroclaw (wykonawstwo z wyróznieniem).

W 2010 roku Pasieczny rozpoczął doktorat w Australii na Central Queensland University oraz The Sydney University Conservatorium of Music w zakresie wykonawstwa. W 2012 roku powrócił do Europy otwierając doktorat z kompozycji na The University of Surrey, Londyn / Guildford, Wielka Brytania. W grudniu 2015 roku obronił doktorat-habilitację na, gdzie również wykładał kompozycje i orkiestrację.

Jako kompozytor, gitarzysta, wykładowca, juror pojawia się regularnie na festiwalach w Europie (Polska, Francja, Niemcy, Czechy, Grecja, Turcja, Szwajcaria, Austria, Wielka Brytania, Bośnia i Herzegovina, Włochy), Azji (Chiny, Japonia), Rosja, Australii, Nowej Zelandii, Republice Południowej Afryki, Kanady i USA.

Wykładowca, gościnne lekcje mistrzowskie: 2012-2015 University of Surrey (Wielka Brytania), 2020: Leeds College of Music, Leeds, Wielka Brytania, Zürich University of The Arts, Szwajcaria 2018: University of Alaska, UAA Anchorage, Alaska, USA, University of Victoria, Victoria, Kanada, RNCM – Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester oraz Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University), Birmingham (Wielka Brytania). 2017: California State University, Fullerton/LA, USA 2016: The Central Conservatory of Music, Pekin, (Chiny), Hochschule fur Musik, Freiburg, (Niemcy), New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, Wellington, Nowa Zelandia. 2015: Conservatory: Koninklijk Conservatorium – Bruksela (Belgia) 2013: Auckland University, Auckland (Nowa Zelandia).

Jako kompozytor i wykonawca, Pasieczny pojawił się łącznie na 36 płytach. W roli kompozytora i wykonawcy: 14 płyt, singli, EP solowych, 5 płyt z muzyką kameralną, 3 płyty z orkiestrą kameralna i symfoniczną, Jako kompozytor: 4 płyty dedykowane w całości twórczości Pasiecznego, 10 płyt na których pojawia się pośród innych kompozytorów.

Pasieczny komponował dla oraz współpracował z takimi muzykami jak : Pat Metheny (CD „Upojenie”), Anna Maria Jopek, Odair and Clarice Assad, David Russell, Roland Dyens, Carlo Domeniconi, LAGQ: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Ana Vidovic, Hilary Hahn, James Gourlay, Aaron Shorr, Andrew York, Pavel Steidl, Edoardo Catemario, Gabriel Bianco, Krzysztof Pelech, Michal Stanikowski, Andrzej Bauer, Piotr Rojek, Duo Melis, Lulo Reinchard i wielu innych.

Premiery w salach koncertowych takich jak, Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, USA (2012), Conservatoire National de Strasbourg, France (2011), He Luting Hall, Shanghai, China (2008), BBC Scotland, UK (2007), Royal Albert Hall, London, UK (2004), Sala im. W. Lutosławskiego (2003) (Warszawa) oraz Carnegie Hall, Nowy Jork (2006, 2014).

Jego kompozycje regularnie wydawane są w: PWM (Polska), Les Productions D’Oz (Kanada), Lathkill Music (Wielka Brytania), HomaDream Inc., (Japonia), SLE (Wielka Brytania / RPA). 2012 roku Pasieczny został przyjęty do grona artystów D’Addario (USA), oraz pojawił się na okładce prestiżowego brytyjskiego Classical Guitar Magazine.

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Composition experience:

Solo works:
Guitar, viola, clarinet, 13-course baroque lute, piano, cello

– Guitar duo, guitar and harpsichord, guitar and clarinet, guitar and oboe, guitar and violin, guitar and trumpet, guitar and soprano saxophone, guitar and flute, guitar and cello
– Piano duo, piano and cello, piano and violin, piano and viola, piano and mezzo-soprano, piano and alto saxophone, piano and clarinet
– Harpsichord and violin
– Piano and tape
– Electric guitar and laptop
– Jazz guitar and voice

– Mezzo-soprano, alto and guitar
– Guitar trio
– Guitar, violin and cello
– Guitar, tape and voice

– Two piano, eight hands
– Guitar quartet
– String quartet

– Baroque string quartet and 13-course baroque lute, string quartet and guitar
– Brass quintet

Large ensembles:
– Chamber orchestra, guitar, percussion and harp
– Symphony orchestra
– Choir

– Guitar and symphony orchestra
– Guitar and string orchestra
– Two guitars and symphony orchestra
– Tuba and symphony orchestra
– Guitar, clarinet and chamber orchestra


“Very talented composer (…) Hope for the polish modern repertoire of classical guitar”
Maestro KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI –composer and conductor
(Canterbury, England; April 2009)

“I do consider Marek Pasieczny as a highly inspired guitarist and composer. His musical world deeply touches me by its great personality and originality. He is what I call a free artist.”
ROLAND DYENS - guitarist and composer, Teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (Paris, France; October 2008)

“Marek Pasieczny is an exceptionally talented guitarist & composer. As a guitarist, Marek exhibits a fluid & expressive technique that is underpinned by a disciplined and highly evolved facility for clean, virtuosic and dynamic playing. As a composer, Marek’s prolific catalogue of works are testament to a fertile and inspired musical imagination. It is rare that an individual has the capacity to embrace both disciplines of performance & composition at such a high level so early in their career.”
(Sydney, Australia; May 2011)

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