Agata Zubel is a composer and vocalist. She graduated from the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. In 2014 she obtained a post-doctoral degree in musical arts. She is currently a lecturer on the faculty of the Academy of Music in Wrocław. 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. 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), “Fryderyk” Award for Cascando – a CD programme of her own compositions, selected work (the grand prix) of the 60th UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (2013), the “Polonica Nova” Prize (2014), and the Badge of Merit to Polish Culture”. 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, as well as the world’s leading ensembles, such as: Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik, London Sinfonietta, the Eighth Blackbird Ensemble, 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-Derwid. Blots on the Sun and the most recent Dream Lake,
respectively with song cycles by Witold Lutosławski and André Tchaikowsky (CD Accord).
Agata Zubel’s compositions have been commissioned by prestigious music institutions such as Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Hannoversche Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (for 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.
photo by Łukasz Rajchert