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Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil,

composer and teacher; b. 16th July 1947 in Wrocław. She studied composition at the State Higher School of Music in Wrocław, first with Stefan Bolesław Poradowski (1966-67), later with Tadeusz Natanson (1967-71). In 1978 she went on to study composition in France with Pierre Boulez and Olivier Messiaen, she attended classes at the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique in Paris and a seminar on Iannis Xenakis's music in Aix-en-Provence, and gained on work experience at experimental studios in Paris and Marseille. Since 1971 Pstrokońska-Nawratil has been working at the State Higher School of Music in Wrocław, since 1991 heading the Department of Composition and Theory of Music (at present: Department of Composition). In 1993 she was appointed a professor. From 1998 to 2009 she was a lecturer of the Academy of Music in Poznań.

Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil won a number of competitions for composers, including the Youth Compstition of Polish Composers’ Union (1968, 1973), Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition (1972), and International Competition for Women Composers in Mannheim (1975). In 1987 her work Ikar (Icarus) for large symphony orchestra (1979) won the 3rd prize at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. In 1989 she received the Wrocław City Award and the Prime Minister’s Award for her works for children and youth. She also received the Adam Chmielowski (Brother Albert) Award (1998), Wrocław Music Award (2002), Award of the Polish Composers’ Union (2004), Annual Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2006), and the "Gloria Artis" Medal for Merit to Culture (2013).

In 1994-97 she was a member of the repertoire committee of the "Warsaw Autumn" festival and in the years 1996-2008 she was a programming advisor, manager, and subsequently an artistic director of the International Festival of Polish Contemporary Music "Musica Polonica Nova". She has been invited to join the honorary committee of the World Music Days in Wrocław in 2014.

updated: 2014 (ai), 2020 (ac)


Trio-sonata for violin, cello and piano (1967)

Concerto grosso for clarinet, horn, piano and orchestra

Fresco I – Reminiscence for large symphony orchestra (1972)
Nocturne for cello and prepared piano (1973)
Ostinato for percussion quartet (1974)
Fresco II – Epitaphios for large symphony orchestra (1975)
Canon for 4 percussions and piano (1976)
Studio per violino e tam-tam * (1977)
Fresco III – Icarus for large symphony orchestra (1979)
La vetrata for piano * (1979)
Slavic Pope, cantata for soprano, baritone, reciter, amateur choir and orchestra (1979)
Arabesque for string quartet * (1980)
Eco per 2 flauti (1980)
Eco per flauto grande * (1980)
Fresco IV – ...alla campana... for piano and symphony orchestra (1982)
BIS - JOKE* for percussion and piano * (1985)
Restless Songs for baritone and orchestra (1985)
Landscape with a Dipper for soprano and 3 violins (1986)
Fresco V – Éternel for soprano, boy choir, mixed choir and large symphony orchestra * (1987)
In The Kingdom of Autumn Leaves, ballet for children (1989)
Triangle! for percussion sextet (1990)
Le soleil, concerto for percussion instruments and orchestra (1991)
Fresco VI – Palindrom for large string orchestra with amplified harpsichord * (1994)
Lydian Quartet – Thinking About Andrzej for string quartet (1994)
Terra for male choir and piano (1995)
Bartokiana [version I] for 2 cellos and piano (1995)
el Condor (Spring), for 2 marimbas and string orchestra (1996)
Fresco VII – Uru-Anna for tenor, large mixed choir and large symphony orchestra * (1998-1999)
In Search for Fleeing Echoes for two violins (2000)
Bartokiana [version II] for marimba and chamber orchestra (2000)
An Algorithm of A Big City's Sleep for marimba solo (2001)
Lydian Music for string orchestra (2002)
Magnificat MM for soprano, mixed choir and large symphony orchestra (2004)
Birds on the Horizon of Dusk for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (2006)
Strumyk i słonko for incrusted piano (2007)
...como el sol e la mar... (Summer) for flute and chamber orchestra (2007-2008)
Palm Sunday in Nazareth for saxophone, percussion and organ (2009)
ICE-LAND. Rainbow Bridges over Dettifoss for 22 string instruments and amplified harp (2011)
Madrigal for two pianos (2011)
HARMONY for symphony orchestra (2011)
Rain Forests for flute and symphony orchestra (2013)
Figures on the Sand… Journeys of the Age-Old Scarab… for flute, violin, viola and cello (2014)
Galaktikos α for flute and organ (2015)
Bartokiana [version III] for fute, saxophone and piano (2015)
Triptych for 2 amplified flutes and organ (2017)
Assisi, concerto for cello, children's choir and symphony orchestra (2017)
Galaktikos β, triptych for 2 flutes and organ (2017)
In the Zenith of the Sun for flute, bells, vibraphone, marimba, harp and cello (2018)
Ring of Tara for percussion octet (2018)
Figures on the Sand… Journeys of the Age-Old Scarab…[version II] for flute quintet and small percussion (2019)
AoTeaRoa - The Land of Long White Clouds for harpsichord and string orchestra (2019)
Landmannalaugar Sonata for 2 flutes and harpsichord (2019)
The Nightingale and the Stone for 2 pianos and 2 percussions (2020)
SudavikSonata for piano and viola (2021)
Madrigals, cycle for accordion and viola (2021)
ULURU. Time of Sleep from the cycle Ecomusic for symphony orchestra (2022)