Paweł Mykietyn

Composer and clarinetist, born 20 May 1971 in Oława.

Mykietyn studied composition under Włodzimierz Kotoński at the Academy of Music in Warsaw, graduating in 1997. As early as 1990 Mykietyn took second prize in the Andrzej Krzanowski Composing Competition. His piece titled 3 for 13 for 13 performers (1994), commissioned by Polish Radio, won him first prize in the young composers' category during the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris in 1995. In 1996 his Epifora / Epiphora for piano and audio tape (1996), also commissioned by Polish Radio, took the first prize in the young composers' category at the UNESCO 4. International Rostrum of Electro-acoustic Music in Amsterdam and was among the compositions to receive an honorable mention in the open category.

Paweł Mykietyn plays the clarinet in the Nonstrom Ensemble, a group founded by the composer himself that specializes in the performance of contemporary music. The ensemble includes a piano, cello, and trombone, apart from the clarinet. In 1995 Mykietyn took first prize as a clarinetist in the Competition of Young Performers of 20th Century Music organized by the Polish Society of Contemporary Music (Polish section of the ISCM).

Pawel Mykietyn's dazzling career began when he was very young and he has enjoyed numerous successes both in Poland and abroad throughout. In 1993, while still a composition student under Wlodzimierz Kotonski, he debuted at the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival of Contemporary Music with a piece titled La Strada. His success at that edition of the "Warsaw Autumn" culminated with festival organizers commissioning a composition from Mykietyn, who responded by creating Eine kleine Herbstmusik. The performance of this piece at the festival in 1995 came to be viewed as on of the most important events of that edition. In the same year, Mykietyn's 3 for 13, commissioned by Polish Radio, won the composer the first prize at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris in the young composers' category. In 1996 Mykietyn received a similar award at the 4. International Rostrum of Electro-Acoustic Music in Amsterdam for his Epiphora for piano and tape. Subsequent editions of the "Warsaw Autumn" brought premieres of more of Mykietyn's compositions, including his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in 1997, Commencement de siecle in 1999, Shakespeare's Sonnets in 2000, and finally the opera Ignorant i szaleniec / An Ignoramus and a Madman in 2001.

Pawel Mykietyn's music is vivid, at times even aggressive in nature, and possesses a clear structure. The composer ostentatiously resorts to major-minor harmonics, introducing tonal fragments that alternate with harmonically free sections. He also draws on traditional melodic structures, transforming them into something altogether his own. Mykietyn seems to be a model post-modern artist - extremely confident and prepared to draw both inspiration and material from all available sources. Composing to him is much like putting together puzzles from ready-made elements. Mykietyn's music brings out a great deal of emotion. Younger listeners, fascinated by its full sound and sharp rhythms, are its primary enthusiasts.

Selected compositions:

  • ...Choć doleciał Dedal... / ...Although Daedalus Reached..., trio for piano, clarinet and cello (1990)
  • La Strada for three instruments (1991)
  • Cztery preludia na fortepian / Four Preludes for piano(1992)
  • "U Radka" / "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)
  • Epifora / Epiphora for piano and tape (1996)
  • Koncert na fortepian i orkiestrę / Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1996)
  • ...Na temat własny / ...On one's own theme for chamber ensemble (1997)
  • Four for Four for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1997)
  • Koncert na wiolonczelę i orkiestrę / Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1998)
  • Kwartet smyczkowy / String Quartet (1998)
  • Commencement de siecle for chamber ensemble and live electronics (1999)
  • Before 'Four for Four' for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1999)
  • Koncert na skrzypce i orkiestre / concerto for violin and orchestra (1999)
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets for male soprano and piano (2000)
  • Ignorant i Szaleniec / An Ignoramus and a Madman, chamber opera (2001)
  • Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra (2002)
  • An Album Leaf for cello and computer (2002).


Source: Polish Music Information Center, Polish Composers' Union, April 2002