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Krzysztof Knittel

Krzysztof Knittel

Krzysztof Knittel

*1 V 1947 Warszawa

Knittel, Krzysztof - Polish composer of mostly chamber, stage and electroacoustic works that have been performed in the most of European countries, Asia, North and South Americas. Apart from works for acoustic instruments Knittel has also composed computer music, created performances, bu ilt sound installations and played in the improvised music groups.

He studied sound engineering and composition with Tadeusz Baird, Andrzej Dobrowolski, Wlodzimierz Kotonski at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (1965-74). He studied also computer music with Lejaren Hiller and programming at the Mathematical Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (1973-74). He attended Summer Courses of New Music in Darmstadt in 1974 and 76. He has worked at the Experimental Studio of Polish Radio since 1973 and at the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts at SUNY Buffalo in 1978.

Among his honors are the Solidarity Award in Music (1985, for String Quartet 84-85), Norwid Price in Music (2003, for Norwid Songs), Polish Composers' Union Prize (2003). He was also awarded by the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in New York (1998).

Mr. Knittel co-founded the KEW Composers Group (1973-75, with Wojciech Michniewski and Elisabeth Sikora), Cytula Tyfun da Bamba Orchester (1981), the Independent Electroacoustic Music Studio (1982-84), ensemble Light from Poland (1985-87), interdisciplinary group Freight Train (existing since 1986 till today), CH&K Studio (since 1989, with Marek Choloniewski), the European Improvisation Orchestra (1996-98), CH&K&K (since 1999, with Marek Choloniewski and Wlodzimierz Kiniorski).

As journalist and critic he contributed to the Tygodnik Literacki (1990-91) and frelanced for Polish Television music department (1992-94). He has given lectures on new music in many European countries and in Americas. Concerts devoted exclusively to his music took place in Barcelona, Budapest, Cracow, Kromeriz, Leipzig, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Warsaw.

He served as vice-chairman of the Polish section of ISCM (1989-92), director of the International Contemporary Music Festival "Warsaw Autumn" (1995-98), vice-president (1995-99) and president of the Polish Composers' Union (1999-2003), vice-president of the Polish Music Council (since 2000).

Since 2001 Mr. Knittel teaches at the Academy of Music in Lodz. Since 2003 he is a member of Supervisary Board of Telewizja Polska (Polish public television) and the member of the Programming Board of Zacheta National Gallery.


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