Faculty Profile

Dr. Paul Cesarczyk

Department : Classical Guitar Department

Dr. Paul Cesarczyk, Head of Guitar Department

     Described by Guitar Review Magazine as an “artist of uncommon command and maturity, with a broad, singing tone,” the Polish-born American guitarist Paul Cesarczyk is an active exponent of both the contemporary and the traditional repertoire. He made his New York City debut at the age of seventeen at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and has been concertizing since then throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Paul Cesarczyk has appeared in concert with the Manhattan Guitar Quartet (as a founding member), the Speculum Musicae, the Cremona Festival Orchestra, The Claremont Ensemble, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Manhattan Virtuosi, and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Cesarczyk has performed in many festivals including the Danish GuitarWave festival, playing the works of Per Nørgård, and the Long Island Guitar Festival, where he has performed Steve Reich’s minimalist masterpiece Electric Counterpoint, and David Leisner’s Sonata for violin and guitar. As a member of the Boyadjiev-Cesarczyk duo he performs alongside his wife, violinist Yavet Boyadjiev, and is currently expanding the contemporary violin and guitar repertoire with commissions.

Mr. Cesarczyk is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Andres Segovia Award, the Aaron Copland prize from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), the Artists International Award, a Kosciuszko Foundation Prize, and an Artistic Excellence Award from the New York State Senate.

An active proponent of new music, Mr. Cesarczyk has worked with contemporary greats such as George Crumb, both at the George Crumb Festival in New York, and in collaboration with the composer for his “George Crumb 70th Birthday Album,” released by Bridge Records (1999). A composer in his own right, Mr. Cesarczyk’s Debut CD “Polish Folk Melodies” (2009), featured his arrangements of Polish music for the guitar. His most recent arrangements include music by the King of Thailand and can be heard on the CD “Ekachai Jearakul Plays the Music of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej,” Bangkok, Thailand (2011).

Mr. Cesarczyk began guitar studies with his father, and was educated in New York City, including at the prestigious La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Manhattan School of Music, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree, at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His most influential teachers were guitarists David Starobin and Jerry Willard.

Since 2009, Paul Cesarczyk serves as the Guitar Department Chair at Mahidol University College of Music, in Thailand. He is also on the faculty of the Cremona International Music Academy and Competition, in Italy, during the summer months. His dedication to teaching has produced numerous prize winners in national and international competitions. Mr. Cesarczyk performs on a guitar made by John Price and uses Augustine strings exclusively.

Education background:


Teaching areas:

2. Research/Creative Works

PUBLICATIONS

Cesarczyk, P. (2013). Aranjuez: The Guitar’s Most Famous Concerto played by Ekachai Jaerakul and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Mahidol University Music Journal, Vol. 18, No. 11, (June 2013).

 (2013). Reviews [Review of the concert: The Lord of The Rings]. Mahidol University Music Journal, Vol. 18, No. 11 (June 2013).

(2013). Heitor Villa-Lobos and the Choro Tradition as Reflected in his Prélude No. 2 from Cinq Préludes (1940) for Guitar. Mahidol University Music Journal, Vol. 18, No. 6 (February 2013).

(2013). Reviews [Review of the CD Faces of Love]. Mahidol University Music Journal, Vol. 18, No. 10 (June 2013), pp. 58-9

(2013). A Pedagogical Analysis of Fernando Sor’s Lesson 20, Op. 31. Mahidol University Music Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1 (September 2012), pp. 8-15.

(2011). Legendary Classical Piano Solos (Composer Essays).  London: Music Sales Publications UK. 

 (2011. Legendary Classical Guitar Solos (Composer Essays).  London: Music Sales Publications UK. 

 (2010). Liner Notes [CD Jerry Willard’s A Night at the Opera]. Lyrichord Records, LEMS 8074. 

 (2010). Liner Notes [CD George Gershwin – That Certain Feeling]. Lyrichord Records, LYRCD 6006. 

 (2008). Recent Releases [Review of the CD Tantalus Quartet - Debut]. Guitar Review Magazine, No. 142, Spring 2008. 

 (2008). Liner Notes [CD Jerry Willard-The Baroque Guitar. Music of Sanz, Logy, Murcia and Roncalli]. Lyrichord Records, LEMS 8065. 

 (2007). An Interview with Luigi Attademo. Guitar Review Magazine, No. 135, Winter 2007, pp. 16-20. 

 (2006). Recent Releases [Review of the CD That Certain Feeling – George Gershwin for Guitar]. Guitar Review Magazine, No. 130, Winter 2006. 

 (2004). Liner Notes [CD Jerry Willard Plays. Four Centuries of Lute and Guitar]. Lyrichord Records, LEMS 8051.

 (2003). Concerts in Review [Review of Robert Belinic - Debut]. Guitar Review Magazine, No. 127, 2003.

 

RECORDINGS 
 
Cesarczyk, P. (2011). Royal Guards’ March (Recorded by Ekachai Jearakul and Paul Cesarczyk). Ekachai Jearakul Plays the Music of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (CD). Bangkok, Thailand: Thai Bev Recording.
 
 (2008). Polish Folk Melodies (Paul Cesarczyk, guitar). Guitar Review Magazine CD. New York, New York: Albert Augustine, Ldt. 

 (1999). Star-Child (Paul Cesarczyk, bell-ringer). George Crumb 70th Birthday Album (CD). New Rochelle, New York: Bridge Records. BRIDGE 9095. 

 

Academic Services (outside) 

ADJUDICATION

2013    Asia International Guitar Competition, Bangkok
             Indonesia International Guitar Competition, Jakarta
2012    Asia International Guitar Competition, Bangkok
             Settrade Music Competiton, Thailand
             Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival and Competition, Thailand
2011    Asia International Competition, Bangkok 
             Korat International Festival and Competition, Thailand
             Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival and Competition, Thailand
2010    Asia International Competition, Bangkok 
             Korat International Festival and Competition, Thailand
             Settrade Music Competiton, Thailand
             Bangkok International Festival and Competition
             Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Competition, Thailand
             Mahidol University Sight-Singing Competition 



RECENT PERFORMANCES (2009-13)

2013
Indonesia International Guitar Festival and Competition, Jakarta, Indonesia
         Solo guitar recital 

Cremona International Academy and Competition, Cremona, Italy  
    Haydn: Guitar Quartet, Hob. III: 8
    Vivaldi: Double Concerto for violin and Guitar RV 540

American University Alliance, Chiang Mai, Thailand 
    Solo guitar recital

Thailand International Composition Festival (TICF), Bangkok, Thailand 
    Guitar and string orchestra

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Gudni Emilsson, conductor, Bangkok, Thailand 
     Mahler: Symphony no. 7, mandolin 

Chamber Music Academy Faculty Concert, Mahidol University, Thailand
    Performance of Haydn’s Quartet for Guitar and String Trio, Hob. III: 8

Faculty Woodwind Recital, Mahidol University, Thailand
    Chamber performance with recorder

2012

International Guitar Festival and Competition, Pattaya, Thailand 
    Solo performance and chamber music recital

Guitar Faculty Recital, Mahidol University, Thailand
    Performance of Schubert’s Quartetto for Guitar, Flute, Viola and Cello, D. 96

Graha Cantata Ruhan (Indonesia Guitar Society), Jakarta, Indonesia
    Solo Recital

“Music in the Era of Louis IV”, Mahidol University Choir and Baroque Orchestra, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand and Goethe Institute, Thailand 
     Lute, basso continuo

Early Music Recital III: “Music of the English Renaissance” Bangkok Baroque, Goethe Institute 
    Lute solo, chamber music

Asia International Guitar Festival (AIGF), Bangkok
    Duo recital with violin, Boyadjiev-Cesarczyk Duo

Goethe Institute Auditorium, Bangkok
    Duo recital with violin, Boyadjiev-Cesarczyk Duo

Thailand Guitar Society Hall, Bangkok
    Duo recital with violin, Boyadjiev-Cesarczyk Duo

Asia-Pacific International University, Muak Lek, Thailand
    Duo recital with violin, Boyadjiev-Cesarczyk Duo

Institute Francais d’Birmanie, Yangoon, Myanmar 
    Solo performance

International Guitar Festival and Competition, Pattaya, Thailand 
    Solo performance 



2011

“A Sacred Evening in Salzburg”, Mahidol University Choir and Baroque Orchestra, St. Luis Church, Bangkok, Thailand 
     Lute, basso continuo

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Ligia Amadio, conductor, Bangkok, Thailand 
     Soloist:
    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto no. 1, Op. 99
     Antonio Vivaldi: Lute Concerto RV 93 
 
Mahidol Guitar Faculty Concert, Mahidol University 
    Chamber and Solo Performance

International Guitar Festival and Competition, Korat, Thailand 
     Duo performance 

Faculty Recital: Guitar Duos – Music of Domeniconi, Brouwer and Tedesco, Mahidol University
    Chamber Music Recital

Contemporary Concert: George Crumb’s Mundus Canis, Mahidol University
    Chamber music performance

Mahidol Guitars Night, Sangvian Indaravijaya Auditorium, Bangkok 
    Chamber Performance

Early Music Recital II: Works for Recorder and Lute, Mahidol University
    Chamber Music Recital

Paul Cesarczyk: 500 Years of Guitar Music, Mahidol University
    Solo Recital

Faculty Recital: Guitar Duos – Music of Piazzolla, Rodrigo and Takemitsu, Mahidol University
    Chamber Music Recital

2010    

Early Music Recital I: Music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque, Mahidol University
    Chamber Music recital

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, “Hollywood Night”, Mahidol University
    Stanley Myers: Cavatina, soloist 

Commemorative Concert for Hungarian Nationhood, Siam Paragon
    Chamber music performance 

International Guitar Festival and Competition, Korat, Thailand 
    Solo performance 

Asia International Guitar Festival and Competition, Bangkok, Thailand 
    Solo Performance

Plucked Strings: Music for Lute, Mandolin, and Guitar, Assumption University, Thailand
    Chamber Music performance

2009 

Faculty Recital, Mahidol University, Thailand
    Solo and Chamber Performance

Contemporary Music Recital, Mahidol University
    Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint

Faculty Recital, Mahidol University, Thailand
    Solo performance



Seminars/speaker/Masterclass

 

Thesis Advisor 

 

STUDENT ACOMPLISHMENTS

              2nd prize International Guitar Competition in Kiev, Ukraine

              1st prize III Culiacan International Guitar Competition 2010 in Mexico

              1st prize 11th Antony International Guitar Competition 2010 in Paris France

              1st prize 8th John Duarte International Guitar Competition in Rust Austria

              1st prize 17th Anemos International Music Competition 2010 in Rome Italy

              3rd prize International Guitar Competition 2010 in Fiuggi Italy

              2010 Mozarteum Scholarship Award, Salzburg Austria

 

              1st prize 6th Kyznecov’s International Guitar Competition, Russia (youth category)


              1st prize Asia International Guitar Competition, Thailand (junior category)
Best Thai Player Asia International Guitar Competition, Thailand (senior category)


               1st prize 2nd Korat Guitar Competition
2nd prize (no 1st prize): Thailand International Guitar Competition 


               1st prize (Most Promising Junior Guitarist): Calcutta International Guitar Competition “Nikita Koshkin”, India (junior category)

              
2nd prize Philippine International Guitar Competition, Philippines

              2nd prize 44th Tokyo City Guitar Competition, Tokyo, Japan

 

              2nd prize Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Competition 2010

              2nd prize Korat International Competition 2011 (junior category)

 

             1st Prize (tie) Thailand International Guitar Competition 2009

             3rd Prize Asia International Guitar Festival and Competition

 

              1st Prize Junior Category Asia International Guitar Competition 2009

              
5th Prize Thailand International Guitar Competition 2009

              3rd Prize International Guitar Competition VOLOS, Greece, 2010

 

              1st Prize Thailand International Guitar Competition 2012

              1st Prize Pattaya International Guitar Competition 2012

              3rd Prize Pattaya International Guitar Competition 2011

              3rd Prize Hua Hin International Guitar Competition 2012

              Best Thai Player Prize Asia International Guitar Competition 2012

 

             1st Prize Burapha International Guitar Competition 2012