Augustyn, Rafał International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Born in 1951 in Wrocław, composer, music critic, and specialist in Polish studies. He studied composition with Ryszard Bukowski at the Wrocław Academy of Music and with Henryk Mikołaj Górecki at the Academy of Music in Katowice. He also took part in György Ligeti’s course at Centre Acanthes, Aix-en-Provence 1979. He has been on the faculty of the University of Wrocław from 1973 until his recent retirement. He has held residencies at MacDowell Colony (1986) and Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf (1995). With Marek Pijarowski he codirected Wrocław’s Musica Polonica Nova festival (1984–96). He was a member of the Warsaw Autumn Festival’s Repertoire Committee (1980–98). He cooperates as a critic with the Odra monthly. Recipient of the Polish Composers’ Union Award in 2005 and the City of Wrocław Music Award in 2011, member of the Polish PEN Club since 2018. A two-volume edition of his Lectures about Culture was published by Universitas in Cracow (2021). 

Selected works (from 2016): Ricercar sopra il corale “Es ist genug” for clavichord and piano (2016), First Reading. An (Unparliamentary) Rhapsody for two improvising groups with electronics and video (2016), Krupówki. Cyclic Piece no. 5 for string orchestra (2016), Descensus Christi ad inferos. Apocrypha-Based Oratorio in 11 Sections for three choirs (2016), Droning_Holm for viola and accordion (2017), A Brief Discourse. Study in Applied Rhetoric for Three Performers for flute, violin and cello (2017), Matrimonium. Cyclic Piece no. 6 for two flutes and piano (2017), Tam / Tu, concerto for violin, voices and instruments (2002–18), Przedtakt, electronic music (with Cezary Duchnowski, 2018), Pebbles from Proszowa. Musique concrète, video by Alicja and Mariusz Jodko (2019), Adam’s Phantom. Around Unwritten (Future) History, installation–collective composition (with Cezary Duchnowski, Paweł Romańczuk and Jacek Sotomski, 2019), Omaggio a MPK. Cyclic Piece no. 7 for small and large instruments with video (2020), Quatre petites mazurkas pour Le Grand Jury for piano (2021–22), Verbalia III for singers, instrumentalists and video artists (2022).