Paweł Gusnar is a soloist, chamber and session musician, teacher and professor of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Kiejstut & Grażyna Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. Hestudied the saxophone at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and the Fryderyk Chopin Academy ofMusic in Warsaw. In 2016 he was appointed pro-rector for foreign affairs at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Gusnar is a versatile artist, open to many styles and forms of expression. He is one of a few saxophone players to display an equally high level of musicianship in classical music, pop and jazz. He has contributed significantly to establish and promote Polish works for the saxophone, performing more than ten Polish and foreign first performances each year. He is the dedicatee of more than 70 compositions. Thanks to Gusnar, Polish repertoire for the saxophone has become recognized in major music centres around the world. He also promotes Polish compositions through sheet music published under his name (Paweł Gusnar Collection, published by Ars Musica). Orchestral Studies for Saxophone edited by the artist was released in 2018.
Paweł Gusnar performs in major philharmonic and chamber concert venues in Poland and abroad. He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra , Concerto Avenna, Capella Bydgostiensis, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Baltica, the Płock Symphony Orchestra, the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Croatia), Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, Great Britain), Orchestre Valentiana (France), the “Academia” Lviv Chamber Orchestra and with nearly every philharmonic orchestra in Poland. He works with practically every symphony orchestra in Poland, including the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as with jazz and pop ensembles including Adam Sztaba, Zygmunt Kukla’s Kukla Band, Tomasz Szymuś and Krzysztof Herdzin. Gusnar plays live and is a session musician (numerous productions for television, including for Polish Television, TVN and Polsat).
Paweł Gusnar plays on more than 50 CDs, including records released under his own name and with his own compositions. He was nominated for the prestigious title of Corypheus of Polish Music (2014, 2015, 2017).
As an unquestioned expert, he is invited to juries of competitions and leads master classes in the best music centres around the world, from South Korea and China to the Ukraine, Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Estonia, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy France and Spain. Paweł works with YAMAHA, BG Franck Bichon and D’Addario.