Maciej Zieliński


Born in 1971 in Warsaw, Maciej Zieliński 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. He studied composition with Marian Borkowski at the Frederic Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, and with Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music.

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. 

In 2016 and 2017 he received nominations for the Polish Film Academy Award -  “Eagles” in the category “Best Music” for the scores to “Photographer” dir. by Waldemar Krzystek (2016) and “Humble Servants” dir. by Mariusz Gawrys (2017).

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 including two international (in Germany and Chech Republic). His music has been performed at the most important international festivals, such as: the Warsaw Autumn Festival, The World Music Days in Romania, , Musica del Novecento in Rome, the European Youth Music Festival Copenhagen’96, the 14th Syhtesizer-Musik-Festival in Brunswick, The Park Lane Festival in London, and Presteigne Festival in Wales to name a few. 

His compositions are available on albums released by EMI Music, Universal Music, Warner Music, PWM, Dux, ZPR Records, Polskie Nagrania, Acte Prealable and the Polish Radio.  

September 2011 saw the release of his classical monographic album “Across the Millenniums”. In 2014 his album “V Symphony” was nominated for ‘Fryderyk 2014’ Award in the category “Best Album of the Year”. 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).