Alicja Gronau

born 1957 Warsaw (Poland), graduated theory of music (with prof. Witold Rudzinski), composition (with prof. Marian Borkowski) and Postgraduate Studies of Music Theory (all with distinctions) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (Poland). At present she is professor (Ph. Dr. Hab.) in that University, she’s head of  Chair of Theory of Music.

Her pieces were awarded of many composing competitions at home and abroad. The most significant are: 1st prize at T. Baird Polish Composers’ Society Competition for Young Composers (for OKNA/Windows, Warsaw 1992), 4th prize at Schola Cantorum Gedanensis Choir Composers’ Competition (for Mironczarnie II, Gdansk 1992), distinction at Polish Composers’ Union (for Pentarchia, Warsaw 1987), 1st prize at Prof. Ivan Spassov Composers’ Competition  (for Invocazione – Sinfonia Vocale, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2001), 1st prize at Garden Music Composers’ Competition (for Poblyski, Krakow, 2001), 1st prize at Opera na Zamku Composers’ Competition (for chamber opera I co wy na to? czyli cierpienia nowego Pirandella, Szczecin 2002). She is also a prize-winner of the Special Prize of Ministry of Art and Culture and the Wawrzyniec Zulawski Grant by ZAiKS (Polish Authors’ Society).

Her pieces were often performed during festivals in Poland: International Young Composers’ Forum, Warsaw Music Days, Zamosc Music Days, Bydgoszcz Music Festival, Gdansk Meeting of Young Composers’, Laboratory of Contemporary Music, Warsaw Autumn, and abroad: 7th European Youth  Music Festival (Bern, Switzerland), Eighth International Mu­sic Theater Workshop „New Works in Opera and Music Theater” w Munchen (Germany), VI Festival International de Música Contemporánea Darwin Vargas, Valparaiso (Chile), Viñia del Mar (Chile), Divertimento Cham­ber Youth Orchestra – Ottawa (Kanada), ArtSax Duo in USA, Música y Danza desde Polonia en el II Centenario de Chopin, Música Contemporánea Polaca, Sevilla (Hiszpania).

Her pieces were recorded on CD (one of them was nominated for Fryderyk Prize – famous polish music prize).

Her didactic and science activity is concentrated on creative teaching, Dalcroze Method, integrated education, complete music analysis, musical-movement analysis, studies in 20th century music, compositional workshop and technique. She is co-authoress of two books and authoress of one as well as many lectures and publications.

She is a guest professor at Warsaw University, Zielona Góra University, Pomeranian Pedagogical Academy, Podlaski University, and abroad: Iasi University of Arts (Rumania), Inter­na­tional Music Theater Institut, Munchen (Germany), Departamento de Musica, Faculdad de Artes, Uni­ver­si­dad de Chile, Santiago de Chile (Chile), Instituto de Música, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Val­pa­raíso (Chile), Conservatorio Superior de Música „Manuel Castillo”, Sevilla (Spain).

Main compositions (after 2000):

- POBŁYSKI  for soprano and chamber orchestra  (2001)

- HEJNAŁ GDAŃSKI  for trumpet solo(2001)

- HEJNAŁ GDAŃSKI  for brass wind quintet and timpani (2001)

- DIVERTIMENTO per il Divertimento  for chamber orchestra (2001)

- RE-GARDEN MUSIC  for wood wind sextet (2001)

- SEI CANTI LATINI per il coro femminile (2001)

- ALETHEIA per orchestra (2002)

- OFFRANDE pour orchestra de flutes (2002)

- I CO WY NA TO? CZYLI CIERPIENIA NOWEGO PIRANDELLA – chamber opera for 6 soloists, choir and chamber orchestra (2002)


  improvising musical-movement ensemble, reciter and tape (2003)

- NAPRAWDĘ «CIAŁO JAKO INSTRUMENT» for improvising musical-movement soloist (2003)

- RYTM SWOBODY for any improvising ensemble (2003)

- VENI. ILLUMINA. GLORIA per il coro a cappella (2003)

- MARIANIANA. SELECTION FOR FOUR  for improvising ensemble (2004)

- IMPROWIZACJO! TY NAD POZIOMY…for improvising musical-movement soloist and tape (2005)

- POEMAT – REQUIEM  for symphonic orchestra (2005–2006)

- AGNEZIONI for flute solo (per Agnes) (2006)

- KRASNOBRODIAN SUITE. CONCERTFOR 4 SOLO INSTRUMENTS: flute, organ, violin, cello and string orchestra (2007)

- LAPIDARIAfor saxophone soprano and alto and violin (2007) [and improvising musical-movement ensemble]

- 7 ONE-MINUTE WALTZES  for flute and piano (2009)


- CONVERSATION FOR 2 PERCUSSIONISTS – duettino for 2 xylophones (2009)

- MIŁE – MIŁEGO POCZĄTKI for improvising ensemble and tape (cooperation with Aldona Nawrocka, Magdalena Wajzner, Małgorzata Krawczak (2009)

- LIMERYKI  JUBILEUSZOWE ECZIOWEfor reciter and tape (2009)

- MARCH OF THE PERCUSSIONISTS for 2 performersfor non-melodic instruments (2010)

- LAST OF FEBRUARY for string quartet (2010)

- ANGEL DEATH-KNELLfor piano (with preparation) (2010)

- QUARTANGO for marimba (2010)

- SAMBATTRO for 4 percussionists (2010)

- PASSION WEEK for any vocal ensemble and 2 percussions (2010)

- PROLOG, KWARTANGO I SAMBARTET for percussion and strings (2011)

- LIFE TREE (cooperation with: Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Magdalena Wajzner, Małgorzata Lewandowska, Agata Chodyra; multimedia: music, movement, film) (2011)

- AGNEZIONI II per flauto solo (2011)

- ACH, THAT WALTZfor mixed choir a cappella (2011)

- TOMASZEUSZ– 90-second letter to Mieczysław Tomaszewski for flute and soprano saxophone (2011)

- LAST OF FEBRUARY II for string orchestra (2011)

- INTRODUCTIONfor string orchestra (2011)

- WINTER IS ICUMENin for 7 saxophones (2011)

- WINTER IS ICUMEN IN II  for alto saxophone and piano (2012)

- WINTER IS ICUMEN IN III  for 4 flutes (2012)

- KILKA SPOJRZEŃ NA PAULĘ for string quartet (2012)

- LADDER TO...? 5 Variation for 3 percussionists (2012)

- AMBIVALENCE-MEMORY-PAST. Audioscene for a dancer or an actor improvising with his/her movements and voice (2012) [cooperation with Aleksandra Dziurosz]

- SZEŚĆ SPOJRZEŃ NA PAULĘ. Spectacle for string quartet, video and movement (2013)

- ZWEI SELBSVERFASSTE LIEDER für Mezzosoprano und Piano (2013): 1. Bedauern 2. Schmerz

- TRANSBALTIC BRIDGE for chamber ensemble (2013)