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Agata  Zubel

Agata Zubel

Agata  Zubel

*25 I 1978 Wrocław

Agata Zubel was born in Wrocław, where she completed composition studies (distinction Primus Inter Pares) with Jan Wichrowski and vocal studies with Danuta Paziuk-Zipser at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music. She also furthered her studies in the Netherlands and on numerous courses. In 2004, she received a doctorate in music. She currently teaches at Wrocław Music Academy.


She has been awarded scholarships by the Polish Ministry of Culture, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Wrocław City Council and the International Education Foundation. She is also a member of the Polish Composers’ Union.


As a vocalist, she has taken part in many prestigious events. A special place in her repertoire is held by contemporary music. She also sings in the ElettroVoce duet with Cezary Duchnowski.


In recent years, besides many premieres and recordings of works by contemporary composers, she has performed in Lutosławski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Musica Polonica Nova), Bernhard Lang’s DW9 (Warsaw Autumn), Salvatore Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici (Nostalgia Festival), Zygmunt Krauze’s Gwiazdy [Stars] (electroacoustic adaptation by Duchnowski at the Polish Theatre in Wrocław), the titular role in Dobromiła Jaskot’s opera Fedra [Phaedra] and as Madeline in Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher (Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera). She has performed in concert throughout Europe and also in Korea, Canada and the USA. In 2009, CD Accord released two new discs featuring Agata Zubel as composer (Cascando, chamber works) and vocalist (Poems, songs by Copland, Berg and Szymański).


Her commissioned works have included Symphony No. 2 for Deutsche Welle, first performed during the Beethoven Festival in Bonn (2005) String Quartet No. 1 for the Ultraschall festival in Berlin (2007), nad Pieśniami [of songs] for the Wratislavia Cantans festival in Wrocław (2007), Cascando for the Central European Music Festival in Seattle (2007) and Symphony No. 3 as part of a Rockefeller Foundation scholarship (2008).  


She has won numerous prizes and awards, including First Prize in the Krzysztof Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition (2002), Third Prize in the international Concours Nicati for interpretations of contemporary music by professional soloists in Switzerland (2003), Second Prize in the Jurgenson International Composition Competition in Moscow (2003), a special prize for the ElettroVoce duet in the Gaudeamus international competition for performers of contemporary music in Amsterdam (2005), a ‘Passport’ award from the weekly Polityka (2004), an ‘Orpheus’ award from the Association of Polish Artists-Musicians (2009) and a ‘Fryderyk’ award in the contemporary music category from the Polish record industry for her CD Cascando (2010).


In 2010, she performed during the ‘Chopin and his Europe’ festival in Warsaw. 




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