"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 on June 14, 1961. He started playing guitar at the age of eight and his first teacher was his brother. He graduated from Prague Conservatoire where he was taught, among others, by Milan Zelenka and Arnošt Sádlík. He continued his studies at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts,under guidance of Štěpán Rak. Besides classical studies, Pavel Steidl also gained experience by attending master classes led by David Russell and Abel Carlevaro. Other valuable experience was gained by participating in many competitions and number of music festivals.
In 1982 he became the winner of Radio France de Paris competition. This success has definitely opened his way to building an international career. He had concerts in over 30 countries (Canada, Cuba, Spain, Poland, Austria, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Australia, Japan, Great Britain, Mexico and many others). He has recorded many compositions of the world repertoire as well as Czech composers,not only of the past but also of the 20th century. Pavel Steidl also composes his own music and often enriches his concerts with his own compositions.
He is an author of many successful albums, whether solo or in collaboration with other outstanding musicians (eg with the violinist Jan Opšitoš ). You can also hear the virtuous play of Pavel Steidl next to the spoken word of actor Jaroslav Dušek on a favorite audio book "The Four Agreements".
The Italian magazine Guitart ranked Paul Steidel among the 8 most important world guitarists in 2003. Three years later he was awarded the Classical Guitar Award 2005.