Sławomir Wojciechowski (b. 1971) is a composer, publicist and translator.
Composer, publicist and translator.
From 1995 to 1997, Wojciechowski studied composition under Marian Borkowski at the Academy of Music in Warsaw. He continued his education in composition under Mark Stroppa (2000-2004), and music theory and new media under Matthias Hermann (1998- 2002) at the Stuttgard State University of Music and Performing Arts. He perfected his skills on many courses and seminars led by such musicians as Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Klaus Huber, Louis Andriessen, Paweł Szymański and Irvine Arditti.
Wojciechowski has received scholarships from such institutions as Donaueschinger Musiktage, the ZAiKS Association of Authors, and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. His works have been performed at numerous contemporary music festivals in both Poland and Germany, including by Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart (conducted by Manfred Trojahn), Zementwerk chamber ensemble, and Junge Musik Berlin, and artists such as Mike Svoboda, Werner Taube, and Wu Wei.
In 2014, his first opera Zwycięstwo nad słońcem (Victory over the Sun), with the libretto written by Marcin Cecko, premiered at the Grand Theatre-National Opera. Its title refers to Mikhail Vasilyevich Matiuszyn's futuristic 1913 opera, which today is considered a classic, despite formerly being one of the most controversial musical works. Kazimir Malevich designed the costumes around this earlier work. It is believed that it was while working on 'Victory ...' the prophet of avant-garde got into the stream of thought that led him to create Black Square.
We do not present a moment in history. We wonder about the condition of modernist avant-garde. In the second part, we speak about the avant-garde, but from a non-European perspective. - explained Marcin Cecko at a press conference.
This is an attempt to resurrect those futuristic ideas, although encumbered by postmodern deconstruction – said Wojciechowski of his Opera in an interview with Rzeczpospolita.
As a musician playing "ad hoc-spieler", that is, unconventional instruments, he performed with many German ensembles, including the SWR radio orchestra, Cologne Philharmonic, and Bamberger Symphoniker. He also participated in the recording of the opera Das Mädchen Helmut Lachenmann mit den Schwefelhölzern at the Staatsoper Stuttgart (2001). In 2007, he co-organized the Musica Electronica Nova Festival in Wrocław. Wojciechowski is also a journalist and translator of music literature. He writes for Ruch Muzyczny, Glissando and Polish Radio.
Source: polmic, slawomirwojciechowski.blogspot.com
Translated by GS, 01.09.2014