Marcin Stańczyk was born 16 November 1977. He holds a law degree from University of £ód¼ (LL.M.) as well as D.M.A and Habilitation degrees in music theory and composition from Music Academy of £ód¼ and the title of Full Professor. He completed a three year post-graduate degree at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and CURSUS 1 and 2 at Paris IRCAM. He supplemented his education within the residences at Royaumont (Voix Nouvelles), IMD Darmstadt, Aldeburgh Centre of Music, Cité des Arts. He participated in the programme of nurtuting youg composers established by the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre of Music. He received various prizes and scholarships and was recognized by different institutions including IMD Darmstadt, SACEM, Reading Panel IRCAM, Royamount, Jerwood, Laurentscantorij Foundations. He is a double recipient of the prestigious Witold Lutos³awski scholarship for composers (2011, 2013) and double Coryphaeus of Polish Music Nominee (2013, 2015, Personality of the Year), an award bestowed by the Polish music community.

       As a composer won over a dozen international composers competitions in Poland, France, Italy, Germany, US, Netherland, Romania, Japan and China, including prestigious Toru Takemitsu Award in Tokyo (2013) with the piece SIGHS described by the chairman Sir Harrison Birtwistle as a virtuoso piece of musical awareness. In 2012, Bang on a Can All-Stars dedicated to him a monographic concert in Krakow. In 2014 he was announced the laureate of the residency program founded by the City of Paris. In 2016-2017 he represents Poland in the cultural cooperation programme between China and 16 European countries (16+1). In 2017 he was honored with the 'Distinguished for Polish Culture' distinction by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage

    His music, described by Ivan Fedele in the Il Giornale as “distorsionismo” has been performed during such events as IRCAM Season, Venice Biennale, Warsaw Autumn, Gaudeamus Musik Week, MATA, Bang on a Can Marathon in New York, Les Espaces Sonores in Basel, Rondò in Milan, Review of Composers in Belgrade, by renowned artists and ensembles as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik, Neue Vocalsolisten, Oslo Sinfonietta, Linea, Nikel, Algoritmo, Divertimento, Meitar, Orkest de ereprijs, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tokyo Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Polish Radio National Orchestra in Katowice (NOSPR).

    Marcin is interested by the perception of musical time, space and gesture, as well as the idea of "aftersounds" inspired by the optical phenomenon of "afterimage" explored in the 1940s by the avant-gardist Polish painter W³adys³aw Strzemiński. In his compositions, he often uses theatrical expressions associated with his idea of a "total performance". With Aftersounds, music comes not only from morfological ‘reflections’ of sound, various extraneous noises, resonances and echoes but also some psychological aspects of the listening and seeing, something which is not there yet, but will be in a moment, which precede the sound or has remained afterwards.

       He works at the Regional Administrative Court. He teaches in Academy of Music in £ód¼ where in 2016 he received his habilitation degree in Music Theory and Composistion. In 2020, he became a full professor. He is lecturer of Composition, Electroacoustic Composition, Orchestration and Musical Analysis.

     Stańczyk is a member of Polish Composers' Union (ZKP), ZAiKS and Polish Society for Contemporary Music. 

       His music is published by the Polish Music Publishing House (PWM) in Cracow.


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Project: Renata Leszczyńska, Translation: Marcin Stańczyk