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Bio

Biography

Marek Orszulik began learning the piano at the age of eight, and guitar at nine. He gained a dual honours degree in Biological & Medicinal Chemistry and Music from Keele University in July 2005, where he proceeded on both piano and guitar. He was also awarded a performance diploma on the guitar in 2004 and was selected to perform Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the university orchestra in 2005. He continued his studies on the classical guitar with Mark Ashford at the Birmingham Conservatoire, completing his Master of Music degree in June 2007. In addition, he has taken part in masterclasses with some of the world's best guitarists including Robert Brightmore, Graham Devine, Masayuki Kato, Roberto Aussel, and David Leisner. He has performed as a soloist in the Great Witley Recital Series (Worcestershire, UK), the Church Stretton Arts Festival (Shropshire, UK) and the First Guitar Festival of Valletta (Malta), as well as other prestigious venues and occasions. Recent engagements include performances for New Music Edmonton, and the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society. In August 2016, Marek gave the world premiere performance of Andrew Glover-Whitley's epic Sonata for Guitar, written in 2006.


In addition to his devotion to performance, Marek is also active in academia. Having recently completed his MA in musicology with a thesis on Hans Werner Henze's Royal Winter Music, he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, focusing on Russian guitar music. He is also co-editor of Intonations, the university's new interdisciplinary graduate music journal, and has lectured on various topics in musicology.


Marek plays a guitar made in 2011 by Juan Alexander Grupalli.