Composer and vocalist born born in 1978 in Poland, Agata Zubel lives in Wroclaw where she teaches in University of Music. Known for her unique vocal range and the use of techniques that challenge stereotypes, Zubel gives concerts throughout the world and has premiered numerous new works. Agata Zubel’s compositions have been commissioned by prestigious music institutions such as Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Staatsoper Hannover, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (for Neue Vocalsolisten), Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, the Deutsche Welle in Bonn, the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, and the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw. 

Winner of several competitions, both as singer and composer, she also boasts such important accolades as the “Passport” Award of the “Polityka” weekly for classical music (2005), and “Fryderyk” Award for Cascando – a CD programme of her own compositions. In 2013 her composition Not I, recorded with Klangforum Wien and representing Polish Radio, was selected (as the best work in the general category) during the 60th International Rostrum of Composers. In 2014, the same work received the “Polonica Nova” Prize and she was hounoured with the "Badge of Merit to Polish Culture”. In 2018, she won European Composer Award for the composition Fireworks.

Together with the composer and pianist Cezary Duchnowski, she established the ElettroVoce Duo. As a singer and composer, Agata Zubel has collaborated with several dozen festivals and philharmonic companies, operas as well as the world’s leading ensembles, such as: Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik, Inter-Contemporain, Ictus, London Sinfonietta, the Eighth Blackbird, Seattle Chamber Players, and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

Her discography consists of more than a dozen titles, including albums dedicated to her own music – Not I (KAIROS) and Cascando (CD Accord), as well as her vocal interpretations of songs by Copland, Berg and Szymański (Poems), El-DerwidBlots on the Sun and the most recent Dream Lake, respectively with song cycles by Witold Lutosławski and André Tchaikowsky (CD Accord).

Agata Zubel

Aphorisms on Miłosz (extrait)


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