Elżbieta Sikora – ISCM World Music Days 2014 Jury President
Born in 1943 in Lviv. Studied sound engineering and composition in Warsaw. She also studied electro-acoustic and computer music in Paris and Stanford. Among her professors there were Pierre Schaeffer, François Bayle, Tadeusz Baird, Zbigniew Rudzinski, Betsy Jolas, and John Chowning.
Elżbieta Sikora belonged to the avant-garde collective of composers called KEW. She has received numerous prestigious awards and accolades. Since 1981 she has been living in France but she also works in Poland. Since 2011 she has been artistic director of Musica Electronica Nova Festival in Wrocław.
In her music, Elżbieta Sikora combines new technologies with instrumental music. She has worked with many music centers, such as IRCAM, INA/GRM, IMEB, SERP. She has composed over sixty works.
Her last opera “Madame Curie” was well received by the critics and has been a staple of the repertoire in the Opera Bałtycka. The opera will be staged in September 2014 in Tianjin in China. Sikora’s works have been published by PWM, Chant du Monde and Ariadne Verlag and have been performed worldwide. Many of them have bee issued on records.
Luca Francesconi studied piano at the Conservatory of Milan and composition with Azio Corghi, then with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio and jazz in Boston.
He also worked as an assistant of Berio beetwen 1981 and 1984.
In 1990 he founded AGON Acustica Informatica Musica, a music research center in Milan. He has received, among others, the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis (Darmstadt 1990), the Siemens Prize (Munich 1994), the Prix Italia 1994, the Franco Abbiati Critics’ Prize for Best New Work in 2011 for the opera Quartett in La Scala.
To date he has written more than a hundred works ranging from soloist to large orchestra, from opera to multimedia, commissioned and performed all over the world by top performers and orchestras.
He has recently premiered a Piano Concerto with Nic Hodges in Porto and Duende the dark notes, violin concerto for Leila Josefowicz coproduced by Swedish Radio, RAI, BBC Proms. Esa-Pekka Salonen has premiered a new piece commissioned by La Scala Philarmonic on the 14th of June.
Luca Francesconi is also very active as a conductor. He has been teaching for 25 years both in Italian conservatory and in masterclasses all over the world. At present he is professor and head of the department of composition at the Musikhögskolan in Malmö in Sweden. He has been for 4 years (2008–2011) the Artistic Director of the Biennale Musica in Venice and in 2011 the Artistic Director of Ultima Festival.
Pierre JODLOWSKI is a composer, performer and multimedia artist. His music, often marked by a high density, is at the crossroads of acoustic and electric sound and is characterized by dramatic and political anchor. His work as a composer led him to perform in France and abroad in most places dedicated to contemporary music as well as others artistic fields, dance, theater, visual arts, electronic music. His work unfolds today in many areas: films, interactive installations, staging. He is defining his music as an “active process” on the physicall level (musical gestures, energy and space) and on the psychological level (relation to memory, and visual dimension of sound). In parallel to his compositions, it also occurs for performance, solo or with other artists.
Since 1998 he is co-artistic director of éOle (studio and production center based in Odyssud – Cultural center in Blagnac) and Novelum festival in Toulouse.
Winner of several international competitions, he won the Prix Claude Arrieu SACEM in 2002, the Prix Hervé Dugardin SACEM in 2012, and was in residence at the Academy of the Arts of Berlin in 2003 and 2004. His works and performances are broadcast in key places devoted to contemporary sound arts in France, Europe, Canada, China, Japan and Taiwan and the United States.
His works are partly published by Editions Jobert and are the subject of several CD and video recordings on the labels éOle-RECORDS, Radio France and Kaïros. He is living in France and Poland.
Jacek Rogala graduated from Wrocław Music Academy with distinction. He studied composition with Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil (graduated in 1990) and conducting with Marek Pijarowski (1992). In 2011 he wrote his PhD at the Warsaw Music Academy.
Since 2001 he has been director of Filharmonia Świętokrzyska in Kielce and of the Festiwal Świętokrzyskie Dni Muzyki. In January 2012 the Philharmonic moved to a new venue that received Best Building Award in Architecture in 2012.
In the 1990’s he worked as an assistant conductor in Wrocław Opera House. He then worked with The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra on a scholarship (stypendium im. Artura Rodzińskiego). He also worked for the music section of the Polish Radio in Wrocław; he was a plenipotentiary of the Minister of Culture for music, and was in charge of the music section of the Polish Radio Program II. In 1999 he was in charge of Dni Grażyny Bacewicz – Festival of the Polish Radio and television. In the years 2000–2007 he was president, and later vice-president of the Polish section of ISCM. He was in charge of the Music of the XX and XXI centuries Competition for the Young Performers. He works at the University of Jan Kochanowski in Kielce. In 2012 he was appointed deputy chairman of the Polish Philharmonics Association and a member of the Council for Artistic Institutions appointed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
He composes symphonic, chamber, choral and electronic music. His works have been performed in Germany, France, Spain, Greece, Canada, Ukraine and Belarus.
In 2012 he recieved bronze medal „Gloria Artis”.
Education: Royal Conservatory of Brussels (1983–1992) – “Premier Prix” for, among others, “History of Music”, “Cello”, “Chamber Music”, “Practical Harmony” and “Composition”; Queen Elisabeth College of Music in Waterloo (Belgium) – master degree for Composition with Mr. A. Laporte (1989–1992); Master Classes with Mr. M. Finnissy (1993) and Mr. B. Ferneyhough (1998); VUB (2008–2009) – “Doctor in the Arts” with Dr J.P. Van Bendegem.
Teaches Cello at Music Schools in the period 1990–1997. Since 1992, teaches Analysis, later also Music Technology (2002) and Composition (2004) at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Head of Department since 2008. Involved in a project on software developping for eartraining at the Leuven University 1997–2004, and on musical analysis with the Brussels University since 2004. Free-lance activities for the VRT-television (dutch speaking Belgian television). Frequently asked by several ensembles to perform Live Electronics in contemporary pieces and/or as sound producer for CD recordings.
Member of the Union of Belgian Composers since 1993 and vice president of the Componisten Archipel Vlaanderen 2004–2011. Founding member and president of ISCM-Vlaanderen 2005–2013. Member of the ISCM Executive Committee since 2007, vice-president since 2008, president since 2013.
Compositions include soloworks and chamber music pieces for diverse instruments (incl. electronic), lieder, tone poems for large orchestra, symphonies, concerti, cantatas, ballets, films and music theatre. Many of them are recorded (radio, TV and CD). First performances in Festival of Flanders, Ars Musica, Wien Modern, International Frederyk Chopin Festival, World Carillon Congres, SMCQ, ISCM WMD…