Krzysztof Wolek (b. 1976) is a composer, improviser, electronic music performer and educator. He is a passionate advocate of contemporary acoustic and electronic music and multimedia compositions. His interdisciplinary/collaboration interests resulted in annual concerts organized under his supervision and in collaborative works with dancers and visual artists. Krzysztof graduated with a PhD in composition and computer music from the University of Chicago. He taught composition, electronic music and theory at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, Columbia College Chicago and the University of Chicago. He is currently teaching Music Composition and working as the Director of Digital Composition Studies at the University of Louisville. Krzysztof serves on the jury of the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, is a Programming Committee Member of the Warsaw Autumn Festival and serves as a Director of the University of Louisville New Music Festival.
Krzysztof began his composition studies at the Music Academy in Katowice, Poland. After receiving his M.A., he moved to the Hague, Holland. He developed an interest in electronic and multimedia works while attending courses for young composers, which were organized in collaboration with studio STEIM and IRCAM. Krzysztof moved to the United States in 2001 and entered the PhD program in composition and computer music at the University of Chicago, where he also worked as the Computer Music Studio Manager. His primary composition teachers included Edward Boguslawski, Louis Andriessen, Marta Ptaszynska, Shulamit Ran and Howard Sandroff.
Krzysztof’s pieces have been performed at international festivals such as the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the University of Louisville New Music Festival, SEAMUS, SPARK, the International Computer Music Conference, the Audio Art Festival, the Annual International Contemporary Dance Conference, Musica Polonica Nova, the International Sound Engineering Conference and the ISCM World Music Days. He received commissions from the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Siemens Foundation, SCI/ASCAP as well as awards and grants including the Chicago Arts Grant from the University of Chicago Arts Planning Council, a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Prix for Mobile Variations at the Concours Internationaux de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques- Bourges – 2007 and the Golden Euphony Award for the same work from the MISAME association and the Bourge Competition in 2010.
Krzysztof’s works span a broad spectrum of works from purely acoustic, improvisational and electronic to various forms of multidisciplinary collaborations. In his music he creates an idiosyncratic relationship between various elements.
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