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PAWEL MYKIETYN

PAWEL MYKIETYN (b. 1971 in Olawa, Poland), composer and clarinetist, studied composition with Wlodzimierz Kotonski at the Music Academy in Warsaw, and received his diploma in 1997. He made his debut at the Warsaw Autumn Festival at the age of 22, with La Strada. In 1995, his Polish Radio commission 3 for 13 received first place in the Young Composers category at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. And in 1996 Epiphora won first prize in the Young Composers category at the 4th International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music in Amsterdam.


Mykietyn has written for such soloists as Elzbieta Chojnacka, Ewa Poblocka, Maciej Grzybowski, and Andrzej Bauer; worked with conductors Jean-Paule Dessy, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Diego Masson, Wojciech Michniewski, and Reinbert de Leeuw. He has had worked commissioned by the Grand Theatre - National Opera, the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra in Wroclaw, the Kronos Quartet, the Belcea Quartet, and the ensembles Icebreaker and De Ereprijs. He received the prestigious "Passport" award of the weekly Polityka in 2000, the Cultural Award of Lower Saxony in 2002, and in 2008 the Polish Public Media Award OPUS for his Symphony No. 2. In 2000 his 3 for 13 was presented at the Midem Classique in Cannes.


Mykietyn founded and served as clarinetist for the Nonstrom Ensemble (1990-2005), which specialized in the performance of contemporary music. Mykietyn also composes for film and theater, and since 1996 has famously collaborated on almost all productions by theater director Krzysztof Warlikowski. He has likewise worked with Grzegorz Jarzyna, Pawel Lysak, and Andrzej Woron; and he has composed soundtracks for films by Mariusz TreliDski and Malgorzata Szumowska. Since 2008, Pawel Mykietyn has held the position of Music Director at the Teatr Nowy in Warsaw.


Selected works (since 1990): ...Although Dedalus Reached... for clarinet, cello and piano (1990), La Strada for three instruments (1991), 3 for 13 for 13 performers (1994), Concerto for piano and orchestra (1996), Epifora for piano and tape (1996), Sonnets of Shakespeare for male soprano and piano (2000), The Ignoramus and the Madman, chamber opera with a libretto by Krzysztof Warlikowski after Thomas Bernhard (2001), An Album Leaf for cello and tape (2002, 2009), Klave for microtonally-tuned harpsichord and chamber orchestra (2004), Becoming Fine for baritone, microtonally-tuned harpsichord, and string ensemble to words by Marcin Swietlicki (2005), Prologue for string orchestra (2006), String Quartet No. 2 (2006), Sonata for Cello with optional electronics (2006), Symphony No. 2 (2006), Passion after St. Mark for voices and instruments (2008).
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