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Wojciech Ziemowit Zych,
composer; b. 4th April 1976 in Warsaw. He studied composition with Marek Stachowski at the Academy of Music in Cracow (1996-2001), graduating with honours. He continued his education with Peter-Jan Wagemans at the Rotterdam Conservatory (2001-2002). He also participated in composition master classes (Radziejowice, 1997; Gdańsk, 1998; Buckow (near Berlin),1999; Darmstadt, 2008). In 1999 he received a scholarshop granted by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
In 1996 Wojciech Ziemowit Zych received the 2nd prize at the Polish National Composition Competition for Students of Secondary Schools of Music in Tarnów, in 1997 – 3rd prize and honourable mention at the 4th Adam Didur Composition Competition in Sanok and a honourable mention at the Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers. He was also commissioned to write pieces for the Warsaw Autumn Friends’ Foundation, German Radio, the Polish Composers’ Union (as part of the project 60 Commissions for the 60th anniversary), "Wratislavia Cantans" Festival in Wrocław and "Sacrum Profanum" Festival in Cracow (Made in Poland – Miłosz Sounds, a project marking the Year of Czesław Miłosz 2011).
His works have been performed at many festivals, including the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival (2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010), Music Days of Cracow Composers (1998, 2000, 2001, 2008), "Musica Polonica Nova" in Wrocław (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014), UltraSchall in Berlin (2006), Musikhøst in Odense (Denmark, 2007), and "FOCUS! 2011 – Polish Modern: New Directions in Polish Music Since 1945" in New York.
Wojciech Ziemowit Zych is an adjunct professor at the Department of Composition of the Composition, Interpretation and Music Education Faculty at the Academy of Music in Cracow. In 2006 he obtained a PhD in arts. Between 2006 and 2008 he was a member of the repertoire committee of the International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn". Since 2007 he has been a member of the Polish Composers’ Union.
In 2009 DUX Recording Producers released an album with his orchestral pieces Wojciech Ziemowit Zych. Orchestral Works (as part of the series Young Composers' Tribute to Fryderyk Chopin). In 2010 the album won the "Pizzicato Supersonic" Award of Radio Luxembourg.
In the 2012/13 season he was a composer-in-residence at the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Cracow.

updated: April 2014 (iz)


1942 Christmas Carol for mezzosoprano and chamber orchestra to text by Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński (1997)
Epifanium for trumpet, strings, harp and celesta (1998)
Soliloquy No. 1 – Agitated Mind for chamber ensemble * (1999)
Soliloquy No. 2 – A Landscape of Frozen Thoughts for bass clarinet and 20 string instruments * (1999)
Mille coqs blessés à mort for big chamber ensemble * (2000)
Two Phantasmagoric Narrations for two harps (2001)
Concerto for alto saxophone and chamber orchestra * (2001)
Symphony No. 1 * (2001-2002)
Dutch Toccata for two bass clarinets and two pianos * (2002)
Ballade No. 1 for bass clarinet, cello and harp * (2002)
Meanders - Layers - Mechanisms for big chamber ensemble (2002-2003)
Concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra * (2003)
Ballade No. 2 for violin, bass clarinet and marimba * (2003)
Hommage à Tadeusz Kantor for orchestra * (2003)
Enfant terrible for chamber ensemble * (2003-2004)
Friends of Kaspar Hauser for chamber ensemble * (2004)
Symphony No. 2 * (2004)
P.S. [version I] for harpsichord solo (2005)
P.S. [version II] for piano solo (2005)
Restlessness for bass clarinet solo (2005)
Cooperative for alto saxophone and accordion (2005)
Constantly Present Longing for violin, bass clarinet, percussion and piano (2005)
Hommage à György Kurtág, 21 miniatures for violin and bass clarinet * (2005-2006)
Stirrings of the Will for orchestra * (2005-2006)
Tremor for dwa fortepiany (2006)
Poetyka niedo-.../Niedo-...poetyka for harpsichord solo (2007)
Retoryka niedo-.../Niedo-...retoryka for string quartet * (2007)
Różnia for two pianos and percussion (2007-2010)
Charges Presented in the Form of a Rondo for percussion duo (2008)
...Letter unfinished…, Letter Found… for percussion duo (2008)
Cooperative No. 2 for cello and accordion (2010)
Flags for quartet of bass recorders (2010)
Gest and puls for violin solo with spatial amplification (2010)
Postgramatyka Miłosza... Teraz szukajcie go w gajach i puszczach słownika for band (2011)
Symphony No. 3 (2011-13)