Emil Bernard Wojtacki,
composer, academic teacher, editor, and publisher. Born in 1981 in Olsztyn, he studied information technology at the University of Warmia and Mazury in 2000-01 and music theory at the Academy of Music in Kraków in 2001-07. In 2007 he obtained a degree in composing (with honours) from the Academy of Music in Kraków, having studied with Professor Józef Rychlik. He also studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz (Austria, 2005) and at numerous courses (run by Rebecca Saunders, Louis Adriessen, Johannes Schöllhorn, and James Clarke, among others). In 2008-12 he studied for a PhD at the Academy of Music in Kraków, obtaining the degree in March 2013 for the thesis "An nulla est… do słów Boecjusza – wybrane wątki autorefleksji kompozytorskiej." ("An nulla est… to text by Boethius" – selected motifs of a composer's reflection).
Since 2003 he has been an editor and publisher of sheet music at the publishing house of the Academy of Music in Kraków; since 2008 he has been an academic teacher at his alma mater.
Among the awards he won are: the first prize of the 2009 Musica Sacra competition for De caritate and the first prize of the 2008 Tadeusz Ochlewski Competition for Sonettino per clavicembalo.
He has been a member of Polish Composers' Union since 2011.
He mostly writes vocal and instrumental music. He considers the exploration of silence as a significant area of his artistic work.
March 2013 (ajs)
Liwień nad Jerszałaimom to fragment of The Master and Margarita by Michail Bulgakov for female voice and string orchestra (2003)
Goethe-Lieder to the poem Wanderers Nachtlied (II) for choir a capella (2004)
Litterae for wind instruments (2004)
Proparoksytonos for string quartet (2004)
Three Songs to text by Bartosz Konstrat for soprano, flute, electric guitar and fretless bass (2004)
Goethe-Lieder to the poem Wanderers Nachtlied (II) for soprano and two or six violas (2005)
Goethe-Lieder to the poem Wanderers Nachtlied (II) for soprano, flute, piano, two violins, viola and cello (2005)
I Thought to fragments of poems by Adam Zagajewski (2006)
O virtus Sapientiæ to text by Hildegard of Bingen for choir a capella (2006)
Concerto per violoncello ed orchestra (2007)
O vis aeternitatis do słów Hildegardy z Bingen for choir and string orchestra (2007)
Sonettino per clavicembalo (2008)
De Caritate to text by Hildegard of Bingen for choir a capella (2009)
String Quartet No. 2 (2009)
By the Seaside to text by Adam Zagajewski for soprano, piano and cello (2010)
Zefiro torna to text by Ottavio Rinuccini for soprano and orchestra (2010)
Ein Traum, ein Traum to text by Johann Gottfried von Herder for choir a capella (2011)
Two sketches to one motetfor chamber ensemble (2012)
An nulla est… to a fragment of Consolationis Philosophie by Boethius for baritone and symphony orchestra (2012)