Andrzej Kwieciński is a composer from Warsaw. He won in the Young Composers category at the International Rostrum of Composers in Helsinki, as well as at numerous other competitions, and has composed pieces for prestigious institutions and ensembles, such as the Nonstrom Ensemble.
Composer and graduate of the Józef Elsner National School of Music in Warsaw.
Andrzej Kwiecinski is a graduate of the Józef Elsner National School of Music in Warsaw, where he studied composition under Sławomir Czarnecki (1999-2005), and electroacoustic music under Jan Oleszkowicz (2001-2003), as well as Baroque singing. He also studied musicology at the Faculty of History at the University of Warsaw (2003-2004). He continued his studies in composition at the Royal Conservatory in Hague under Richard Ayers, Diderik Haakma-Wagenaar, Martijn Padding, Yannis Kyriakides, and Louis Andriessen (2005-2011). He has participated in courses led by Rosalie Hirs (2005-2006), Tristan Murail (2006), Luca Francesconi (2012-2013), Willem Bruls (libretto-writing course, 2012) and Manfred Trojahn and Esa-Pekka Salonen (operatic works workshop, 2013).
In 2012, within the framework of the programme run by the Institute for Music and Dance, Kwieciński was appointed as composer-in-residence at the Łódź Philharmonic, which resulted in him writing Sinfonia: Luci nella notte IV that premiered on 13 April, 2012. In May 2014, Kwieciński’s composition Canzon de' baci for solo voice and chamber orchestra won in the Young Composers Category at the 61st International Rostrum of Composers in Helsinki and was among the 10 pieces recommended in the main category.
Kwieciński emphasizes that –
Canzon de'baci was a turning point in my creative work. For a long time, there was some kind of dichotomy in it – my interest in composition completely didn’t meet my passions as a countertenor specializing in baroque singing. It was during Canzon de'baci that I realized that this couldn't go on. I started to look for my identity, wondering what was most important for me, seeking common ground for these two worlds to function. I tried to make Canzon de’baci extremely baroque, but not in an obvious way. I'm not interested either in stylizations or toying with conventions. My intention is to create music that inherits modernist avant-garde idioms built on a repertoire of gestures performing analogous functions to the musical gestures of the Baroque era. My music has to be baroque, not an imitation of it. The basis of work is one of the most popular forms of Baroque – ciaccona. I hid the ciaccona melody not in the bass, but in the high vocals. Another very important part of my job is distortion – the melody is played on the piano on extreme harmonic positions. I wanted to build a structure a bit like Lego – to build a superstructure on substructure.
He has been commissioned to write compositions by prestigious institutions and ensembles, including the Nonstrom Ensemble (2004), the Foundation of Friends of the Warsaw Autumn Festival funded by the Ernst von Siemens Stiftung (2005), Deutschlandfunk, Cologne (2008), and NSKA (2011).
Apart from at the 61st International Rostrum of Composers, he has been awarded at numerous other prestigious competitions, including:
- 4th Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music Composition (2004)
- Polish TV competition Dolina Kreatywna (Creative Valley) (2009, first prize)
- Composers' Competition Young Masters XXI (2010, first prize)
- Henriëtte Bosmans Prize (2011), Gaudeamus Prize (2012)
His works have also been presented at festivals in Poland and abroad. Notable performances and premieres include -
- Turning Sounds (2004, Umbrae),
- Albert Roussel (2005, premiere of Un Soir),
- Generations VI in Warsaw (2005, premiere of Ice, Dust),
- FIRM Festival in Adelaide (2005, At Grey Moonrise)
- Soundbytes of Sejong at the Samsung Experience at the Warner Center in New York City (2006, American premiere of Umbrae),
- Spring Festival in Hague (2007, premiere of no 32,1950),
- Festival of Premieres in Katowice (2007, no.27, 1950),
- Musica Polonica Nova in Wrocław (2008, no. 27, 1950),
- Litmus project Warsaw (2008, premiere of Umbrae for string orchestra)
- Contemucha in Lódź (2009, premiere of 14'48 (3))
- International Chamber Music Festival the Hague (2010, premiere of Mural),
- Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn (2010, premiere of Rozmyślajcie II/ Reflect II)
- Concerts in Hamburg (2011, mural) and Lisbon (2012, premiere of Canzon de'baci).
Source: polmic, polskie radio/Polish radio. transl.GS, 29.08.2014