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Marek Pasieczny

Education Qualifications:

2012-present PhD in Music Composition, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
2010 (started) PhD in Music Composition, Central Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia
2008-2009 Master of Music in Composition, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), Glasgow, UK
2007-2008 Post-graduate Diploma in Composition, RCS, Glasgow, UK
2006-2007 Master of Music in Guitar Performance (Distinction), RCS, Glasgow, UK
2005-2006 Post-graduate Diploma in Guitar Performance (Distinction), RCS, Glasgow, UK
2000-2005 Master of Arts in Guitar Performance (Distinction), “Karol Lipinski” Academy of Music, Wroclaw, Poland

Recent scholarships:

2012-2015 Three-year full PhD Studentship from the School of Arts, University of Surrey
2010-2012 Three-year full PhD Studentship from The Central Queensland University, Brisbane (Mackay branch) CQU University, Brisbane, Australia
2008/2009 Full scholarship from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2006/2007 “The John Mather Trust”; “Jack Mamond Guitar Scholarship” and “Leverhulm Scholarship”, UK
2005/2006 “SAAS” (Student Award Agency Scotland)
2004-2006 Special award and scholarship from the POLISH MINISTER OF CULTURE

Professional body membership:

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

Composition prizes and awards:

2011 International Composition Competition “Boston Guitar Fest”, USA, 2nd prize
2011 3rd International Composition Competition “Claxica”, Italy, 2nd and 3rd prize
2011 “The Grumo Festival composition competition”, Italy, 1st prize
2004 “The Ochlewski Composition Competition”, Poland, 1st prize
2000 5th ALL-Polish Composition Competition for guitar solo, Tychy, 1st prize

Performer, lecturer, teacher appearance:

Europe (Poland, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Rep., Greece, United Kingdom, Holland, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia),
South Africa
Asia (China and Japan)

Australasia (Australia, New Zealand).

Important appearances of my works:

– Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA
– Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
– Lutoslawski’s Hall, Warsaw, Poland
– Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, UK
– He Luting Hall, Shanghai, China

Commissions and premieres:
– RCS ‘International Piano Festival’ Glasgow, UK
– ‘Sounds New’ – Contemporary Music Festival – “Polish Connections”, Canterbury, UK
– International Guitar Festival “Silesian Guitar Autumn”, Tychy, Poland
– ‘International Guitar Festival’, Olsztyn, Poland
– ‘Wroclaw Baroque Festival’, Wroclaw, Poland
– ‘Warsaw Guitar Festival’, Warsaw, Poland
– International Guitar Festival ‘GITARA’, Wroclaw, Poland
– ‘ISCM World Music Days’, Wroclaw, Poland
– Festival “Viva Guitarra”, Kielce, Poland
– ‘All-Polish Guitar Festival’, Swidnica, Poland

Award winning guitarist and composer Dr Marek Pasieczny (*1980) is one of the most respected contemporary composers writing for the guitar worldwide. Pasieczny holds three Master Degrees in music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, UK (for composition and performance with distinction) and “Karol Lipinski” Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland (for performance with distinction). In 2010, Pasieczny began a combined doctoral degree in composition and performance in Australia, before returning to Europe in 2012 and completing his PhD at Surrey University in Guildford, UK in December 2015. At the same time, Pasieczny has taken up lectureship in composition and orchestration at the university.

As a composer, guitarist, lecturer and adjudicator Pasieczny has appeared regularly at festivals in Europe (Poland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, The UK, and Italy), Asia (China, Japan), Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Pasieczny has composed for and collaborated with such musicians as : Pat Metheny (CD „Upojenie”), Odair and Clarice Assad, David Russell, Roland Dyens, Carlo Domeniconi, Ana Vidovic, Pavel Steidl, Edoardo Catemario, Gabriel Bianco, Krzysztof Pelech, Duo Melis and many others.

Premieres of his works have been performed in venues such as: Lutoslawski’s Hall in Warsaw, Poland; Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, UK; Carnegie Hall in New York City, USA; Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, UK; He Luting Hall and He Lv Ting Hall in Shanghai, China. In 2012, Pasieczny became a D’Addario artist and as well featured on the cover of the prestigious Classical Guitar Magazine.


Wielokrotnie nagradzany kompozytor i gitarzysta dr hab. Marek Pasieczny (*1980), należy do jednego z najbardziej cenionych 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 łączony w zakresie wykonawstwa i kompozycji w Australii, w 2012 roku powrócił do Europy. W grudniu 2015 roku obronił doktorat-habilitację na The University of Surrey, Guildford, Wielka Brytania, 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, Wielka Brytania, Bośnia i Herzegovina, Włochy), Azji (Chiny, Japonia) Australii, Nowej Zelandii oraz Republice Południowej Afryki.

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, Ana Vidovic, Pavel Steidl, Edoardo Catemario, Gabriel Bianco, Krzysztof Pelech, Duo Melis i wielu innych.

Premiery w salach koncertowych takich jak Sala im. W. Lutosławskiego (Warszawa), Wigmore Hall i Royal Albert Hall w Londynie, Carnegie Hall w Nowym Jorku, Katedra w Canterbury, U.K, He Luting Hall oraz He Lv Ting Hall w Szanghaju / Chiny. Od 2012 roku Pasieczny został przyjęty do grona „artystów D’Addario”, 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


– PWM (Poland)
– Euterpe (Poland)
– Lathkill Music (UK)
– Les Productions D’Oz (Canada)
– HomaDream Inc. (Tokyo/Japan)
– Signature Limited Edition (South Africa)


“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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