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Bortnowski Marcin

Born in Żary (Poland) in 1972, he studied composition with Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil at the Music Academy in Wrocław, graduating with honours in 1997. He took part in the 2nd International Meetings of Young Composers in Apeldoorn, organised by the Gaudeamus Foundation (1996) and in the experimental and computer music workshops at the University of Ghent (1997). In 2003 he obtained a doctoral degree in composition, and in 2012 a habilitation in the same discipline. Apart from writing music, he is also active as a lecturer in composition, contemporary composition techniques and computer music on the faculty of the Academy of Music in Wrocław.

His accolades include awards at the Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers (2nd Prize for String Quartet No. 2 and Special Prize for String Quartet No. 1 in 1995, 2nd Prize for Music for... in 1997), the National Composition” Competition in Gdańsk, 1997 (3rd Prize for Symphony No. 1) and at the Pan Accordion Competition 2000 (1st Prize for Music in Lent for accordion and string quartet). He received scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and Art, ZAiKS Polish Association of Writers and Composers for the Stage, the Friends of the Warsaw Autumn Foundation, Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and Deutschlandfunk. He is a member of the Polish Composers’ Union and the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSeME).


Selected works (since 1995): String Quartet No. 2 (1995), Songs to Words by Guillaume Apollinaire for alto, harpsichord and accordion (1996), Music in Autumn for chamber orchestra (1996), Concerto for Accordion and Chamber Orchestra (1996), Clair de lune for chamber ensemble (1996), Music for... for two percussions and two accordions (1997), Symphony No. 1 (1997), Music in Winter for chamber orchestra (1997), Dream Suite for accordion (1998), Music in Spring for piano quintet (1998), Symphony No. 2 (1999), Music in Lent for accordion and string quartet (2000), White Angels for 13 strings (2001), Between Dreams for violin and tape (2002), Time Up for chamber orchestra (2003), Pieces of Light for accordion, harpsichord and computer (2003), Sounds of Time for chamber ensemble (2004), Under the Brown Fog of a Winter Dawn for harpsichord and computer (2005), Easter Music for chamber ensemble (2005–06), ...Looking into the Heart of Light, the Silence for orchestra (2006), fiftyfifty for harpsichord (2007), Interrogavi terram for voices and cello (2008), Four Quartets for four computers (2009), I już nocy nie będzie (And Night Will Be No More) for accordion and chamber orchestra (2010), Studies for disklavier and computer (2010), And the Sea is No More for harpsichord and chamber orchestra (2011–12), Miserere for chamber choir and percussion ensemble (2012–13).