Professor FCUM Paweł Gusnar, DMus Hab.

Pho­to Tomasz Zakrzews­ki

Prorector for Foreign Affairs

Paweł Gus­nar is a sax­o­phon­ist, soloist, cham­ber and ses­sion musi­cian, teacher, pro­fes­sor at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music. He is a ver­sa­tile artist, open to dif­fer­ent styles and forms of expres­sion. As one of very few sax­o­phon­ists, he suc­cess­ful­ly com­bines the equal­ly high lev­el of activ­i­ty in the field of clas­si­cal, jazz and light music.

He stud­ied Sax­o­phone Play­ing at the Karol Szy­manows­ki Acad­e­my of Music in Katow­ice and the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw. Since 2003, he has taught sax­o­phone at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw and the Kiejs­tut and Graży­na Bacewicz Acad­e­my of Music in Łódź. In 2011, on the basis of the pre­sent­ed doc­tor­al the­sis (artis­tic work) enti­tled Real­iza­tion of ele­ments of jazz music in sax­o­phone lit­er­a­ture on the basis of three sonatas for sax­o­phone and piano by: Phil Woods, Bill Dob­bins and Ramon Rick­er, Paweł Gus­nar obtained a doc­tor­al degree in music in the artis­tic dis­ci­pline of Instru­men­tal Stud­ies, and in 2014 he obtained a post-doc­tor­al degree. Since Novem­ber 2011, (term of office 2012–2016) he held the func­tion of Vice-Dean of the Depart­ment of Instru­men­tal Stud­ies at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw. In 2016, he was elect­ed Vice-Rec­tor for For­eign Affairs at the FCUM.

He per­forms in pres­ti­gious cham­ber and phil­har­mon­ic con­cert halls in Poland and abroad. As a soloist, he has played with such orches­tras as: Sin­fo­nia Varso­via, Pol­ish Radio Orches­tra, Amadeus, Con­cer­to Aven­na, Capel­la Byd­gostien­sis, Sin­foni­et­ta Cra­covia, Sin­fo­nia Balti­ca, Nation­al Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra of the Pol­ish Radio, Płock Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra, Elbląg Cham­ber Orches­tra, Roy­al North­ern Col­lege of Music (Man­ches­ter), Orchestre Valen­tiana (France), Lviv Cham­ber Orches­tra ‘Acad­e­mia’ and near­ly all phil­har­mon­ic orches­tras in Poland. He col­lab­o­rates with numer­ous sym­pho­ny orches­tras, e.g. the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic, Sin­fo­nia Varso­via or Pol­ish Radio Orches­tra, or with jazz or light music ensem­bles, such as the Adam Szta­ba Orches­tra, Kuk­la Band, Tomasz Szy­muś Orches­tra, or Krzysztof Herdzin Big Band. He also per­forms and records as a ses­sion musi­cian (numer­ous TV pro­duc­tions, e.g. for TVP, TVN, or Pol­sat).

Paweł Gus­nar is a great pro­mot­er of con­tem­po­rary music who has per­formed and inspired works by numer­ous Pol­ish com­posers, and a tire­less pro­mot­er of Pol­ish music around the world. Almost 70 pieces were writ­ten spe­cial­ly for him, includ­ing 16 works for sax­o­phone and orches­tra and works which are glob­al­ly unique. Thanks to Gus­nar, Pol­ish sax­o­phone reper­toire has been noticed in the world’s most impor­tant music cen­tres. In the last three years alone, he was the first-ever per­former of sax­o­phone pieces by such com­posers as Krzysztof Pen­derec­ki (Con­cer­to for alto sax­o­phone), Bro­nisław Kaz­imierz Przy­byl­s­ki (North), Krzysztof Knit­tel (Par­ti­ta), Bar­tosz Kowal­s­ki (The Wrath of Wind), Krzysztof Herdzin (Con­cer­to for vio­la, alto sax­o­phone and sym­pho­ny orches­tra), or Sła­womir Kac­zorows­ki (Con­cer­to for sopra­no sax­o­phone and string orches­tra).

He was also the very first per­former of cham­ber pieces writ­ten by such com­posers as, among oth­ers: Miłosz Bem­bi­now, Woj­ciech Błaże­jczyk, Artur Cieślak, Ger­ard Drozd, Grze­gorz Duch­nows­ki, Andrzej Dutkiewicz, Alic­ja Gronau-Osińs­ka, Krzysztof Herdzin, Anna Maria Huszcza, Sła­womir Kac­zorows­ki, Andrzej Karałow, Benedykt Konowal­s­ki, Alek­sander Koś­ciów, Marcin T. Łukaszews­ki, Paweł Łukaszews­ki, Piotr Moss, Zbig­niew Pen­her­s­ki, Maria Pokrzy­wińs­ka, Dar­iusz Przy­byl­s­ki, Mar­i­an Sawa, Bogusław Scha­ef­fer, Edward Sielic­ki, Elż­bi­eta Siko­ra, Maciej Staszews­ki, Weroni­ka Ratusińs­ka, or Łukasz Woś.

Since 2015, the series enti­tled Paweł Gus­nar Col­lec­tion with scores writ­ten for this sax­o­phon­ist has been pub­lished by Ars Musi­ca.

Paweł Gus­nar has record­ed more than 50 CDs, includ­ing solo and orig­i­nal albums, e.g. New Pol­ish Music for sax­o­phone and organ, Jazz Sonatas, Kome­da Inspi­ra­tions, Sax­o­phone Impres­sions, Sax­o­phone Varie, Sax­o­phone Varie vol. 2, (Re)Discovering Wood­wind Mas­ter­pieces (first Pol­ish record­ing of Glazunov’s Con­cer­to in E‑flat Major op. 109), or Penderecki’s Con­cer­to Per Vio­la (sas­so­fono) ed Orches­tra.

He has received many nom­i­na­tions for the Phono­graph­ic Academy’s Fry­deryk award, also in the ‘Artist of the Year’ cat­e­go­ry; he won the award three times: in 2014 for Sax­o­phone Varie, in 2015 for Paweł Łukaszewski’s Musi­ca Sacra 5 (the album includ­ed Lenten Music writ­ten for Gus­nar and per­formed by him with the Mor­pheus Sax­o­phone Ensem­ble) and in 2016 for Ver­bum Incar­na­tum, released in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mulierum Schola Gre­go­ri­ana Cla­maverunt Iusti (cat­e­go­ry: Album of the Year – Ear­ly Music). He was also twice nom­i­nat­ed for the hon­ourable Coryphaeus of Pol­ish Music title (in 2014 and 2015).

As an unques­tioned author­i­ty, he sits on the jury of com­pe­ti­tions and gives mas­ter­class­es at world’s best music cen­tres in such coun­tries as South Korea and Chi­na, Ukraine, Croa­t­ia, Hun­gary, Czech Repub­lic, Slo­va­kia, Aus­tria, Ger­many, Bel­gium, Switzer­land, Italy, France and Spain.

Paweł Gus­nar col­lab­o­rates with YAMAHA, BG Franck Bichon and D’Addario.

transl.: Karoli­na Karaszews­ka

last modified: 04/09/2017