Maciej Frąckiewicz - classical accordion


Winner of the 20th ‘Arrasate Hiria’ International Accordion Competition in Spain (2012), one of the most prestigious competitions in this category. In 2013 he received the “Polityka” magazine “Passport” award for “very mature and diverse interpretations of contemporary music and other music genres. For courage, daring and consistency. For enriching the musical repertoire. For his concert creations and stimulating our imagination, as well as his persuasive strength”.

He is also a laureate of prestigious international accordion competitions in Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Italy and Spain – he won GWK Competition in Münster (2015), he received 2nd prize at the 42nd International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal, Germany (in a duo with Magdalena Bojanowicz, 2008); Grand Prix at the 8th Competition of 20th- and 21st-century Music for Young Performers in Radziejowice ISCM (2009); 1st award and two extra-curricular awards at the 3rd Michał Spisak International Music Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza (2009); 1st prize at the 13th ‘Carlo Civardi’ International Accordion Competition in Val Tidone, Italy (2010); special award at the 14th International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Cracow (in a duo with Magdalena Bojanowicz, 2010); 1st prize at the 3rd Andrzej Krzanowski International Accordion Competition in Czechowice-Dziedzice (2010). In 2008 he was chosen as one of 7 finalists of the Polish eliminations to the Eurovision Young Musicians International Competition.

In 2010 he represented the Polish Radio at the ‘New Talent’ International Forum of Young Performers organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

In 2012 he graduated with distinction Master Degree from the accordion class of prof. Klaudiusz Baran at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He did

postgraduate diploma Konzertexamen at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold (Germany) in the class of prof. Grzegorz Stopa. He was also a Socrates – Erasmus student at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona) in the class of Iñaki Alberdi.

He participated in masterclasses given in Ottweiler (Germany), Salzburg and Vienna, where he worked under the supervision of such professors as: Włodzimierz Lech Puchnowski, Yuri Shishkin, Teodoro Anzellotti, Geir Draugsvoll, Mie Miki, Claudio Jacomucci, Matti Rantanen, Stefan Hussong and Julius Berger.

In 2012 he was laureate of a DAAD award for the best foreign student at HFM Detmold. He received a number of scholarships, including the Minister of Culture’s prestigious “Young Poland” scholarship for his CD recording of Polish contemporary music (in a duo with Magdalena Bojanowicz). This Sarton label release was nominated to ‘Fryderyk’ award (Polish Phonography Academy award) in two categories: Best Contemporary Music Album and Best Polish Music Recording. In 2014 he released his debut solo CD (DUX) with pieces by Bach, Gubaidulina, Franck, Tuchowski and a premiere recording of Sinfonietta for accordion solo by Krzysztof Penderecki which was nominated to ‘Fryderyk’ in category „Best Solo Recital”.

In June 2012 he was the first solo accordionist in history to appear with the Polish National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (Chopin University diploma concert). He also performed with symphony orchestras (including the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra) under the baton of Łukasz Borowicz, José Maria Florêncio, Jacek Kaspszyk, Michał Klauza, Marek Moś, Renato Rivolta, Ruben Silva, Lukas Vis and Young Chill Lee. He appeared in festivals in Poland and abroad (including the “Warsaw Autumn” Festival, “Polish Music Festival” in Cracow, “La Folle Journée”, Farinelli Festival in Adria (Italy) “Neue Horizonten” in Hanover, „Moscow Autumn”, “Two Days and Two Nights” in Odessa and “Musique au Leman” in Thonon-les-Bains in France).

Recently he has performed recitals during Folefest in Lisbon or Latvian New Music Days in Riga. He has been invited as a jury member in Accordion Competition in Castelfidardo in Italy and in Lisobon in Portugal. He has recorded for the Polish Radio, the Polish Television, LR3 Latvijas Radio, Radio de Portugal, DeutschlandRadio Kultur und WDR3.

Important part of his career is cooperation with such composers as Krzysztof Penderecki, Paweł Szymański, Dariusz Przybylski, Cezary Duchnowski, Wojciech Blecharz, Jagoda Szmytka; he has premiered over 60 pieces.

His next major activities included newest CD with Mozart pieces, recital during Moscow Autumn as well as premiere of new Accordion Concerto by Zygmunt Krauze.

Maciej Frąckiewicz plays on a Pigini Nova, an instrument considered one of the best accordions in the world.

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NameFrąckiewicz, Maciej
Date of Birth1988-11-24
Born inPoland, Europe
Main languagePolish
Additional languages German,  English 
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"The accordionist skilfully sketches contrasting profiles of the compositions using expressive, sharp and acute sounds interchangeably with majestic or sophisticated, lyric and soft ones. His insight into Baroque, Post-Romantic and Avant-garde style is very convincing. He enchants the listeners with cantilena and sounds' accumulation, particularly in virtuoso fragments, attracts their attention by exploring possibilities of his concert instrument which occasionally resembles organ and at other times – electronic music. His music demonstrates contrasts, is mature and evocative, creates a gloomy or solemn and elevated atmosphere. Maciej Frąckiewicz takes the listeners for a spiritual journey which becomes eschatological at times."
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I do not think I have ever heard an accordion that would sound in such a spectacular and intimate way at the same time. Natural and original phrasing in Johann Sebastian Bach's Partita in C minor No. 2 was astounding. Maciej Frąckiewicz is a sensitive musician whose intuitive sense of pulse, emotions and dramaturgy is undeniable. The strength of his performance lies in expressive articulation, broad dynamic range and narrative unconstraint which enables the artist to intensify the culminations. A feast for the ears and the soul.

(Maciej Chiżyński – Fryderyk Chopin Institute)
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