Composer, performer and sound artist Peter Machajdík grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia but he has been living in Berlin, Germany for the past 19 years.
At six, he began music lessons and at seven, took up the piano. In the 1980's he was not accepted into the Music Academy of Bratislava because his concept of music, at that time, was heavily influenced by the Western avant-garde. At 27, Machajdík graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava. Peter Machajdík first became internationally recognised after the success of his multi media work Intimate Music featuring one of the most innovative singers and percussionists David Moss at Inventionen 1994 in Berlin. His prolific output has since been performed and broadcast around the world, placing him in the front rank of today's composers. His major works include Double Bayan Concerto, Nell'autunno del suo abbraccio insonne for Italian harpist Floraleda Sacchi, Nájdené zabudnuté for orchestra, both Kyrie and Domine for mixed choir and tubular bells, and Namah for string orchestra which was premiered by Estonian conductor Anu Tali at the Concert Hall of the Slovak Radio Bratislava in 2002, and was also a featured work at both the Epoche and Divertimento Musicale festivals in 2006.
Peter has been a freelance composer and sound artist since 1992. He has received numerous commissions and awards from, among others, the Kulturfonds Foundation, Russolo-Pratella Foundation, Slovak Music Fund, Czech Radio, German Accordion Society, Bratislava Music Festival, and International Visegrad Fund. In 1992 he was invited to live and work in Berlin as a guest of the prestigious DAAD Künstlerprogramm. Peter was also the composer in residence at Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany, at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany, and at Künstlerhaus Lukas in Ahrenshoop on the German Baltic coast. In 2006 he was awarded the Jan Levoslav Bella Prize, the most significant classical music award in Slovakia.
Peter's compositions may be heard on Decca, Musica slovaca, Albany Records, Amadeus Arte, Czech Radio, ReR Megacorp, Azyl Records, Slovak Music Bridge, and Pavlik Records.