Maciej Zoltowski

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(b. 1971 in Warsaw) – graduate of the J. Elsner Music School in Warsaw in violin faculty, in 1996 composition – with award (prof. Marian Borkowski) and in 1997 conducting – with award (prof. Ryszard Dudek) at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Since 1996 assistant in the composition faculty at the Academy. He worked as well with Zoltán Pesko and Lászlo Tihanyi during International Bartók Seminar in Szombathely (Hungary) in 2000, Yuri Simonov at the International Master Course for Conductors in Budapest in 2003 and 2005 and Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (Italy).

(b. 1971 in Warsaw) – graduate of the J. Elsner Music School in Warsaw in violin faculty, in 1996 composition with award (prof. Marian Borkowski) and in 1997 conducting with award (prof. Ryszard Dudek) at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. 1996–2003 assistant in the composition faculty at the Academy. Since 2005 assistant professor at the Cyprus College in Nicosia.

Maciej Zoltowski participated in many master-courses working under supervision of notable artists like: Zoltán Pesko and Lászlo Tihanyi during International Bartók Seminar in Szombathely (Hungary), Yuri Simonov at International Master Courses for Conductors in Budapest and Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (Italy). 

Maestro Zoltowski collaborates with many Polish philharmonic orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio (Katowice), the Polish Radio Orchestra (Warsaw) and the Polish Orchestra Jeunesses Musicales. He has conducted the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, the Festival Orchestra of Sofia, the Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Szombathely – Hungary), the North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra (Miskolc – Hungary), the MATÁV Symphony Orchestra (Budapest), the Liszt-Wagner Orchestra (Budapest), the Pilsen Philharmonic (Pilsen – Czech Republic), the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra (China), the Mikkeli City Orchestra (Finland). He performes regularly with the Cyprus State Orchestra (Κρατική Ορχήστρα Κύπρου) in Cyprus and abroad. His music has been performed during numerous festivals, among others: Two Days and Two Nights in Odessa (Ukraine), festival Europe-Asia in Kazan (Tatarstan-Russia), Rheinsberger Musiktage zu Pfingsten in Rheinsberg (Germany), Roaring Hooves in Mongolia, Composium 1999 in Tokyo, Sound Ways in St. Petersburg, Past and Future in Odessa and World Music Days 2002 in Hong Kong.

For the artistic achievements he received twice the Polish Ministry of Culture scholarship and the Tadeusz Baird scholarship. In 1997 he was awarded with the fellowship of the German Stiftung Kulturfonds in Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf. In 2000 he won the scholarship for young conductors of the Japanese Music Foundation JESC. Winner of the 2nd prize at the composers’ competition held by the Warsaw Academy of Catholic Theology Choir. In 1999 finalist of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (Tokyo). Semi-finalist in The Hungarian Television 10th Conductors’ Competition and Sir Georg Solti 1st Conductors’ Competition in Frankfurt/Main. In 2002 he was decorated by the President of Poland with the Silver Order of Merit.

1994–1996 chairman of the Young Circle in the Polish Composers’ Union. Since 2001 Secretary General of the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union. 1995–2001 Secretary General and 2001–2003 President of Jeunesses Musicales Poland – the Polish section of the Jeunesses Musicales International. In 2002–2005 Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cyprus State Orchestra. Since 2007 the Managing and Artistic Director of the Radom Chamber Orchestra.

Professional experience

  • 1992 founder of the Jeunesses Musicales Orchestra “Con Spirito”
  • 1994–1996 chairman of the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers Union
  • since 1995 assistant in the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw – lectures in the field of analysis of musical interpretation and composition
  • since 1995 Secretary General of Jeunesses Musicales Poland, has taken part representing Poland in General Assembly meetings of the Jeunesses Musicales International in Weikersheim (Germany, 1996) and in Rotterdam (the Netherlands, 1997). Since 2001 - President of the board.
  • 2002-2005 Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Cyprus State Orchestra
  • organiser of scientific conferences: Schubert Symposium (F.Chopin Academy of Music, 1997), International Chopin Conference (F.Chopin Academy of Music, 1999); active participant in the conferences: Theoretical Problems of New Music and Art held by the Ukrainian branch of the SOROS Foundation, Composers’ Symposium held by the Chopin Academy
  • organiser of artistic events: concert series presenting young performers in Maly Theatre (Warsaw), concerts of Eric Ericson Chamber Choir in Poland, concerts of Deutsches Kammerorchester in Poland, concert of Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra in Poland (Warsaw, 1999)
  • freelance composer and conductor
  • violinist, khuuchir (er-hu) and morin-khuur player

Major Works

Gow' symphonic poem for choir and orchestra (1990)
Affecti for violin and recorder (1991)
Quartetto per strumenti da corde for Mongolian instruments quartet (1992)
Tantra for vocal quintet and organ to the Tibetan liturgical texts (1993)
Four Pieces for Orchestra (1993)
Beg-tse I for percussion solo (1994)
Beg-tse II for percussion quartet (1995)
Thang-ka for tape (1994)
Anagoge for Indian sarangi, percussion and organ (1994)
Victimae paschali laudes for mixed choir a cappella published by Edition Ferrimontana (Frankfurt/Main) (1994)
Emet for violin and electronic media (1995)
De libertate humana – Pars I for two mixed choirs, ancient music ensemble, contemporary music ensemble and symphony orchestra (1996)
Intermezzi I, II, III for piano (1997–1999)
Two German Songs:
Frühlingswinter and Wiepers Dorf to Ralf Grüneberger's poems for baritone, recorder and piano - commissioned by APHAIA Verlag, Berlin (1997)
Zwischen Zeiten audio-visual project to Plotin's texts for moving lights, 4 percussionists, 4 oboes, 4 clarinets and tape - commissioned by MusikAkademie Rheinsberg (Germany) in co-operation with Andreas Schmid (light installation) (1999)
Passacaglia for piano (2000)
Preludes for violin solo (2000)
Overture for percussion sextet (2001)
Paderewski / Zoltowski: 12 Songs after Catulle Mendes  – arr. for orchestra (2001)
Paderewski / Zoltowski: Tatra Album – arr. for orchestra (2001)


DUX® Recording Producers, Chór Akademii Teologii Katolickiej Victimae paschali laudes
Falconia® Records, Frühlingswinter, Wiepersdorfer Gedichte und Lieder Two German Songs, Intermezzo I
Acte Préalable, AP0008, Panorama Nowej Muzyki Polskiej II – Muzyka kameralna Quartetto per strumenti da corde
Acte Préalable, AP0011, Panorama Nowej Muzyki Polskiej IV – Mistrz i uczniowie Beg-tse II
Acte Préalable, AP0014, Panorama Nowej Muzyki Polskiej V – Muzyka komputerowa EMET
Acte Préalable, AP0100, XXIth Century Polish Choral Music, Schola Cantorum Gedanensis, Victimae paschali laudes
CordAria, CACD 537, Schlagzeug EDITH SALMEN, Beg-tse I
ZFR Records, ZCD-036, II Miedzynarodowy Konkurs Wspolczesnej Muzyki Kameralnej im. Krzysztofa Pendereckiego w Krakowie, Beg-tse I


Edition Ferrimontana (Frankfurt/M) – Victimae paschali laudes
APHAIA Verlag (Berlin) – Two German Songs

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