Wołek, Krzysztof

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Born in 1976, Bytom, Poland, he is a composer, improviser, and installation artist. A passionate advocate of contemporary acoustic and electronic music and multimedia art, his interdisciplinary/ collaboration interests resulted in annual concerts organised under his supervision and in collaborative works with dancers and visual artists. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music Composition and Director of Digital Composition Studies at the University of Louisville. He studied music composition at the Music Academy in Katowice and Royal Conservatoire in the Hague. In 2007 he completed his PhD in composition and computer music at the University of Chicago. He has received commissions notably from the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Siemens Foundation, SCI/ASCAP, as well as awards, grants and stipends from the University of Chicago, University of Louisville, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. His works received various awards such as the Prix for Mobile Variations at the Electroacoustic Music Competition in Bourges (2007). Krzysztof Wołek’s works span a broad spectrum of works from purely acoustic, improvisational, and electronic to various forms of multidisciplinary collaborations. His works have been presented at various festivals of contemporary music and art in Europe, North America, and Asia.

Major works: The Body for large ensemble, two sopranos and two baritones (2003), Bend for chamber ensemble (2003), Empty for violin solo (2004), 4 Drums for four conga or darabuca drums and electronics (2004), Mobile Variations for six-channel surround tape (2005), Changing Lanes for string quartet and electronics (2005), Eppur si muove for soprano, large ensemble, electronics and video (2006), Un claro del tiempo for soprano, flute, piano and live electronics (2008), Arguro for flute and live electronics (2009), Elements for chamber ensemble and live electronics (2010), Yamantaka for two percussionists and tape (2011), Bouncing, an audiovisual installation with kinect controller (2013), Motions, Stases for piano and large ensemble (2012, rev. 2014), Błoto for chamber ensemble and fixed media (2015).