Born in 1976 in Bytom; composer, improviser, author of multimedia installations. He is a passionate advocate of contemporary acoustic and electroacoustic music as well as multimedia art. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music Composition and working as a Director of Digital Composition Studies at the University of Louisville, USA. He serves on the jury of the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. He studied composition at the Academy of Music in Katowice and the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague. In 2007 he completed his PhD in music composition and computer music at the University of Chicago. He has received commissions notably from the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Polish Modern Music Festival of Premieres, Codes Festival, Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition, and SCI/ASCAP, as well as grants and scholarships from the University of Chicago, University of Louisville, and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. His Mobile Variations were awarded at the Concours Internationaux de Musique et d’Art Sonore Électroacoustiques in Bourges (2007). His projects span a highly varied spectrum from purely acoustic, electroacoustic, improvisational, to various forms of installations and multimedia art. As a performer and improviser, Wołek has worked with many ensembles, collectives and musicians, including Tempo Reale, Sam Pluta (Wołek/Pluta Duo), Agata Zubel, and Cezary Duchnowski. His works and projects have been presented at international festivals of contemporary music and art in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Selected works: The Body for large ensemble, two sopranos and two baritones (2003), Bend for chamber ensemble (2003), Pusty (Empty) for violin (2004), 4 Drums for four conga / darbuka drums (2004), Mobile Variations for six-channel tape (2005), Changing Lanes for string quartet and tape (2005), Eppur si muove for soprano, chamber ensemble, live 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, audiovisual installation with Kinect controller (2013), Motions, Stases for piano and large ensemble (2012, rev. 2014), Błoto (Mud) for chamber ensemble and mixed media (2015), Nici (Threads), chamber opera for soprano, two actors, ensemble and live electronics (2016), Zero Gained for no-input mixer (2016), Various Forms of Friction for cello and orchestra / large ensemble (2017), Spin for symphony orchestra and live electronics (2017), Amplified, What is There? for clarinet, violin, piano, percussion and electronic amplification (2018), Shadowings for viola and live electronics (2019), Missing Voices for flute, violin and cello (2019), The Key to Time for VR (2019), Meet Me at the Station for VR (2020), Open/Close for bass clarinet and large ensemble (2019), Flat Surfaces for piano and live electronics (2020), Cookbook for the Modern Boygirl for soprano and live electronics (2021), Paradiso for mixed choir and live electronics (2021), 2051: A Space Odyssey for 13 instruments (2021), COH (Chocolate, Oranges and Ham) for ensemble and electronics (2022).