Pavel Steidl

Pavel Steidl is a classical guitarist who was born in Rakovník in 1961, Czechoslovakia (now in the Czech Republic). He started to play guitar at the age of 8 instructed by his brother. Later he studied at the Prague Conservatory (Milan Zelenka, Arnošt Sádlík) and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Štěpán Rak). He improved his skills participating in masterclasses led by David Russell and Abel Carlevaro. Having won the Radio France de Paris competition in 1982 he got the chance to build his international career. He has given concerts in more than 40 countries of the world (e.g. Spain, Poland, Austria, Costa Rica, Canada, Cuba, Guatemala, Australia, Japan, Great Britain, Mexico, etc.). He performed and recorded a number of pieces of the world guitar repertory, as well as works of Czech composers of the past, and the 20th-century composers. He is a composer himself, too, performing his own pieces at concerts, and he dedicates himself to teaching. In 2003 he was included among the 8 most important world guitarists by the Italian magazine Guitart, and two years later he won the Classical Guitar Award 2005. Pavel Steidl plays many instruments, but mainly Francisco Simplicio (1926) and Franz Butcher (2008), a romantic guitar: copy of J. G. Stauffer guitar made by B. Kresse and original instrument from the beginning of the 19th century Nikolaus G. Ries (ca. 1830). Steidl’s recent projects include the recording of complete collection Kukuk by Joseph Kaspar Mertz, realized together with Martin Krajčo for the Slovak publisher Hudobné centrum in 2021.