There are not many composers whose collaborators come from such different corners of music that most of them did not even know the others. Peter Machajdík's œuvre has regularly been performed by interpreters of classical music, progressive rock, free improvisation, and sonic art. Such great musicians as harpist Floraleda Sacchi, clarinetist Guido Arbonelli, Jon Anderson (the voice of YES), harpsichordist Elina Mustonen, organist Carson Cooman, the extreme vocalist and drummer David Moss or cello player Piero Salvatori can be heard on recordings of Machajdík's music from the last decade.
Since 1985, works created by Peter Machajdík have been performed and exhibited at numerous performance spaces, museums, galleries, and festivals, including Inventionen, Berlin; New Work Festival, Calgary; Hörgänge, Vienna; young.euro.classic, Berlin; Nuovi Spazi Musicali, Rome; LakeComo Festival; Melos-Ethos, Bratislava; Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg; 5 Giornate per la Nuova Musica, Milano; Logos Foundation, Ghent; Institut Unzeit, Berlin; De IJsbreker, Amsterdam; Musica Nova, Sofia; Festival de Jazz et Musiques d'Aujourd'hui, Mulhouse; Kunstverein Wien, Vienna; Bremer Kunstfrühling, Bremen; Review of Composers, Belgrade; Audio Art Festival, Cracow, as well as at venues in the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, the USA and Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Uruguay, Ukraine, the Czech and Slovak Republics, and the United Arab Emirates.
Peter Machajdík first became internationally recognised after the success of his multi media work Intimate Music featuring one of the most innovative vocalists and percussionists David Moss 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 for Italian harpist Floraleda Sacchi, both Kyrie and Domine for mixed choir and tubular bells, As the Wind in the Dunes for strings, and Namah for string orchestra which was premiered by the excellent Estonian 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 Machajdík have received their first performances include Konzerthaus Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tenri Cultural Institute New York, Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic Hall in Bydgoszcz, Adolphus Busch Hall Cambridge (MA), Slovak Philharmonic Hall Bratislava, and Sala Filarmonica in Trento. Performers of Machajdík's music have included artists such as Carson Cooman, Floraleda Sacchi, Guido Arbonelli, Elina Mustonen, Czechoslovak Chamber Duo, Rocco Anthony Jerry, Piero Salvatori, Boris Lenko, Sonia Lee, Peter Katina, Milan Paľa, Jozef Lupták, Natalia Pshenichnikova, Ivano Ascari, Mayuko Kida, Piet Van Bockstal, Ulrike Mattanovich, conductors Anu Tali, Miran Vaupotich, Peter Breiner, Maria Makraki, Marián Lejava, 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, ARTE Quartett, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, AccoDuo, Veni Ensemble, Zwiebel Quartet, Slovenian Clarinet Quartet, and many others.
Machajdík has been a freelance composer and sound artist since 1992. He has received numerous commissions and awards from, among others, the Kulturfonds Foundation, Russolo-Pratella Foundation, International Visegrad Fund, Slovak Music Fund, Czech Radio, German Accordion Society, and Bratislava Music Festival. In 1992 he was invited to live and work in Berlin as a guest of the prestigious DAAD Künstlerprogramm. He was also the composer in residence at Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany, at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany, and at Künstlerhaus Lukas in Ahrenshoop on the German Baltic coast. In 2006 he was awarded the Jan Levoslav Bella Prize, the most significant classical music award in Slovakia.
Machajdík's compositions may be heard on Decca/Universal, Albany Records, Amadeus Arte, Musica slovaca, Czech Radio, ReR Megacorp, Azyl Records, Slovak Music Bridge, and Pavlik Records.
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 Machajdík 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. His music has been broadcast many times on radio and TV all over the world.
Machajdík often chooses to compose his works in solitary places. His compositions draw on several sources of inspiration, especially from the polyphony and modal harmonies of early music. In recent years Machajdík's works have been typified by both economy of material and stringency of method, thereby demonstrating that what may be simple musical language can nevertheless be powerful. Also elements such as controlled use of dissonance, sustained sonorities, inconspicuous melodic motion and frequent use of minor tonalities apply to Machajdík's compositional style. Most of his compositions have a meditative character. (Hide extended text) ... (Read all)
Machajdík has received numerous commissions and awards from, among others, the Kulturfonds Foundation, Russolo-Pratella Foundation, Slovak Music Fund, Czech Radio, German Accordion Society, and from Bratislava Music Festival. In 1992 he was invited to live and work in Berlin as a guest of the prestigious DAAD Künstlerprogramm. Machajdík was also the composer in residence at Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany, at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany, and at Künstlerhaus Lukas in Ahrenshoop on the German Baltic coast. In 2006 he was awarded the Jan Levoslav Bella Prize, the most significant classical music award in Slovakia.