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Nowak Aleksander

Born in 1979, he studied composition with Uljana Biłan-Leżańska, Aleksander Lasoń and Steve Rouse. His music is characterized by deeply expressive narrative and a combination of different, sometimes very distant musical phenomena, often connected by personal references.

He composes mostly instrumental and vocal-instrumental music; his pieces have been commissioned and performed by artists and ensembles such as Ricardo Gallén, Eugeniusz Knapik, Urszula Kryger, Marek Nosal, Piotr Pławner, Oksana Rapita, Piotr Sałajczyk, Alarm Will Sound, AUKSO, the Leopoldinum, Cellonet, Lasoń Ensemble, the Silesian String Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic, Studio for New Music Ensemble Moscow, New Music Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Silesian Philharmonic and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

Two albums dedicated to his music have been released: Fiddler’s Green (2009, Polish Radio Katowice) and 3x4+8 (2012, CD Accord).

Music for the stage plays an important role in his output. In 2011 and 2012 the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw presented a premiere production of his chamber opera Sudden Rain, directed by Maja Kleczewska. Currently, in co-operation with Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov, he is working on a full-size opera commissioned by the National Opera Theatre in Poznań; the premiere is planned for spring 2015.


Selected works: June–December Sonata for violin and piano (2005), Fiddler’s Green and White Savannas Never More for male voices and chamber orchestra (2006), Last Days of Wanda B. for string orchestra (2006), Songs of Caress for soprano and piano trio (2007), Sudden Rain, chamber opera for soprano, baritone and chamber orchestra (2008), Quantemporette for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (2008), String Quartet No. 1 (2009), Dark-Haired Girl in a Black Sports Car for chamber orchestra (2009), King of the Cosmos Disappears. Concerto for Orchestra, Threads and Piano (2009), Little Partita for violin and piano (2010), 3 Peaceful Street for eight cellos (2010), Undertows for cello and piano (2010), Still Life with Mary for video, cello and electronics (2010–11), Satin for cello and accordion (2011), Cry Little Baby, Cry. Miniconcerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra (2011), String Quartet No. 2 (2011–12), Breaking News for symphony orchestra and synthetic voice (2011), Concerto for Guitar in Peculiar Tuning and Chamber Orchestra (2012), Night Transit for chamber orchestra (2012), Hit 2 for chamber orchestra (2012), From Upstairs for violin and percussion (2012–13); music for the multimedia installation Spoon River Anthology (2012–13).