Zubel Agata

Agata Zubel (1978*) was born in Wrocław, where she studied composition with Jan Wichrowski and singing with Danuta Paziuk-Zipser at the Karol Lipiński Music Academy. In 2014 she obtained a habilitation in musical arts. She has received scholarships notably from the Polish Ministry of Culture, Rockefeller Foundation, Ernst von Siemens Foundation, and the City of Wrocław.

She has won numerous awards at both singing and composing competitions. Her repertoire focuses on latest music, including compositions by Bernhard Lang, Salvatore Sciarrino, Philip Glass, Witold Lutosławski, Zygmunt Krauze, Dobromiła Jaskot, and Cezary Duchnowski, with whom she created the ElettroVoce duo. She has cooperated – often in the dual role of performer and composer – with ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik, London Sinfonietta, Eighth Blackbird Ensemble, and Seattle Chamber Players. She has performed in most European countries as well as South Korea, the United States, and Canada.

She has received commissions notably from the Grand Theatre–National Opera of Poland (for the opera–ballet Between in 2010 and for Oresteia, forthcoming). In 2013 her work Not I, recorded by Klangforum Wien and representing the Polish Radio, was awarded the main prize at the 60th UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Prague. A year later, the same work was award the Polonica Nova Music Prize in Wrocław and was recorded by Kairos as part of a monographic CD.


Not I for voice, instrumental ensemble and electronics (2012)

The work is based on Samuel Beckett’s famous monologue under the same title. As a virtuoso vocalist, Agata Zubel was fascinated by the specific situation of the subject speaking in Not I. It is a seventy-year-old woman with painful experiences who has been mute from her childhood. Beckett’s text is one of the rare “episodes” when she can hear her own voice.

Not I is composed of four sections, narrating four events from the woman’s life. The text recounts the deep trauma she once experienced and which crucially influenced her subsequent life. Agata Zubel maintains the original four-section structure of Not I, introducing somewhat different formal and textural solutions in each section, as well as modes and techniques of vocal expression. The vocal part features only a part of Beckett’s original text. The remaining fragments, prerecorded by the composer, are used in the tape part that accompanies the soloist and ensemble.

Not I was premiered by Klangforum Wien in 2012 at the Sacrum Profanum festival in Cracow.


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Thursday November 20th, 2014 -

Radio retransmission

Polish Radio 2 will broadcast a retransmission of New Music Orchestra concert.
Thursday November 13th, 2014 -

Radio retransmission

Polish Radio 2 will broadcast a retransmission of Camerata Silesia concert.
Wednesday October 15th, 2014 -

Partner: Castorama

Festival Office of ISCM World Music Days 2014 would like to thank Castorama firm.
Monday October 13th, 2014 -

ISCM Young Composer Award – results

Today, at the final concert of the ISCM World Music Days in Wrocław, Poland, the winner of the 2014 ISCM Young Composer Award (supported by Music on Main) was announced.
Friday October 10th, 2014 -

PR2 logo

We would like to inform that logo of Dwójka Polish Radio placed on festival adverts was presented in a different version.
Wednesday October 8th, 2014 -

Changes in the program of concert “Strings +” (9.10)

Please check details in the program.
Monday September 29th, 2014 -


Monopol Hotel
Monday September 15th, 2014 -

Prix Annelie de Man

May 26 – 30th 2015, Orgelpark Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Thursday August 21st, 2014 -

Young Composers Award

The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is pleased to announce that distinguished composers Tomoko Fukui (Japan), Javier Hagen (Switzerland), and Eva Lopszyc (Argentina) have been chosen to serve as the international jury for the 2014 Young Composers Award which is to be held as part of the ISCM World Music Days in Wroclaw, Poland this coming October.
Tuesday July 8th, 2014 -


ISCM World Music Days 2014 is now looking for volunteers.
Wednesday July 2nd, 2014 -

Slovenia Calls for works

ISCM World Music Days 2015 kindly invites composers to submit scores, projects or installations. Festival takes place in Slovenia from 26 September to 1 October 2015.
Monday June 9th, 2014 -

Call for projects

During your annual meeting in Wrocław on the 6th October we have scheduled a joint session Forum of future projects together with IAMIC.We would be very interested in hearing about your future projects, activities and programs. Please consider presenting to us any projects you may be planning and you would like to share with others.
Wednesday June 4th, 2014 -

The meeting with Eötvös

The day before the start of the festival there will be held a meeting with the composer Peter Eötvös.
Thursday May 29th, 2014 -

Qualifying Review resolved

We are pleased to inform you that the Qualifying Review for musical bands composing at schools and at out-of-school institutes has been resolved.
Sunday May 25th, 2014 -

International Music Day

The Festival will begin with the celebration of International Music Day. From 3rd to 6th of October we will present the most exciting young bands that compose at schools and at community centres of Wrocław. The repertoire will consist only of the new music composed during the last three years.
Sunday May 25th, 2014 -

Write review, make a movie

There are two contests organized within ISCM World Music Days 2014. The musical event review contest, and the film proving that music is everywhere contest.
Sunday May 18th, 2014 -

New ISCM WMD 2014 Website

Welcome to the new website of the ISCM World Music Days 2014 festival. We would like to inform our guests and delegates that the registration process is already active. Register!