Marek Wegrzyk

Biography Marek Wegrzyk

Marek Wegrzyk
Born in Poland, Marek began studying guitar when he moved to Geneva, Switzerland in 1981. At the Conservatoire de Fontenay in Paris he studied with Pedro Ibañez, later continuing at the Manhattan School of Music with Manuel Barrueco, in New York. Marek obtained his Licence de Concert in 1996 at the Conservatoire de Lausanne (Switzerland) where he studied with Dagoberto Linhares.

He completed his formal studies in musicology at the University of Geneva with a dissertation analysing the works of flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia.

His stay in the United States allowed him to develop his interest in contemporary music, participating in the performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint for twelve guitars as well as in the U.S premier of “Polimetria” for four prepared guitars by the Brasilian composer Arthur Kampela (recipient of the Guggenheim Award for Creative Arts, 2014.) This composer also dedicated his “Percussion Study IV- Exoskeleton” for alto (alla chitarra) to Marek, who gave the European premiere in Annecy in 2007.

However, the determining influence on Marek’s musical journey has no doubt been his meeting with the Hungarian pianist and teacher György Sebök, during seminars at his summer music festival at Ernen, Switzerland.

Marek Wegrzyk has given numerous recitals in Switzerland and abroad (France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland and the United States) as both a soloist and member of chamber groups. He has performed with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, I Solisti Veneti, l’Ensemble Contrechamps, and the l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Oradea directed by d’Armin Jordan, Claudio Scimone, Stefan Asbury, and Erwin Acel, in works by J. Rodrigo, H. Lachenmann and W. Rihm, among others.

In a completely different register, Marek has been a member of the Celtic music group Celtofools, well known on the Romande (Switzerland) music scene. He has also collaborated with the Italian tenor Oscar Mancino in recitals of Neapolitain songs and joined the flamenco company Sin Fronteras for two series of shows “Seville” and “Vuelvo al Sur” in 2001 and 2002.

Since 2005 Marek Wegrzyk has been teaching guitar and initiation to flamenco guitar at the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique, Danse et Théâtre in Geneva, Switzerland.

Marek’s first solo recording Fragments was released in 1999 with the Cascavelle label, followed by the first CD in this series of Bach transcriptions in 2014. Since 2008, in collaboration with guitarist and Baroque specialist Ricardo Lopes Garcia, Marek has dedicated himself to the ambitious project of adapting a selection of Bach’s works for solo instruments to the classical guitar, of which this is the second volume.

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