Composer, born 10 March 1931 in Toruń.
Bernadetta Matuszczak writes mostly works for the stage and vocal-instrumental pieces. Her compositions have been performed numerous times in Poland and abroad, among them, Septem tubae for mixed choir, organs and symphonic orchestra (1966) at the Festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) - 43. Weltmusikfest 1969 - in Hamburg, her opera Juliet and Romeo (1967) at the Internationale Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden in 1972 and the opera monodrama Diary of a Fool (1976) at the Brighton Music Festival in 1984.
She was born into a musical family and graduated from the Secondary School of Music in Toruń and studied at the State Higher School of Music in Poznań. She read music theory with Zygmunt Sitowski, piano in the class of Irena Kurpisz-Stefanowa and composition with Tadeusz Szeligowski. After having obtained in 1958 a diploma with honours from the Music Theory Department, she halted her studies on the other subjects and started working as an assistant lecturer to Zygmunt Sitowski.
In 1960, she returned to her composition studies at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw under the guidance of Tadeusz Szeligowski, and following his death – in the class of Kazimierz Sikorski. In 1964, she obtained her degree in composition. Four years later, in 1968, she left for Paris as a scholarship student of the French Government, where she continued to further her composition studies under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger.
Bernadetta Matuszczak has received numerous awards for her compositions - among them, an award in the Young Composers' Competition of the Polish Composers' Union in 1965, 2nd prize in the Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition for Composers for her Septem tubae in 1966, her Musica da camera per 3 flauti, 4 timpani e 5 tom-toms (1967) received in 1967 an award in the Jeunesses Musicales Competition. Twice she was awarded the Prix Italia for her radio operas-oratoria - in 1973 for Humanae voces (1970-71) and in 1979 for Apocalypsis according to St. John (1976-77).
Author: Małgorzata Kosińska, Polish Music Information Center, Polish Composers' Union, July 2002; Updated: December 2008.
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