Marcin Dylla: After having won 17 first prizes at the most prestigious international music competitions and having been awarded a number of audience and orchestra prizes additionally, Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla has just now received his 18th trophy: On October 21, 2007 he got the gold medal of the ‘Guitar Foundation of America International Competition’ in Los Angeles which can be considered as the most important guitar contest around the globe.
Many music critics, connoisseurs and music lovers certify that he leads the world elite of classical guitar players. Cecilia Rodrigo, daughter and executor of the legendary Spanish composer and creator of the ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’, Joaquin Rodrigo, has chosen Marcin Dylla to perform the world premiere of a lately discovered new guitar work by her father entitled ‘Toccata’ (1933) on June 1, 2006 at Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art in Madrid.
So far, he has played in a number of distinguished concert halls such as Konzerthaus, Musikverein and Palais Lobkovitz in Vienna (Austria), Auditorio Nacional and Auditorio Conde Duque in Madrid (Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (Russian Federation), Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo (USA), Villa Hügel in Essen (Germany) and the Palazzina Liberty in Milan (Italy).
Apart from his guest performances at virtually every major European and North American guitar festival, Marcin Dylla has been regularly invited to appear at international music festivals including Festival Internazionale Settimane Musicali di Stresa (Italy), Don Quijote Music Festival (Paris, France), Burghofspiele Eltville (Germany), International Festival Musical Olympus (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation), Inverno Musicale (Alzano, Italy), Central European Music Festival (Zilinai, Lithuania), Festival Internacional de Música (Toledo, Italy) and Musique Dans la Rue (Aix-en-Provence, France). In February 2007 Marcin performed as a soloist with the Hermitage State Orchestra at the Hermitage Festival in St. Petersburg.
Furthermore he has cooperated with various orchestras and conductors in Europe and the United States such as JoAnn Falletta, Alexander Rahbari, Mariusz Smolij, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (USA), Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Television Espanola (RTVE Madrid, Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra (Russian Federation), Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino (Italy) and the Essen Chamber Orchestra (Germany).
Marcin Dylla was born in Chorzow in 1976. He received his first guitar lessons at the Ruda Slaska Music Conservatory in his native Poland. From 1995 to 2000 he studied at the Music Academy of Katowice with Adi Wanda Palacz. He then completed his studies with Prof. Oscar Ghiglia, Prof. Sonja Prunnbauer and Prof. Carlo Marchione at the Music Academies of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands), respectively.
Among his most recent highlights rank an exceedingly successful tour of the United States in September and October 2007 performing Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ in a number of concerts with the Fort Collins Symphony under Wes Kenney and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and the Riverside Symphonia under the baton of Mariusz Smolij.