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Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil,
composer and pedagogue; b. 16th July 1947 in Wrocław. She studied composition at the State Higher School of Music in Wrocław, first with Stefan Bolesław Poradowski (1966-67), later with Tadeusz Natanson (1967-71). In 1978 he went on to study composition in France with Pierre Boulez and Olivier Messiaen, she attended classes at the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique in Paris and a seminar on Iannis Xenakis's music in Aix-en-Provence, and gained on work experience at experimental studios in Paris and Marseille. Since 1971 Pstrokońska-Nawratil has been working at the State Higher School of Music in Wrocław, since 1991 heading the Department of Composition and Theory of Music (at present: Department of Composition). In 1993 she was appointed a professor. From 1998 to 2009 she was a lecturer of the Academy of Music in Poznań.
Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil won a number of competitions for composers, including the Youth Compstition of Polish Composers’ Union (1968, 1973), Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition (1972), and International Competition for Women Composers in Mannheim (1975). In 1987 her work Ikar (Icarus) for large symphony orchestra (1979) won the 3rd prize at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. In 1989 she received the Wrocław City Award and the Prime Minister’s Award for her works for children and young people. She also received the Adam Chmielowski (Brother Albert) Award (1998), Wrocław Music Award (2002), Award of Polish Composers’ Union (2004), Annual Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2006), and the "Gloria Artis" Medal for Merit to Culture (2013)
. In 1994-97 she was a member of the repertoire committee of the "Warsaw Autumn" festival and in the years 1996-2008 she was a programming advisor, manager, and subsequently an artistic director of the International Festival of Polish Contemporary Music "Musica Polonica Nova". She has been invited to join the honorary committee of the World Music Days in Wrocław in 2014.
 
updated: January 2014 (ai)
compositions
Trio-sonata for violin, cello and piano (1967)
Concerto grosso for clarinet, horn, piano and orchestra (1970-71)
Fresco I – Reminiscence for large symphony orchestra (1972)
Po słońce czerwone for voices and 5 instruments (1972)
Nocturne for cello and prepared piano (1973)
A-Z for mixed choir and instrumental ensemble (1973)
Three Songs for mixed choir (1973)
Ostinato for percussion ensemble (1974)
Fresco II – Epitaphios for large symphony orchestra (1975)
Canon for 4 percussions and piano (1976)
Studio per violino e tam-tam * (1977)
Ymnodia for 3 voices, tape and percussion (1977)
Fresco III – Icarus for large symphony orchestra (1979)
La vetrata for piano * (1979)
Slavic Pope, cantata for soprano, baritone, reciter, amateur choir and orchestra (1979)
Arabesque for string quartet * (1980)
Eco per 2 flauti (1980)
Eco per flauto grande * (1980)
White Eagle Swooped Down on Silesia, oratorio-ballade for 3 sopranos, choir and orchestra (1981)
Fresco IV – Concerto alla campana Tadeusz Baird in memoriam for piano and symphony orchestra (1982)
BIS-JOKE for percussion and piano * (1985)
Restless Songs for baritone and orchestra (1985)
Landscape with a Dipper for soprano and 3 violins (1986)
Fresco V – Éternel for soprano, boy choir, mixed choir and large symphony orchestra * (1987)
In The Kingdom of Autumn Leaves, ballet for children (1989)
Le soleil, concerto for percussion instruments and orchestra (1991)
Triangle! for percussion group (1992)
Fresco VI – Palindrom for string orchestra with harpsichord * (1994)
Lydian Quartet – Thinking About Andrzej for string quartet (1994)
Terra for male choir and piano (1995)
Bartokiana [version I] for 2 cellos and piano (1995)
El Condor (Wiosna), concerto for 2 marimbas and chamber orchestra (1996)
Eco Music "Klimop" for orchestra (1998)
Fresco VII – Uru-Anna for tenor, large mixed choir and large symphony orchestra * (1998-99)
Hectoriana, computer music (1999)
In Search for Fleeing Echoes. Madrigal I for two violins (2000)
Bartokiana [version II] for marimbaphone and chamber orchestra (2000)
An Algorithm of A Big City's Sleep. Madrigal II for marimba solo (2001)
Lydian Music for string orchestra (2002)
Magnificat MM for soprano, mixed choir and symphony orchestra (2005)
Birds on the Horizon of Dusk for clarinet, trumpet, cello and piano (2006)
...como el sol e la mar... (lato) for flute and chamber orchestra (2007)
Palm Sunday in Nazareth for saxophone, percussion and organ (2009)
ICE-LAND. Rainbow Bridges over Dettifoss for chamber orchestra (2011)
Madrigal for two pianos (2011)
HARMONY for symphony orchestra (2011)
Wanderings of a Green Scarab for flute, violin, viola and cello (2012)
L'OCEAN for symphony orchestra (2012)
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