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Sikora, Elzbieta (b. October 20, 1943, Lviv). Polish composer, now resident in both France and Germany, of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and electroacoustic works that have been performed throughout the world.

Ms. Sikora initially studied piano at a music school in Gdansk from 1951-63. She then studied sound engineering at the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, where she earned her MA in 1968, and electronic music with François Bayle and Pierre Schaeffer at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris from 1968-70. She later returned to Warsaw, where she studied composition with Tadeusz Baird and Zbigniew Rudzinski at the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music and completed a second MA in 1977. She studied composition privately with Betsy Jolas from 1981-84, as well as computer music at IRCAM and with John Chowning at Stanford University. She received an honorary doctorate from the Wroclaw Academy of Music in 1999.

Among her honors are Second Prize in a competition in Dresden (1978, for Ariadna), mention in the young composers competition in Warsaw (1978, for ...selon Pascal) and three awards in the Concours International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges (honorable mentions, 1979-80; Prix Magisterium, 2000). She has also earned First Prize in the GEDOK competition in Mannheim (1981, for Guernica, hommage à Pablo Picasso), the Prix de la Partition Pédagogique and the Prix Stéphane Chapelier-Clergue-Gabriel-Marie, both from SACEM (both 1994) and the SACD Prix Nouveau Talent Musique (1996). Most recently, she earned the Polonia Restituta Cross (order of the knight, 1997), the Heidelberger Künstlerinnen-Preis (2000) and a special mention from the Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris (2003, for her portrait Le Chant du Monde recording) and was given the title Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France (2004). Her music has beencommissioned by the Ballet de Monte Carlo, the government of France, IRCAM, the Polish Ministry of Culture, Radio France, and other organizations.

She is also active in other positions. She co-founded with Krzysztof Knittel and Wojciech Michniewski KEW in 1973, a group of composers, which was most active from 1973-75.

In addition to the works listed below, Ms. Sikora has written numerous film scores.

AA, PWM and Stoklosa Editions publish her works in Poland and Le Chant du Monde and Heugel publish her music in France.


E-mail address: elzbieta_sikora@hotmail.com

Street address (France): Ms. Elzbieta Sikora, 10 Sq. des Cardeurs, Apt. 155, F - 75020 Paris, France

Telephone (France): + 331 4379 4989

Fax (France): + 331 4372 3511

Street address (Germany): Ms. Elzbieta Sikora, Lehle Str. 26, D - 89075 Ulm/Böfingen, Germany

Telephone/fax (Germany): + 4973 1205 3858

Cellular phone (Germany): + 4917 5596 2223


STAGE: Ariadna (opera, libretto by Cesare Pavese [translated by M.S. Kasprzysiak]), soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 trombones, 7 violins, 2 celli, piano, 2 percussion, 1977; Blow-up (ballet), tape, 1980; Derrière son double (radio opera, libretto by Jean-Pierre Duprey), soprano, baritone, 4 actors, flute, percussion, string quartet, tape, 1983; Waste Land (ballet, choreography by Alain Marty), tape, 1983; L'Arrache-coeur (opera, libretto by the composer, after Boris Vian), 3 children's voices, soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, actor, speaker ad libitum, mixed chorus, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, string quartet, 1984-86, revised 1992; La clef de verre (ballet, choreography by Alain Marty), tape, 1986

ORCHESTRAL: Symphonie I, 'Ombres', large orchestra (88 players), 1984, revised 1990; Rappel II, orchestra, live electronics, 1988-89; Canzona, viola da gamba, small orchestra (12 players), 1995; Suite III, 1997; Rappel III, string orchestra, 1998; Ecce Homo, large orchestra (95 players), 1999; I Concerto, piano, large orchestra (75 players), 1999-2000

CHAMBER MUSIC: Interventions, tuba, 2 percussion, tape, 1969; I Quatuor à cordes, string quartet, 1975; Voyage No. 1, tuba/double bass, tape delay system, 1975; ...selon Pascal, trumpet, harp, cello, harpsichord, 1976; Interludes, flute, harp, 1980; Sables, flute, percussion, 1980; II Quatuor à cordes, string quartet, 1980; Voyage No. 3, flute, 1981; La Tête d'Orphée II, flute, tape, 1982; Eine Kleine Tagmusik, flute, alto saxophone, bassoon, harp, violin, cello, piano, 1983; Solo, violin, 1984; Suite, cello, tape, 1990; Suite II, harpsichord, tape, live electronics, 1992 (also version for harpsichord, tape, 1992); Sextuor à cordes, hommage à Witold Lutoslawski, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, 1993; Thinking of Brahms, string quartet, 1997; Lisboa, tramway 28, soprano saxophone (+ alto saxophone), tape, 1998; III Quatuor à cordes, 'In memoriam Ursula', string quartet, 1999; ...selon Pascal II, trumpet, harp, cello, harpsichord, 2000

CHORAL: Guernica, hommage à Pablo Picasso (text by Paul Éluard), mixed chorus, 1975; La Création du Monde (oratorio, text from the Bible), soprano, tenor, 2 baritones, male chorus, flute, clarinet, bassoon, electric guitar, electronic organ, 4 percussion, string orchestra, 1976; Salve Regina, children's chorus, organ, 1981; Génèse (oratorio, text from the Bible), soprano, male speaker, mixed chorus, small orchestra, tape, 1986; Chant'Europe (text by the composer), 3 children's choruses, small orchestra, 1993; Cinéma, cinéma (text by the composer), children's chorus, small orchestra, 1994; Omnia tempus habent (oratorio, text from the Bible), alto, children's chorus, mixed chorus, organ, orchestra, 1997; Maître renard et maître corbeau/Le laboureur et ses enfants (text by Jean de La Fontaine), children's chorus, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, violin, double bass, percussion, 1999; Trois Innocentines (text by René de Obaldia), mixed chorus, 2001

VOCAL: Les Chants Rejouissant le Coeur (texts from ancient Egyptian sources), soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, cello, 1973 (also version for soprano, flute, harpsichord, 1983); Loreley (text by Guillaume Apollinaire), soprano/mezzo-soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, string quartet, double bass, 1987; À peine le temps que dure une vision (text by Jorge Hernández), soprano, female speaker, clarinet, trumpet, double bass, percussion, tape, 1987-89; Le Chant de Salomon, soprano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, percussion, 1992; On the Line (text by the composer), soprano, tape, 1992; Fragments (text by Jorge Hernández), soprano, tape, 1997; On est toujours (text by Alain de Castries), baritone, piano, 1997 (also version for 2 sopranos, baritone, alto saxophone, double bass, piano, bandoneón, 1997); Eine Rose als Stütze (text by Hilde Domin), soprano, piano, 2000

PIANO: Prelude, 1981

ORGAN: Short stories, 2001

ELECTROACOUSTIC: Prénom, tape, 1970; La vue par la fenêtre, tape, 1971; L'incertitude de l'été, tape, 1973; Voyage No. 2, tape, 1976; La nuit, le visage contre le ciel, tape, 1978; Rapsodie pour la mort d'une république, tape, 1979; The Waste Land, tape, 1979; Lettres à M., tape, 1980; La Tête d'Orphée, tape, 1981; Janek WisniewskiDecembre-Pologne, tape, 1982-83; Géométries variables, tape, 1991; Les enfants terribles, tape, 1992; Flashback, tape, 1996; Aquamarina, tape, 1999; Grain de sable, tape, 2002; Rouge d'été, tape, 2002; Eine Rose als StützeHörspiel, tape, 2002

RADIO PRODUCTIONS: Passion selon Kijno, tape, 1986; Portrait de Witold Lutoslawski, tape, 1993 (collaboration with Krystyna de Obaldia)

DISCOGRAPHY (in chronological order, but without specific dates)

Voyage I. Zdzislaw Piernik, tuba (Pro Nova) (LP)

Ariadna. Ewa Ignatowicz, soprano; Lidia Juranek, mezzo-soprano; Jacek Kasprzyk/orchestra of the Warsaw Chamber Opera (Polskie Nagrania: SX 1778)

La Tête d'Orphée II. Jolanta Kotnowska, flute (Polskie Nagrania: SX 2739)

Rappel II. Wojciech Michniewski/Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra (Polskie Nagrania: SX 2858)

La Tête d'Orphée; Aquamarina. (IMEB: LDC 278 070/71)

Lisboa, tramway 28; Janek WisniewskiDecembre-Pologne. Daniel Kientzy, saxophones (INA/GRM: 5011 275 84)

Eine Rose als Stütze; Rappel III; Canzona; Solo; Le Chant de Salomon. Maria Bulkakova, Olga Lutsiev-Ternovskaya, sopranos; Aleksandr Kalashkov, violin; Alla Vasilyeva, viola da gamba; Mikhail Dubov, piano; Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble; Jean Thorel/strings of the Russian National Orchestra (Le Chant du Monde/Harmonia Mundi: LDC 278 1118/HM 90)

Grain de sable. (IMEB: LDC 278 1122/23)

(Last updated on October 28, 2004)

Elżbieta Sikora, Elisabeth Sikora, Elizabeth Sikora