Paweł Gusnar – one of the few saxophonists connecting the equally high level of activity in the field of classical, jazz and pop music. He performs on the stages of prestigious concert halls – philharmonic and chamber, both in Poland and abroad. As a soloist he gave concerts with orchestras including Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus, Concerto Avenna, Capella Bydgostiensis, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Baltica, NOSPR, Płocka Orkiestra Symfoniczna, Elbląska Orkiestra Kameralna, Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester), Orchestre Valentiana (France), Lviv Chamber Orchestra “Academia” and almost all philharmonic orchestras in Poland. He cooperates with numerous symphony orchestras including the Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and jazz bands as the Adam Sztaba Orchestra, Kukla Band directed by Zygmunt Kukla, the Tomasz Szymuś Orchestra, Krzysztof Herdzin Big Band. He performs and records as a session musician as well (numerous TV productions, including TVP, TVN, Polsat).
Paweł Gusnar is a great promoter of contemporary music, an artist and inspiration for many Polish composers. He took part in numerous premieres, just to mention the last concerts for saxophone and orchestra by Bronisław K. Przybylski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Krzysztof Knittel or Bartosz Kowalski, as well as premieres of chamber music: Krzysztof Herdzin, Anna Maria Huszcza, Andrzej Karałow, Aleksander Kościów, Marcin T. Łukaszewski, Weronika Ratusińska, Edward Sielicki, Łukasz Woś.
He has recorded nearly 50 albums, including five in solo: New Polish Music for saxophone and organ, Jazz Sonatas, Komeda-Inspiration, Saxophone Impressions and Saxophone Varie – prize-winning to the Fryderyk 2014 award. He was nominated for this award several times, also in the category of Artist of the Year. The winner of Frederyk 2015 is the record Paweł Łukaszewski. Musica Sacra 5, which included Morpheus Saxophone Ensemble Lenten Music written for and performed by Gusnar. The artist was nominated twice to the prestigious title Coryphaeus of Polish Music (2014, 2015).
As an unquestionable authority he is invited as a juror at competitions, and as a lecturer to the master classes in the best musical centers of the world – from Odessa through Vienna, Hanover, Zurich, up to Strasbourg and Paris. He is a professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, where he teaches saxophone and has served as Deputy Dean of Instrumental Studies since 2011. He has also worked since 2003 as a lecturer at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Łódź Academy of Music.
Paweł Gusnar is a signed artist of YAMAHA’s, BG Franck Bichon’s, and D’Addario’s.
Translations: Dorota Wiśniowska
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