composer, b. 20 October, 1943, Lviv. She studied sound engineering at the Higher State School of Music in Warsaw (now the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) under Antoni Karużas and, between 1968-1970, electroacoustic music under Pierre Schaeffer and François Bayle (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) in Paris.
After having returned to Warsaw, she studied composition under Tadeusz Baird and Zbigniew Rudziński at the Higher State School of Music in Warsaw. In 1973, with Krzysztof Knittel and Wojciech Michniewski, she organised the KEW composers group which played in Poland, Sweden, Austria and Germany.
Later she took part in a computer music course at IRCAM and studied under Betsy Jolas. Having got a scholarship of the French government, the City of Mannheim and the Kościuszko Foundation, she studied under John Chowning at the CCRMA - Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University, California. In 1999, she gained the title of doctor of composition at the Music Academy in Wrocław.
She taught at the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, University of Chicago, at the composition couses in Gdańsk, Munich, Hamburg and Ulm and, in 1985-2008, she lectured electro-acoustic music composition at the Conservatory and the École européenne supérieure de l’image in Angoulême.
Elżbieta Sikora has awarded with numerous prizes and medals. For the Ariadne (1977), she won the 2nd prize at the Carl Maria von Weber Competition in Drezden in 1978, She was awarded at the Competition of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges in 1980 for Lettres à M. pour bande (1980) and Barren Land (1979). In 1982, for Guernica - hommage à Pablo Picasso (1975-1979) she got the 1st prize at the Female Composers’ Competition in Mannheim. In 1994, she gained two SACEM awards: Prix pédagogique for Chant' Europe (1993) and - for her entire artistic work - Prix du printemps. In 1996, she got he award of the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques for the opera Heart Extractor (1984-1986). In 1997, she was honoured with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic. In 2002, she received the Special Distinction of the l'Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris for Le Chant de Salomon (1992) and Eine Rose als Stütze (2000), released on the album Chant du Monde / Harmondia Mundi. In 2004, from the French Minister of Culture ,she got the highest French distinction - Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2008, in a poll of the "Gazeta Wyborcza" daily she was awarded the "Sztorm Roku" prize for Oliwa Concerto (2007) in the category: classical music. For her opera "Madame Curie", she got "Splendor gedanensis” award of the City of Gdańsk in the cathegory: culture, and Pomerania Artistic Award (2012). In June 2013, an audio-visual recording of that opera (performed by the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk conducted by Wojciech Michniewski and directed by Marek Weiss) gained Orphée du Prestige Lyrique de l'Europe de l'Academie du Disque Lyrique. W 2013, she received the Annual Award of the Polish Composers' Union for "outstanding composition output, the opera Madame Curie and her work as cultural activities organiser”. In the same year, she was honoured by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Polish Rapublic with the Bronze Medal for Merin to Culture - Gloria Artis.
updated: February 2016 (wa), March 2017 (iz)
Artist's website: www.elzbietasikora.com
Szukam nowych brzmień. Z Elżbietą Sikorą rozmawia Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, "Ruch Muzyczny" 2009 nr 12, s. 12-13