Agata Zubel composer and vocalist. Known for her unique vocal range and the use of techniques that challenge stereotypes, Zubel gives concerts throughout the world and has premiered numerous new works.
Modern music takes pride of place in her repertoire. She has worked together with the world’s leading ensembles – Klangforum Wien, Ensemble InterContemporain, musikFabrik, London Sinfonietta, Ictus, Eighth Blackbird, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Seattle Chamber Players, Münchener Kammerorchester, Neue Vocalsolisten, Remix Ensemble, 2e2m Ensemble, as well as The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Staatsoper Hannover, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and others.
Agata Zubel – “Of Songs”
As a singer and composer, Agata Zubel has collaborated with several dozen prestigious philharmonic companies, such as: Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Musikgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Philharmonie in Berlin, in Cologne, Luxembourg, Moscow, Essen, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall in London, Casa da música in Porto, National Sawdust in New York, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, L’Opéra de Reims, National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Philharmonic Hall in Krakow, Łódź, Szczecin, Gorzów, Silesian Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, National Forum of Music in Wrocław, National Opera in Warsaw, Kraków Opera Haus, Wrocław Opera Haus.
She was also present at the festivals: BBC Proms, Wien Modern, Donaueschingen Musiktage, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Warsaw Autumn, März Musik, Darmstadt Summer Course, Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Trans Art Festival, Avanti! Festival in Finland, Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Musikprotokoll, Ankara Festival, Klara Festival in Brussels, Festival of Electronic Music in Karlsruhe, Melos-Ethos Festival in Bratislava, Festival de Wallonie in Mons, as well as Wratislavia Cantans, Chopin and His Europe, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Sacrum Profanum, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova and others.
Agata Zubel’s compositions have been commissioned by prestigious music institutions such as Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Ensemble InterContemporain, Klangforum Wien, London Sinfonietta, SWR Radio, Deutschlandfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, the Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Hannoversche Gesellschaft für Neue Musik, Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, Middle Europa Music Festival in Seattle, the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profanum in Krakow, Kultura-Natura in Katowice, National Opera in Warsaw, Polish Institute in Tel Awiw, Krakow Philharmonic.
GiNoNeWaMo – Agata Zubel. Documental movie of Marek Obszarny & Magda Pawlinow
Her discography consists of more than a dozen titles, including albums dedicated to her own music – Not I (KAIROS) and the “Fryderyk” Award-winning Cascando (CD Accord), as well as her vocal interpretations of songs by Copland, Berg and Szymański (Poems), El-Derwid. Blots on the Sun and the most recent Dream Lake, respectively with song cycles by Witold Lutosławski and André Tchaikowsky (CD Accord).
In 2010 her opera-ballet Between was premiered in the National Opera in Warsaw and in 2011 she was commissioned to write another opera for this theatre – Oresteia. The next opera-form – Bildbeschreibung – was written in 2016 for the commission of Klangforum Wien and was premiered in 2018.
In 2011 she was invited as a composer-in-residence to the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco. For two seasons (2010–2012) she was also composer-in-residence in Krakow Philharmonic and for 2019 she was invited as a composer-in-residence to the 2e2m Ensemble in Paris.
Her composition Not I, recorded with Klangforum Wien, was selected as the best work (the grand prix) of the 60th International Rostrum of Composers (2013) and the same work received the “Polonica Nova” Prize (2014). Agata Zubel was also honoured with Coryphaeus of Polish Music in the category Personality of the Year (2016) and European Composer Award (2018). In the same year she received Austrian Erste Bank Kompositionspreis.
She is currently a lecturer on the faculty of the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. In 2020 she obtained a professor degree in arts. She was honoured with the Badge of Merit to Polish Culture and Medal “Gloria Artis”. She has received scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Rockefeller Foundation, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Kultur Kontakt Austria. She is also a member of the Polish Composers’ Union. Together with the composer and pianist Cezary Duchnowski, she established the ElettroVoce Duo.
Agata Zubel – “Not I”
2020 – “Fryderyk” Award of the Polish music record industry in the category of Best Solo Recital for the album Apparition
2019 – Minister of Culture and National Heritage Annual Music Prize
2018 – Erste Bank Kompositionspreis
2018 – Coryphaeus of Polish Music in the category Event of the Year
2018 – European Composer Award for the composition “Fireworks”
2017 – Medal “Gloria Artis”
2017 – Medal of The Witold Lutosławski Society
2016 – Coryphaeus of Polish Music in the category Personality of the Year
2014 – Polish Composers’ Union Award
2014 – “Polonica Nova” Prize for the composition “Not I”
2014 – honourable medal “Deserved for Polish Culture”
2013 – winner of the International Rostrum of Composers for the composition Not I
2010 – “Fryderyk” Award of the Polish music record industry in the category of Contemporary Music for the album Cascando
2009 – “Orpheus” Award of the Association of Polish Artists-Musicians
2008 – Wroclaw Music Award for the duo ElettroVoce
2005 – Wroclaw Music Award
2005 – “Passport” Award of the “Polityka” weekly for classical music for the year 2004
2005 – Special Award for the duo ElettroVoce in the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam
2003 – 2nd Prize in the International P.J.Jurgenson Competition for Young Composers in Moscow
2003 – 3rd Prize in the International Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music for Professional Soloists in Nicati, Switzerland
2003 – Grand Prix of Leopold Kronenberg’s Bank Foundation in the 20th and 21th Century Music Competition for Young Performers
2002 – 1st Prize in the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music
2002 – Special Award in the 7.Concours Moderne, Chain
2000 – 1st Prize and a Special Polish Radio Award in the National Adam Didur Competition for Composers;
2000 – 3rd prize at the Competition for Composers for Classical Guitar
1999 – 1st Prize and a Special PWM Edition Award in the Andrzej Panufnik Competition for Composers