Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil

 

was born in Wroclaw  in 1947.  She studied composition with Stefan B.Poradowski and Tadeusz Natanson at the State Higher School of Music in her native town. In  1978 she attended lectures by Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Boulez (Paris Conservatory, IRCAM) and a seminar on the music of Iannis Xenakis in Aix-en-Provence. She also worked at the experimental studio in Marseille.

Sheis a prize winner of several competitions, including the Young Composers’ Competition of the Polish Composers’ Union, the Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition and the International Competition for Women Composers in Mannheim. Her piece Icarus for orchestra was awarded  Prize at the UNESCO International Composers’ Rostrum in Paris (1987), Her honors also include the Wroclaw City Award and the Prime Minister’s Award for her works for young people (1989). In 1998 she received the Adam Chmielowski (Brother Albert) Award,  Music Award of Town  Wroclaw (2002) , Music Award of Polish Composers’ Union and Music Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2006).

Since 1993 she has been a Professor of Composition at the Wroclaw Academy of Music and the head of the Department of Compositionand Theory of Music; since 1998-2009she wasalso Professor of Composition at the Poznan Academy of Music.

She was member of the Repertoire Committee of the International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumnanartistic director of Festival of Polish Contemporary Music Musica Polonica Nova.Recently she was invited to the honour cometee of the World Music Days 2014.

Her compositions are ordered by famous solists, chamber ensambles and symphonic orchestras, published by PWM Edition and recorded by Polish Radio. She is a jury member at polish and international competitions for composers and performers.

Principal works: the cycle Fresco: Reanimation  for orchestra (1972); Epitaphios for orchestra (1976);  Icarus for orchestra (1979);  Allacampanafor piano and orchestra (1985); Eternel for soprano, boys’choir, mixed choir and orchestra (1989); Palindrom  for string orchestra with harpsihord (1994); Uru Anna for lyric tenor, large mixed choir and large symphony orchestra (1999); the cycle for percussion:Ostinato  for percussion quartet (1974); Canon for motoric group (1975); Studio per violino et Tam -Tam(1975); BIS*– JOKE  for percussion and piano (1985);Triangle! for percussion sextet (2nd version 1990);Lesoleil, concertofor percussion and orchestra (1991); the cycle eco music: Landscape with a Water Ouzelfor soprano and 3 violins (1986);In the Kingdom of Autumn Leaves, ballet (1989); TERRA for male choir and piano (1995); Bartokiana  for 2 cellos and piano (1995); Lydian Music for chamber orchestra (2002); The cycle Thinking of Vivaldi: ElCondorfor 2 marimbas and string orchestra (1996, Spring); Como el sol e la mar for flute and chamber orchestra (2008 Summer); Cyclemadrigals:In Search of Wandering Echo for two violins (2000); An Algorithm of the Dream of a Great City for marimba solo (2001), Birds on the twilights horizon for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (2006); Cycle reportages:  Palm Sunday in Nazareth  for soxophons, percussion and organ (2009); ICE – LAND Rainbow bridges over Dettifoss for chamber orchestra (2011);Migration of the Green Scarab for flute, violin, viola and cello (2012); other independence position are: Wratislaviae Cantati Bugle – call - Hallelujah (1993); Arabesca for string quarett (1979); Lydian Quartet- string quartet (1994);Eco per flauti (1980);Bartokiana, second version for concertante marimba and chamber orchestra (2000);Magnificat MMfor soprano, mixed choir and orchestra (2005); Madrigale for two pianos (2011); HARMONY for orchestra (2011).