Peter Machajdík


Peter Machajdík (b. 1961) [pronounced 'MAKH-eye-deek'] was born Bratislava, Slovakia and has been active for many years in, Bratislava, Berlin, and Prague. Machajdík has received commissions and awards from, among others, the Kulturfonds Foundation, the Russolo-Pratella Foundation, the Slovak Music Fund, the Czech Radio, the German Accordion Society, and from Pro Helvetia. 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 the Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany, at the Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany, and at the 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. Machajdik 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.

Works available from Zimbel Press:
(Full information about each work is available from the catalogue pages.)

#80101321 -- On the Seven Colors of Light for organ