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Grzegorz Majka,

composer, conductor and music theorist; b. 14 September 1981 in Zaborów. In 2001-11 he studied music theory with Krzysztof Szwajgier and composition with Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz at the Academy of Music in Krakow. In 2010 he received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

During his studies he wrote reviews and articles for "Ruch Muzyczny", "Muzyka 21" and "Twoja Muza" magazines. As a music theorist he studied the music of Juliusz Łuciuk and prepared for publication the composer’s first monograph Juliusz Łuciuk. W harmonii myśli i ducha [Harmony of Thought and Spirit] (not yet published). He has also written many smaller-scale analyses, including introductions to 6 CDs with Łuciuk’s music released by Acte Préalable label. Majka was also active as a conductor (founder and director of Tarnów God’s Mercy Orchestra 2010-12 and of the Vox Animae Choir at the Centre for Culture in Żabno 2011-14). In the later period he concentrated exclusively on composition and teaching, occasionally conducting orchestras in performances of his own music. In his varied aesthetic interests he uses music of such composers as Guillaume de Machaut, Josquin dés Prés, Johann Sebastian Bach, György Ligeti, Horatiu Radulescu, Bogusław Schaeffer and Juliusz Łuciuk as points of reference.

Since 2010 Majka’s compositions have been regularly performed at the International Festival of Krakow Composers, Young Composers’ Forum in Krakow and the Lesser Poland Accordion Festival. His composition Fog. Lyrical Suite was commissioned by the Father J. Tischner Primary Music School in Domosławice in 2015 as part of the "Collections - Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. His music has been performed by such Polish ensembles and orchestras as the Euphony Piano Quartet, Jurków Chamber Choir, Tarnów God’s Mercy Orchestra and duoAccosphere.

As a composer Grzegorz Majka explores the possibilities of extending the Klangfarbenmelodie by adding a distinct rhythmic profile. This "rhythmicity of colours" has become a sphere of creative quests in works for all kinds of instrumentation. He aims to autonomize and give meaning to a sound sphere that does not bear any signs of programme music.

Since 2013 Majka has led music theory courses at the Father J. Tischner Primary Music School in Domosławice. He successively includes his own works as teaching material for practical study of elements of contemporary music.

 

updated: November 2016 (ab)

kompozycje

Ray for violin (2009)
Quartet for Various Times for violin, viola, cello and piano (2009)
Zaborów Mass for 3 sopranos and orchestra (2010)
Sub tuum praesidium for mixed unaccompanied choir (2011)
Dominications for mezzosoprano, 2 flutes, 2 bassoons, piano and string quartet (2011)
11,2 for violin (2012)
3 Grotesques to words by Miron Białoszewski for tenor, bassoon and viola (2012)
Vipers for symphony orchestra (2013)
Ad astra, cantata for 3 sopranos, 2 mezzosopranos, speaker, choir and orchestra (2014)
Metaspaces of Expectation for violin and viola (2014)
Metaspaces of Fulfilment for 2 accordions (2014)
Prism for violin, cello and piano (2014)
Knocker of Aliens for flute (2014)
Fog, lyrical suite for 3 sopranos, choir and orchestra (2015)
Prelude in Two Shades for organ and accordion (2015)
Encounters of Colour and Movement for piano (2015)
Shimmering for soprano and piano (2015)
Symphony of the First Degree for orchestra, choir, non-vocal voice and electric guitar (2016)