Paweł Mykietyn

Born in 1971 in Oława, Mykietyn graduated from Włodzimierz Kotoński’s composition class at the Academy of Music in Warsaw (1997; now the Chopin University of Music). In 1993, he made his debut at the Warsaw Autumn festival with a piece titled La Strada. In the same year, his 3 for 13 was awarded the 1st prize at the International Rostrum of Com-posers in Paris in the category of composers under 30 years of age (in 2000 it was presented at the Midem Classique in Cannes). 1995 saw his Epiphora winning the 1st prize at the 4th International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music (IREM) in Amsterdam in the same category.

He has composed for the Warsaw Autumn festival, Teatr Wielki – The Polish National Opera, the Festival of Polish Music, Polish Radio, Elżbieta Chojnacka, Andrzej Bauer, Jerzy Artysz, Ewa Pobłoc-ka, Belcea Quartet, Orkest de Ereprijs, Icebreaker, and Kronos Quartet. In the years 1990–2005 he was a clarinettist in Nonstrom – a contemporary music ensemble that he founded.

Since 1996 he has also been composing for the theatre and film. He has written music for most of Krzysztof Warlikowski’s spectacles. In 1997–2001 he was the music director of the Studio Theatre in Warsaw, and since 2008 – music director of the Nowy Theatre in Warsaw. In 2012, he received the prestigious Prix France Musique-Sacem for his soundtrack for the film Essential Killing, directed by Jerzy Skolimowski.

For Mykietyn, time is the main issue in music. He attaches great importance to the mathematical side of his works. He started with the so-called surconventionalism, referring indirectly to tradition and transforming conventions through the use of mi-crotonality, and later moved on to new organisation of musical time referred to as ‘permanent accelerando’.

His accolades include the ‘Passport’ Award of the ‘Polityka’ weekly (2000), the ‘Opus’ Public Media Award (2008), two Fryderyk Awards (2009, 2012), and the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award (2015). He was also awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2011) and the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis (2015).

Mykietyn’s major compositions include: Shakespeare’s Sonnets for male soprano and piano, chamber opera The Ignoramus and the Madman, Becoming Fine for baritone, microtonally tuned harpsichord, and string quartet, Symphony No. 2, The Passion According to St Mark, the opera The Magic Mountain, and Double Concerto for two flutes and symphony orchestra.

Phot. Bartek Barczyk
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