“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)
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.
Previously, he studied with guitarists Milan Zelenka and Stephan Rak in Prague. In 1987, he decided to immigrate to the Netherlands where, after years of studies and gaining inspiration from many different artists, he has created his own style, one facet of which is the authentic interpretation 19th century guitar music on periodic instruments.
Pavel Steidl is also a composer and he often plays his own compositions in concert. He has played in more than 40 countries including Canada, the USA, China, India, Japan, Europe and South and Central America.
The readers of Italian Guitar Magazine Guitart, voted him guitar player of the year in 2004.
Pavel Steidl plays many instruments, but mainly those made by Francisco Simplicio (1926) and by Franz Butcher (2008). He is also accustomed to playing romantic guitars: some copies of J. G. Stauffer guitars, made by B. Kresse, and an original one from the beginning of the 19th century by Nikolaus G. Ries ca. 1830.
Hudebni Mladi – Supraphone (1983)
Tyden Nove Tvorby – Panton (1984)
Pavel Steidl Debut – Panton (1985)
Guitar Music of the 18th and 19th 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 Dusek) – Tympanum (2009)
And You to Ithaca Too – William recording (2013)
European Guitar Quartet – Danza (Dr. Heart Music, 2014)