Szymon Bywalec was born on February 11, 1974, in Tychy. He studied conducting under Jan Wincenty Hawel at the Academy of Music in Katowice and oboe under Jerzy Kotyczka at the Academy of Music in Kraków before continuing in the masterclasses of Gianluigi Gelmetti and Lothar Zagrosek at Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. Bywalec was the recipient of two scholarships from the Minister of Culture and Art for his outstanding artistic achievements. In May 2003, he conducted the National Radio Orchestra of Romania at a concert inaugurating the International New Music Week in Bucharest, after being honoured with the Die Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung scholarship granted by the Warsaw Autumn Friends’ Foundation.
Bywalec is currently the Director of the Academic Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, and administrator of the Karol Szymanowski Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as serving as an assistant professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice. He also holds the role of permanent conductor of the New Music Orchestra, which popularizes new music and 20th-century classics. He has appeared with this ensemble at many contemporary music festivals, including Warsaw Autumn.
Nate Wooley was born in 1974 in Clatskanie, Oregon. The son of a big band saxophonist, he began playing trumpet with his father. He moved to New York, in 2001 in order to play in the Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. Wooley has more recently garnered attention for his idiosyncratic trumpet language. Time Out New York has called him “an iconoclastic trumpeter,” and The New York City Jazz Record voted him Musician of the Year 2011 and 2013. An international critics poll in El Intruso Magazine voted him Musician of the Year 2013 and Trumpet Player of the Year three times consecutively. Wooley serves as the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music and is the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal Sound American, both dedicated to broadening the definition of American music. He also manages Pleasure of the Text which releases music by budding composers of experimental music. Additionally, Wooley received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artist Award in 2016.
Christine Pryn studied violin at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music as well as the Folkwang-Hochschule, in Essen, with Prof. Adolphe Mandeau. Pryn is particularly dedicated to 20th century and contemporary music. In 1999 she won the Swedish Young Soloists Competition and later received the Danish Music Reviewers’ Prize. The American Record Guide voted her recording of Szymanowski’s Mythes the winner of the Critic’s Choice award, in 2003. In 2010 she founded Rudersdal Sommerkoncerter, a music festival located north of Copenhagen, where she serves as the Artistic Director. Her quartet, Ensemble Nordlys, which was chosen to represent Denmark at the international EU Music Festival and took part in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen, is the festivals’ ensemble in residence.
Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny graduated from the University of Wrocław in 2000 with a degree in biology. That year, she founded the Kameralny Chór Akademii Medycznej (Medici Cantantes Choir at the Medical University of Wrocław). In 2004, she received a diploma from the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, where she studied Music Education and was awarded a diploma in 2005 from the Vocal Department. During this time, she was honoured with the first prize in the National Contest for Choir Conductors. In 2006, she completed the Postgraduate Voice Production and Training Programme at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Since June 2006, Franków-Żelazny has been the artistic director of the National Forum of Music Choir. In 2008, she was awarded a special prize for conductors from the 39th Legnica Cantat National Choir Contest. Franków-Żelazny became the head of Polish National Youth Choir, which she also founded, in 2013. She completed course work at the Academy of Culture Leaders at the Economic University of Kraków, in 2014 and was distinguished with the Gloria Artis Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture. The following January, she was named the programme director of the Choral Academy of the National Forum of Music. In 2016, Franków-Żelazny was a music curator for the year that Wrocław served as the European Capital of Culture. The album DE PROFUNDIS – Polish Psalms of the 20th and 21st Century with the NMF Choir under her direction was awarded the Fryderyk prize for the best choral, oratorio and orchestra music, 2017. She currently works as an Associate Professor at the Academy of Music in Wrocław.
Agata Zubel was born in Wrocław and graduated from the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music where she studied composition with Jan Wichrowski and voice with Danuta Paziuk-Zipser. Ms Zubel went on to achieve a doctorate in 2004 and in 2014 she completed her post-doctorate in musical arts. She has been honoured with scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Rockefeller Foundation and the International Foundation for Education, among others. In 2002, she won the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music and examples of her vocal interpretations can be found on Fryderyk Award-nominated albums including, Dream Lake, comprised of songs by Witold Lutosławski and André Tchaikovsky, Poems, presenting songs by Copland, Berg and Szymański, and El Derwid. Additionally, she received the 2010 Fryderyk Award in the category of Contemporary Music for the album Cascando. Ms Zubel has served as the composer-in-residence of the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco as well as the Kraków Philharmonic. In 2017, she was awarded The Ministry of Culture Medal of Merit to Polish Culture and the Gloria Artis medal. She is currently a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Wrocław.
Rafał Augustyn was born in 1951 in Wrocław. He is a composer, music critic and publisher. He studied composition studies were taken at the State Higher School of Music in Wrocław under R. Bukowski and with H.M. Górecki at the PWSM in Katowice. He later studied Polish language at the University of Wrocław and worked at the Instytut Filologii Polskiej. Augustyn has collaborated with the publications Ruch Muzyczn and the Oder aa well as Polish Radio and the series Klasyk, nasz bliski. He directed the Musica Polonica Nova festival in Wroclaw for ten years and was a member of the Programming Committee of the Warsaw Autumn festival. The music of Augustyn is said to be characterised by asymmetry of construction, variation technique, and variable metre. His harmonies are often based on synthetic chords, rich in colour and emotion. Some pieces display the influence of jazz and the composer has an affinity for repetitive music. In recent years, the composer has explored the electronic music and text-sound composition.
Grzegorz Pieniek graduated from the Academy of Music in Poznań in 2008 having studied composition with Lidia Zielińska. He continued his studies with Michael Jarrell at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. In 2009 he was awarded the Young Poland scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as well as a scholarship from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and in 2011 he received the Theodor-Körner-Preis as well as a scholarship from the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. He has been recognized at competitions for composers including the T. Baird Competition for Young Composers in Warsaw and the Concurso Internacional De Miniaturas Electroacústicas in Spain. Pieniek’s compositions have been performed at the prestigious Warsaw Autumn Festival, as well as numerous festivals for New Music around Europe and in Beijing China. Grzegorz Pieniek currently resides in Austria.
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How to combine the traditional medium of symphony orchestra with the newest music? Perhaps by replacing strings with a choir or clashing them with an improvising trumpeter?