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Monika Szpyrka

composer born in Cracow in 1993. Her interests revolve around themes of concealment, the 'acoustic microscope' and the ways in which simplicity and complexity intersect.

Her works have been frequently performed in Poland and internationally, including: Spor in Aarhus, Maerz Musik in Berlin, International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Young Composers’ Meeting in Apeldoorn, Days of Organ Music in Cracow, Musica Electronica Nova in Wrocław, International Festival of Cracow Composers, Ostrava New Music Days, Pulsar Festival in Copenhagen, Panorama and RAMA in Aarhus, Festival Aktuelle Musik in Nuremberg, as well as during Warsaw Autumn. She has cooperated with ensembles such as Aarhus Sinfonietta, Airborne Extended, Duo van Vliet, E-MEX, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Kompopolex, KNM Berlin, Lutosławski Quartet, NJYD Quartet, Orkest de Ereprijs, Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej, Ostravská Banda, Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble. She has taken part in the workshops of the Donaueschinger Musiktage Next Generation (2016) and SYNTHETIS (2016, 2017), and has pursed individual tuition with artists such as Mark Andre, Richard Ayres, Marco Blaauw, Zygmunt Krauze, Johannes Kreidler, Bernhard Lang, Martijn Padding, Stefan Prins, Rebecca Saunders, Marco Stroppa, Jennifer Walshe, and Agata Zubel.

Monika Szpyrka has obtained a Creative Scholarship of the City of Krakow (2023), Creative Grant of Koda Kultur and Dansk Komponistforenging (2018, 2022), scholarship for outstanding students from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2017), as well as the Sapere Auso scholarship (2017/18). In 2022 her piece Part among Parts represented Polish Radio on 68. International Rostrum of Composers in Palermo and gained first place in ”young composers” category.

Szpyrka completed soloist programme at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus under a tutor of Juliana Hodkinson, Niels Rønsholdt, and Simon Steen-Andersen. She also studied composition and music theory at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow. In 2023 she defended her doctoral thesis with distinction under the supervision of Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz at the same academy.

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