Maciej Pawela is a piano teacher and performer who was born in Poland, and after immigrating to Australia in 1983 now lives and works in Sydney.
Maciej attended the State School of Music in Bytom and went on to study piano performance at the Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. He completed his Master of Arts degree with Distinction in 1981.
During his student days he was awarded the Frederic Chopin Society scholarship in Warsaw twice, was awarded first place at the Prokofiev competition in Katowice, was a prize-winner at the Polish Pianistry Festival in Slupsk, and was the winner of the Piano Trio category in the All-Poland Chamber Music Competition in Lodz. He then held a piano teaching position at the Silesian University in Katowice.
After immigrating to Australia, he has taken an active role in the musical life of his new homeland, including recordings for ABC radio and television, SBS radio, 2MBSFM radio, and Channel 7 TV. His chamber music collaborations include Richard Tognetti, Georg Pedersen, Wanda Wilkomirska, Natalie Chee, Alex Todicescu, Christina Leonard, amongst many others. Maciej has also organised several concerts as the president of the Chopin Society of Sydney for young Australian musicians and contemporary Australian composers.
Maciej currently runs a busy studio on Sydney’s North Shore, in addition to teaching at Sydney Grammar School and in association with the University of New South Wales. In his teaching Maciej aims to broaden the musical horizons of students by studying music of a variety of genres and music by lesser-known composers of a number of cultures, to encourage students to participate in ensemble groups, and to gain experience teaching for themselves. Maciej has assisted numerous students to forge successful musical careers in a broad range of contexts, including academic, compositional, educational and performative, and wishes to assist future students to reach their musical goals.