Maciej Zieliński

Maciej Zieliński explores a wide palette of styles, trends and genres, from contemporary classical to film and popular music. His contemporary classical works are well known for their textural and formal invention, well-thought-out dramaturgy, expressiveness, and individual postmodern approach.

He graduated with distinction from the Warsaw Academy of Music (now The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) from Marian Borkowski’s composition class, where he later completed his doctoral studies. He also studied with Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he completed postgraduate studies. He attended composition courses taught by: Louis Andriessen, Osvaldas Balakauskas, Zygmunt Krauze, and Witold Szalonek.

He has received many prizes in com- posers’ competitions, including two international awards in Germany and the Czech Republic. He has also received the Josiah Parker Composition Prize and the Alan Bush Composition Prize in London.

In 2011/2012 he was a composer-in-residence to the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. His works have been performed widely including festivals such as: the Warsaw Autumn, Warsaw Music Encounters, the World Music Days, Park Lane Festival, and the Presteigne Festival. They have been released on CDs by: EMI Music Polska, Universal Music, DUX, Acte Préalable, and Polskie Nagrania. Some of the albums have been nominated for and awarded with the Fryderyk Award, and in 2012 the composer was nominated for this award in the “Composer of the Year” category.

Film music occupies an important place in his output. In 2016 and 2017 Zieliński was nominated for the ‘Eagles’ Polish Film Award for his scores for The Photographer (dir. W. Krzystek) and Humble Servants (dir. M. Gawryś). In 2019 he won the New Filmmakers Los Angeles Award (‘Best Score’ category) for his music for Alaska is a Drag (dir. S. Bennett). In the same year he was nominated to the Crystal Pine Award at the International Sound and Film Music Festival in Pula, for his score to What a Country? (dir. V. Brešan).

Phot. Bartek Barczyk
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