harpsichordist, fortepianist, early keyboard specialist

BIOGRAPHY

Pawel Siwczak is a harpsichordist, fortepianist & historical keyboard specialist, winner of the 8th Broadwood Harpsichord Competition (2007), the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize (2006, Musica Britannica) and the award of the Minister of Culture of Poland (‘Mloda Polska’ 2009).

In 2004 Pawel completed his postgraduate piano studies with Elzbieta Tarnawska at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where he also studied harpsichord with Wladyslaw Klosiewicz.

Pawel studied harpsichord & fortepiano at the Royal Academy of Music with Carole Cerasi and clavichord & continuo with Terence Charlston and in 2008 was awarded a Master of Music degree (with distinction) and a special prize for an outstanding final recital (DipRAM). He was a Junior Fellow at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music.

Pawel combines his solo concert career with experience as a chamber musician and continuo player, also conducting from the harpsichord. He has performed with orchestras such as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort & Players, The King’s Consort, Capella Cracoviensis, Retrospect Ensemble, BBC Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and others conducted by Sir Mark Elder, William Christie, Trevor Pinnock, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington. His touring activities took him to Austria, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden.

Pawel recorded for the BBC Early Music Show with soprano Rachel Nicholls and appeared many times on BBC Radio 3 In Tune. His CDs include Bach arranging and arranged and Bach and his Rivals, with The Bach Players (2008) and Stephen Dodgson’s music for guitar and harpsichord (2009).

Inspired by Wanda Landowska “shaking prejudices” Pawel always strives to engage with his audience and to communicate his enjoyment of harpsichord music to contemporary listeners.