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Monika Szpyrka

composer, born in 1993 in Cracow. Her compositions were performed during Musica Electronica Nova, Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profanum, Pulsar, Panorama, Ostrava New Music Days, Festival Aktuelle Musik, International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt. She collaborated with: Aarhus Sinfonietta, Airborne Extended, Duo van Vliet, E-MEX, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Recherche, Gośka Isphording, Henrik Brendstrup, Kompopolex, Lutosławski Quartet, Małgorzata Walentynowicz, Melos, NJYD, Orkest de Ereprijs, Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej, Ostravská Banda. She also participated in workshops: Donaueschinger Musiktage Next Generation, Synthetis, Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn. She broadened her skills during master-classes with: Mark André, Richard Ayres, Marco Blaauw, Johannes Kreidler, Zygmunt Krauze, Bernhard Lang, Stefan Prins, Marco Stroppa, Rebecca Saunders, Jennifer Walshe, Agata Zubel.
Szpyrka received the prize of The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for the best students in 2017 and Sapere Auso scholarship in 2017/2018.
She graduated in composition from the Academy of Music in Cracow where she was studying with Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in theory of music. Currently, she is doing her PhD on parental Academy and studying on soloist program with tuition from Juliana Hodkinson, Niels Rønsholdt and Simon Steen-Andersen at Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus.