Biography

Maciej Zielinski was born in 1971 in Warsaw. In 1996 he graduated with honours from the Warsaw Academy of Music. He followed up with studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London and with doctoral studies at the Frederyk Chopin University of Music. Between 1993 and 1997 he participated in workshops for young composers and in the first international meeting of young composers in Apeldoorn, Holland (1995).

His compositions have been performed at the most important festivals such as The Warsaw Autumn Festival, The 14th Synthesizer-Musik-Festival in Brunswick, Musica del Novecento in Rome, European Youth Music Festival Copenhagen’96, The Park Lane Festival in London, The World Music Days in Romania and have been broadcast by many international radio stations. The album that contains “The I String Quartet “ performed by the quartet DAFO, published by PWM/Dux, received the Frederic 2002 Award. In 2012 he was nominated for the Frederic 2012 Award in the “Best Composer of the Year” category.

September 2011 saw the publication of the album “Across the Millenniums” dedicated in its entirety to Maciej Zielinski’s compositions. In April 2000 his composition titled “Lutoslawski in Memoriam” for oboe and piano was selected by the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music for their syllabus in English schools until 2006.

Maciej Zielinski is an award winner at many musical contests such as the Critics’ Award at the Second Meeting of Young Composers in Krakow (2nd Prize), 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 1997 (3rd Prize), The PTMW Multimedia Competition (Grand Prix), The Alan Bush Composition Prize in London, and the Josiah Parker Composition Prize in London.

He received a scholarship from the Polish Ministy of Culture (1995) and the British Council Fellowship Award (1998). He participated in the jury of the ISCM World Music Days Festival (2003 and 2004), the Tadeusz Baird Music Contest and the Musica Sacra Contest. From 2002 to 2007, he was Vice-President of the Polish Section of International Society for Contemporary Music. He is a member of The Polish Composers’ Union (board member), PTMW, SAWP and ZAiKS (board member).

During the 2011 - 2012 art season Maciej Zielinski had the honour of being the Composer-In-Residence at the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.  In February 2012 he received a nomination for the Frederic 2012 award in the “Best Composer of the Year” category.

Maciej Zielinski is also a popular composer of film music. He has written scores for some of the biggest Polish blockbusters of recent years including “Never Ever”, “Just Love Me” and “Criminal Department”. Films with his soundtracks boast an audience of over 10 million, while his released soundtrack albums have achieved golden and platinum status.

As a musical arranger and producer, he collaborates with the leading stars of the Polish music scene including Kayah (on the album Kayah & Royal String Quartet) and Ania Dabrowska (on the album
“Wear trousers or a skirt?”.  His song “Who Knows” performed by De Su is one of the most frequently broadcast Polish and, more recently, Hungarian, Christmas songs. His song from the film “The Stand-ins” performed by Kayah and “Tango de amor” from the film “Never Again” have enjoyed significant popularity as well. He has composed hundreds of advertising soundtracks, which have won him multiple awards including Tytan’93 and Kreatura 2000. His music has been released on nearly 30 albums.

  • "Sucked in 2" - Premiere of the latest comedy directed by Piotr Wereśniak

  • January 8th 2015, the premiere of "The Photographer" by Waldemar Krzystek

  • Maciej Zielinski will be a special guest of Film Music Festival in Cracow

  • 'Trio for MB' for clarinet, violin nad cello performed at Warsaw Autumn fringe event

  • "Photofrapher" directed by Waldemar Krzystek with Maciej Zielinski's music at Gdynia Film Festival 2014

  • 3 compositions of Maciej Zielinski at Presteigne Festival in Wales

  • Maciej Zielinski will be a guest of Transatlantic Festival 2014

  • Recording sessions of the music to "Photographer" dir. by Waldemar Krzystek

  • 29.05.2014 Maciej Zieliński at "Zmysły sztuki" cycle (The Senses of Art)

  • Maciej Zielinski is one of the five nominees for the “FRYDERYK 2012” Award. The other nominees include K. Penderecki and W. Kilar.

  • PWM Edition has published Maciej Zieliński's film themes for piano

  • 20.09.2013 Premiere of the album: V Symphony

  • 12.05.2013 World premiere of Concello for cello and string orchestra at the Warsaw Music Encounters festival

  • Oratio for organ solo at the Annual Festival of New Organ Music at the Westminster Cathedral in London

  • The main theme from “Criminal Department” ranked third on the RFM Classic Radio’s Hit List

  • Premiere of “Elemen T” for orchestra by Maciej Zielinski, performed by Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra directed by Łukasz Borowicz

  • “Domine, quis habitabit” will be performed at the Poznan Spring Festival by the Poznan Chamber Choir, conducted by Bartosz Michalowski.

  • “Barocode I” and “Duo per Due” at the anniversary concert of the Second Channel of the Polish Radio

  • Premiere of the "V Symphony" at the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio at 7:00 p.m. on January  29th.

  • Christmas television concert at the Mariacki Church. Maciej Zielinski’s “Rejoice, The Holy Virgin” performed by Aukso and Camerata Silesia

  • “Lutoslawski in Memoriam” for oboe and piano and “Shining II” for string orchestra, performed at the Warsaw Autumn Festival 2011.

  • 11.02.2011. Premiere of double album “Sounds of Love” with beautiful love themes by Maciej Zielinski

  • Premiere of the album with the soundtrack for “Oh Charles 2” directed by Piotr Wereśniak

  • The new film by Piotr Weresniak titled “Oh Charles 2”, with music by Maciej Zielinski, will be released on January the 21st, 2011.