Marcin Patrzalek

Marcin Patrzałek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmar.t͡ɕin patˈʂa.wɛk]; born October 6, 2000) is a Polish percussive fingerstyle guitarist, composer and producer. He is known for combining fingerstyle, percussive guitar techniques as well as electronic and orchestral production.[1][2][3] He gained popularity in 2015 after winning the ninth edition of Polish talent show Must Be The Music,[4] the prize for which was 100,000 Polish złoty and an additional 100,000 złoty for promotion of his music on Polish radio station RMF FM.[5] After local success he went on to release his debut record HUSH, the release of which was accompanied by singles including Patrzalek's percussive arrangement of Isaac Albéniz's "Asturias";[6] the video of the arrangement was released through fingerstyle label CandyRat Records. In subsequent years Patrzałek's popularity grew rapidly beyond Polish borders due to multiple viral releases online. His videos were posted by notable publishers such as Metal Hammer and Classic FM, as well as independently.[7][1] Patrzalek's performances have amassed around 100 million views online, the main contributors to this number being his solo acoustic guitar arrangements of Beethoven's fifth symphony, "Toxicity" by System of a Down and Paganini's "Caprice no. 24".

Marcin Patrzałek
Marcin Patrzalek Acoustic Guitar 2.jpg
Background information
Born (2000-10-06) October 6, 2000 (age 20)
Kielce, Poland
Occupation(s)Musician, guitarist, arranger
InstrumentsAcoustic guitar, flamenco guitar
Years active2015-present

In 2018 Patrzałek became an official endorser of Ibanez acoustic guitars.[2][3] At the end of the same year he won the 5th edition of major Italian TV talent show Tu Si Que Vales, broadcast by Canale 5,[8] receiving a standing ovation from the judges for the first time ever in the show. The prize for winning was €100,000.[9]


Patrzałek started playing the guitar at age 10 when he picked up classical guitar under the guidance of local teacher Jerzy Pikor.[5][10] After two years he started studying flamenco techniques, being taught by Spanish guitarist Carlos Pinana. Later, at age 13, Patrzalek started playing fingerstyle on an acoustic guitar.[2][5] It quickly became his main instrument and after around a year of self-taught practice in 2015 he won the ninth edition of Polish talent-show Must Be The Music. Around that time he started creating electronic music on his computer and combining it with guitar playing, which later resulted in the creation of his debut record HUSH. In March 2018 it was announced that Patrzałek had become an official endorser of Ibanez guitars - he plays the AE900-NT and AVD80-NT models.

In 2016, Patrzałek released his debut LP, HUSH. The album is composed of ten pieces: six original tracks (acoustic guitar with electronic and orchestral production elements), two arrangements and two electronic remixes. The album was released independently on October 7, 2016, with distribution in Poland by Polish label My Music.[11] In the same year Patrzałek became a finalist in the International Fingerstyle Competition Guitar Masters and next year won first prize in the International Classical Guitar Joaquin Rodrigo Competition.[12]

In 2018 Marcin Patrzałek became the winner of a major talent show for the second time. He was victorious in the fifth edition of Tu Si Que Vales in Italy. During his audition Patrzałek played his Beethoven's 5th Symphony arrangement and received four positive votes from the judges as well as 100% "yes" votes from the live studio audience; the judges gave Patrzałek a "golden buzzer" pass to the final. There he performed original arrangements of "Asturias" combined with "Innuendo" by Queen. Patrzalek competed against three other contestants in the final and won with over 50 percent of votes from the television audience.[8][9]

On November 12, 2018, Patrzałek released his first EP titled revAMP, a compilation of his most popular arrangements. Earlier in the year an original single was released titled "Baba Yaga".[6]

In 2019, he auditioned for season 14 of America's Got Talent. During the judge cuts round, he was one of seven acts that successfully advanced to the live shows round [13] but eventually eliminated at semi-finals.[14]


  1. ^ a b "This solo guitar arrangement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony is sensational". Classic FM. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  2. ^ a b c LTD., HOSHINO GAKKI CO. "Marcin Patrzałek () | Ibanez guitars". Archived from the original on 2018-10-04. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  3. ^ a b "Guitar Summit 2018: Acoustic & Electric Party". GITARRE & BASS (in German). 2018-07-26. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  4. ^ "Introducing talented guitarist Marcin Patrzałek". Music Crowns. 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  5. ^ a b c, Anna Bilska. "Chłopak z gitarą rozkochał w sobie całą Polskę. Poznajcie Marcina z Kielc zwycięzcę "Must be the Music" (WIDEO)". (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  6. ^ a b "Marcin Patrzałek". Spotify. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  7. ^ Marcin Patrzalek (2016-08-11), Marcin Patrzalek - Toxicity (System of a Down) - Solo Acoustic Guitar, retrieved 2018-10-04
  8. ^ a b "Rep". Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  9. ^ a b "Chi è Marcin Patrzalek, vincitore di 'Tu si que vales 2018'". Today (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  10. ^ "Studium gitary klasycznej w Kielcach – Jerzy Pikor Nauka gry na gitarze. » O szkole". (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  11. ^ "Marcin Patrzałek Hush CD". (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  12. ^ Guitar Masters 2016 (2016-11-15), Guitar Masters 2016 - Fingerstyle - Live Stream, retrieved 2018-10-04
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