Nowak, Aleksander

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born in 1979 in Gliwice, he studied composition with Aleksander Lasoń at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and with Steve Rouse at the University of Louisville, School of Music (USA). He is currently employed at the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he notably teaches composition and orchestration. Since September 2020 he has been the Chair of Composition and Music Theory. 

He composes instrumental and vocal-instrumental music. Significant areas of his work are opera and drama. He is the author of works such as Space Opera (libretto: Georgi Gospodinov), ahat ilī – Sister of gods (libretto: Olga Tokarczuk), and Drach. Dramma per musica and Siren. Melodrama aeterna (libretti: Szczepan Twardoch) 

He won the yearly Polish Composers’ Union Award in 2021, Cultural Award of Onet and the City of Cracow “O!lśnienia” in 2021, Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award in 2020, and Polityka Weekly Passport Award in 2018. 

The scores of his works are published by the Polish Music Edition PWM. 

Selected works: June–December Sonata for violin and piano (2005), Last Days of Wanda B. for string orchestra (2006), Fiddler’s Green and White Savannas Never More for chamber orchestra and male voices (2006), Hit for piano (2006), The Isle of Gales and Mists for symphony orchestra and mixed choir (2006), Things Passed for guitar (2007), Songs of Caress for soprano and piano trio (2007), Quantemporette for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (2008), Sudden Rain, chamber opera (2008), String Quartet no. 1 (2009), Dark-Haired Girl in a Black Sports Car for chamber orchestra (2009), King of the Cosmos Disappears, concerto for orchestra, threads and piano (2009), Little Partita for violin and piano (2010), Undertowsfor cello and piano (2010), 3, Peaceful St for eight cellos (2010), Cry Little Baby, Cry, miniconcerto for violin and chamber orchestra (2011), Breaking News for orchestra and electronics (2011), Night Transit for chamber orchestra (2012), Spoon River Anthology, music to a multimedia installation by Adam Dudek (2012–13), A Half-Filled Diary for cello, percussion and strings (2013), Space Opera for soloists, choir and orchestra to a libretto by Georgi Gospodinov (2013–14), Naninana for amplified keyboard instrument and strings (2015), Sonata in Three Moods for violin and guitar (2015), ahat ilī – Sister of Gods, opera to a libretto by Olga Tokarczuk (2017–18), to words for choir and orchestra (2018), LA LA LA for eternalised voice, amplified quartet and strings (2018), COLUSfor soprano saxophone and strings (2019), Drach. Dramma per musica for soloists, strings and looper (2019), Symphony no. 1 “Trugh?” for large symphony orchestra (2019), String Quartet no. 3 (2020), The Siren. Melodrama aeterna for soloists, saxophones, guitar, piano and strings (2020), lo firgai (The Mask) for soprano and ensemble (2020).