Pavel Steidl


Pavel Steidl was born in Rakovnik (Czech Republic). Since he won first prize at the Radio France International Competition in Paris in 1982, he has become one of the most widely celebrated soloists of his generation. Between the membres of the jury were names of such artist like Alexander Tansman, Antonio Lauro , Maria Luisa Anido.

In 1987 he decided to emigrate to Netherland were after years of studying and getting inspiration from many different artist he has created his own style which is not ignoring authentic way of intepretatione 19th-century guitar literature on periodic instruments and going far to some world music elements.

Pavel Steidl also composes himself and his own compositions are often played on his concerts.

He played in more then 50 countries of the world from among Canada, USA, China, India, Japan, Europe, South and Central America and many others.

On demand of Italian Guitar Magazine Guitart the readers decided to choose him as a guitar player of the year 2004.

Pavel Steidl is a pedagogue of classical guitar at the Academy of performing arts in Prague.

Pavel Steidl plays many instruments, but mainly Francisco Simplicio (1926) and Franz Butcher (2008), Walter Verreydt (2016), Federico Sheppard (2016), romantic guitar: copies of J.G.Stauffer guitar made by B.Kresse and original instrument  from the beginning of the 19th century Nikolaus G.Ries cca. 1830.

Hudebni Mladi – Supraphone (1983), Tyden Nove Tvorby – Panton (1984), Pavel Steidl Debut – Panton (1985), Guitar / Music of the 18 th and 19 th centuries – Panton (1993), Masters of the Czech Classical Guitar – Pehy (1994), Kdyz mam nohy o mesic opreny – Panton (1994), Cantabile – Erasmus (1995) (with Jan Opsitos – violin), L. Legnani – 36 caprices op. 20, Fantasia op. 19 – Naxos (1998), N.COSTE – Guitar Music Vol.3 – Naxos (2000), N. Paganini – Sonate & Ghiribizzi for guitar – (Frame 2001) Italy, J. K. Mertz – Bardeklange, (Frame 2003), Four Agreements – fast book (spoken word – Jaroslav Dušek), (Tympanum 2009), And you go to Ithaca too – solo CD (William recording, 2013), European Guitar Quartet – Danza (Dr.Heart Music, 2014), Born to run – Ch.McDougall, fast book (spoken word – Jaroslav Dušek, Mladá fronta, 2015).

“Here was a guitarist who knew how to laugh with the music and share the joke with his audience. But behind the entertainer lies a serious artist, whose extended composition in memory of Jana Obrovska proved fully capable of stirring emotions at the other end of the scale. Never was a standing ovation more richly deserved. Pavel Steidl had won the hearts and minds of a capacity crowd.”

(Classical guitar magazine)