Kasia Glowicka

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Kasia Glowicka
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Kasia Glowicka in 2007
Background information
Birth nameKatarzyna Glowicka
Born1977 (age 40–41)

Kasia Glowicka (born Katarzyna Glowicka, October 12, 1977), also known as Katarina Glowicka, is an award-winning Polish composer and lecturer of computer music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.[1] Her compositions span a range of styles in experimental, minimalism, Avant-garde, art music and contemporary classical music genres, written for orchestra, small ensembles, or solos and often accompanied by electronic music. She has also composed scores for opera, theater, ballet and film.[2] In 2004 she married composer Henry Vega and they reside in the Netherlands.[3] They are founding directors of the Artek Foundation and its recording label, ARTEKsounds. Glowicka's scores are published by the Dutch institute Donemus.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Glowicka was born in Oleśnica. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Wrocław in 2001 after studying with the composer Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil. During 2000 she held an internship with Italian composer Ivan Fedele at the Conservatory in Strasbourg and later studied with Dutch composers, Louis Andriessen and Martijn Padding at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, of which she is also a graduate.[5] She also completed a PhD focusing on computer music at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at the Queen's University Belfast in 2008.[6]

Awards & Commissions[edit]

As early as 1999, Glowicka's piece Gindry for bass and string orchestra won the Adam Didur All-Polish Composition Competition. In 2001, at just 23 years old, Glowicka was short-listed along with librettist Jerzy Lukosz for the Genesis Prize, from the London-based Genesis Foundation for their Opera The King's Gravedigger and an act from the piece was performed at the Almeida Theatre.[7] She has also been recognized by the Holland Symfonia Competition, and won awards from the European Commission, the International Biennale of Modern Art Crash and the Polish Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music awards for her 1999 work "Summer's day."[8] In 2004 she received a distinction in the Musica Sacra Polish Composers Competition.[9] Her piece Opalescence won 1st Prize at the Bourges Competition for Electronic Music and was shortlisted for the SPNM awards in 2006.

A few of the many commissions Glowicka received for her works have come from the Society of Promotion of New Music in London for the BBC Scottish Ensemble to perform the piece Perpetuity for the ‘Sounds New’ Festival in Aberdeen and the piece was later featured in the 18th International Review of Composers in Belgrade in 2009. Another commission came from a grant by the Polish Ministry of Culture for the CD recording of "Springs and Summers."[10][11] In 2012 she was commissioned to compose a piece for the New York program "On Silence" marking the centennial of John Cage’s birth, with 12 other composers who were asked, "to reflect on what Cage means in their creative life."[12]

Residency at STEIM[edit]

Glowicka held an Artistic Residency at the Studio for Electro Instrumental Music (STEIM) in Amsterdam, composing and performing pieces that included traditional instruments, live video and electronics. In 2009 she presented the piece Quasi Rublev, inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky's 1966 film Andrei Rublev, with Goska Isphording playing harpsichord and Roos Theuws performing live visuals. Together with video artist Emmanuel Flores, Glowicka presented Turbulence performed solely by computer and visuals, noting the influence of Austrian filmmaker Gustav Deutsch. In 2010 Glowicka and Flores collaborated again with the 15 minute performance piece RETINa inspired by the pioneering science of Étienne-Jules Marey that impacted cinema and the early documentary filmmaker Dziga Vertov.[13][14][15]


Glowicka's distinct style of composition has been described as having the "specific power of expression and coloring," through using the computer as both a musical instrument and compositional tool.[16] In a 2006 interview Glowicka said that the strongest, external influences on her music are: "technology - because I cannot write a piece now without electronics as I am fascinated by it, and science in the way that I'm structuring my pieces in order to mirror or extend natural physical phenomenon."[17] This was later emphasized by her project notes on the piece Turbulence while in artistic residency at STEIM: "The project Turbulence is inspired by physical phenomenon – its force, unpredictability and its complexity."[18]

Selected works[edit]

  • Gindry (1998), for bass and string orchestra
  • Springs and Summers (1999), for String Quartet and countertenor, music set to Shakespeare's sonnets[19]
  • Microgalaxies (2003), chamber piece for vocal ensemble, commissioned for Wien Modern festival in Austria[20]
  • Exophony (2006), for electronics and symphonic orchestra
  • Opalescence (2006), for 3 voices and electronics
  • The King's Gravedigger (2006), chamber opera with libretto by Jerzy Lukosz
  • Perpetuity (2008), for string orchestra and electronics, written for BBC Scottish Ensemble [21]
  • Quasi Rublev (2009), for harpsichord, live video and electronics, performed at STEIM
  • Turbulence (2009), for live video and electronics, performed at STEIM
  • RETINAn (2011), for piano, live video and electronics, performed at STEIM, SPOR Festival and the Gaudeamus Festival
  • "1, 43, 33, 43, 33, 43, 33, 43, 1" (2012), for piano, objects and electronics in On Silence: Hommage to Cage[22]
  • Music in three parts (2012), collaboration with DJ Philipe Petite and ECO orchestra[23]
  • "Presence" (2007) on V/A Solitude of Sound – in memoriam Tomasz Sikorski (2013), Bolt Records [24]
  • Red Sun (2014) album with Margaret Walentynowicz on Bolt Records/ARETEkSounds.
  • Seven Sonnets (2015) album with expanded compositions from "Springs and Summers," music set to Shakespeare's sonnets on Bolt Records/ARETEkSounds.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Kosińska, Margaret. "Katarzyna Głowicka". Culture.pl. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Kasia_Glowicka - Work". Kasia Glowicka. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  3. ^ "From The Hague with a love of music". FIU Magazine. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Composers". Donemus Publishing. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  5. ^ "The King's Gravedigger - Biographies". The Genesis Foundation. Archived from the original on 23 April 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Kasia Glowicka - Poland". ECO – European Contemporary Orchestra. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  7. ^ "THE GENESIS PRIZES FOR OPERA SHORTLIST". The Genesis Foundation. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Springs and Summers". Artek Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  9. ^ "INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION WINNERS 2005-2012". Musica Sacra Composers Competition. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  10. ^ "News". Kasia Glowicka. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  11. ^ "GŁOWICKA CONTINUES TRIUMPHS IN SERBIA". Polish Music Center, University of Southern California. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  12. ^ "On Silence: Hommage to John Cage". Issue Project Room. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Quasi Rublev-Isphording, Glowicka, Nitschke video". IPC MEDIA. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  14. ^ Kasia. "Kasia Glowicka > sound and visuals project Turbulence". http://www.steim.org. Retrieved 4 January 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ Glowicka, Katarzyna. "Emmanuel Flores Elias (video) & Kasia Glowicka (music) > RETINAn". http://www.steim.org. Retrieved 4 January 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ Kosińska, Margaret. "Catherine Głowicka". Polish Music Information Center. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  17. ^ "INTERVIEW WITH KATARZYNA GLOWICKA". Sound and Music. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  18. ^ Glowicka, Kasia. "Kasia Glowicka: sound and visuals project Turbulence". http://www.steim.org. Retrieved 4 January 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)
  19. ^ "Springs and Summers". Artek Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  20. ^ "ALMANACH WIEN MODERN 2003". WIEN MODERN. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  21. ^ "Pekka Kuusisto joins Scottish Ensemble". Scottish Music Centre. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  22. ^ Kojs, Juraj. "On Silence: Hommage to Cage". J u r a j Kojs. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  23. ^ Glowicka, Kasia. "Music in 3 parts- part 2". Soundcloud. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  24. ^ "V/A Solitude of Sounds – in memoriam Tomasz Sikorski". Bolt Records. Retrieved 26 February 2014.