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Paweł Mykietyn,

composer and clarinettist, born 20th May 1971 in Oława. He graduated in 1997 from the Music Academy in Warsaw (now the Fryderyk Chopin Music University), where he had studied composition under Włodzimierz Kotoński. He participated in the ISCM Polish Section’s International Summer Courses for composers (1991, 1992, 1993) and the Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam (1992), and attended lectures and workshops with composers such as Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Magnus Lindberg, Louis Andriessen, François-Bernard Mâche, and Michael Nyman.

In 1990, he won the 2nd prize in the Andrzej Krzanowski Competition for Composers. His 3 for 13 for 13 performers (1994), commissioned by the Polish Radio, received the 1st prize in the category of young composers' works in the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris in 1995. In 1996, his Epifora [Epiphora] for piano and tape (1996), another Polish Radio commission, was granted 1st prize in the category of works by young composers, as well as a recommendation in the general category, in the 4th International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music in Amsterdam.

Paweł Mykietyn founded Nonstrom, an ensemble in which he plays the clarinet and which has specialised in performances of contemporary music. The ensemble has a complement of four: a clarinet, a piano, a cello and a trombone. As a clarinettist, Mykietyn won the 1st prize in the Competition for Young Performers of 20th-Century Music organised by the International Society of Contemporary Music, the Polish Section, in 1995.

He has composed for soloists such as Elżbieta Chojnacka, Ewa Pobłocka, and Andrzej Bauer. He has cooperated with leading conductors including Jean-Paul Dessy, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Diego Masson, Wojciech Michniewski, and Reinbert de Leeuw. His has received commissions from Warsaw Autumn, Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw as well as ensembles including Belcea Quartet, de Ereprijs, Icebreaker, and Kronos Quartet.

Between 1997 and 2001 he was music director of the StudioTheatre. Since 2008 he has been music director of the Nowy Theatre in Warsaw. He has composed music for all the of Krzysztof Warlikowski’s theatrical productions since 1996. His own selection of this output was released in 2011 on a CD  entitled "Mykietyn. Teatr". In 2015 he was awarded the Teatr monthly’s Special Prize for his opera The Magic Mountain and his theatre music.

He has authored music for many feature films, a.o.: Ojciec (part of the "Solidarność, Solidarność..." production), Ono33 sceny z życia and W imię... by Małgorzata Szumowska, Tatarak ind Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei by Andrzej Wajda, Essential Killing and 11 minut by Jerzy Skolimowski. In 2012, for his music for Essential Killing, he was awarded the prestigious SACEM Prix France Musique. For his music for films he was many times awarded at the Gdynia Film Festival.

In 2000 Paweł Mykietyn received the Passport Award of the Polityka weekly. His 3 for 13 was presented at the MIDEM Classique in Cannes. In 2008 he was the first recipient of the OPUS Public Media Award. In 2011 he was decorated with the Cavalier’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, in 2016 - the Polish Composers' Union Award  (for "remarkable, individual footstep in the panorama of Polish contemporary music, with emphasis on the opera The Magic Mountain") and the "Neptun 2016" award of the President of Gdańskm, in 2017 - Cyprian Kamil Norwid award (cathegory: music).


updated: September 2017 (wa), May 2018 (iz)

 

works

Paweł Mykietyn embarked on his spectacular career at a very young age, and from the very start he notched up numerous successes both in Poland and abroad. In 1993, still as Włodzimierz Kotoński’s composition student, he made his Warsaw Autumn debut with La strada. The success of this performance resulted in the composer obtaining his first Warsaw Autumn commission – for the work entitled Eine kleine Herbstmusik which, performed in 1995, proved to be one of the greatest events of the Festival. In the same year, his composition 3 for 13, commissioned by the Polish Radio, won the 1st prize in the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, in the category of works by young composers. In 1996, Mykietyn received the 1st prize in the same category of works, as well as a recommendation in the general category, in the 4th International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music in Amsterdam, for his Epifora [Epiphora] for piano and tape (1996). The successive Warsaw Autumn festivals presented new works by Mykietyn: Piano Concerto in 1997, Commencement de siècle (1999), Shakespeare’s Sonnets (2000), and the opera Ignorant i szaleniec [The Ignoramus and the Madman] (2001).

Paweł Mykietyn’s music is impetuous, frequently even aggressive in character, and has a clear structure. The composer ostentatiously applies the major-minor harmonies, introducing tonal fragments interspersed with harmonically free sections. He also makes use of traditional melodic structures, transforming them in his own individual manner. Mykietyn could be described as a model postmodernist, deriving his inspiration as well as material from all the available sources without any inferiority complex. Composition is for him, to a large extent, the action of putting together ready-made puzzle pieces. Mykietyn’s music evokes many emotions. It is most admired by the younger audience, fascinated by powerful sound and sharp rhythms.

kompozycje

...though Daedalus flew safe..., trio for piano, clarinet and cello * (1990)
La Strada for three instruments * (1991)
Four Preludes for piano * (1992)
At Radek’s” for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1993)
3 for 13 for 13 performers * (1994)
Sonatina für Alina for alto saxophone and tape (1994)
Eine kleine Herbstmusik for 11 instruments (1995)
Music for theatre play Szkarłatna wyspa, dir. by Piotr Cieślak (1995)
Epiphora for piano and tape (1996)
Concerto for piano and orchestra * (1996)
Music for theatre play Księżniczka Turandot, dir. by Rudolf Zioło (1996)
Music for theatre play Fenicjanki, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (1996)
Music for theatre play Jak wam się podoba, dir. by Piotr Cieślak (1996)
Music for theatre play Nareszcie koniec, dir. by Zbigniew Brzoza (1996)
Music for film Maria Konopnicka, dir. by Elżbieta Rottermund (1996)
...on my own theme for chamber ensemble (1997)
Four for four for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1997)
Music for theatre play Elektra, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (1997)
Music for theatre play Dopełnienie miłości, dir. by Zbigniew Maciak (1997)
Music for theatre play Zimowa opowieść, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (1997)
Music for theatre play Joko świętuje rocznicę, dir. by Piotr Cieślak (1997)
Music for theatre play Ostatnie dni ludzkości, dir. by Piotr Cieślak (1997)
Music for theatre play Tancerz mecenasa Kraykowskii, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (1997)
Music for theatre play Bilard petersburski, dir. by Agnieszka Lipiec-Wróblewska (1997)
Concerto for cello and orchestra * (1998)
String Quartet (1998)
Music for theatre play Poskromienie złośnicy, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (1998)
Music for theatre play Perykles, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (1998)
Music for theatre play Zachodnie wybrzeże, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (1998)
Commencement de siècle for chamber ensemble and live electronics (1999)
Before “Four for four” for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1999)
Concerto for violin and orchestra (1999)
Music for theatre play Wieczór Trzech Króli, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (1999)
Music for theatre play Hamlet, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (1999)
Shakespeare’s Sonnets for male soprano and piano (2000)
Music for theatre play Makbet, dir. by Andrzej Woron (2000)
Music for theatre play Burza, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2000)
Music for theatre play Książę Myszkin, dir. by Mikołaj Warianow (2000)
Music for film Egoiści, dir. by Mariusz Treliński (2000)
The Ignoramus and the Madman, chamber opera (2000-2001)
Music for theatre play Bachantki, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2001)
Music for theatre play Leonce i Lena, dir. by Barbara Sierosławska (2001)
Music for theatre play Ignorant i szaleniec, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2001)
Music for theatre play Oczyszczeni, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2001)
Concerto for harpsichord and orchestra (2002)
Calls for string orchestra (2002)
Music for theatre play 4.48 Psychosis, dir. by Grzegorz Jarzyna (2002)
Music for theatre play Helmucik, dir. by Paweł Łysak (2002)
Music for film Wernisaż, dir. by Wiesław Paluch (2002)
An Album Leaf for cello and computer
(2002, 2009)
Blood, symphonic poem for large orchestra (2003)
Gently for 6 male voices (2003)
Music for theatre play Sen nocy letniej, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2003)
Music for theatre play Antygona, dir. by Marek Kalita (2003)
Music for theatre play W gęstwinie miast, dir. by GrzegorzJarzyna (2003)
Music for theatre play Dybuk. Między dwoma światami, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2003)
Becoming Fine for baritone, microtonally tempered harpsichord and string ensemble to words by Marcin Świetlicki (2004)
Klave for microtonally tempered harpsichord and chamber orchestra (2004)
Music for film Ono, dir. by Małgorzata Szumowska (2004)
Nude, for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (2005)
Music for film Mój tata Maciek, dir. by Małgorzata Szumowska (2005)
Music for film Mój tata Maciek, dir. by Małgorzata Szumowska (2005)
Music for film Solidarność, Solidarność..., dir. by Krzysztof Zanussii, Małgorzata Szumowska and others (2005)
Music for film Motor, dir. by Wiesław Paluch (2005)
String Quartet No. 2 (2006)
Sonata for Cello solo or with live electronics  (2006)
Prologue for strings (2006)
Music for theatre play Sonety Szekspira, dir. by Łukasz Kos (2006)
Music for theatre play Madame de Sade, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2006)
Music for television theatre play Piaskownica, dir. by Dariusz Gajewski (2006)
Symphony No. 2 (2007)
Music for theatre play Anioły w Ameryce, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2007)
Music for theatre play Zapis, dir. by Radosław Dobrowolski (2007)
Music for television theatre play Kobieta sprzed dwudziestu czterech lat, dir. by Dariusz Gajewski (2007)
St Mark Passion for voices and instruments  (2008)
Music for theatre play Przebudzenie wiosny, dir. by Helena Kaut-Nowson (2008)
Music for theatre play Bóg, dir. by Krystyna Janda (2008)
Music for film 33 sceny z życia, dir. by Małgorzata Szumowska (2008)
Music for theatre play (A)pollonia, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2009)
Music for theatre play Ofelie, Sonety, Alpha, dir. by Jon Tombre (2009)
Music for film Tatarak, dir. by Andrzej Wajda (2009)
Vivo for choir, orchestra and electronics (2010)
Berceuse for ten singers  (2010)
Music for theatre play Tramwaj, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2010)
Music for theatre play Koniec, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2010)
Music for film Essential Killing, dir. by Jerzy Skolimowski (2010)
Music for film Trick, dir. by Jan Hryniak (2010)
Symphony no. 3 for alto and orchestra (2011)
Two Verses by Miłosz for actor, actress, 10 musicians, electronics and video (2011)
Music for theatre play Opowieści afrykańskie według Szekspira, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2011)
Music for film Popatrz na mnie, dir. by Katarzyna Jungowska (2011)
Music for film Sponsoring, dir. by Małgorzata Szumowska (2011)
Klavierstücke for Casio CTK-731 synthesiser (2012)
King Lear, musical in two acts (2012)
Wax Music for wax cylinders and piano (2012)
Music for film Bez wstydu, dir. by Filip Marczewski (2012)
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (2013)
Music for theatre play Kabaret warszawski, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2013)
Music for film Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei, dir. by Andrzej Wajda (2013)
Music for film Czerwony papierowy stateczek, dir. by Aleksandra Zaręba (2013)
Music for film W imię..., dir. by Małgorzata Szumowska (2013)
Music for film Nowy sen - Krzysztof Warlikowski, dir. by Marcin Latałło (2013)
Hommage à Oskar Dawicki for symphony orchestra (2014)
Music for film Piąte: nie odchodź, dir. by Katarzyna Jungowska (2014)
The Magic Mountain, opera to a libretto by Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk after Thomas Mann (2015)
Fanfare for symphony orchestra (2015)
Music for theatre play Francuzi, dir. by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2015)
Music for film 11 minut, dir. by  Jerzy Skolimowski (2015)
Double Concerto for two flutes and symphony orchestra (2016)
Fangor for piano four hands  (2016)
Counting out for 3 voices and 9 instruments (2017)
Herr Thadaeus for electronics, bass solo and orchestra (2017)
Music for film Frost dir. by Sharunas Barthas (2017)

literatura wybrana

Chłopecki Andrzej Paweł Mykietyn - nowa gwiazda muzyki polskiej [Paweł Mykietyn – A New Star of Polish Music], "Polish Culture" 1999 nr 1, s. 48-49
Chłopecki Andrzej Pawła Mykietyna Opus, czyli II Symfonia. Próba przybliżenia, "Ruch Muzyczny" 2008 nr 17/18, s. 8-10.
Dutkiewicz Barbara Polistylistyka, czyli Dyskurs z przeszłością: interpretacja ruchowa muzyki w obliczu dzieł epoki postmodernizmu na przykładzie wybranych utworów, Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego, Katowice 2012
Fiugajska Beata, Technika dekonstrukcji w twórczości Pawła Mykietyna, Akademia Muzyczna, Kraków 2012
Kwiecińska Agata W co gra Paweł Mykietyn?, "Ruch Muzyczny" 2007 nr 10, s. 6-8
Thomas Adrian Mykietyn Paweł In: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (ed. Stanley Sadie), vol. 17, Macmillan Publishers Limited, London 2001