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Dariusz Przybylski,

organist and composer; b. 28th July 1984 in Konin. In 2003 he graduated from the State Secondary Music School in Konin, where he studied organ with Hanna Stypułkowska. In 2003-08 he studied composition with Marcin Błażewicz and organ with Andrzej Chorosiński at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. In the academic year 2006-2007 he was granted a Socrates/Erasmus scholarship to study in the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne – composition with York Höller, electronic composition with Hans Ulrich Humpert, instrumentation with Krzysztof Meyer and organ with Johannes Geffert. In 2008 he completed postgraduate studies (Solistenklasse / Konzertexam) in the composition class of Wolfgang Rihm at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe and obtained a doctoral degree in musical arts at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In the 2012/13 academic year, as part of the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie scholarship, he studied contemporary music at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. In 2016 he obtained a postdoctoral degree in musical arts in the discipline of composition and theory of music at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

He has participated in master classes in composition (taught by Paul Edlin, Dominic Muldowney, Roderick Watkins, Philip Wilby), organ music interpretation (by Karol Gołębiowski, Edgar Krapp, Gerhard Weinberger, Gary Verkade, Wolfgang Zerer), and organ improvisation (by Tomasz Adam Nowak, Daniel Roth).

He received a scholarship of the “Young Talents” ZE PAK Foundation (2003), a Ministry of Culture scholarship (2003, 2006), a scholarship from the Leopold Kronenberg Banking Foundation (2005), the Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2006), scholarships from Keimyung Research Foundation (2006), Socrates/Erasmus (2006), “Young Poland” (2007), and the Polish Television (as an award in the programme “Creative Valley”, 2008). He has been selected to take part in the Programme for the Promotion of 13 Composers (2007-2010), organized by the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Centre. He has been granted the titles: Primus Inter Pares 2007 (2nd in the Mazovian Region) and Primus Inter Pares 2008.

Dariusz Przybylski is a winner of numerous organ competitions, including the 2nd prize (1st was not granted) and Marian Sawa Special Award in the 4th Competition for 20th-Century Polish Organ Music in Legnica, Grand Prix of the 6th Competition of 20th- and 21st-Century Contemporary Music Works for Young Performers in Warsaw organized by the International Society for Contemporary Music, Polish Section (2005). As a composer, he has received the following awards and distinctions: in 2002 – the 1st prize for Nisi Dominus for mezzo-soprano and female choir (2002) in the 3rd “Patri Patriae” National Competition for a Work Dedicated to Pope John Paul II; in 2003 – an honorable mention for his Partita ‘Let’s All Sing the Bugle’ for trumpet and organ (2003) in the 2nd National Competition for Composers accompanying the Organ Conversatorium in Legnica; in 2004 – the 2nd prize for Six Songs to words by Halina Poświatowska for female voice and piano (2004) in the 12th National Adam Didur Competition for Composers in Sanok and the 2nd prize (1st was not granted) for Sequenza quasi una fantasia for solo organ (2004) in the 2nd Competition for Composers in Mikołów; in 2005 – 1st prize for Orpheus and Euridice, a poem for solo piano (2005) in the International Competition for Composers of the City of Vienna, 1st prize for Construction for solo alto saxophone (2005) in the 3rd National Tadeusz Ochlewski Competition in Cracow organized by PWM Edition and 1st prize for Fünf Rilke-Lieder for counter-tenor and string quartet (2005) in the 13th National Adam Didur Competition for Composers in Sanok; in 2006 – 3rd prize for the same composition in the International Franz Josef Reinl-Stiftung Competition for Composers in Vienna, an honorable mention for Berceuse for violin and piano (2004) in the 2nd International Grażyna Bacewicz Competition for Composers in Łódź, 1st prize for ...the rest is silence... for two pianos and percussion op. 23 (2005) in the Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers, 1st prize for Fanfara Clamare for organ (2006) and 2nd prize for Entrata e Chaconne for organ (2006) in the 1st Open National Competition for Composers “Pro Organo”, 2nd prize for The Times of the Returns for piano (2006) in the International Ignacy Jan Paderewski Competition for Composers in Bydgoszcz, 1st prize for Missa brevis for mixed choir and organ (2006) in the International Competition for Composers in Mikołów; in 2008 – 2nd prize for …et desiderabunt mori… for mixed choir (2008) in the International “Musica Sacra” Competition for Composers in Częstochowa and 2nd prize for Drei Formen for solo viola (2007) in the 49th Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers.

As an organist, Dariusz Przybylski has given concerts in many Polish cities as well as abroad. New music has pride of place in his repertoire, and he has given numerous first performances of new works. He also performs as an improviser.

His compositions have been performed in, among others, the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, during the International Evenings of Organ and Chamber Music in Kłodzko (2004), Music Days in Mikołów (2005), the Adam Didur Festival in Sanok (2005), the “Musica Sacra” International Festival in Warsaw (2005), the Musica Polonica Nova Festival in Wrocław (2006), Musica Moderna Festival in Łódź (2006), International Days of Music by Cracow’s Composers (2006), the New Music – New Faces Festival (2006, 2007), Warsaw Music Encounters (2007, 2008), Poznań Music Spring (2008), the Festival of Music Competition Winners in Bydgoszcz (2008), Crossdrumming Festival (2008), The “Gaude Mater” International Festival of Sacred Music in Częstochowa (2008), the “Warsaw Autumn” fringe events (2006-08), as well as abroad – in Austria, Germany, Sweden, Great Britain, and Belarus.

Przybylski’s music can be found on several CDs (released by DUX, Megavox, and POLMIC), four of them devoted entirely to his work. The CD with his Bogurodzica (Mother of God, 2003) for solo organ performed by Andrzej Chorosiński on the organ of the Basilica in Licheń became a Double Platinum Disc, whereas his CD “20 Years of the Organ Conversatorium in Legnica” (DUX) was nominated for the Fryderyk Award of the Polish music industry in 2005. His scores have been published by PWM Edition and Verlag Neue Musik in Berlin.

In 2006, Przybylski took part in the international composition project “Mozart Pyramid” held in Canterbury (England) as part of the Mozart Year, as well as in the project “60 Commissions for the 60th Anniversary of the Polish Composers’ Union”. In 2009 he was invited as composer-in-residence to Mittersill (Austria) – Komponisten Forum Mittersill Kofomi, in 2010 to Bad Ischl (Austria) – International Composers' Academy, and in 2012 to Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) – Scratch-Cantatas Festival. In the 2012/13 season, Dariusz Przybylski was the composer-in-residence of the Berlin vocal group Phønix16.

In the years 2006-2008 he was a secreatary and in 2008-2012 a chairman of the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union. He is a member of the Polish Society for Contemporary Music (member of the Management Board), ZAiKS (vice-chairman of the Section of Authors of Musical Works) and the Polish Composers' Union (member of the Warsaw Branch Management Board). In 2008 he was the director of the Kazimierz Serocki International Competition for Composers in Warsaw, and since 2012 he has been the director of the 20th and 21st Century Music Competition for Young Performers in Radziejowice. Since 2016, he has been the curator of the "Music of Our Times" programme, organized by the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy Association.

Since 2008, Przybylski has been teaching at his alma mater. He was a guest lecturer in New York, Hamburg, Istanbul, Rome and Moscow, and in the 2010/11 academic year he taught composition at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea. In 2012, he was elected Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

updated: 2008, 2020 (ac)


Composer’s website: www.dariuszprzybylski.prv.pl 


Triptych for organ op. 1 (2001)
Nisi Dominus op. 2 for mezzo-soprano and female choir (2002)
Peace-Quartet op. 3 for two violins and two cellos (2002)
Chorals op. 4 for piano and string orchestra (2002)
Vivatto op. 5 for flute and piano (2002-03)
Laudate pueri op. 6 for mixed unaccompanied choir (2003)
Mother of God op. 7 for organ (2003)
Ave maris stella op. 8 for mixed unaccompanied choir (2003)
Partita “Let Us All Sing the Bugle” op. 9 for trumpet and organ (2003)
Salve Regina op. 10 for mixed unaccompanied choir (2003)
Ex nihilo nihil op. 11 for organ (2003)
Three Sonnets op. 12 for baritone, oboe, cello and vibraphone (2003-04)
Sequenza quasi una fantasia [1st version] op. 11b for organ (2004)
Introitus, Hymnus et Alleluia op. 13 for baritone and organ (2004)
Six Songs to words by Halina Poświatowska op. 14 for female voice and piano (2004)
Two Sacred Songs for Lent op. 15 for mixed unaccompanied choir (2004)
Out of the Labirynth op. 16 for piano (2004)
Berceuse op. 17 for violin and piano (2004)
Morpheus - Saxophone Quartet op. 18 for saxophone quartet (2004)
Sequenza quasi una fantasia [2nd version] op. 11c for percussion and organ (2004)
Missa brevis [1st version] op. 19 for female choir and organ (2005)
Orpheus and Euridice op. 20, poem for piano (2005)
Structure op. 21 for alto saxophone (2005)
Fünf Rilke-Lieder op. 22 for counter-tenor and string quartet (2005)
...the rest is silence... op. 23 for two pianos and percussion (2005)
Concerto op. 24 for harpsichord and orchestra (2006)
Gesualdo on Atlantis op. 26 for chamber ensemble (2006)
Cantata in honorem Sancti Bartholomaei for baritone, mixed choir, brass, percussion and organ op. 27 (2006)
Missa brevis [2nd version] op. 19b for mixed choir and organ (2006)
The Times of the Returns op. 20b for piano (2006)
Fanfara Clamare (Kölner Fanfare) op. 25 for organ (2006)
Eine kleine Morgenmusik op. 28 for clarinet quintet (2006)
Entrata e Chaconne op. 29 for organ (2006)
Inexprimable op. 30 for chamber ensemble (2007)
Sogar die Sterne weinen – Even Stars Weep With Him Who Weeps At Night op. 31 for string orchestra and percussion (2007)
Nekyia op. 32 for percussion and 4 trombones (2007)
Métamorphose de l’esprit – Cello Sonata No. 1 op. 33 (2007)
Hommage à Josquin op. 34, concerto for flute, string orchestra, percussion and electronic sounds (2007)
Rituals op. 35 for 2 percussions (2007)
Sub-contour op. 36 for percussion and electronic sounds (2007)
Cinq Pièces en Concert op. 37 for piano trio (2007)
Cinq Pièces en Concert op. 37b for alto saxophone, cello and piano (2007)
Praeambulum op. 38 for organ (2007)
Drei Formen for solo viola (2007)
...et desiderabunt mori... op. 39 for mixed unaccompanied choir (2008)
Orchesterstück op. 40 for symphony orchestra (2008)
Miserere op. 41 for an 11-part vocal ensemble (2008)
Warum? op. 42 for tape (2008)
Baru-kataa op. 43 for two cellos, darabuka, virtual theremin and electronic sounds (2008)
Medeas Träume op. 44 for violin, bass clarinet, percussion and piano (2008)
Dum medium silentium op. 45 for soprano and organ (2008)
Concerto Festivo op. 46 for organ for two performers and chamber orchestra (2008)
Manhattan Medea op. 55, chamber opera for 5 soloists and 6 instrumentalists * (2008-2011)
Orchesterstück No. 2 for symphony orchestra op. 46 (2009)
Óneiros – Violin Concerto for violin and string orchestra op. 47 (2009)
Schübler Choräle op. 48 for organ (2009)
Discours op. 49 for cello and accordion (2009)
Toxiuh molpilia op. 50 for 12 saxophones (2009)
In shadow of Emily D. op. 51, miniature for piano (2009)
Bagatellen op. 52 for flute (bass), bass clarinet,  viola and cello (2009)
Dreamming Tiffany before the breakfast op. 53 for soprano saxophone and organ (2009)
Wasserstimmen op. 54, chamber opera for 5 soloists and 5 instrumentalists (2010)
Tombeau op. 56 for harpsichord (2010)
Le Petit Livre de Clavecin op. 57 for harpsichord (2010)
Onyx op. 58 for 2 flutes (2010)
Abrenuntio op. 59 for tuba, flute, clarinet, percussion and piano (2010)
We will all laugh at gilded butterflies op. 60 for alto saxophone, percussion and piano (2010)
Apollo op. 61 for baritone and percussionist (2010)
échange op. 62 for 10 pianos and symphony orchestra (2010)
Discours II op. 63 for clarinet, electric guitar, cello and accordion (2010)
κατάβασις (Katabasis) op. 64 for symphony orchestra and 20 young performers (2010)
Ergos op. 65 for cello and piano (2010)
Dwie myszy i kot op. 66, chamber opera for 3 soloists and 14 instrumentalists (2010)
... denn ich steure mit meinen Genossen über das dunkle Meer zu unverständlichen Völkern... Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra op. 67 (2011)
σκιαμαχια (skiamachia) op. 68 for percussion solo (2011)
έλλειψη (élleipsi) op. 69 for soprano saxophone (baritone saxophone) and accordion (2011)
Broch Lieder op. 70, 9 songs for voice and piano (2011)
Sonata da chiesa op. 72 for accordion (2012)
Red, Yellow, Red. Hommage à Mark Rothko op. 73 for 22 string instruments  (2012)
Brise marine op. 74 for vocal ensemble to words by Stéphane Mallarmé (2012)
Four Darks in Red op. 75 for cello and orchestra (2012)
Passio et Mors Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Secundum Ioannem op. 76 for 12 voices a cappella (2013)
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra op. 77 (2013)
Chamber Concerto op. 78 for 15 instruments (2013)
Musical-Land op. 79, chamber opera for 4 soloists, children choir and chamber orchestra (2013)
Fall op. 81 chamber opera for 2 soloists, vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble (2013)
π [pi] Klavierstück I op. 80 for piano and crotales ad libitum  (2013)
Secco op. 82 for cello solo (2014)
Murals. Hommage à Mark Rothko op. 83 for accordion, piano and symphony orchestra (2014)
Red on Maroon. Hommage à Mark Rothko op. 84  for accordion and piano (2014)
Orphée. Tragédie lyrique en musique op. 85 opera for soloists, vocal ensemble, choir and symphony orchestra (2015)
Musica in forma di rosa. Omaggio a Pasolini op. 86 for violin and orchestra (2015)
Up op. 87 for violin (2015)
Sonnet XXII op. 88 for 6 voices (2015)
Figure veneziane op. 89 for flute solo (2015)
Lutosławski Variations op. 90 for organ (2015)
Musica della notte. Omaggio a Pasolini op. 91  for percussion and orchestra (2016)
Heureusement op. 92 for symphony orchestra (2016)
Fontana di amore per nessuno. Omaggio a Pasolini op. 95 for saxophone, boy's soprano and symphony orchestra (2017)
Dla Władka for harpsichord  (2017)
Phoenix op. 96 for percussion (2017)
Explosion / Description op. 97 for 2 reciters, vocal ensemble, 5 instruments and electronics (2017)
Out op. 98 for cello (2017)
Three Friends on the Coast of the Same River op. 99 nano-opera for children for voices, toy piano, toy glockenspiel, metronome and guitar (2017)
Chansons d'Apollon op. 100 for mezzosoprano, accordion and cello (2018)
Zachodzi słoneczko op. 101 for choir (24 voices) (2018)
Ich war ich bin, aber ich werde nie wieder sein op. 102 for trumpet solo and 13 instruments (2018)
Rigaudon op. 103 concerto for quarter-tone Hammond organ and symphony orchestra (2019)
Anhelli op. 104 opera-mystery after Juliusz Słowacki (2019)