Sounding off in the space of individually vibrating tones has, in recent years, become an inseparable characteristic of most of Machajdík's musical compositions. This way, their emotional basis has been emphasized. The length of each work thus ceases to be reliant on the number of beats, or the prescribed tempo. Instead, it acquires a dimension dictated by the acoustical parameters of the given space in which it is performed, and by the emotional perception of sound by the performers. The illusive silences play an equal, if not more important, role in the existence of the compositions performed on musical instruments. They are the components of waves, breeze, and rays. They enlighten the space of sonic expressions which stands behind the very compositions. The sounding off in them, however, never really needs to sound off. It simply sounds off alongside the space.
Peter Machajdík's works are marked by a keen sensitivity to instrumental color and texture. Using traditional tonal and modal techniques, he creates a unique and delicate tapestry of dramatic and emotional textures. Also elements such as controlled use of dissonance, sustained sonorities, inconspicuous melodic motion and frequent use of minor tonalities apply to his compositional style. He often chooses to compose his works in solitary places. Most of his works have a meditative character.
There are a few composers whose collaborators come from such diverse corners of music that most musicians did not even know the others. Works by Peter Machajdík* have regularly been performed by interpreters of classical music, progressive rock, free improvisation, and sonic art. Such great musicians as harpists Floraleda Sacchi and Klára Bábel, award-winning clarinetist Guido Arbonelli, harpsichordist Elina Mustonen, organists Carson Cooman and Olena Matselyukh, violinist Milan Paľa, Jon Anderson (the voice of Grammy-winning band YES), the Prague-based Agon Orchestra, or cello player Piero Salvatori can be heard in the recordings of Peter's music from the last decade.
Born into a musical family, Machajdík played the piano and guitar, sang, and wrote music from early childhood. He began touring with the Transmusic Comp. in 1989, and has also toured with musicians such as the extreme vocalist and drummer David Moss, violinist Malcolm Goldstein, composer Nicolas Collins, and saxophonist Dietmar Diesner.
Machajdík has been a freelance composer, sound and visual artist since 1992. He has received numerous commissions and awards from, among others, the Kulturfonds Foundation, Russolo-Pratella Foundation, LakeComo Festival, Melos - Ethos Festival, International Visegrad Fund, Slovak Music Fund, Czech Radio, German Accordion Society, Slovak Music Bridge, and Bratislava Music Festival. In 1992 he was invited to live and work in Berlin as a guest of the prestigious DAAD Künstlerprogramm, and became an active participant in European musical life. He was also the composer in residence at Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany, at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany, at Künstlerhaus Lukas in Ahrenshoop on the German Baltic coast, and in Judenburg, Austria. In 2006 he was awarded the Jan Levoslav Bella Prize. Peter is currently Visiting Professor for sound art at the Faculty of Arts in Košice. His paintings can be seen in this Online Gallery.
Early 199Os, Peter Machajdík attended composition courses in Amsterdam, The Hague and Graz led by composers such as Vinko Globokar, Dick Raaymakers, Clarence Barlow and Konrad Boehmer. He first became internationally recognised after the success of his multi media work Intimate Music featuring one of the most innovative vocalists / percussionists David Moss and dancer / performer Dorothea Rust 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 'Double Bayan Concerto', 'Nell'autunno del suo abbraccio insonne' written for and dedicated to Floraleda Sacchi, 'Portus pacis' for organ, 'Behind the Waves' for viola and string orchestra, 'Wie der Wind in den Dünen' for strings, and 'Namah' for string orchestra and woodblock, which was premiered by Chamber Soloists with 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.
Some of the venues where music composed by Peter Machajdík has received its first performances include Konzerthaus Berlin, Tenri Cultural Institute New York, Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic Hall in Bydgoszcz, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Adolphus Busch Hall Cambridge (MA), Slovak Philharmonic Hall Bratislava, De IJsbreker in Amsterdam, Lviv Philharmonic, and Sala Filarmonica in Trento. Performers of Machajdík's music have included artists such as Carson Cooman, Floraleda Sacchi, Klára Bábel, Guido Arbonelli, Martin Adamek, Cluster Ensemble, Quasars Ensemble, Elina Mustonen, Sasha Mirković & the Ensemble Metamorphosis, Piero Salvatori, Piet Van Bockstal, Olena Matseliukh, Rocco Anthony Jerry, Czechoslovak Chamber Duo, Christian Segmehl, Boris Lenko, Sonia Lee, Peter Katina, Milan Paľa, Jozef Lupták, Nao Higano「日向野 菜生」, Natalia Pshenichnikova, Ivano Ascari, Mayuko Kida Takine「瀧根真優子」, Ulrike Mattanovich, Zuzana Biščáková, conductors Anu Tali, Paweł Osuchowski, Miran Vaupotich, Maria Makraki, Gum Nanse 《금난새》, Peter Breiner, Peter Vrábel, Ivan Markovich, Marián Lejava, Petr Kofroň, Dominika Kawiorska, Ondřej Kukal, Aleksander Gref and Karol Kevický, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, the I.J.Padarewski State Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Košice, Camerata Europea, Agon Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Virtuosi Lviv Chamber Orchestra, Neo Quartet, Mucha Quartet, ARTE Quartett, the Slovak Chamber Orchestra, AccoDuo, Veni Ensemble, Ave Chamber Choir conducted by Jerica Gregorc Bukovec, Zwiebel Quartet, Slovenian Clarinet Quartet, and many others.
Works composed by Peter Machajdík have been heard at festivals and series such as Inventionen '94 in Berlin, New Work Festival in Calgary, Early Music Festival in Boston, Hörgänge at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Nuovi Spazi Musicali in Rome, LakeComo Festival, Young Euro Classic in Berlin, Bolzano Festival 2016, Ostrava Days 2015, Echos Festival, Melos-Ethos in Bratislava, 5 Giornate per la Nuova Musica in Milano, Contrasts in Lviv, Musica Nova in Sofia, Audio Art Festival in Cracow, Review of Composers in Belgrade, as well as in a wide variety of venues such as Logos Foundation in Ghent, Institut Unzeit in Berlin, Kunstverein Wien in Vienna, Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, Lviv Philharmonic, Bremer Kunstfrühling, Bremen, and many more. Machajdík's chamber music has also been performed in Finland, the USA and Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, Ukraine, Turkey, Portugal, Uruguay, the Czech and Slovak Republics, and the United Arab Emirates.
Machajdík has also written extensively for young and amateur musicians: to date he has written four pieces for the Rajec Spring Music Festival as well as large scale works for various international projects. He has collaborated and worked with young musicians and youth orchestras such as the International Symphony School Orchestra COMENIUS, the Symhony Orchestra of the Slovak Music Society, flutists Adam Nanasi and Laura Nagyova, saxophonist Natalia Hatalova, guitarist Lukas Satura, and others. They have performed Machajdík's music in Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.
Peter 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 have championed mixed-media, free improvisation, electronic music and performance work since 1990s. Transmusic Comp. have performed in Austria, Germany, Hungary, in the Czech and Slovak Republics. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Peter had smuggled some of his compositions to the famous American minimalist duo George Cup & Steve Elliott, who used his music in most of their video works.
Machajdík has lectured on new music, led workshops, and curated festivals of contemporary music and sound art. His music has been broadcast many times on radio and TV all over the world (WNYC, BBC, RAI, ABC Classic FM, ORF, WPRB, Concertzender, Deutschlandradio, Czech Radio, RTP Portugal, IBA Israel, Radio Beograd 3, and many others).
Machajdík's work can be found on the Decca/Universal, Albany Records, Amadeus Arte, Musica slovaca, Czech Radio, ReR Megacorp, Azyl Records, Pavlik Records, Guerilla Records, Hevhetia, and Slovak Music Bridge labels.
In addition to his work as a composer, Peter Machajdík has been active as a promoter of classical music. Since 2012, he has been the curator of the Sound City Days festival in Košice and the Music at Fulla concert series, and he is a founding member of Simach Art Foundation that has organised concert series of contemporary music in Central Europe.
Current as of January 2018.
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