Composer and violinist, born 9 September 1977 in Warsaw.
Composer and violinist, born 9 September 1977 in Warsaw...
In 1998 Weronika Ratusińska received Second Prize in the First National Composers' Competition in Łódź for her "Divertimento" per archi (1998) and Third Prize in the Polish Composers' Competition "The Bogucka Mass" in Katowice for her "Mass" for choir and organs (1998). In 1999 she won First Prize in the Polish Young Composers' "Musica Sacra" Competition in Warsaw for "Adoratio Crucis" for a cappella mixed choir (1999).
She studied at the Academy of Music in Warsaw in 1996-2001 in the composition class of Stanisław Moryta and Włodzimierz Kotoński (diploma with honours). As a post-graduate, she studied composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague under the guidance of Louis Andriessen and Martijn Padding. She received grants from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2000, 2004), the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (2001), the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2002) and the ZAiKS Society (2003, 2005). She is a participant of a programme for young composers of the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Centre (2007-2011).
She attended a number of composition courses, among them, the International Workshop of Contemporary Music Kraków/Stuttgart (1998) and the Holiday Courses for Young Composers inRadziejowice (1999, 2000), working under the guidance of Bogusław Schaeffer, Zygmunt Krauze, Robert Platz and Yuji Takahashi. As a violinist, she participated in such concerts like: "Passage - Panorama of 20th Century music", organised in the Warsaw Zachęta by the Polish Society of Contemporary Music. She also performed with Dutch ensembles (Ensemble Royal, M.Use), specialising in modern music. In 2003, in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio, she performed a solo piece of her "Concert for Amplified Violin, Instrumental Ensemble and tape" (2002) commissioned by the Foundation of Friends of the "Warsaw Autumn". Her work "For Seven Beats" for flute, violin and viola (1996), published by Acte Préalable, was nominated to the Fryderyk 2004 Prize in the category "Best Contemporary Music Album of the Year" and "Best Archive Recording Album of the Year".
Her compositions have been performed at numerous festivals in Poland, among others, the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival, the Łódź Chamber Music Days, the "Conservatorium" Festival of Organ Music in Legnica, International Festival of Sacred Music in Częstochowa, the Father Stanisław Ormiński International Festival of Religious Music in Rumia, National Festival "Stars Promote" in Jelenia Góra, the Laboratory of Contemporary Music, "Musica Polonica Nova" Festival in Wrocław, Warsaw Musical Encounters, Silesian Days of Contemporary Music, as well as in Holland, Germany, Austria, Belgium and Ukraine. They were also recorded by radio and television and presented by radio stations in Poland and abroad, including: RBB Radio Kultur Berlin, Program 2 of the Polish Radio, Radio Amsterdam, VPRO Radio 4 Nederland, WPRB FM Princeton, New Jersey.
As of 2002 she is a lecturer at the Białystok branch of the Academy of Music in Warsaw and she is also the assistant lecturer in the Faculty of Composition in the Academy of Music in Warsaw. She is a member of ZAiKS Authors' Society and the Young Circle of the Polish Composers' Union (between 2006 and 2008, she was also its vice-President). She cooperates with Donemus Publishers in Amsterdam.
- "For Seven Beats" for flute, violin and viola (1996)
- "Gasherbrum" for 16 instruments (1997)
- "Quintet for woodwind instruments"(1997)
- "Violin quartet no. 1"(1997)
- "Divertimento" for string (1998)
- "Divertimento" for string [version for string quartet] (1998)
- "Pining for the Mountains" for soprano, clarinet, cello and percussion instruments (1998)
- "Mass" for choir and organs (1998)
- "Adoratio Crucis" for a cappella mixed choir (1999)
- "Adeste Fideles" for soprano and organs (1999)
- "Rondo a la Espana" for flute, guitar and viola (1999)
- "Amarcord" for violin and piano (2000)
- "Two for two" for 2 percussionists (2000)
- "Lhotse" for piano and symphony orchestra (2000)
- "Magnificat" for soprano, baritone, mixed choir and symphony orchestra (2001)
- "Concert for amplified violin, instrumental ensemble and tape"(2002)
- "Memory from Chamonix" for soprano, straight alto flute, percussion, violin and tape (2002)
- "String quartet no. 2 "Last Moments""(2003)
- "Trio for clarinet, cello and piano"(2004)
- "Chain Reactions" for string orchestra (2004)
- "Catharsis" for symphony orchestra (2005)
- "Farewell Beloved Vilnius [...]", 3 songs from the eastern borders for a capella mixed choir(2005)
- "Nymphs I" for stagg flute and harpsichord (2006)
- "Nymphs II" for soprano saxophone and harpsichord (2006)
- "Seven Christmas Carols" for soloists, mixed choir and chamber orchestra (2006)
- "Rosary" for soloists, mixed choir and instrumental ensemble (2006)
- "Blue Note" for cello and piano (2007)