Pstrokońska-Nawratil, Grażyna (Hanna)
- Barbara Zwolska-Stęszeweska
(b Wrocław, July 16, 1947). Polish composer. She studied composition with Poradowski at the State Higher School (later Academy) of Music in Wrocław, graduating in 1971. She completed her studies in France with Messiaen and Boulez, participated in seminars in Aix-en-Provence on the music of Xenakis and worked at the experimental music studios in Paris and Marseilles. In 1971 she began to teach at the Wrocław Academy, later becoming professor (1993) and head of the theory and composition department. Among the many prizes she has won in international competitions are honourable mention for Ostinato at the 1975 GEDOK competition in Mannheim and third prize for Ikar at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris in 1987. Pstrokońska-Nawratil favours musical forms grounded in tradition while eschewing classical stylization; her rich and varied resources are always subordinated to her main goal, expression. She has developed her own formal methods, which she calls ‘structure shifting’....