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Visting the Paderewski statue at USC, August 2010
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(b. 1971, Katowice)

Brief Biography Short List of Works
Primary Publishers Quarta article (PWM, December 2009)


Mikołaj Górecki (b.1971) studied composition at Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, under Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, who is also the composer's father. Mikołaj Górecki graduated in 1995 receiving Master Degree with Distinction. In 1996 he was granted a double scholarship by The Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. From 1997 to 1998 he lectured at Academy of Music in Katowice. In 2000 he received doctorate at School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington where he studied composition under Eugene O'Brien, Claude Baker and Sven David Sandstrom. From 2000 to 2001 Górecki lectured at McGill University in Montreal. Currently he lives and works in the USA.

He received the first prize at the First Young Composers' Competition in Bielsko-Biała, Poland (1988) and the third prize of the Chapter Critics at the 2nd Forum of Young Composers in Kraków (1994). His compositions were performed at music centers and festivals such as: Lincoln Center, A. Fisher Hall in New York; ISCM World Music Days 2003 in Slovenia; De Ijsbreker Center in Amsterdam; Contemporary Music Days in Katowice and others. Mikołaj Górecki 's scores are published by PWM.



Solo Instruments with Orchestra

Anamorphoses for Symphony Orchestra, (2006), ca 17'

scoring: 4343-3431-batt(4esec)-cel 2ar pf-archi(
first performance: 20 IV 2007, Festiwal Prawykonań w Katowicach
performers: Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach, Ruben Silva (dir)

Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, (2004), ca 15'

scoring: 1picc1(+1 c.i.)2(+1cl.picc)2-3120-batt(2 esec) man ar cel pf-archi (
first performance: 12 VI 2005, Katowice, I Festiwal Prawykonań
performers: Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach, S. A. Wróblewski (dir.), J. Kotnowska (fl)

Concerto-Notturno for Violin and String Orchestra, (2000), ca 14'

scoring: vno solo-0000-0000-archi
first performance: 15 IV 2002
performers: Krzysztof Bąkowski (vn), TECH-NO Orkiestra, Robert Kurdybacha (dir)

Three Episodes for Symphony Orchestra, (1999), ca 17'

scoring: 4343-5331-batt(3esec) ar pf-archi (
first performance: 23 II 2002, ''Musica Polonica Nova'', Wrocław
performers: Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach, Gabriel Chmura (dir)

Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, (1998), ca 11'

scoring: pf solo-2222-2110-batt(2esec)-archi
first performance: 18 X 1998, 8. Śląskie Dni Muzyki Współczesnej, Katowice
performers: Anna Górecka (pn), Filharmonia Śląska, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk (dir)

Vocal Works

The Guest, Sit under My Leaf. A song to words by Jan Kochanowski, (2000), ca 9'

scoring: SMsATBarB

Chamber Works

Dispersions for String Quartet, (2006), ca 8'

commission: Festiwal Muzyki Polskiej
first performance: 7 XI 2007, Festiwal Muzyki Polskiej, Krakó w
performers: Kwartet Śląski

Variations for Flute and Piano, (2002), ca 9'

first performance: 26 IX 2004, Zamek Królewski w Warszawie
performers: J. Kotnowska (fl), M. Rutkowski (pf)

Six Bagatelles for violin, cello and piano, (1997), ca.15'

Piano Quintet, (1995), ca 40'

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Toccata for 2 Pianos

Solo Instrumental Works

Transfigurations for Solo Clarinet, (2004), ca 6'



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