Composer and singer, born on January 25, 1978 in Wrocław.
As a singer, she has participated in many prestigious musical events. Contemporary music occupies a special place in her repertoire. Together with Cezary Duchnowski, she forms the ElettroVoce Duo. In the summer of 2004, she took part in an experimental project of improvisation during a concert commissioned by the International Courses of Composition in Darmstadt. Over the past few years, she has gained fame as a performer of Witold Lutosławski's Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Musica Polonica Nova, 2006), Bernhard Lang's DW9 (Warsaw Autumn, 2004), Zygmunt Krauze's The Star (electroacoustic adaptation by Cezary Duchnowski at the Polish Theatre in Wrocław, 2005), as well as the role of Phaedra in Dobromiła Jaskot's opera under the same title (Grand Theatre - National Opera, 2006). She has also given concerts abroad: in Italy, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Denmark, Ukraine, Lithuania, Korea and the United States.
She graduated with honours (Primus Inter Pares) from the Composition Department in the class of Jan Wichrowski and from the Vocal Department under the guidance of Danuta Paziuk-Zipser at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. She continued her studies at the Conservatoruim Hogeschool Enschede in the Netherlands and received scholarships from many prestigious institutions, including the Polish Ministry of Culture, Executive Board of the City of Wrocław, the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, the Young Poland Programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Foundation of International Education.
Her music has been performed at numerous festivals, among them, the Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova Festival in Wrocław, Audio-Art Festival, the Andrzej Panufnik's Music Days in Cracow, the Poznań Musical Spring, the Adam Didur Festival, Kraków 2000 Festival, Chanterelle Festival, Festival of Polish Music in Kraków, Festival of First Performances Polish Contemporary Music in Katowice, as well as: Alternativa in Moscow, Corso Polonia in Rome, Velvet Curtain in Lvov, Musikhøst Odense in Denmark. Her Symphony No. 2 for 77 musicians (2005), commissioned by Deutsche Welle, had its first performance in 2005 during the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. Her work has also been commissioned by the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, Ultraschall in Berlin and the Festival in Seattle.
Agata Zubel has won several composition and vocal competitions, among them: First Prize and Award of the Polish Musical Publishing PWM Edition in 1999 during the Andrzej Panufnik National Composers Competition for her Lumière pour percussion solo (1997), Third Prize during the Polish Classical Guitar Composition Competition in 2000 for the work Ludia and Fu - guitar solo (1999), as well as First Prize and Special Award of the Polish Radio at the Adam Didur National Composers' Competition for the Song about the End of the World / Piosenka o końcu świata - for voice, reciter and instrumental ensemble to the words of Czesław Miłosz (1998), in 2002 - she received the Special Award at Concours Moderne in Chain and First Prize at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition, in 2003 - the Chief Prize awarded by the Leopold Kronenberg Bank Foundation at the Competition of 20th and 21st Century Music for Young Performers organized by the Polish Society of Contemporary Music, Third Prize during the International Competition for Professional Soloists: Interpretation of Contemporary Music - Nicati 2003 in Switzerland and Second Prize for Re-Cycle for five percussionists (2001) at the Peter Ivanovich Jurgenson International Composer Competition in Moscow, in 2005 - jointly with Cezary Duchnowski (as the ElettroVoce Duo) she received the Special Award at the Gaudeamus International Contemporary Music Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam, the Polityka Magazine Passport Award and the Wrocław Musical Award.
She holds a Ph.D. from the Academy of Music in Wrocław. Since 2003 she has been a member of the Polish Composers' Union.
The composer's website: Agata Zubel
Author: Małgorzata Kosińska, Polish Music Information Centre, Polish Composers' Union, May, 2003; Updated: November, 2008.