The composer Piotr Peszat was born on the 29th of June in 1990 in Kraków. He is the prize winner of many Polish and foreign composer competitions.
He graduated from the Musical Academy in Kraków with honors. He studied composition under Krzysztof Meyer. Currently, he is studying at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus under Simon Steen-Andersen. He is also a PhD student at the Institute of Creativity, Interpretation and Musical Education at the Musical Academy in Kraków, where he is continuing his composition studies under Magdalena Długosz.
He took part in musical workshops carried out by groups and musicians specializing in performing new music – JACK Quartet (Copenhagen 2013), Esbjerg Ensemble (Esbjerg 2014), Ensemble Recherche ("Klassenarbeit" programme, Fryburg 2014) and MusikFabrik ("Composer Collider" programme, Cologne 2014). He has perfected his professional skills at summer composition workshops under such artists as Johannes Kreidler, Pascal Dusapin, Manos Tsangaris and Jennifer Walsche (Donaueschingen Next Generation 2014), Martin Smolka, Bernhard Lang, Carola Bauckholt and Gordon Monahan (Ostrava Days 2011) as well as Zygmunt Krauze, Chen Yi, Paul Patterson and Alessandro Solbiati (Synthesis International Summer Course for Composers in Radziejowice). As a member of the Polish-German project GeoSounds, he led composition workshops in Leipzig and Dresden between 2012 and 2014 for students of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Kraków State Music School.
Piotr Peszat’s compositions have been performed at many international contemporary music festivals, such as Axes – Triduum Muzyki Nowej in Kraków, Biennale Ostrava Days, Nature Meets Music in Görlitz, Pulsar Festival in Copenhagen, RAMA Festival in Aarhus, Aarhus Jazz Festival, China Day Music Festival in Copenhagen and Lucerne Festival, as well as during "Wawel o zmierzchu" Festival, Music Days of Kraków Composer, Alkagran –Autumn Music Festival in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Days of New Music in Gdańsk and Days of Organ Music in Kraków.
In 2014, he had a double debut at the ‘Warsaw Autumn’ International Festival of Contemporary Music. He performed Interiør i Strandgade and along with other students from the Musical Academy in Kraków performed in the premiere show of the children’s play ‘Pan Kamczyk w krainie dźwięków’ (Mr.Pebblestone in the world of sounds).
I used a piece of Interiør i Strandgade in my digital video-opera Grandpa H. I attempted to relate to my work in a very self-critical manner. The track excerpt I used in the opera symbolizes a reassessment, of the way I think about and understand music, that occurred not too long after the performance of the orchestra version of Interiør at the ‘Warsaw Autumn’ Festival in 2014.
When I say reassessment, I mean a rejection of the ubiquitous aesthetic appearance of material in Poland (that is concentrating on abstract music material, exploring sound possibilities) in favor of focusing on content – rejecting the abstract character of a piece, on behalf of the search for its ties with reality.
In the opening fragment of the opera, I focus on the symbolic use of shadows. I ask the question, whether shadows symbolic for certain attitudes are still part of our reality or whether they have been eliminated? In the video layer, I juxtapose the shadow of a mysterious figure with the exaggerated reactions of the jury during the ‘Got Talent’ programmes (short clips from 14 countries). Using these fragments is the answer to the next question: Where can we find shadows nowadays? The sound layer – the Interiør recording – is a supplement to the figure’s shadow, which we watch in the video. However, the shadow – along with the Interiør – disappear rather quickly and become secondary to the jury’s exaltation – as Peszat explains in June of 2015.
Piotr Pesztat is the prize winner of many Polish and foreign composer competitions. He received second place (ex equo with Mateusz Ryczek) in the Composer Concert of the Year Competition (Katowice 2011) He became a finalist during The Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers (Warsaw 2013). He won first place during the Roche Young Commissions competition (Lucerne 2013) and received a request to compose a piece for the Symphony Orchestra, which was then subsequently performed at the Festival in Lucerne in 2015. He also won the competition organized by Ensemble MusikFabrik (Cologne 2014), the international contest MCI Meeting Competition (Copenhagen 2014) as well as the contest organized by the Ung Nordisk Musikfestival – and will represent Denmark as one of seven other composers during the festival organized in Helsinki in September of 2015. In December 2013, he received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Along with the painter Katarzyna Feiglewicz, he won the Fljótstunga Artistic Residency Programme in Iceland. During residency the artists are going to prepare an installation entitles ‘Inside Earth Outside’.
Author: Agnieszka Grzybowska, June 2015 Translated by: Zuzanna Wiśniewska
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