About Paul Cesarczyk
Described by Guitar Review Magazine as an “artist of uncommon command and maturity, with a broad, singing tone,” the Polish-born American guitarist Paul Cesarczyk is an active exponent of both the contemporary and the traditional repertoire. He made his New York City debut at the age of seventeen at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and has been concertizing since then throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Paul Cesarczyk has appeared in concert with the Manhattan Guitar Quartet (as a founding member), the Speculum Musicae, the Cremona Festival Orchestra, The Claremont Ensemble, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Manhattan Virtuosi, and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr Cesarczyk has performed in many festivals including the Danish GuitarWave festival, playing the works of Per Nørgård, and the Long Island Guitar Festival, where he has performed Reich’s minitmalist masterpiece Electric Counterpoint, and David Leisner’s Sonata for violin and guitar. As a member of the Boyadjiev-Cesarczyk duo he performs alongside his wife, violinist Yavet Boyadjiev, and is currently expanding the contemporary violin and guitar repertoire with commissions.
Dr Cesarczyk is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Andres Segovia Award, the Aaron Copland prize from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), the Artists International Award, a Kosciuszko Foundation Prize, and an Artistic Excellence Award from the New York State Senate. An active proponent of new music, Mr. Cesarczyk has worked with contemporary greats such as George Crumb, both at the George Crumb Festival in New York, and in collaboration with the composer for his George Crumb 70th Birthday Album, released by Bridge Records (1999). A composer in his own right, Dr Cesarczyk’s Debut CD Polish Folk Melodies (2009), featured his arrangements of Polish music for the guitar. His most recent arrangements include music by the King of Thailand and can be heard on the CD Ekachai Jearakul Plays the Music of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bangkok, Thailand (2011).
Dr Cesarczyk was educated in New York City, including the prestigious La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with David Starobin, and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree, at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying with Jerry Willard.
Since 2009, Paul Cesarczyk serves as the Guitar Department Chair at Mahidol University, College of Music, in Thailand. He is also on the faculty of the Cremona International Music Academy and Competition, in Italy, during the summer months. His dedication in teaching has produced numerous prizewinners in national and international competitions. Paul Cesarczyk performs on a guitar made by Australian luthier John Price and uses Augustine strings.