Mgr. Miroslav Zahradník, PhD guitarist, composer, music theorist, music publicist, music teacher)

* *born in 1975 in Povazska Bystrica, Slovak Republic

He commenced playing guitar as a self-taught person at secondary school, where he founded his first band. He developed his talent with the help of his friends, rock guitarists first. At that time, he admired the greats of the rock scene, such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Carlos Santana…

In 1995, during military service, he won first place in the national Army competition of artistic creativeness for playing the rock guitar. Later he expanded his knowledge of music theory and harmony in the form of extramural studies at the Žilina Conservatory in the classroom of jazz producer Arnost Coufal (1997-1998).
He completed jazz guitar courses (with David Doruzka, Matus Jakabcic, Stano Pocaji…). The guitar players, such as Pat Metheny, Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Bill Frisell, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Scott Henderson, Jeff Beck, Robben Ford, etc., offered him further inspiration.

Since 2002, he has been working as a lecturer of jazz, rock and blues guitar play at the private music academy Musicana in Bratislava (Slovak Republic), since 2016 as a teacher of electric guitar at the Conservatory in Topolcany.
In 2018 he obtained a PhD degree in modern jazz harmony at the Department of Musicology in Bratislava.


Bands

Jazz Mind Q (1997 – 2003) – jazz mainstream
Makambo – crossover fusion – 2008
Zuzana Suchánková blues band (2007 – 2011)
Acoustic Soul – a duo with the soul-blues (female) singer Zuzana Suchankova
jEzzSPRIT – modern jazz mainstream with pianist Pavel Morochovic (since 2012)


In addition to his guest appearances on various studio recordings, he co-operated closely with many jazz and blues musicians, such as Laco Deczi & Celula New York, Walter Fischbacher (USA), Marius Barton, Gabo Jonas, Peter Preloznik, Oldo Petras, Martin Valihora, Michal Simko, Janko Lehotsky, Anton Jaro, Frantisek Bales, Juraj Kalasz, Eddie Portella, Peter Raitl, Hanka Gregusova, Lucia Luzinska, Amelia Ray (USA), Maria Jose Estivariz (ESP), Ivan Dimitrov (FR), Juraj Burian, Peter „Bonzo“ Radvanyi, Erich „Bobos“ Prochazka, etc.