AES Warsaw 2015 Presenter or Author

Maciej Zielinski

Born in 1971 in Warsaw, Maciej Zielinski is one of the most outstanding Polish composers of his generation. His works encompass contemporary classical music, film and theatre music, songs and original television music.
Maciej Zielinski studied composition with Marian Borkowski at the Frederic Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, gaining a diploma with distinction in 1996. He was also a postgraduate student of Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music in London (diploma in 1999). He participated in international courses for composers where he worked with composers such as: L. Andriessen, O. Balakauskas, M. Finessy, P. M. Hammel, Z. Krauze, H. Kulenty, Cl. Lefebvre, M. Bresnick, W. Szalonek, and J. Yuasa.

Emotive and powerful, his film soundtracks create a proper ambiance as well as tell the story. His watermark is to combine contemporary electronic sounds with traditional instruments, which makes his compositions sound original and unique. He has written scores for some of the biggest Polish productions of recent years. His music has been released on nearly 30 albums.
His contemporary classical music is well known for its expressiveness, textural and formal invention, and individual postmodern approach. His compositions are highly sought after by critics, performers and the audiences, being frequently performed at major contemporary music events. Maciej Zielinski is an award winner at many musical contests such as: the Critics’ Award at the Second Meeting of Young Composers in Cracow, the Sixth Syhtesizer-Musik-Festival in Brunswick (2nd Prize), the Young Composers’ Musica Sacra Contest (2nd Prize), the International Composer Contest Jihlava’96 (3rd Prize), the Polish Composers’ Contest in Gdansk (3rd Prize), the PTMW Multimedia Competition (Grand Prix), the Alan Bush Composition Prize in London, and the Josiah Parker Composition Prize in London. They have been performed at the most important festivals, such as: the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the 14th Syhtesizer-Musik-Festival in Brunswick, Musica del Novecento in Rome, the European Youth Music Festival Copenhagen’96, The Park Lane Festival in London, The World Music Days in Romania, and most recently - Presteigne Festival in Wales. His classical compositions are available on albums released by EMI Music, Universal Music, PWM, Dux, ZPR Records, Polskie Nagrania, Acte Prealable and the Polish Radio.
In April 2000 the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (London) selected his composition “Lutoslawski in Memoriam” for oboe and piano for their syllabus in English Schools. The album that contains “The I String Quartet” performed by the quartet DAFO, published by PWM/Dux, received the Frederic 2000 Award. September 2011 saw the release of his classical monographic album “Across the Millenniums”. In 2014 his most recent album “V Symphony” was nominated for ‘Fryderyk 2014’ Award in the category “Best Album of the Year”.
During the 2011 - 2012 art season Maciej Zielinski enjoyed the status of the Composer-In-Residence at the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In February 2012 he received a nomination for the Frederic 2012 award in the category “Best Composer of the Year” (co-nominees: Krzysztof Penderecki and Wojciech Kilar).

Session List

May 10: T16: [MC] Creating Music for Film and TV (Presenter)

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EXHIBITION HOURS May 7th   10:00 – 18:00 May 8th   09:00 – 18:00 May 9th   09:00 – 18:00
REGISTRATION DESK May 6th   15:00 – 18:00 May 7th   09:30 – 18:30 May 8th   08:30 – 18:30 May 9th   08:30 – 18:30 May 10th   08:30 – 16:30
TECHNICAL PROGRAM May 7th   10:00 – 18:00 May 8th   09:00 – 18:00 May 9th   09:00 – 18:00 May 10th   09:00 – 17:00
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