Professor Kazimierz Machala, DA

Pho­to Alek­san­dra Male­sa

Kaz­imierz Macha­la, native of Poland, is an active per­former, com­pos­er, and teacher. He stud­ied horn at the Janacek Acad­e­my of Music and Dra­mat­ic Arts in the Czech Repub­lic where in 1973 received the Mas­ter of the Arts degree with dis­tinc­tion. After­wards Macha­la was appoint­ed prin­ci­pal horn with the Cra­cow Radio Sym­pho­ny. In 1974 Macha­la con­tin­ued his horn stud­ies at the Juil­liard School. In 1978 he became the first horn play­er in Juilliard’s his­to­ry to receive the Doc­tor of Musi­cal Arts degree. In 1974 he received third prize at the Inter­na­tion­al Music Com­pe­ti­tion for Wood­winds and Brass in Prague.

Dur­ing 1989–2009 he taught at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois at Urbana-Cham­paign and cur­rent­ly is the Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Horn.

He per­formed on numer­ous occa­sions with the New York Phil­har­mon­ic and the Frank­furt Radio Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra, among oth­ers. He has been a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Wood­wind Quin­tet, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois Brass Quin­tet and the Aus­tralian Wind Vir­tu­osi. Dur­ing 1994–1996 he per­formed with the St. Louis Brass Quin­tet.  In 1979 Macha­la was appoint­ed prin­ci­pal horn with the Syd­ney Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra in Aus­tralia for sev­en years.

Machala’s Intu­itions for Horn Quar­tet, pub­lished by Phoenix Music Pub­li­ca­tions in Hol­land, have been record­ed by the Amer­i­can Horn Quar­tet on MSR label. His arrange­ment of the Amer­i­can Folk Suite for Wood­wind Quin­tet, pub­lished by Shawnee Press, has been fre­quent­ly per­formed by the Berlin Phil­har­mon­ic Wood­wind Quin­tet and released on the ensemble’s com­pact disc Sum­mer Music on the BIS label.

Macha­la appeared as a soloist with the Syd­ney Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra, Cra­cow Radio Orches­tra, the Masan Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra in South Korea, Sin­fo­nia da Cam­era and many oth­er sym­phon­ic ensem­bles. He per­formed at the Inter­na­tion­al Horn Work­shop in Lahti, Fin­land with the Horn Choir of the East­man School of Music. In Sep­tem­ber 2002 he pre­miered his own Con­cer­to for Horn, Winds and Per­cus­sion with the Wind Sym­pho­ny at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois. He has taught and per­formed at the Cam­bridge Music Fes­ti­val in New Zealand, Tide­wa­ter Music Fes­ti­val in Mary­land, Domaine Forge Fes­ti­val in Québéc, Cana­da, Lugano Horn Work­shop in Switzer­land,  Day­tona Beach Horn Work­shop in Flori­da and the Prague Horn Fes­ti­val in the Czech Repub­lic.

For sev­er­al years Macha­la has been  arrang­ing and tran­scrib­ing.  Only recent­ly he start­ed writ­ing his own music.  In 2008 Macha­la received the Excel­lence in Com­po­si­tion Award at the Inter­na­tion­al Brass Cham­ber Music Fes­ti­val in Louisville, Ken­tucky for his Brass Quin­tet No.1. His Con­cer­to for Horn, Winds and Per­cus­sion received numer­ous per­for­mances on five con­ti­nents. His arrange­ments for var­i­ous ensem­bles and tran­scrip­tions for horn and piano are pub­lished by Inter­na­tion­al Music Com­pa­ny, G. Schirmer, Mas­ters Music Pub­li­ca­tions, Shawnee Press, and Inter­na­tion­al Music Dif­fu­sion in France. Vir­tu­al­ly all his orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions are pub­lished by Capo Tas­to Music and dis­trib­uted by Carl Fis­ch­er and Theodore Press­er com­pa­nies.

Cur­rent­ly he is a Pro­fes­sor of Horn at the Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw, Poland.



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