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Sacrum Profanum 2023

Wojciech Blecharz

Wojtek Blecharz (born 1981) in 2005 he graduated with honours from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and in 2015, he received a PhD in composition from the Faculty of Music of the University of California in San Diego, specialising in contemporary music creation and performance. Since 2012, together with Paweł Mykietyn, he has been co-organising the musical festival Instalakcje at the Nowy Theatre in Warsaw.

Blecharz has directed three opera-installations: Transcryptum (2013), Park-Opera (2016) and Body-Opera (2014–16). In April 2018, the premiere of Blecharz’s fourth opera Fiasco took place, followed by the premiere of Rechnitz.Opera in September 2018.

In 2012, Blecharz received a scholarship award for “excellence in composition” at the 46th Summer Courses of New Music in Darmstadt, and in 2013, he won the Impuls composer’s competition in Austria. In 2012, he was nominated for a Polityka weekly “Passport” in the classical music category, in 2013 for the Orlen Poles with Verve award in the Culture and Art category and for the Polish Radio Three Culturalist of the Year Award. In 2016, Blecharz received an award for music for the best contemporary art performance for a performance Schubert. Romantic Composition for 12 performers and string quartet, directed by Magda Szpecht. In 2017, he received a Siemens Foundation Scholarship to compose other states_horizon for 16 performers and 16 wireless speakers for Collegium Novum in Zurich.

Recently, he has composed works for the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra in Beijing, the International Contemporary Ensemble ICE in New York, Musiques Nouvelles in Brussels, the KNM Ensemble in Berlin, Kwadrofonik, Klangforum Wien, the Royal String Quartet, Flute O’Clock, LutosAir and others.