Robert Menczel’s artistic focus lies on contemporary music with acoustic and electric guitar, musical theater and interdisciplinary performances. With Open Source Guitars, he went on tour to Brazil and Mexico, premiered new pieces by composers like Henry Fourès and Sarah Nemtsov, worked with conceptual and visual artists like Pablo Wendel and Thomas Putze, and developed different projects with international partners like IRCAM Paris, GMEM Marseille or ZKM Karlsruhe. In Open Source Guitars’ most recent production, the ensemble collectively composed a live soundtrack for the Russian silent movie The New Babylon with performances at Europäische Kulturtage Karlsruhe 2018.
He regularly plays for different freelance productions, such as Madame Lenin in Freiburg, Karlsruhe and Berlin or at PODIUM festival in Esslingen.
He was born in Böblingen, Germany, and studied at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen and Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid with Michael R. Hampel, Michal Stanikowski, Tillmann Reinbeck and Miguel Trápaga. In 2018, he finished his master’s degree with distinction. He was awarded a special prize at Iris-Marquardt-Competition 2018.