Siwiński, Jarosław

He studied the piano with Kazimierz Gierżod and composition with Włodzimierz Kotoński at the Music Academy in Warsaw. He also participated in many composition workshops, including with Hanna Kulenty, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Michael Nyman, Louis Andriessen, and Tristan Murail, as well as contemporary music festivals such as ISCM World Music Days, Musica Polonica Nova, Warsaw Autumn, and Poznań Music Spring. He has held scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the City of Warsaw, and Society of Authors – ZAiKS.

As a member of the MM Group, he has worked at the intersection of music and visual arts. He has cooperated notably with Eugeniusz Rudnik, Fryderyk Rzewski, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Orkest de ereprijs, the Viktor Lois/Yin Peet duo, Azorro Group, Bang on a Can, and Beijing’s Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra. He has authored the bugle-call of Rzeszów, as well as music for animated films (notably by Jan Lenica, Daniel Szczechura, Marcin Giżycki, Agnieszka Skolik, and Tomasz Kozak), theatre, and computer games. He has a long-standing partnership with the Children’s Arts Centre in Poznań, for which he has composed over a dozen works, often actively involving the audience.


Selected works: The Earthworm’s Misty Eye for amplified piccolo and two percussions (1989), Perceiving Music is a Complicated and Rather Unclear Process for tape, piano and violin (1990), Pianerecerto for piano and ensemble (1994), Notarimbalo for harpsichord and tape (1994), Dominotales for piano, percussion and children’s public (1997), Piano Quintet (1998), Hominibus for orchestra (2002), Locomotive for tape to words by Julian Tuwim (2003), Polish Songs for tape (2006), Movement for orchestra (2006), Epilogos for tape (with Eugeniusz Rudnik and Bolesław Błaszczyk, 2007), Annalena for baritone and orchestra to words by Czesław Miłosz (2011), Chopin Elements for MIDI piano (2012), Sestetto for piano, string quartet and double bass (2013), Sonata in G minor for two pianos and two percussions (2013), Variations and Changelings for chamber ensemble, video and children’s public to words by Małgorzata Kołcz (2014), That Side Turned Out To Be for soprano and chamber ensemble to words by Agnieszka Syska (2014), Via cælestis for chamber ensemble (2014), Timecode for chamber ensemble and tape (2015), Foodstuffs for wind quartet and tape to words by Małgorzata Kołcz (2015), Industrial Music for traditional Chinese instruments (2015), HubTub for tuba and ensemble (2016), Silent Fish, microopera for children to a libretto by Małgorzata Kołcz (2016).