Pavel was born in Rakovnik (Czech Republic). He won first prize at the Radio France International Competition in Paris and has become regarded as one of the most widely celebrated soloists of his generation. His highly expressive performances of rare nineteenth-century guitar literature on authentic instruments add a wonderful dimension to his already exceptional performances.
Pavel has played in more than thirty countries around the world, including Canada, Cuba, Spain, Poland, Austria, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and many others. He was voted the 2003 Most Important Classical Guitarist of the Year by the Italian guitar magazine Guitart.