Marcin Błażewicz – a composer and teacher, born in 1953 in Warsaw.
He started his music education at the age of thirteen. His first compositions come into being then.
In between 1974 and 1975, he studied philosophy.
In 1982, he graduated with honours from the composition class under Professor Marian Borkowski at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music, in Warsaw (currently the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music).
In 1983, he published a proclamation of his critical attitude to the cultural policy of the Polish authorities and artists’ associations. The composes voices his critical attitude even currently, stating that the system transformation has not altered anything for Polish musicians.
Since that time his compositions have been performed more frequently abroad than in Poland.
In 1985, he participated in the Iannis Xenakis composition courses and in 1987 being an SACEM grant holder – in the Oliver Messiaen courses.
In between 1983 and 1987, Marcin Błażewicz was the artistic director of the independent International Forum of New Music, which was created by him and a handful of his friends.
Since 1985 he has been employed at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music, in Warsaw, where he has had composition and instrumentation classes since 2004.
Marcin Błażewicz has performed numerous social functions. In the years 1989 – 1991, he was the president of the Polish section of the international organization Jeunesses Musicales. He was also a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Percussion Art Society (1989-1997). Since 2006 he has been president of the classical music section of the ZAIKS society of authors and its treasurer, etc.
In the years of 1999-2002, he was a deputy dean at the Faculty of Composition, Conducting and the Theory of Music, at the Warsaw Academy of Music. Since 2008 he has been the dean of the faculty.
Marcin Błażewicz has won many prestigious prizes at various composer’s competitions: the Music Today Festival (Tokyo, 1985) and the Prix Italia (Perugia, 1990) and many others.
Since 2008 he has come into close contact with Edition Svitzer (Denmark), which represents him. However, his Concerto Rustico was published by the Edition Schott.
His compositions are part of the repertoire of Pierre-Yves Artaud, Marta Klimasara, Matthew Coley, Mark Ford, Johan Bridger, Roni Kot Wenzell, Carine Dupre, World Brass and many others. In Poland, they are performed by Agata Igras-Sawicka, Monika Wolińska, Tadeusz Domanowski, Stanisław Skoczyński and Leszek Lorent.
In 2009, the compositions by Błażewicz were performed over eighty times solely on the territory of the Scandinavian countries. There appeared three CDs with his compositions.
His artistic output can be divided into three periods:
1977-1990 – interest in the avant-guarde and development of the individual style (Kammerkonzert, Arista, Death Omen, Samsara)
1992-2000 – fascination with post-modernism (the opera: St Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio; or, Saint Francis’ Cutlets; a radio oratorio: Atlantis of Our Days, which also embodies his interests in the avant-guarde; The Darkest Dark
1999-2011 – interest in texture and idioms of the national folklore (Concerto for Flute, piano quintet, Concerto Rustico, Concerto for Piano), which also abounds in compositions of a different stylistic (Symphony, Concerto for Brass).
The most important compositions:
1. Los Caprichos: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra (1988)
2. Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra (1999)
3. Concerto for Brass Instruments and Orchestra (2003)
4. Second Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra (2005)
6. Concerto Rustico for marimba and string orchestra (2007)
7. Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra (2010)
Journey to the Source of Time for chamber orchestra (1979)
The World of Senses (1984)
Et tua res agitur for percussion , 2 trumpets and strings
Concerto for Orchestra (2011)
Vocal and instrumental compositions
The Atlantis of our Days; or, a Neo-Baroque Concerto, a radio oratorio to the text by Krzysztof Lipka (1995)
The Darkest Dark; or, Mystery of Self Liberation in 3 parts for choir, orchestra and live electronic (1998)
Todes-Erfahrung, a symphony for choir and orchestra, with the words by Rainer Maria Rilke/2004/
St Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio; or, Saint Francis’ Cutlets, a comic opera in two acts, with the libretto by Stephan Themerson (1992)
String Quartet (1980)
Kammerkonzert for 14 soloists (1981)
Brass Quintet (1981)
Samsara for 15 instruments and live electronic (1994)
Konzertstuck for 10 brass instruments and 2 percussions (1998)
Meadow Spirit.. Field Spirit..., a piano quintet (2004)
Amor polonus, a piano trio (2010)
Compositions for percussion
Arista, Death Omen for solo percussion and live electronic (1988)
AS for harp , solo percussion and live electronic (1992)
Kundalini for 6 percussions and live electronic (1997)
Sahay Manush for 2 percussions (2005/)
Sonata for Marimba (2009)
gnostic Credo for mixed choir (1999)