Skweres, Tomasz International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Composer and cellist residing in Vienna and Regensburg. He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He is the winner of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Staatsstipendium für Komposition, Austrian Minister of Culture’s Startstipendium, Theodor Körner Prize, and City of Vienna Award, as well as awards in many competitions for composers, such as TONALi in Hamburg and the Franz Josef Reinl Competition in Vienna. His works are regularly performed at major festivals and commissioned by leading concert halls (Vienna Konzerthaus, Regensburg Theatre, National Forum of Music in Wrocław), festivals (Wien Modern, Musica Polonica Nova, Leo Festiwal) and ensembles (ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Apollon Musagète Quartet). Concerts featuring his works have been broadcast in many countries worldwide, including by Polish Radio Channel 2, Bavarian and North German Radios, Ö1 and radio klassik Stephansdom (Austria), ABC Classic (Australia), and RAI Südtirol (Italy). His music has been released under labels such as Genuin, col legno, and Orlando Records, and scores have been published by Musikhaus Doblinger and Sikorski Music Publishers. Since 2012 Skweres has been the leader of the cello section in the Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016–17 he taught a cello class at the High School of Music in Detmold. He gives performances also as a chamber musician and soloist, appearing mostly in contemporary repertoire. He is a cellist in the Austrian Platypus Ensemble. 

Selected works: Gebet for soprano and cello (2005), Psalm 13 for tenor, flute and cello (2006), String Quartet no. 1 (2006), Direkt to words of Psalm 14 for soprano, flute and cello (2007), Water for piano trio (2008), Sakubel Osil for soprano and four instruments, to a poem by Mary Bautista (2008; rev. 2015), Asteria-Ortygia-Delos for string quartet (2009), Am Anfang starb ein Rabe for narrator, baritone and 12 instruments (2010), 5 Elements for guitar and piano (2010), Autismus for flute and harpsichord (2010), Axon for flute and clarinet (2010), Nocturne for cello and orchestra (2011), Double-headed for horn (2012), Hesitationfor cello and piano (2012), Spannungsfelder for cello and double bass (2012), 5 Miniaturen for saxophone, clarinet, accordion and double bass (2013), Critical Mass for symphony orchestra (2013), Tituba for instrumental ensemble (2013), Elusive Thoughts for violin, viola and cello (2014; rev. 2016), Memory Illusions for violin and harp (2014), Penrose Square for saxophone quartet (2014), mori no sakana for soprano, bass clarinet and cello, to a poem by Erika Kimura (2014), Die Geometrie des Himmels ist unerhört for speaker and six instruments, to poems by Semier Insayif (2014), Journey into the Subconscious for flute, cello and piano (2015), über das farbige Licht der Doppelsterne... for symphony orchestra (2015), von Schwele zu Schwele for 13 instruments (2015), Anakalypteria for female voice and symphony orchestra (2016), Grenzgänge for piano quartet (2016), Desiderium, chamber opera for two sopranos, two actors and five instruments (2017), Rovanemi for soprano and cello (2017), in fremder fremde for mezzo-soprano and piano (2017), seven affects for violin and cello (2017), Maledictio for recorder, transverse flute, harp and harpsichord (2017), Plutonion for symphony orchestra (2018), Concertino for string orchestra (2018), Synapsen, four miniatures for historical instruments (2018), Catacombs for violin, cello and organ (2018), Anekdote über Strawinsky for violin and piano (2018), Coffin Ship for cello, soprano saxophone and accordion (2018), Piwosznik for bass clarinet and cello (2019), Heavy Gravity for two violins (2019), Haymatloz for symphony orchestra (2019), Water Girl, fantasy for English horn and instrumental ensemble (2019), Event Horizon for 15 instruments (2019), contra venenosos vermes for cello and mixed choir (2019), In Search of Sound-Object for soprano and cello (2019), Concerto for cello and orchestra (2020), Plague for eight cellos (2020).