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Roch Modrzejewski

Roch Modrzejewski was born in Krakow on 3rd May 1983 into a musical family. He began playing the guitar at the age of 7. Roch Modrzejewski studied with Prof. Pablo Márquez at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel in Switzerland, from which he graduated with distinction in 2009. He is also a graduate of Michał Nagy at the Academy of Music in Kraków, which he finished in 2007 with the highest grade. During this time, he continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar under Prof. Thomas Müller-Pering. Roch Modrzejewski is an organizer and the Artistic Director of the „Nowa Huta Guitar Autumn” International Guitar Festival in Kraków.

Roch Modrzejewski is a laureate of numerous prizes in renowned international guitar competitions in Europe and North America, among others: Montreal (Canada), Esztergom (Hungary), Erwitte (Germany), Bath (UK), Nürtingen (Germany), Kraków and Krynica (Poland). The guitarist has been honoured multiple times with prestigious awards and scholarships for artistic achievement, such as Polish Minister of Culture Scholarship, the City of Kraków Scholarship, Swiss Government Scholarship, “Young Poland” Scholarship, and the Crescendum Est – Polonia Scholarship.

Roch Modrzejewski performs in Poland and abroad, and gives recitals and chamber music concerts at major music festivals .He has performed in such places as the Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, King's Castle in Warsaw, the Belarus National Philharmonic in Minsk, the Lublin Philharmonic, Kielce Philharmonic or in the Philharmonic Hall in Kraków. He has also recorded for radio and television. In addition to his solo performances, he frequently plays chamber music concerts in duos with clarinet, violin, flute, harpsichord and guitar. His broad and diverse repertoire includes works from the great Renaissance composers to contemporary music. He also gives concerts as a soloist with orchestras, performing Vivaldi, Hagen, Giuliani, Villa‑Lobos and Rodrigo guitar concertos.

His broad interests and musical research lead him to cooperation with such artists, as Jadwiga Kotnowska (flute), Anna Maria Staśkiewicz (violin), Rafał Żółkoś (flute), Megan Emigh (flute), Szymon Klima (clarinet), Paulina Tkaczyk (harpsichord), Piotr Marciak (violin), Wiktor Modrzejewski (violin).

He has attended masterclasses of such guitar virtuosos as Abel Carlevaro (Uruguay), Carlo Marchione (Italy), Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic) Ricardo Gallen (Spain), Joaquin Clerch (Cuba) and Fabio Zanon (Brasil). His interest in early music led him to workshops of such artists as flautist Rachel Brown (UK) and Baroque violinist and conductor Simon Standage (UK). He has also mastered his knowledge of early music by studying chamber music with Polish harpsichordist Elżbieta Stefańska.

In 2009 the label “Castello” released his solo recording “Gustoso”, which was later chosen a CD of the month and awarded with the maximum note – 5 stars, by the renowned Italian magazine “Seicorde”. Ermanno Brignolo writes there:

“The guitarist Modrzejewski shows an outstanding musical knowledge, and nothing, in his interpretations, lets us perceive his young age. It will be interesting to follow his career: it shall keep very interesting surprises”.

During his musical education, Roch Modrzejewski has received awards in the following competitions:

2nd Prize, International Guitar Competition “Westfalian Guitar Spring”
in Erwitte, Germany, 2006
1st Prize, International Guitar Competition “Guitare Lachine” in Montreal, Canada, 2005
3rd Prize, International Guitar Competition in Nürtingen, Germany, 2004
3rd Prize, International Guitar Competition of Czesław Droździewicz memorial in Cracow, Poland, 2003
the special award (in 2002) and the 3rd Prize (2003), International Guitar Competition in Bath, UK
1st Prize and a special award, International Guitar Competition in Esztergom, Hungary, 2001
2nd Prize, International Guitar Competition in Krynica, Poland, 1999
3rd Prize, International Guitar Competition in Kielce, Poland, 1995