Born in 1979 in Wrocław, he obtained an MSc degree from the Department of Engineering and Economics at the Wrocław University of Economics and a degree with honours in composition from Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil’s class at the Department of Composition, Conducting, Music Theory and Music Therapy of the Academy of Music in Wrocław. In 2005–6 he studied composition with York Höller at the High School of Music in Cologne as part of the Socrates-Erasmus student exchange programme. Since 2008 he has been on the faculty of the Wrocław Academy of Music, where he obtained his DMus Degree in 2012. He is also the Artistic Director of the Musica Polonica Nova Polish Contemporary Music Festival in Wrocław, and a member of the Warsaw Autumn Programme Board.
His numerous accolades and scholarships include a participation in the four-year Programme for the Promotion of 13 Composers created by the European Krzysztof Penderecki Music Centre (from 2007), membership of the Academy of Young Scholars and Artists (2010), and the Decoration of Honour Meritorious for Polish Culture presented by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2017).
He has participated in masterclasses and workshops for composers taught by Peter Eötvös, Luca Francesconi, Anders Hillborg, Marco Stroppa, Horatiu Radulescu, Ivan Fedele, and others. Paweł Hendrich’s works have been performed at such festivals as the Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova and Musica Electronica Nova in Wrocław, Festival of World Premieres in Katowice, Audio Art in Warsaw and Cracow, Poznań Music Spring, Musica Viva in Munich, Frankfurten Positionen, Rudens Kamermūzikas Festivāls in Riga, Suså Festival in Næstved, Rudersdal Sommerkoncerter in Hørsholm, Lotus Festival, Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, World Music Days in Wrocław, University of Louisville New Music Festival, Słuchalnia in Toruń, New Waves in Gdańsk, and Katowice JazzArt Festival, as well as in concerts in Poland, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary, Malta, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Japan, China and the United States. Their performers have included the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (New Music Orchestra), Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Plural Ensemble, Bydgoszcz Philharmonic, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Musikfabrik, LUX:NM, KammarensembleN, Illinois Modern Ensemble, Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, orkest de ereprijs, Lutosławski Quartet, LutosAir Quintet, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Wrocław Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, Tech-no Orchestra, Sound Factory Orchestra, Arcis-Ensemble, Polish Jeunesses Musicales Orchestra, Warsaw Group Cellonet, NFM Leopoldinum String Trio, Kwartludium, an_ARCHE New Music Ensemble, Melos Ethos Ensemble, and Kwadrofonik, under the baton of conductors such as Szymon Bywalec, Fabián Panisello, Peter Eötvös, Anu Tali, Clemens Heil, Diego Masson, Wim Boerman, Maciej Koczur, Andrzej Bauer, and Zsolt Nagy, and by soloists such as Elżbieta Woleńska, Mikołaj Pałosz, Rafał Łuc, Adam Bałdych, Ignaz Lisiecki, and others.
In the 2016/2017 artistic season Hendrich was a composer-in-residence to Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej at Katowice’s Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (financed by the Institute of Music and Dance).
The composer has been programming and composing in the Max environment for a dozen years. With Cezary Duchnowski and Sławomir Kupczak he plays in the live electroacoustic group Phonos ek Mechanes. The Trio has participated in festivals of improvised, contemporary and electroacoustic music, as well as giving concerts in Poland and abroad.
In 2010 DUX released the album Chamber Works, dedicated to Paweł Hendrich’s music, and followed in 2017 by Metaforma. In 2012 Bôłt Records released Phonos ek Mechanes’ first CD entitled C+–. In addition, his works have appeared on about a dozen other albums, including under the Ensemble Modern label.
Selected works: Gnothi seautonfor chamber orchestra (2001), Let Your Spirit Descend for speaker, tenor, baritone, bass and two female choirs (2002), Heterochronia for large symphony orchestra (2002–4), Anepigraph for small orchestra (2005), Diversicorium for chamber ensemble (2005), Phonarium I, sound installation (2005), Phonarium II, sound installation (2006), Multivalentis for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (2006), Metasolidus for symphony orchestra (2005–7), Cyclostratusfor violin, bass clarinet, percussion, piano and beatbox (2008), Hyloflex for string orchestra (2007–9), Hyloflex for computer (2009), Liolit for chamber orchestra (2009–10), Diaphanoid for chamber ensemble (2010), Emergon αß for chamber orchestra (2011), Metasolidus II for large symphony orchestra (2011–12), Cryptoscript for computer (2012), Sedimetronfor chamber ensemble (2012), Kioloik for one or two flutes (2012), Drovorb for clarinet, horn, piano, violin, viola and cello (2013), Ertytre for one / eight cellos (2013–14), Alopopulo for chamber orchestra, violin and computers (2014), Accant for accordion and computer (2014), Exophorfor Chinese instruments ensemble (2015), Xenobrach for two percussions and two pianos (2015), Pteropetros for accordion, string quartet and wind quintet (2015), Fables of Robots, co-opera for chamber ensemble, computers, typewriter, percussion instruments, unconventional instruments, two accordions, electric guitar visualisations, and speech synthesizer (with Cezary Duchnowski, 2015–16), Mutuusmutus for chamber orchestra and air percussion (2016), Hordiaver for chamber orchestra (2016–17), Gliptopalinomia 7.2, 2.7, ... for piano (2017), Holoedr for saxophone, trombone, accordion, piano and cello (2017), Prismiris for string trio (2018), Gliptopalinomia 10.1, 1.10, ... for piano (2018), Gliptopalinomia 7.1, 1.7, 3.5, 5,3, ... for piano (2018), Gdzieniegdzie, install-action for chamber ensemble, live electronics and visualisations (2019), Dualabilis for two accordions and computer (2019).