Sikora, Elżbieta

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Born in 1943 in Lviv, she graduated from the Sound Engineering Department of Warsaw’s State High School of Music in 1968. In 1968–70 she studied electroacoustic music with Pierre Schaeffer and François Bayle at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris. On her return to Warsaw, she completed her composition studies with Tadeusz Baird and Zbigniew Rudziński. Together with Krzysztof Knittel and Wojciech Michniewski, she founded the KEW composers’ group. As a French government scholarship holder, she took part in a computer music course at IRCAM and studied composition with Betsy Jolas in Paris. A scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York made it possible for her to study computer music with John Chowning at Stanford University’s CCRMA. She has received numerous accolades as a composer. She has resided in France since 1981 but continues to maintain regular contacts with Poland. In 2011–17 she was the artistic director of the Musica Electronica Nova Festival in Wrocław. Her compositions, available from PWM Edition, have been performed worldwide; many of them have been released on record. 

Selected works (since 2000): Piano Concerto no. 1 Hommage à Frédéric Chopin (1999–2000), Eine Rose als Stütze, three songs to words by Hilde Domin for soprano and piano (2000), Innocentines to texts by Réné de Obaldia for mixed unaccompanied choir (2001), Grain de sable, Rouge d’été, electroacoustic music (2002), Eine Rose als Stütze, radio drama (2002), Michelangelo, concerto for saxophone and orchestra (2005),Reflets irisés for piano and electronics (2007), South Shore for harp and orchestra (2008), Madame Curie, opera to a libretto by Agata Miklaszewska (2009–11), Sonosphère I: Twilling for oboe, transformations, and string quintet (2014), Sonosphère II: My’Kaddisch for clarinet and string quintet (2016), Sonosphères III&IV: Wrocław Symphonyfor orchestra and electronic transformations (2017), Paris, Gare du Nord, for tape (2017), Lamento from the opera Madame Curie for soprano and orchestra (2018), Violin Concerto (2018), Underpass for orchestra and electronics (2019), Sonosphère V. Wanda Landowska for orchestra and electric guitar (2019), Soleos for violin and electronics (2019), Instants fugitifs for piano (2019), Running North for carillon (2020), Liquid Air for symphony orchestra (2021), Norwid’Ellipsis, radio piece for two male and one female voice, double bass, accordion, and electronics.