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Marcin Stańczyk

Marcin Stańczyk


Marcin Stańczyk was born in Łęczyca in 1977. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Łódź, where he studied theory of music under the tutelage of Marta Szok, composition in Zygmunt Krauze’s class and electronic music with Krzysztof Knittel. Stańczyk is also a graduate of law at the University of Łódź. In the years 2008-2010 he studied at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under the tutelage of Ivan Fedele. He mastered his skills while attending courses in electronic music and new technology at the IRCAM in Paris as well as at the 13th Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. He participated in many workshops, courses and composer sessions, where he worked with, e.g., the orchestra Klangforum Wien, Trilok Gurtu, Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer, Mark Andre, and Giorgio Battistelli. In the years 2007-2010 he took part in a programme for young composers at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music.

He is a laureate of several composer competitions, e.g.: Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music Composition, Reading Panel IRCAM, Franco Donatoni Award in Milan, Biennale/ISB David Walter Composition Competition in San Francisco, Salvatore Martirano Award in Illinois, Sun River Prize in Chengdu. In 2013 he became the first Pole to receive the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award – the highest composition award in Japan. A year later he was announced Artist-Resident of the City of Paris 2014. He obtained scholarships of Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Citè internationale des Arts in Paris, Aldeburgh Music, the Italian government, the programme “Young Poland”, the Witold Lutosławski Scholarship, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Association of Polish Authors and Composers ZAiKS and the Marshal of the Łódź Voivodship.

His works are commissioned and performed at music festivals in Europe, China, Japan, the USA and Cuba. As a composer, Stańczyk took part in many international music events, such as: Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Amsterdam, Biennale Musica within La Biennale di Venezia, festivals Manifeste and IRCAM in Paris, Bang On a Can Marathon, Noise Non-ference and MATA w New York, Les Espaces Sonores in Basel, Rondò in Milan, Review of Composers in Belgrade, Images sonores in Liège, Nuova Consonanza in Rome; and in Poland – Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profanum, Festival of NOSPR Premieres, Poznań Spring and Łódź Ballet Meetings. He has collaborated with the following ensembles: Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble MusikFabrik, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Linea, Bang on a Can All Stars, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tokyo Philharmonic, Oslo Sinfonietta, Nikel, Algoritmo, Zone Expérimentale Basel, Meitar, E-MEX, Divertimento, Orkest de ereprijs, New Music Orchestra.

He was nominated several times for the Polityka’s Passports and the Coryphaeus of Polish Music - an award of the Polish music milieu. Stańczyk belongs to the Association of Polish Composers, the Association of Authors and Composers ZAiKS and the Polish Society for Contemporary Music. He gives lectures in instrumentation, contemporary composing techniques and electronic music at the Academy of Music in Łódź, where he obtained a title of Doctor of Sciences in 2013 and became a Doctor of Philosophy in 2016.

Photo: Aleksandra Chciuk