Zubel, Agata

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Composer and singer, known for her unique vocal range and use of techniques that challenge stereotypes, Agata Zubel gives concerts throughout the world and has premiered numerous new works. 

She is a champion of new music. She has cooperated with leading ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik, Ensemble intercontemporain, Ictus, London Sinfonietta, Eighth Blackbird, Seattle Chamber Players, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Neue Vocalsolisten, Remix Ensemble, 2e2m Ensemble, as well as the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, State Opera in Hanover, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, and many others. 

As a singer and composer, Agata Zubel has cooperated with numerous festivals, philharmonics, and opera companies as well as leading ensembles such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Musikgebouw, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, the philharmonics of Berlin, Cologne, Luxembourg, Moscow, Essen, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, Porto’s Casa da Música, New York’s National Sawdust, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, L’Opéra de Reims, Warsaw Philharmonic, the philharmonics of Cracow, Łódź, Szczecin, Gorzów, Katowice, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Music Forum in Wrocław, Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, Cracow Opera, Wrocław Opera, and many others. 

She has participated in leading festivals including the BBC Proms, Wien Modern, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Festival d’Automne in Paris, Warsaw Autumn, MaerzMusik, Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Ultraschall in Berlin, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Huddersfield, Trans Art Festival, Avanti! Festival in Porvoo, Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Musikprotokoll, Ankara Festival, Klara Festival in Brussels, Festival of Electronic Music in Karlsruhe, Melos–Ethos Festival in Bratislava, Festival de Wallonie in Mons, Wratislavia Cantans, Chopin and His Europe, Easter Ludwig van Beethoven Festival, Sacrum Profanum, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova, Culture Nature in Katowice, Chain, and many others. 

She is a lecturer at the Music Academy in Wrocław, where she completed her postdoctoral studies in 2014. Her awards include Merit for Polish Culture and Gloria Artis, as well as scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture, Rockefeller Foundation, Ernst von Siemens Foundation, and Kultur Kontakt in Austria. She is a member of the Polish Composers’ Union. 

Selected works (since 2005): Symphony no. 2 for 77 musicians (2005), String Quartet no. 1 for four cellos and computer (2006), Permissible Load for percussion and computer (2006), Cascando for voice, flute, clarinet, violin and cello (2007), Of Songs for voice, cello, choir and orchestra (2007), Between, opera / ballet for voice, electronics and dancers (2008), Symphony no. 3 for trumpet and symphony orchestra (2008–9), Not I for voice, chamber ensemble and electronics, to words by Samuel Beckett (2010), Oresteia, drama / opera for soloists, actors, choir, percussion and electronics (2011), Suite for percussion trio (2011), Aphorisms on Miłosz for soprano and ensemble, to words by Czesław Miłosz (2011), The Streets of a Human City for ensemble (2011), Shades of Ice for clarinet, cello and electronics (2011), Labyrinth for voice and chamber ensemble, to words by Wisława Szymborska (2011), What is the Word for voice and chamber ensemble, to words by Samuel Beckett (2012), Wounded Angel for double-bell trumpet (2009–12), Percussion Store for percussion ensemble and orchestra (2012), Lullaby for mixed choir, to words by Shakespeare (2013), In Between the Ebb of Thoughts and the Flow of Sleep for voice, piano and string orchestra, to words by Tadeusz Dąbrowski (2013), IN for large symphony orchestra (2013), Cadenza for violin (2013), Where To for ensemble (2014), Violin Concerto for violin and chamber orchestra (2014), Chapter 13 for soprano and instrumental ensemble, to words by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (2015), Madrigals for five voices (2015), In the Shade of an Unshed Tear for orchestra (2016), Double Battery for instrumental ensemble with optional augmented sound space (2016), The Alphabet of the Ars Brevis for two male voices (2016), Bildbeschreibung, opera–form for two voices, instrumental ensemble and electronics, to words by Heiner Müller (2016), Cleopatra’s Songs for voice and instrumental ensemble, to words by William Shakespeare (2017), Mother Lode I–III, cycle of chamber works (2017), Fireworks for large symphony orchestra (2018), Chamber Piano Concerto for piano(s) and instrumental ensemble (2018), 3x3 for instrumental ensemble (2019), Piano piano but not pianissimo for piano(s) (2019), Friction for trumpet, trombone and tuba (2020), Triptyquefor instrumental ensemble (2020).