"Playing guitar has been part of my life for twenty-six years and I still immensely enjoy discovering new possibilities on the instrument."
Adam Pavlíček is a guitarist, composer, and music teacher. He was born in Prague in 1985 and began playing the guitar on his 10th birthday. From 2001 to 2010, he studied classical guitar at the Prague Conservatory and the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU), with an exchange at the academy in Zurich. Interpreting classical music is still an important current framing his musical development. However, the focus of his expression is in his own compositions for solo guitar, in which he combines classical technique and percussive fingerstyle playing. The harmonies he uses are close to pop, rock, and folk. However, these are instrumental compositions whose form is closer to classical music. In 2021, Adam published his debut album as a composer, Before You Arrived, performed a number of concerts, began developing a method book for guitar, remained active as a teacher, and begun preparing the compositions for his next album. Recently Adam published recording of classical guitar piece Kytice (Bouquet) by Milan Zelenka.
International Guitar Festival Visegrad 2004 (concerts in Wroclav, Prague, Nitra and Budapest)
Opening concert of the Guitar Across Styles festival in 2017
Concert with the world-renowned guitarist Peter Finger in Domažlice in March 2019
Performance with the Berg Orchestra in November 2019
considerable concert halls and clubs: Atrium na Žižkově, Rudolfinum - Sukova síň, Chodovská tvrz, Palác Templ (Mladá Boleslav), Karolinum, Divadlo Gong, Pálffyho palác, Galerie Hamu, Balbínova poetická hospůdka, Malostranská beseda, DOX Centrum současného umění
Summer Guitar Workshop Krzyżowa 2004 in Poland
nternational Guitar Courses Nové Strašecí 2004-2008
Viersener Musiksommer 2008 in Germany
the 31th International Musical Summer Academy Lenk in Switzerland
Competition of Conservatories of the Czech Republic 2004 (2nd price)
Guitar Master Course Nové Strašecí 2004 (1st price)
11th Days of Classical Guitar Štramberk 2006 (2nd price)
Competitions of Guitar Across Styles festival:
SAI Guitar Competition 2015 (3rd place)
SAI Guitar Competition 2016 (1st place)
(copies of the diplomas are shown below)
Prague Conservatory (degree: Dis.)
Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (degree: BcA.)
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Erasmus exchange)
Tomáš Berka, Zdeněk Baštinec, prof. Milan Zelenka, Anders Miolin
BcA. Adam Pavlíček
Adam Pavlíček was born on January 27th 1985 in Prague. He felt an attraction to music from early childhood and was gradually more and more captivated by the idea of playing an instrument. He chose the guitar.
He began playing the guitar on his 10th birthday. He was immediately enchanted by the instrument and practicing, playing, improvising, and composing all became natural components of his life.
Adam acquired the basics of guitar technique by studying the guitar composers of the 18th and 19th centuries. He studied with the versatile musician and guitarist Tomáš Berka, who also inspired him to improvise. He soon decided to apply to the conservatory. Zdeněk Baštinec, a professor at the Prague Conservatory at the time, prepared him for the entrance exam.
In 2001, he was accepted to study at both the Prague Conservatory and the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory. He chose to study classical guitar at the Prague Conservatory. His teacher was Zdeněk Baštinec and then Prof. Milan Zelenka (from the third to sixth year).
During his studies at the Prague Conservatory (2001-2007), he was successful at several competitions (1) st Guitar Master Course Nové Strašecí 2004, The 2nd Competition of Conservatories of the Czech Republic 2004, 11th Days of Classical Guitar Štramberk 2006 - copies of the diplomas are shown below) and participated in a number of guitar courses in the Czech Republic and abroad (Summer Guitar Workshop Krzyżowa 2004 in Poland, International Guitar Courses Nové Strašecí 2004-2008, Viersener Musiksommer 2008 in Germany, and the 31th International Musical Summer Academy Lenk in Switzerland). In addition to numerous school concerts, Adam performed at a number of events already as a student (Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary). He focused on solo playing and chamber ensemble music. In addition to interpreting music of all historical periods, he also composed his own music and occasionally attended jazz guitar lessons with David Dorůžka and Libor Šmoldas.
After graduating from the Prague Conservatory, Adam continued studying guitar at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Prof. Milan Zelenka. He spent the final year of his bachelor's programme on an exchange at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zurich, where he studied with the remarkable teacher and guitarist Anders Miolin. After graduating with a BcA., he decided not to pursue further studies and focus on his own work and contemporary popular genres instead.
2010 to the present
Since 2010, he has mostly performed solo, presenting his own work or a classical repertoire. He occasionally plays with the violinist Marko Ferenc in their duo, Nuages. He was also part of several ensembles (Millitrio, Naboso, Corpus Delicti) and has collaborated with various musicians (Marcela Brožová, the Musica Diversata ensemble, Z Hecu, Aleš Petržela, and others).
Adam is active as a teacher at the J. Suk Elementary Music School in Benešov. He has also taught at the International Conservatory of Prague, Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague, the Orphenica Elementary Music School, and the International School of Music and Fine Arts Prague.
Among Adam's recent successes are the inclusion of his recital as part of the Morning Concert of Czech Radio (2013); 3rd place at the SAI 2015 Guitar Competition and 1st place in 2016, leading to a performance at the opening concert of the Guitar Across Styles festival in 2017; a joint concert with the world-renowned guitarist Peter Finger in Domažlice in March 2019; a performance with the Berg Orchestra in November 2019. In Autumn 2021 Adam published his debut album as a composer, Before You Arrived.