Duchnowski, Cezary

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born in 1971 in Elbląg, composer and pianist. He studied composition with Leszek Wisłocki at the Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław. He was one of the initiators of the Computer Composition Studio at this Academy, where he currently teaches computer music and composition. 

He has held scholarships from the Friends of Warsaw Autumn Foundation, the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Heinrich Strobel Foundation’s Experimental Studio des SWR in Freiburg i. Br. and the Ernst von Siemens Foundation in Munich. He has won many awards including at the International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music in Rome (2003) and the Gaudeamus modern music performance competition in the Netherlands (2005). He writes chamber and symphonic works, film and theatre music, multimedia, interactive, improvised, and paramusical projects. Since many years, he has focused on electroacoustic music. In the ElettroVoce duo with Agata Zubel, he develops projects for voice and electronics. 

As a great promoter of improvised music, he eagerly collaborates with jazz musicians and other artists for whom live music-making is a life’s passion. With Paweł Hendrich and Sławomir Kupczak, he founded Phonos ek Mechanes, an ensemble performing “human electronics,” a special type of improvised electronic music in which computers are controlled by acoustic instruments. 

Since 2016 Cezary Duchnowski has increasingly engaged in syncretic art, in which music plays a key role in creating a polymedia work. These interests have spawned projects of sound installations and theatre plays in which music strictly interacts with other media. 

Selected works (since 2005): 10 1, 8 2, 6 3, 4 4 for string quartet (2005), The Gate for symphony orchestra and computer (2005), Beard for cello and computer (2005), Martha’s Garden, chamber opera for female voice, actor, electronic media and instruments to a libretto by Piotr Jasek (2006), Sweater. Broadcast 3 for announcer and electronics (2008), cello_Net for cello octet (2009), City Voices for symphony orchestra, choir and computer (2009), Cast of Dice for three computers (2009), Stazione Termini, music for a Wrocław Pantomime Theatre performance (2010), 1 5 1, 2 4 2, 3 3 3 for violin, cello and electronics (2011), Crossfade for accordion, cello and electronics (2011), for instrumental groups and electronics (2012), Fere vetus canticum for voice and accordion (2012), The End of Poetry for voice, electric cello, orchestra and electronics (2012), acc++ca for accordion and computer (2012), Stone—River—Rhythm for four violas da gamba and electronics (2013), Music of Spatial Forms for voice, cello, strings and electronics (2013), Parallels for piano, MIDI keyboard, percussion and cello (2014), Drone Music for instruments and electronics (2014), Symphony of Sets for group of instruments and electronics (2015), Sequenza I. Study for a Second Cymbal Stroke for cymbal and computer (2016), Ball of Spring Plenitude for instruments and electronics (2017), cROSSFAdE 2 for accordion, viola and electronics (2017), Upbeat for 8-channel tape (with Rafał Augustyn, 2018), eSequenza III. The Rest. for voice and computer (2019), WELOVELIVE for voice, string quartet, sound constructions and computer (2019), Devil’s Fiddle, rural opera (2020), Wooden for cello (2020), phonoPhanomatics for instruments and electronics (2021), film and theatre music.