Karol Samuelčík

Karol Samuelčík was born in 1991, in Banská Bystrica (Slovakia), where he attended the Primary Arts School as a pupil of Zuzana Meleková. After the years at the Žilina Conservatory (Ján Labant) he became a student of the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava in the class of Jozef Zsapka. He has graduated with the highest honours, the Prize of the Rector, in 2016. He boosted his musical progress spending months in Spain where he studied with famous Margarita Escarpa. Having acquired his PhD degree at the Bratislava Academy (under the guidance of the renowned professor J. Zsapka) he became a a teacher there. Karol has performed in numerous cities in Slovakia and abroad (Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Greece, Great Britain, China, Hong Kong...). He realized a tour in South America (Argentine, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil). As a soloist he has performed with the Slovak Philharmonic, the Slovak State Philharmonic Košice, Sinfonietta Žilina, Cappella Istropolitana, Hong Kong Metropolitan Pop Orchestra and with the string ensemble Mucha Quartet. He has attended a lot of international guitar festivals and participated in masterclasses led by such great artists like Brouwer, Assad, Steidl, Domeniconi, Socías, Smits, Dylla, Pierri, Marchione, Dyens and others. Karol gained many prizes at international competitions (the J. K. Mertz International Guitar Competition, the Slovak Conservatories Students Competition, the International Guitar Competition of Ivan Ballo, Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Program, the Thailand International Guitar Competition, the International Competition in Udine, Forum Gitarre Wien). He was awarded the Student Personality of Slovakia in 2016/2017 in the category of Culture and Arts. He recorded 2 CDs for the Diskant label: the debut CD with compositions by Albéniz, Bach and Asencio and CD “Impresiones de Catalunya” with music by Catalan composers. He is a promise of a strong artistic personality in Slovakia and abroad. Karol is playing the Masaki Sakurai guitar, model Maestro and early-romantic instrument (model Stauffer) by Slovak maker Martin Okenica.