Piotr Peszat is a composer and sound artist based in Kraków. One of his greatest artistic achievements so far is winning the first prize in the Roche Young Commissions international competition. Its jurors, including Pierre Boulez, commissioned him to write a composition for a symphonic orchestra, which was then performed during the 77th festival in Lucerne in 2015.
Peszat is also the winner of the first prize in the MCI Meetings Composition Competition in Copenhagen (2014), the second (joint) prize in the 4th Krzysztof Penderecki Composition Competition in Sopot (2017), the second (joint) prize in the Kompozytorski Koncert Roku Composition Competition (2011) and a finalist in the 54th Tadeusz Baird Composition Competition in Warsaw (2013). In December 2013, he was awarded the Minister of Culture and National Heritage’s prize for best students.
Peszat has also won competitions organised by Ensemble MusikFabrik in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute (“Composer Collider” 2014), Ensemble Adapter (“Adoptions” 2016) and the Ung Nordisk MusikFestival Danmark (“UNM” 2015).
In 2014, Peszat and the Polish artist Katarzyna Feiglewicz won the competition for the Artistic Residency in Fljótstunga in Iceland, during which they jointly designed and implemented the installation “Inside Earth Outside”.
His works have been presented during numerous concerts and festivals, including Ostrava Days (Ostrava 2011), Nature Meets Music (Görlitz 2011-12), workshops with Jack Quartet (Copenhagen 2013), workshops with Esbjerg Ensemble (Esbjerg 2014), GeoSounds as lecturer in composition (2012-2014), Pulsar Festival (Copenhagen 2014/2015), RAMA Festival (Aarhus 2014/215), Wawel at Dusk (Kraków 2014), Aarhus Jazz Festival (Aarhus 2014), Lucerne Festival (Lucerne 2014/2015), 57th and 59th Warsaw Autumn and Little Warsaw Autumn (Warsaw 2014, 2016), Composer Collider – workshops with Ensemble MusikFabrik (Cologne 2014), China Day Music Festival (Copenhagen 2014), PanoRAMA Festival (Aarhus 2015), Klassenarbeit – workshops with Ensemble Recherche (Freiburg 2014-2016), MCI Summer Campus (Beijing 2015), Europäisches Forum Alpbach (Alpbach 2015), Ung Nordisk Musik Festival (Helsinki 2015), Musica Polonica Nova (Wrocław 2016), Musica Electronica Nova (Wrocław 2016), Darmstadt Ferienkurse Für Neue Musik (Darmstadt 2016), Donaueschinger Musiktage Next Generation (Donaueschingen 2016), Audio Art Festival (Kraków 2016), Poznań Music Spring (Poznań 2017), Malta Festival (Poznań 2017), Sacrum Profanum (Kraków, 2017), Neo Arte (Gdańsk 2017), Audio Art Festival (Kraków 2017), and Ultraschall Festival (Berlin, 2018).
Since 2014, Peszat has been the leader of the Contemporary Ensemble Musician Community in Kraków. In 2017, he launched his New Media Notation blog exploring how state-of-the-art technologies influence music notation.
Between 2013 and 2015, Peszat studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus under the direction of Simon Steen-Andersen. Prior to that, between 2009 and 2014 he studied at Krzysztof Meyer’s class at the Academy of Music in Kraków, graduating with distinction to earn the Master of the Arts degree. In 2018, he obtained a PhD under the direction of Marek Chołoniewski.