Born in 1953 in Cracow, he studied organ with Leszek Werner, music theory and composition with Bogusław Schaeffer, and electronic music with Józef Patkowski at the Music Academy in Cracow. He now chairs that Academy's Electroacoustic Music Studio and the Audiosphere Workshop of the Department of Intermedia of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. He founded the Music Centre Arts Association and the Polish Association of Electroacoustic Music. Since 2011 he has served as President of the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (CIME/ISEM). He writes instrumental and electroacoustic music, radio, lm, and theatre music, and has authored sound and video installations, audiovisual, spatial, and web projects. He is the founder and cofounder of many concert and recording groups, including Freight Train, Studio MCH, CH&K&K (with Krzysztof Knittel and Włodzimierz Kiniorski), mc2 duo (with Marcel Chyrzyński), Double Mark (with Mark Polishook), In nity Quartet (with Keri Neuringer, Rayan Zawel, and Rafał Mazur), Natural Plastic (with Amy Knoles), and Kinetic Trio (with Włodzimierz Kiniorski and Rafał Mazur).
In 1993-99 he was the artistic director of the International Academy for New Composition and Audio Art, a new music festival and composition course he organised with Marianne Penz con Stappershoef in Schwaz, Tirol. Teachers at this festival included many composers and performers from Poland, mainly from Cracow. Later Chołoniewski passed on the directorship to his teacher Bogusław Schaeffer, a lecturer at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Chołoniewski's other important international project is the International Modern Music Workshop Cracow/Stuttgart, which he programmed with Matthias Hermann, professor of the Music Academy in Stuttgart in 1993 and which gathered young composers from Central Europe.
He received the Honorary Award of the Polish Composers' Union, Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, as well as the Independent Project grant of the CEC ArtsLink in New York.
Selected works: CitroblageAssemblage for solo headphones (1975), Swinging Parameters for oboe, violin, synthesizer and tape (1984), Follow Me II for synthesizers and computer (1987), Like Breathing (Version III) for flute, violin, viola, guitar and computer (1991), Lighting, interactive installation / performance (1995), Globalmix, collective internet composition (1998), GPSTrans 1, audio city map, interactive composition for 16 mobiles phones (2000), Aelita, music to the silent lm (with the Freight Train group, 2000), GPSTrans 2, Cracow audio city map, internet broadcast (2001), etwas anderes for percussion and computer (2001), Stuttgart Tunnel for bass guitar and computer (2001), Passage, interactive score for ensemble (2001-13), GPSTrans 3, Cracow audiovisual city map, internet broadcast (2002), Last Minute Grooves for saxophone and computer (2002), face 2, performance (2002), GPSTrans4, Cracow audiovisual city map for composer, ensemble, dancer and audience (2003), dizzy, dizzy for ensemble (2003), Physical Modelling for instrument and tape (2004), Assemblages 2 for ensemble (2004), GPSTrans 5 Net Bridge, web project (Luxembourg, Cracow) for nonet and interactive system (2005), Nostalgiya for Natural Plastic duo (with Stoyan Stoykov, 2005), Wieliczka Salt Mine, sound installation for Expo 2005 (2005), GPSTrans 6, audiovisual project for ensemble and Warsaw city (2005), Dizzy Kinetics, interactive project (2005), Nortus Farae for cello, video score and soundtrack (2006), GPSTrans 7 for Chicago city and You Must and You Can ensemble (2007), GPS Trans 8 for four cities: Cracow, Warsaw, Luxembourg, Chicago and ensemble (2007), iPhone Brass for iphone and wind orchestra (2008), GPSTrans 9, COOP project (2009), IterEter, interactive installation (with Peter Sych, Marcin Pączkowski and Jan Chołoniewski, 2009), GPSTrans 10, Multiplace project (2009), QUB, audiovisual installation (with Krzysztof Knittel, Maciej Walczak and Peter Sych, 2010), Mimoid, music for the video installation of Miłosz Łuczyński (2010), Pecs Derive/GPSTrans 11 (with European Bridges Ensemble, 2010), Miłosz's Places, immersive video installation (with Miłosz Łuczyński, 2011), Behind the Wall, installation (2013), Waves for computer, electronics and multimedia (2014), blink for electronics (2014), Rhizomes, installation (2014), Fotrus Narrae for instrumental ensemble and electronics (2014), Interactive Work for school orchestra (2016), La cumparsita for oboe / English horn, saxophones, electronics and video (2016), Double Brain for networked brainwaves (with Franciszek Araszkiewicz, 2016), Windwaves, installation for chamber orchestra and audiovisual instruments (2016).