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Marek Vrábel is one of the leading artists of the middle generation of Slovak organists. He is a graduate of the Košice Conservatory, where between 1987 and 1993 he studied two main subjects – organ with Emília Dzemjanová and piano with Peter Kaščák. In 1998 he studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava with Ján Vladimír Michalko and furthered his education at international masterclasses with Jean Guillou, Susan Landale and Reitze Smits. He completed his Doctorate degree at the University of Musical Art under Ivan Sokol and Ján Vladimír Michalko, where he was awarded the art-academic title „artis doctor“.   
He holds numerous national and international prizes and diplomas from various exhibitions and competitions. As soloist he has performed with the Košice State Philharmonic under the baton of Bystrík Režucha, Peter Macura and Marián Vach, with the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina under Dušan Stankovský and the Slovak Philharmonic under the leadership of Ondrej Lenárd, Vladimír Válek and Peter Feranec.
He has performed more than 120 recitals in Slovakia and abroad and has undertaken 50 concert tours in 14 European countries, performing at a variety of prestigious organ festivals and exhibitions (Munich, Frankfurt, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, Sibin, Brasov, Ljubljana, Lublin, Krakow, Katowice, Stockholm, Lahti, Tampere, Helsinki...).
He is a sought-after chamber musician and cooperates with many local and foreign artists. He has recorded 4 CD`s, including his own organ works and improvisation.
He regularly performs the premieres of contemporary Slovak composers like Peter Breiner, Ivan Hrušovský, Milan Novák, Marek Piaček, Víťazoslav Kubička and others. Various composers have dedicated their works to him. As part of his doctorate concerts he performed the Slovak premiere of full-length cycles of the organ works of Peter Eben on Slovak Radio. He records for Slovak Television, Czech Television,  Slovak and Czech Radio, MSP Records, Inedita Austria and others and is also an active publicist.
Since 1997 he has taught organ-playing at the Church Conservatory in Bratislava where, since 2000, he has been the Head of Church and Organ Music. He is a part-time lecturer at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and a member of the jury at international organ competitions. His students have received numerous international awards.