Beloit College is pleased to present a variety of performances, including recitals by student soloists, music faculty members, and concerts by faculty-directed ensembles. You will find a complete listing of these events scheduled during the current semester at Departmental Performances.
Classical guitarist Paweł Kuźma was born in 1985 in Piekary Śląskie, Poland. He is currently an adjunct professor at The American University in Cairo where he teaches classical guitar and lecturing World Music. Along with composer Bahaa El Ansary, Kuzma co-directs Cairo Impro, a group dedicated to the education and performance of avant-garde improvisation. He is also a member of Cairo Guitar Collective - an ensemble dedicated to promoting classical guitar music in Middle East and Middle Eastern performers and composers in the West. Pawel became co-director of CGC in fall 2017.
As a performing artist, Pawel has given many concerts in Poland, Finland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and, more recently, Egypt. As a teacher, he gave multiple guitar masterclasses and contemporary improvisation workshops in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt.
His passion for classical guitar started in his first year of primary school. Already at the beginning of his musical education, Paweł won prizes at many national and international music competitions, for which he was awarded multiple times with grants from the Polish Ministry of Culture and City Councils. Considered by many to be one of the most promising guitarists in Poland, he graduated from high school with honors.
Paweł continued his education at the Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice, Poland. There, he studied under the renowned Professor Alina Gruszka. During this time, Pawel was awarded a grant by Young Poland, an organization founded by Ministry of Culture.
After graduating from the Szymanowski Academy, Paweł moved to Finland to continue his education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, which is widely considered to be one of the best music programs in the world. Paweł studied there under Doctor Jukka Savijoki.