Sławomir Kupczak is a composer, born in Wrocław on 2nd May, 1979.
Composer, performer of contemporary music, violinist.
He studied composition under the tutelage of Jan Wichrowski and computer composition under Cezary Duchnowski at the Musical Academy in Wrocław. He perfected his skills in post-graduate studies in Stanisław Krupowicz’s composition class and Cezary Duchnowski’s computer composition class. He also participated in international courses for young composers held in Radziejowice (2000), Gdańsk (2001), and Canterbury, UK (2006). In the 2002-2003 academic year he was granted a scholarship by the Minister of Culture, in 2005 by the Warsaw Autumn Friends' Foundation, and in 2007 by the ZAIKS Authors' Association.
In 2006, he got 2nd place at the 48th Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers in Warsaw for Anaphora VII – Lament for female vocalist cello, piano, and tape. That same year his piece entitled Anaphora VI for string quartet and electronics finished 4th at the 53rd UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris in the young composers' category.
Sławomir Kupczak's compositions have been presented on the radio and performed at many concerts and contemporary music festivals in Poland and abroad, such as at the Youth Circle of Polish Composers Union during Warsaw Autumn, Polish Composers’ Union’s Wrocław Branch Concert during Warsaw Autumn, Concours Nicati in 2003 in Switzerland, Musica Polonica Nova and Musica Electronica Nova in Wrocław, Audio Art in Warsaw, the 11th Silesian Days of Contemporary Music Festival, Turning Sounds 2 in Warsaw (monographic concert), Musica Viva Festival, Velvet Curtain 2 in Lviv, Sounds New in Canterbury (2008), 53rd UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris and Rome, and Synthese in Bourges, France. His piece Anafora V for cello and computer represented Polish Radio in 2004 at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music in Rome.
He has composed pieces for such artists as Agata Zubel – Akwaforta for female vocals, ocarinas, recorder, tape and computer (2002), Et cetera for vocals, wind instruments, string quartet and computer (2005), Andrzej Bauer – Anafora V for cello and computer (2004), Cezary Duchnowski – Akwaforta, Cikada String Quartet – Anafora VI for string quartet and computer (2005), Agnieszka Pstrokońska – Rymowanki for marimba and strings (2003), and Tech-no Orchestra – Silly Nilly for string orchestra, alto saxophone and tape (2001-2002), Palimpsest for string orchestra and tape (2002). In 2005, he composed Figliki, a piece for electronics and piano that was ordered by the Experimental Studio of the Polish Radio as part of a project entitled REJ 2005 for the 500th anniversary of Mikołaj Rej’s birthday. In 2005, he composed a piece commissioned by the Association of Polish Composers for the 60th anniversary of the Association, one of 60 pieces composed. The piece for recorder, harpsichord and electronics, entitled Kreacja I (Thinking of of Tomasz Sikorski), was premiered by The Roentgen Connection at the Musica Polonica Nova Festival in Wrocław in 2006. In 2008, the city of Wrocław commissioned a piece from Kupczak for the Wrocław Feast 2008 entitled Penultima for cello and chamber orchestra.
Apart from working as a composer, Sławomir Kupczak spends his time performing contemporary music – he plays solo and chamber performances on the violin. In 2000-2002 he was a member of the Tech-no Orchestra led by Robert Kurdybacha. In 2002-2004 he was a member of the Wrocław Theatre ZAR ran by the Centre for Research on Jerzy Grotowski's Artistic Activity, with which he carried out several performances, including Gospels of Childhood and Lazarus, in collaboration with the Butoh dancer Daisuke Yoshimoto.
He is a member of the Association of Polish Composers as well as the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music. From 2004 to 2018, he has also taught theoretical subjects and led School Symphony Orchestra at the Stanisław Moniuszko Primary and Secondary State Music School in Jelenia Góra.
In 2015, Kupczak has been invited by the Grand Theatre in Warsaw to take part in Project P, which resulted in composing his first opera Voyager.
- Anafora I for piano (1998-99)
- Energetic play for sinfonietta (2000)
- Anafora II for string quartet (2001)
- Concertino for violin and tape (2001)
- Casus to John Cage for recorder, clarinet, trombone, violin, double bass, piano, pot lid, cell phones and conductor (2001)
- Silly Nilly for string orchestra, alt saxophone and tape (2001-2002)
- Akwaforta for female vocals, ocarinas, recorder, tape and a computer (2002)
- Anafora III for harpsichord, violin and bassoon (2002)
- Palimpsest for string orchestra and tape (2002)
- Anafora IV for tape (2003)
- Rymowanki for marimba and strings (2003)
- Fluxus, stage piece for female vocals, violin, piano, dancers, actor and computer (2003)
- Anafora V for cello and computer (2004)
- Cetirizini dihydrochloridum for tape (2004)
- Res Facta for flute and piano (2004)
- Anafora VI for string quartet and piano (2005)
- Figliki for electronics and prepared piano (2005)
- et cetera for vocals, wind instruments, string quartet and a computer (2005)
- Kreacja I (thinking of Tomasz Sikorski) for recorder, harpsichord and electronics (2005-2006)
- Ballada for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2006)
- Divertimento for 8 instruments (2006)
- Lament for female vocals, cello, piano and tape (2006-2007)
- Kreacja II, poem for viola da gamba, harpsichord, recorder, and electronics (2007)
- De profundis for vocals (2008)
- Penultima for cello and chamber orchestra (2008)
- Rukola for sinfonietta (2009)
- Novella for computer (2007-2009)
- Dossier A.Z. for three saxophones and orchestra (2009/2010)
- I Symfonia Capax Dei for orchestra and mixed choir (2008-2010)
- Fryderyk Chopin. Ciennik osobisty - sound installation based on Chopin's letters (live electronics, 2010)
- Figment for orchestra (2011)
- White over Red for mixed choir (2010/2011)
- Kolibry for orchestra (2012)
- Analogya 1 for theremin, analogue synthesizers and chamber ensemble (2012)
- KAPELUSZ for computer (2012)
- Krawędzie for string orchestra, percussion and electronics (2013)
- Analogya 2 for two flutes, piano, objects and computer (2013/2014)
- Trzecie miejsce po przecinku for clarinet, violin, cello, piano (2014)
- 4 tańce z przygrywką for accordion and electronics (2014)
- II Symfonia for electric guitar, percussion, electronics and 100 motorcycles (2014)
- Rysa for computer (2015)
- Voyager, chamber opera (2015)
- nie wiem – outdoor performer for improvising music band and performer (2016)
- Widziałem Cię for countertenor and piano (2016)
- Trzy tańce for two violins and electronics (2016)
- Pełnia for rhodes piano, string orchestra and electronics (2017)
- Naira for eight cellos (2017)
- Halny for electronics and improvising flautist (2017)
- Wrażliwe dane for piano, viola and cello (2018)
- Cud niedokonany, czyli Wielki Odpust w Kalwarii Pacławskiej '39 for soprano, countertenor, two reciters, mixed choir, symphony orchestra and electronics (2018)
- Halny 2 for electronics and improvising folk musicians (2018)
- bum for computer (2018)
- Koncert for piano and computer (2019)
- Diva for soprano and string quartet (2019)
The composers website: www.kupczak.com.pl
Originally written in Polish by Małgorzata Kosińska, Polish Music Information Center, Polish Composers' Union, January 2005; translated by: Zuzanna Wisniewska, August 2015; updated by MG, March 2019.
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