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Grudzień Jacek

Born in 1961 in Warsaw. He studied composition with Włodzimierz Kotoński and piano improvisation with Szábolcs Esztényi at the Music Academy in Warsaw. He participated in compositional courses at Darmstadt, Kazimierz Dolny, Patras and Dartington. In 1986–87 he held a postgraduate scholarship founded by Witold Lutosławski in London for studying electronic music and MIDI. He is the winner of the Youth Competition of the Polish Composers’ Union (1988) and the National Composers’ Competition for Classical Guitar (1995). In 2003, his piece Ad Naan received a recommendation from the International Rostrum of Composers in Vienna. In 2004, his music for the film Tout un hiver sans feu directed by Greg Zglinski obtained two accolades at the Venice Film Festival. His other awards include the “Two Theatres” 5th Polish Radio and TV Festival in Sopot for music to Maria Stuart directed by Remigiusz Brzyk (2005), the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award for music to T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T. by Grzegorz Jarzyna (2010) and the same award for music to Korzeniec directed by Remigiusz Brzyk at the Divine Comedy theatre festival in Cracow (2012). He currently works with the Experimental Studio of Polish Radio. He lives and works in Warsaw.


Selected works: Turdus musicus for amplified harpsichord (1984), Interludium for piano (1986), Androvanda for guitar (1986), Night Sounds for tenor saxophone and delay (1987), Lumen for choir and orchestra (1987), Somnus for tape (1988), Movement II for double bass and tape (1992), Missa brevis for choir and brass quintet (1992), Trees for alto saxophone and tape (1992), Tritonos for harpsichord and tape (1993), Wind from the Sea for clarinet / soprano saxophone and piano (1994), One Jubilee Rag for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1995), Hyacinthus Girl for soprano and tape (1995), Nonstrom for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1996), Gagliarda for string quartet (1996), Concerto per sassofono soprano e archi (1996), Światła pochylenie for soprano, alto saxophone and piano (1997), Postludium for violin, cello and piano (1998), A Study of an Object for piano four hands (1999), Ad Naan for cello and tape (2002), Leanyka for flute and tape (2003), Song for clarinet, trombone, cello, piano and tape (2005), Preparation for Change for piano, dancer and tape (2013).