- Adrian Thomas
(b Poznań, Oct 9, 1953). Polish composer. While attending Koszewski's composition class at the Poznań Academy she was a violinist with the Duczmal Chamber Orchestra (1972–4) and the Poznań PO (1972–8). In 1983 she was appointed to the staff of the academy. She has worked in electronic studios in Poland and abroad, conducted multimedia and educational projects, especially as a founder-member of the group House of World Rhythms, and in 1990 co-founded Brevis, the first independent music publishers in post-communist Poland. From 1989 to 1992 she was artistic director of the Poznań Spring festival of contemporary music. She is the recipient of many national and international prizes.
Her compositional interests are wide-ranging: in addition to her concert music, she has created a number of performance-art pieces and worked in theatre and radio (the luminous Cascando after Beckett brings a number of these threads together). Her music is impressionistic, pulsating and unpredictable in its expression: background frequently becomes foreground; dance and folk materials merge into oscillating groups of notes; underlying pentatonism or diatonism in her music is distorted, for example by glissandos and oboe multiphonics in ...