Peter Machajdik

Peter Machajdik

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Peter Machajdík
Slovak composer. Originally from Bratislava, he lived in Berlin, Germany from 1992 until 2009. Currently he is resident in Prague, Czech Republic. Focus on chamber and orchestral works, composing for film and theatre, electronic music, and sound environments.


Peter Machajdik Discography Tracks


SF00542131 Peter Machajdik Namah(CD, Album) Musica Slovaca SF00542131 Slovakia 2008 Sell This Version
R266-0024-2-331 Peter Machajdik The Immanent Velvet(CD) Azyl Records (2) R266-0024-2-331 Europe 2012 Sell This Version

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June 1, 2013
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December 13, 2008
Composer Peter Machajdík grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia but he has been living in Berlin, Germany for the past 15 years.

At six, he began music lessons and at seven, took up the piano. In the 1980's he was not accepted into the Music Academy of Bratislava because his concept of music, at that time, was heavily influenced by the Western avant-garde. At 27, Machajdík graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Peter Machajdík first became internationally recognised after the success of his multi media work Intimate Music featuring David Moss at Inventionen 1994 in Berlin. His prolific output has since been performed and broadcast around the world, placing him in the front rank of today’s composers. His major works include Nell'autunno del suo abbraccio insonne for Italian harpist Floraleda Sacchi, Si diligamus invicem for mixed choir a cappella, Najdene zabudnute for orchestra, and Namah for string orchestra which was premiered by conductor Anu Tali at the Concert Hall of the Slovak Radio Bratislava in 2002, and was also a featured work at both the Epoche and Divertimento Musicale festivals in 2006. The CD Namah with guest appearances such as Jon Anderson of Yes, Floraleda Sacchi, David Moss, Guido Arbonelli, Eniko Ginzery and others was released on musica slovaca label in September 2008.

Machajdík´s interest in other performing arts and in collaborations led him to compose numerous works for film, theatre, modern dance companies and visual artists. He was co-founder of the Transmusic Comp., which introduced mixed-media, free improvisation and performance work in former Czechoslovakia.

Machajdík has lectured on new music, led workshops, and curated festivals of contemporary music. His music has been broadcast many times on radio and TV all over the world.

Machajdik often chooses to compose his works in solitary places. His compositions draw on several sources of inspiration, especially from the polyphony and modal harmonies of early music. In recent years Machajdík´s works have been typified by both economy of material and stringency of method, thereby demonstrating that what may be simple musical language can nevertheless be powerful. Also elements such as controlled use of dissonance, sustained sonorities, inconspicuous melodic motion and frequent use of minor tonalities apply to Machajdík´s compositional style. Most of his compositions have a meditative character.

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