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Agata Zubel


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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. As a singer and composer, Agata Zubel has collaborated with several dozen philharmonic companies, such as: Carnegie Hall in New York, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Musikgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall in London, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Philharmonie in Berlin, Cologne, Luxembourg, Casa da música in Porto, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony.

She was also present at the festivals: BBC Proms, Wien Modern, Donaueschingen Musiktage, Festival d’Automne à Paris, März Musik, Darmstadt Summer Course, Ultraschall, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Trans Art, Warsaw Autumn, Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Musikprotokoll.

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, Münchener Kammerorchester, Neue Vocalsolisten, Remix Ensemble, 2e2m Ensemble, Seattle Chamber Players, as well as The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester des SWR, Deutschlandfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Staatsoper Hannover, The Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw and others.

Winner of several competitions, both as singer and composer, she also boasts such important accolades as the “Passport” Award of the “Polityka” weekly for classical music (2005), “Fryderyk” Award for Cascando – a CD programme of her own compositions (2010) and Vocal Recital Apparition (2020), selected work (the grand prix) of the 60th UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers for the piece Not I (2013), the “Polonica Nova” Prize (2014), Coryphaeus of Polish Music (2016), European Composer Award (2018), Erste Bank Kompositionspreis (2018), and the “Badge of Merit to Polish Culture” as well as Medal “Gloria Artis”.

She lives in Wroclaw where she works as a Professor at the University of Music. Together with the composer and pianist Cezary Duchnowski, she established the ElettroVoce Duo.

Her discography consists of more than a dozen titles, including albums dedicated to her own music – Cascando (CD Accord), Not I and Cleopatra’s Songs (KAIROS), Bildbeschreibung (Anaklasis), and, as well as her vocal interpretations of songs by Copland, Berg and Szymański (Poems), El-Derwid. Blots on the Sun, Dream Lake, respectively with song cycles by Witold Lutosławski and André Tchaikowsky and the most recent Apparition with songs of Ravel, Barber, Szymanowski, Crumb and Obradors (CD Accord).