Born on 21 April 1979 in Wrocław. In 1998, he started studying composition with Jerzy Filc. He graduated from the Engineering and Economics Department of the University of Economics in Wrocław. He also graduated with honours from the composition class of Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil at the Music Academy in Wrocław. In 2005-6, he studied at the High School of Music in Cologne in the class of York Höller. He participated in composition courses and workshops with composers such as Peter Eötvös, Luca Francesconi, Anders Hillborg, Marco Stroppa, Horatiu Radulescu, and Ivan Fedele. He has held four scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture (2004-8), three from the City of Wrocław (2006-8), and from the Lower Silesia Voivodeship (2009). In 2007 the European Krzysztof Penderecki Music Centre included him in its four-year promotion programme. In 2010 he was granted membership in the Academy of Young Scholars and Artists.
Since 2008 he has worked at the Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław as an junior lecturer, obtaining a PhD in musical art in 2012. He currently is the artistic director of Musica Polonica Nova Polish Contemporary Music Festival in Wrocław and a member of the Warsaw Autumn repertoire committee.
His numerous accolades include the 3rd Prize at the Franz Josef Reinl Foundation competition in Vienna (2005, for Anepigraph). In 2009 his Metasolidus I was among the seven works nominated for the Opus Public Media Award. In the 2016/17 season, sponsored by the Institute of Music and Dance, he is composer-in-residence of the New Music Orchestra (OMN).
His works have been performed at festivals as such Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova and Musica Electronica Nova in Wrocław, Festival of World Premieres in Katowice, Audio Art in Cracow and Warsaw, Musica Viva in Munich, Rudens Kamermūzikas Festivāls in Riga, Suså Festival in Næstved (Denmark), Rudersdal Sommerkoncerter in Hørsholm (Denmark), Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, World Music Days in Wrocław, University of Louisville New Music Festival (USA), 24th Composers' Portraits cycle in Warsaw, Poznań Music Spring, Słuchalnia in Toruń, New Waves in Gdańsk and at concerts in Poland, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, United States, Russia, China, Hungary, Slovakia, Malta, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia by orchestras and ensembles such as NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, New Music Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Musikfabrik, PluralEnsemble, KammarensembleN, The Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, de ereprijs, LUX:NM, Lutosławski Quartet, LutosAir Quintet, Tech-no Orchestra, Sound Factory Orchestra, Cellonet, Kwartludium, an_ARCHE New Music Ensemble, Melos Ethos Ensemble, Kwadrofonik as well as soloists such as Elżbieta Woleńska, Mikołaj Pałosz, Rafał Łuc, Adam Bałdych, Agnieszka Gajgier-Otręba, and Stanisław Lasoń. Performances of his compositions were conducted by such artist as Peter Eötvös, Szymon Bywalec, Anu Tali, Clemens Heil, Diego Masson, Fabián Panisello, Staffan Larson, Stephen A. Taylor, Liu Shun, Wim Boerman, Maciej Koczur, Michał Dworzyński, Ernst Kovacic, Robert Kurdybacha, Urlich Nicolai, Miłosz Bembinow, Andrzej Bauer, and Zsolt Nagy.
He has received commissions from Warsaw Autumn, Deutschlandfunk, Goethe-Institut, BHF BANK Foundation, The Municipality of Wrocław, Polish Institute in Madrid, Institute of Music and Dance, New Music Orchestra, The Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, National Forum of Music, Society of Authors ZAiKS, and the Polish Composers' Union.
For several years now, he has been programming and composing in the Max environment and performing live electroacoustic music. With Cezary Duchnowski and Sławomir Kupczak, he has founded the electroacoustic group Phonos ek Mechanes, which participates in festivals of improvised, contemporary and electroacoustic music, as well as concerts in Poland and abroad.
In 2010, DUX Records released Paweł Hendrich's monographic CD Chamber Works, followed by Metaforma in 2017. In 2012, Bôłt Records released Phonos ek Mechanes' first CD called C+.
Selected works: Gnothi seauton for chamber orchestra (2001), Let Your Spirit Descend! for reciting voice, tenor, baritone, bass and two women's 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), Cyclostratus for violin, bass clarinet, percussion, piano and beatbox (2008), Hyloflex for string orchestra (2007-9; version 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), Sedimetron for chamber ensemble (2012), Kioloik for one or two flutes (2012), Drovorb for clarinet, horn, piano, violin, viola and cello (2013), Ertytre for one or eight cellos (2013-14), Alopopulo for chamber orchestra, violin and computers (2014), Accant for accordion and computer (2014), Exophor for Chinese instrumental ensemble (2015), Xenobrach for two percussions and two pianos (2015), Pteropetrosfor accordion, string quartet and wind quintet (2015), Exophor for Chinese ensemble (2015), Fables of Robots, co-opera for typewriter, percussion instruments, unconventional instruments, two accordions, electric guitar, MIDI keyboard, cello / electric cello, electronics, visualizations and dubstep dance (with Cezary Duchnowski, 2015-16), Mutuusmutus for chamber orchestra and air percussion (2016), Hordiaver for chamber orchestra (2016-17), Holoedr for saxophone, trombone, accordion, piano and cello (2016-17).