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Sacrum Profanum 2023

Agata Zubel

Composer and vocalist. Known for her unique vocal range and the use of techniques that challenge stereotypes.

Zubel gives concerts throughout the world and has premiered numerous new works. As a singer and composer, she has collaborated with several dozen festivals and philharmonic companies, operas as well as the world’s leading ensembles, such as Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Staatsoper Hannover, SWR Radio, Deutschlandfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, The Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble intercontemporain, London Sinfonietta, Ictus, Eighth Blackbird, Seattle Chamber Players, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Münchener Kammerorchester, Neue Vocalsolisten, Remix Ensemble.

Winner of several competitions, both as singer and composer, she also boasts such important accolades as the “Passport” Award of the “Polityka” weekly for classical music (2005), Fryderyk Award for Cascando – a CD programme of her own compositions (2010) and vocal recital Apparition (2020), selected work (the grand prix) of the 60th UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers for the piece Not I (2013), the “Polonica Nova” Prize (2014), Coryphaeus of Polish Music (2016), European Composer Award (2018), Erste Bank Kompositionspreis (2018), and the “Meritorious for Polish Culture” decoration as well as “Gloria Artis” medal.

She lives in Wrocław where she teaches in University of Music. Together with the composer and pianist Cezary Duchnowski she established the ElettroVoce duo.

Her discography consists of more than a dozen titles, including albums dedicated to her own music – Cascando (CD Accord), Not I and Cleopatra’s Songs (KAIROS), Bildbeschreibung (Anaklasis), as well as her vocal interpretations of songs by Copland, Berg and Szymański (Poems), El-Derwid. Blots on the Sun, Dream Lake, respectively with song cycles by Witold Lutosławski and André Tchaikowsky and the most recent Apparition with songs of Ravel, Barber, Szymanowski, Crumb and Obradors (CD Accord).