Born in 1940 in Warsaw, Maciej Malecki studied composition in the Academy of Music in Warsaw (currently the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music) under Professor Kazimierz Sikorski and the piano under Natalia Hornowska.
In 1965 he was awarded diplomas in both specialities (including a distinction for the piano). He completed his education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, USA.
After his studies, for several years he performed in the piano duo along with Jerzy Derfel, another Polish composer and pianist. In the 1970s he used to write music for the theatre, TV, radio and movies.
In the next decade, he gave up this type of work and began to write concert music. In 1993 he became President of the Polish Composers' Association and held this function for three terms.
Contemplations at the Fountain (Double Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba and Orchestra) was written in the summer of 2010 for the husband/wife percussion duo Hob-beats (Magdalena Kordylasińska and Miłosz Pękala). The world premiere of the work took place during my jubilee concert in November of the same year. The title of the work was born at a fountain...