Katarina Głowicka is a composer, born on 12th October 1977 in Oleśnica.
She studied composition under Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil and graduated with honours in 2001 from the Academy of Music in Wrocław. During 2000, she held a year-long internship with Italian composer Ivan Fedele at the Conservatory in Strasbourg. She also graduated from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where studied under Louis Andriessen. She also completed a PhD focusing on computer music at the Sonic Arts Research Centre pf the Queen's University Belfast.
She has participated in numerous international composition competitions in Kraków, Vienna, Radziejowice, Brussels, Apeldoorn (Holland), Dartington (England), and Avignon (France) led by Louis Andriessen, Jonathan Harvey, Hanna Kulenty, Zygmunt Krauze, Tristan Murail, Martjin Padding, and Bogusław Schaeffer. In 1999 she received a scholarship from the European Commission in Holland, and another in 2000 from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. She also received the William Glock scholarship, which allowed her to attend the International Summer School in Dartington (2001). In 2002 and 2003 she received scholarships from both the Dutch and French governments. She currently holds a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Pieces composed by Katarzyna Głowicka have been performed both in Poland and abroad, mainly in France, Germany, Holland, the UK, Austria, Belgium, and Ukraine, at festivals such as Adam Didura Festival in Sanok, Warsaw Autumn, Musica Electronica Nova in Wrocław, Suite in Amsterdam, Oproven in Den Bosch, Oerel on the island Terscheling, Yo! in Utrecht, Vienna Modern, Steve Reich Festival in the Hague, Gaudeamus in Amsterdam, Biennale di Venezia, International Women in New Music Festival in California, and International Computer Music Conference in Barcelona. Her pieces are most often performed by De Eereprijs, Ensemble Recherche, Holland Symfonia, Nederlands Vocaal Laboratorium, Jonathan Peter Kenny (countertenor), Ties Mellema (saxophonist) and transmitted by the Polish Radio, Dutch television VPRO and the Austrian radio ORF. Her opera The King's Gravedigger with librettist Jerzy Lukosz was selected to be performed as part of the project entitled the Genesis Prize for the Opera in London (2001). Another piece Quasi Rublev, which was inspired by Andrei Tarkowski’s film, was commissioned by the Dutch Fonds Podium Kunsten foundation.
Katarzyna Głowicka is a laureate of the Adam Didura National Composition Competition (1998 – 1st prize, 2000 – 3rd prize), the Polish Association for Contemporary Music Award at the Adam Panufnik National Composition Competition (2000), the special prize and second prize at the National Instrumentation and Composition Competition in Wrocław (2001) and the second prize and the Award of the Mayor of the city of Wrocław at the National Composition Competition to commemorate the 25th anniversary of John Paul II’s Pontificate (2003).
Głowicka collaborates with film and theatre directors, and choreographers, but most often with musicians and conductors. She makes films, and music for opera, ballet and symphonic. Her pieces stand out due to the their vivid expression and colour. As a composer, she seeks unique forms of expression and often uses a computer as well as musical instruments as composing tools.
Author: Małgorzata Kosińska, Polish Music Information Center, Polish Composers' Union, April 2003, update: October 2008, July 2015 Translated by: Zuzanna Wisniewska, August 2015
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