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date: 20 August 2019

Sikora, Elżbietalocked

  • Adrian Thomas

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(b L′viv, Oct 20, 1943). Polish composer. A graduate in sound engineering from the Warsaw Academy, she completed her studies in electronic music with Schaeffer and Bayle in Paris (1968–72) and studied computer music with John Chowning at Stanford. Between 1972 and 1974, back in Warsaw, she was a composition pupil of Baird and Z. Rudziński. Together with Knittel and Michniewski, in 1973 she founded the composers' group KEW. In 1981 she moved to France, and in 1985 was appointed to teach electro-acoustic music at the conservatory in Angoulême. She has created pieces at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, at IRCAM and Radio France. Among her awards are first prize at the GEDOK (Mannheim) competition in 1982, for Guernica and second prize for the chamber opera Ariadne at the 1978 Weber Competition (Dresden).

Sikora has written mostly for the stage, radio and electronic media. In the operas the often multilingual texts are as much spoken as sung, and her generally rhapsodic approach to drama incorporates a range of musical idioms and references. Among her most representative electro-acoustic works are ...

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