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Maciej Zieliński,

composer. Born on 29 March 1971 in Warsaw, he graduated in from the Academy of Music (now – the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) in Warsaw in 1996 with honours, having studied composing with Marian Borkowski. In 1999 he completed a postgraduate programme at the Royal Academy of Music in London, having studied composition with Paul Patterson. In 1993-97 he participated in the Summer Courses for Young Composers held by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, as well as in the 1st Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands (1995), which was a chance for him to learn from Louis Andriessen, Osvaldas Balakauskas, Martin Bresnick, Michael Finnissy, Peter Michael Hammel, Zygmunt Krauze, Hanna Kulenty, Claude Lefebvre, Daryl Runswick, Witold Szalonek, Joji Yuasa.

His pieces have been performed at many festivals, such as the Encounters of Young Composers “Droga” in Gdańsk (1994), Warsaw Autumn (1994, 1995, 1998, 2004), Forum of Young Composers in Kraków (1994), Festival of Electronic Music in Prague (1995), Synthesizer-Musik-Festival in Braunschweig (1995), Ryszard Bukowski Festival in Wrocław (1995, 1996), International Festival of Choral Art "Jihlava ’96" in the Czech Republic (1996), Musica Polonica Nova in Wrocław (1996), International Contemporary Music Festival "Two Days and Two Nights in Odessa" (1996), European Youth Music Festival Copenhagen ’96 in Denmark (1996), Lutosławski Forum in Warsaw (1996, 1998), Gaude Mater in Częstochowa (1997), Musica del Novocento in Rome (1998), Park Lane Festival in London (1999), 200 Years of Russian Music in London (1999), Commemorative Concert for Witold Lutosławski in London (1999), Audio Art in Warsaw (1999), ISCM World Music Days in Romania (1999), Warsaw Music Encounters (1999, 2000, 2004, 2005).

His works have been recorded and released by Dux, Acte Préalable and Polskie Nagrania, and have been aired by many European radio stations. The album featuring his String Quartet No. 1 (1994) performed by the DAFÔ Quartet, released by PWM/DUX, won the 2002 Fryderyk Award. September 2011 saw the release of a monograph album, entitled Across the Millenniums, featuring his classical music pieces. In 2014 his album V Symphony was nominated for the Fryderyk Award as the Album of the Year.

Maciej Zieliński is a laureate of the Critics’ Award at the Second Meeting of Young Composers in Kraków (2nd Prize, 1994), The Young Composers’ Musica Sacra Contest (2nd Prize, 1995), the Syhtesizer-Musik-Festival (2nd Prize, 1995), International Composer Contest Jihlava 96 (3rd Prize, 1996), the 1997 Polish National Composers’ Competition in Gdańsk (3rd Prize), the 1999 Josiah Parker Composition Prize in London, the 1999 Alan Bush Composition Prize in London, and the Grand Prix of a multimedia competition of the Polish Society for Contemporary Music (1999).

He received a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art (1995) and the British Council Fellowship Award (1998). In April 2000 his piece Lutosławski in memoriam for oboe and piano (1998-99) was selected by the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music for their syllabus in English schools until 2006.He started composing songs in 1990. At that time he worked as a composer, arranger, and keyboard player with the Silver Points pop rock band. He has written a number of songs for TV productions (e.g. the Polish edition of Sesame Street) and arrangements. His best know song, Kto wie? [Who Knows?] by De Su topped hit lists two years in a row (2000, 2001), becoming one of Poland's most frequently aired Christmas songs.

Maciej Zielinski is also a popular composer of film music, theatre music, pop music, and scores to TV ads, TV and radio programmes. He deputed as composer of theatre music at the age of 18 in K. Vonnegut's Hart ducha directed by Jakub Duszyński, which won a range of prizes (including for music) at the Warsaw Theatre Review. Then he wrote a score to his first full-length film – Natalia Korynska-Gruz's documentary Powrót Arystokratów (1992). After that, he collaborated with Teatr Telewizji (TVP's television play series), the Akson film studio, and well-known composers of film music: Stanisław Syrewicz, Krzesimir Dębski and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. His first feature film was Gry uliczne directed by Krzysztof Krauze (1995) – around 50 minutes of a very diverse music, ranging from rock music, an acid jazz love theme, techno, to pieces for orchestra and string quartet. From then on, Mr Zieliński wrote tens of soundtracks. Among the films he wrote music to are: Nigdy w życiu! (2004), Tylko mnie kochaj (2006), Dlaczego nie! (2007), To nie tak jak myślisz kotku (2008), Nie kłam kochanie (2008), Jeszcze raz (2008), Projekt dziecko (2009), Och Karol 2 (2011), and Fotograf (2014). He wrote the soundtracks for such TV series as Kryminalni (2004-2008), Dublerzy (2006), Miś Fantazy (2006-2007), Barwy szczęścia (2007-2014), Agentki (2008), and Na sygnale (2014).

Maciej Zieliński has written music for hundreds of ads, firms and brands, such as Algida, Citroen, Coca-Cola, Commercial Union, Danone, Era GSM, Fanta, Finea, Idea, Jacobs, Nestle, PeKaO S.A., Philips, Pizza Hut, Procter&Gamble, Raiffeisen Bank. Many of his productions have been broadcast in Europe, and even in Asia. His biggest successes in advertising have been the song Najmilsza chwila poranka; the corporate theme of the telecommunication services provider ERA GSM and a few campaigns for the company (1997-99); the corporate theme of Raiffeisen Bank (2002-); the awards: Tytan '93 (Jacobs Coffee), Tytan '96 (Coca-Cola "Christmas Charity"), and Kreatura 2000 for the best music (Procter&Gamble "Ciepło-Zimno").

Maciej Zieliński was a moderator of the International Composition Courses in Radziejowice (2000). He sat on the jury of the ISCM World Music Days Festival (2003 and 2004), the Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers and the Musica Sacra Competition. He is a member of the Polish Composers’ Union (acting as its vice president 2013-2015, and a Board Member, since 2015), the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, Association of Polish Artists and Performers SAWP and ZAiKS (collective rights management organisation). From 2002 to 2007 he was vice president of the Polish Society for Contemporary Music. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Polish Composers’ Union (member of the Board of the Warsaw division), and since 2005 – member of ZAIKS revision commission.

In the 2011/2012 season he was the composer-in-residence at the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra as part of the Composer-in-Residence Programme of the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw. In February 2012 he was nominated for the Fryderyk Award as The Composer of the Year.

 Updated: September 2015 (iz)


 The composer's website: www.MaciejZielinski.pl


Miniature for sting quartet (1989)
Variations for clarinet solo * (1991)
Concertino for clarinet and piano (1991)
Miniatures for chamber orchestra * (1992)
Perchoir for mixed choir and percussion (1992-93)
Capriccio for clarinet and piano * (1993)
Musica per archi A.D. 1993 * (1993)
Sonata for accordion * (1993)
Alone in a Crowd... for alto saxophone and tape * (1994)
Vox Humana [version I] for percussion and amplified cello * (1994)
String Quartet No. 1 * (1994)
Domine, quis habitabit for mixed choir a cappella * (1995)
Clouds for tape (1995)
Piano Concerto No. 1 (1995)
Tractus for mixed choir a cappella * (1996)
Three Phrases for clarinet, trombone, piano and cello (1996)
Shining for string orchestra * (1996)
A. for alto saxophone and piano (1996)
Symphony No. 1 for orchestra * (1996)
Abruzzo - Imaginary Landscape for chamber orchestra (1997)
Capriccio for chamber ensemble (or chamber orchestra) (1998)
On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer for female choir a cappella (1998)
Lutosławski in memoriam for oboe and piano * (1998-99)
Brass Quintet (1999)
Vox Humana [version II] for cello solo * (1999)
Oratio for organ solo (2000)
Fallen Angel for percussion and tape * (2003)
Sololis for piano solo * (2004)
Trio for M.B. for clarinet, violin and cello * (2004)
Shining II for string orchestra * (2006)
Concerto Inquieto for clarinet and orchestra (2010)
Barocode I for violin, viola and string orchestra (2011)
V Symphony (2012)
Concello for cello and string orchestra (2013)
Violincerto for violin and chamber orchestra (2013)

music for films and TV series::
Powrót arystokratów, documentary, directed by Natalia Koryncka-Gruz (1992)
Klinika lalek, school etude, directed by Marcin Świtalski (1995) Gry uliczne, feature film, directed by Krzysztof Krauze (1996)
Germans, feature film, directed by Zbigniew Kamiński (1996)
Świąteczna przygoda, feature film, directed by Dariusz Zawiślak (2000)
Mów mi mamo…, documentary, made by Kama Veymont (2000)
Nigdy w życiu! feature film, directed by Ryszard Zatorski (2004)
Kryminalni, docufiction (2004-08) Tylko mnie kochaj, feature film, directed by Ryszard Zatorski (2006)
Kryminalni. Misja śląska, TV feature film, directed by Maciej Pieprzyca (2006)
Dublerzy, TV series, directed by Marcin Ziębiński (2006)
Dublerzy, feature film, directed by Marcin Ziębiński (2006)
Miś Fantazy, animated TV series (2006-07)
Szkiełko, school etude, directed by Renata Gabryjelska (2007)
Dlaczego nie! , feature film, directed by Ryszard Zatorski (2007)
Barwy szczęścia, TV series (2007-14)
To nie tak jak myślisz kotku, feature film, directed by Sławomir Kryński (2008)
Nie kłam kochanie, feature film, directed by Piotr Wereśniak (2008)
Jeszcze raz, feature film, directed by Mariusz Malec (2008)
Agentki, TV series, directed by Piotr Wereśniak (2008)
Projekt dziecko, feature film, directed by Adam Dobrzycki (2009)
Zegarmistrz, school etude, directed by Maciej Kawalski (2011)
Och Karol 2, feature film, directed by Piotr Wereśniak (2011)
Na sygnale, TV series, directed by Krzysztof Kasior, Leszek Korusiewicz (2014)
Fotograf, feature film, directed by Waldemar Krzystek (2014)