He graduated from the composition faculty of the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
He has written scores for some of the biggest Polish blockbusters of recent years including Never Ever, Just Love Me and Crime Detectives. Emotive and powerful, his film soundtracks create a proper ambiance as well as tell the story. His watermark is to combine contemporary electronic sounds with traditional instruments, which makes his compositions sound original and unique.
As a musical arranger and producer, he collaborates with the leading stars of the Polish music scene, including Kayah and Ania Dabrowska. His song Who Knows performed by De Su is one of the most frequently broadcast Polish and, more recently, Hungarian, Christmas songs. His song from the film The Stand-ins performed by Kayah and Tango de amor from the film Never ever have enjoyed significant popularity as well. Films with his soundtracks boast an audience of over 10 million, while his released soundtrack albums have achieved golden and platinum status.
His contemporary classical music is well known for its expressiveness, textural and formal invention, and individual postmodern approach. Maciej Zielinski is an award winner at many musical contests including two international (Germany, Czech Republic). His music has been performed at the most important festivals such as the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Synthesizer-Musik-Festival in Brunswick, Musica del Novecento in Rome, the European Youth Music Festivalin Copenhagen, the Park Lane Festival in London, the World Music Days in Romania and have been broadcast by many international radio stations. Recently, in August 2014, he was invited to be a featured composer of Presteigne Festival in Wales, where three of his compositions were performed, including British premiere of cello concerto (Gemma Rosefield). Since 1997 his scores have been published by PWM.
His music has been released on over 30 albums. The album that contains The I String Quartet performed by DAFO quartet, received the Frederic 2000 Award. September 2011 saw the release of his classical monographic album Across the Millenniums. In February 2012 he received a nomination for the Frederic 2012 award in the category “Best Composer of the Year” together with Krzysztof Penderecki and Wojciech Kilar. Recently his album V Symphony received nomination for the Frederic 2014 award in the category “Best album of the Year”.
During the 2011 - 2012 season Maciej Zielinski enjoyed the status of the Composer-In-Residence at the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Fot. Marta Filipczyk