Paweł Gusnar

Paweł Gusnar

Saxophonist, chamber musician, teacher, professor, Habilitated Doctor of Musical Arts. He works at the Chopin University of Music, where he has been Vice-Rector for Foreign Affairs since 2016, and of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź.

He is a versatile artist – open to various styles and forms of expression. He combines his activities in the field of classical, jazz, and entertainment music at an equally high level. He is a promoter of contemporary music and an inspirer and first performer of many works by Polish composers (over 80 pieces have been written for him, including 16 for saxophone with orchestra). Since 2015, a series of scores endorsed by him have been published by Ars Musica and Chopin University Press. He is also the author of The Orchestral Studies for Saxophone (2018).

The artist performs on stages of prestigious concert halls, both philharmonic and chamber, in Poland and abroad, also as part of significant festivals. As a soloist, he has performed with almost all philharmonic orchestras in Poland as well as with Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Orchestra, the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, and many others. He co-operates with the best Polish big bands, including the ones of Adam Sztaba, Tomasz Szymuś, Krzysztof Herdzin, and the Kukla Band. He also performs as a session musician (numerous television productions and radio recordings).

He acts as a juror in numerous competitions and runs masterclasses in the best music centres in the world – from South Korea and China, through numerous European countries, to the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and the USA. His achievements encompass over 60 CDs, including nearly 20 original CDs as well as CDs of joint authorship. He has won five Fryderyk Awards (2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2023), the Armatka Kultury 2019, the Pizzicato Supersonic Award (2009), the Award of the Rector of the Chopin University of Music (2015, 2021), the First Degree Award of the Director of the Centre for Artistic Education (2018), and the Golden Diploma in the international competition Muzyczne Orły [Music Eagles] 2022. He has been nominated, among others, for the title of Coryphaeus of Polish Music (2014, 2015, 2017) and for the International Classical Music Awards 2020. He is the founder and conductor of the Warsaw Saxophone Orchestra, with which he gives concerts in Poland and abroad. He is involved in activities promoting science, culture, and art. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Council of the Phonographic Academy – classical music section. He is a Yamaha, D’Addario and JLV artist.


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