Guest Artist Biographies
Cezary Duchnowski (born in 1971 in Elblijg, Poland) is a composer, pianist, performer and lecturer. He studied composition with Leszek Wistocki at the Music Academy in Wroclaw, where he now teaches computer music. He was one of the founders of the Computer Music Studio at the academy. His focus is on electroacoustic and improvised music. He and Agata Zubel create music for voice and computer as the ElettroVoce Duo. Along with Pawel Hendrich and Slawomir Kupczak, they founded Phonos ek Mechanes, which creates ‘human electronics’ in which computers are controlled by acoustic instruments. He is also a co-founder with Marcin Rupocinski of the interdisciplinary Morphai group. His compositions have been featured at many festivals, including Bourges, Warsaw Autumn, and Musica Polonica Nova, and performed by musicians and ensembles such as the Hilliard Ensemble, AUKSO, and the Tech-No Orchestra. His Monad 3 for voice, piano and computer (2003) received First Prize at the 10th International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music in Rome in May 2004. In 2005 he and Agata Zubel received the Special Award at the Gaudeamus International Contemporary Music Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam.
The Danish pianist Katrine Gislinge has, over the last two decades, established herselfas one of Scandinavia’s most significant pianists, performing both solo and chamber music concerts throughout Europe. Katrine was educated at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory under Anne Øland, and she performed her debut concert in 1992. She has performed at many festivals, including Lockenhaus, Austria, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, France, Cervantino Festiva, Mexico, Bergen Festival, Germany, and London City Festival, United Kingdom. She has also played in several radio and TV programs and has been a judge at numerous piano competitions.
Pawel Hendrich (born in 1979 in Wroclaw, Poland) studied composition with Grazyna Pstrokonska-Nawratil at the Music Academy in Wroclaw, he continued his studies under York Höller at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. He has won several awards and scholarships. In 2007 he won a space on a four-year composition program run by the European Krzysztof Penderecki Music Centre. The works of Pawel Hendrich have been performed at such festivals as Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova in Wroclaw, and Susa Festival in Naestved (Denmark). He has been commissioned by Deutschlandfunk, Ensemble Modern, Warsaw Autumn Festival, The Municipality of Wroclaw, and ZAiKS Polish Authors’ Association, among others. For several years now, he has been composing in the Max/MSP environment and performing live electroacoustic music. He is a member of the Nodion group along with Elzbieta Wolenska and Michal Sicinski.
Agata Zubel (born in 1978 in Wroclaw, Poland) is an award-winning composer and vocalist. She graduated with honors from the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music where she studied composition with Jan Wichrowski and voice with Danuta Paziuk-Zipser. In 2004 she received her PhD in music. She has performed at prestigious venues and festivals of contemporary music around the world. Her repertoire is broad, ranging from Caccini and Vivaldi to works by Berg, Copland, Schnittke, Schoenberg and Sciarrino as well as contemporary Polish composers. She has received numerous awards for her compositions, including the top award at the 60th UNESCO International Composers’ Rostrum in May 2013 for Not!, which also received the “Polonica Nova” prize in 2014. She works with such distinguished ensembles as the Klangforum Wien, the London Sinfonietta, the Seattle Chamber Players and others. She received commissions from Deutsche Welle, the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow and the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, among others.