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ARKADIUSZ KĄTNY

Composer | Producer | Performer

Bio

Arkadiusz Katny (b. 1990) is a composer, music producer and performer currently living and working in Wrocław, Poland.

He graduated in composition (Diploma with Distinction) with Professor Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. Kątny made his debut as a composer at the 7th Student Music Forum Competition for Composers (Warsaw, 2006), winning the Jury, Audience and Performers Awards. A year later, he signed his first professional contract with the Norwegian publisher Norsk Musikforlag A/S. Since then, his works have been performed in many countries in Europe, Asia and the USA.

The winner and finalist of composing and marimba competitions in Poland, Bulgaria, Spain and the USA. Laureate of honorary awards and scholarships, including the ones awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Rector of the Academy of Music in Wrocław, and Mayor of Wrocław. As a performer he played marimba and electronic instruments at many European countries and in the USA. Arkadiusz works in his own composition and music production studio. He compose solo, chamber, orchestral, theatre and electroacoustic music.


EDUCATION

2016 Graduated from The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (Composition, MA, Diploma with Distinction)
2013 Graduated from The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (Composition, BA, Diploma with Distinction)
2012 Graduated from The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (Percussion, BA)
2009 Graduated from The Krzysztof Komeda-Trzciński School of Music in Ostrów Wielkopolski (Composition, falcutatively. Percussion, Diploma with Distinction)


PRIZES

2015 Honorable mention in National Composition Contest „…kiedy myślę Berio…”, Wrocław, Poland
2015 Prize in [Muzyka_jest] Contest, Inauguration of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Poland
2014 2nd Prize in CREATON Competition, StArt Fest, The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland
2013 3rd Prize in National Composition Contest „…kiedy myślę Messiaen…”, Wrocław, Poland
2012 The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music Laureate in Student’s Nobel Prize Contest, Lower Silesian Gala, University of Wrocław, Poland
2011 Special Prize awarded by Prof. Gabriela Szendzielorz-Jungiewicz in Open Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Composition Contest „Mikołajowe Granie”, Rydułtowy, Poland
2008 3rd Prize in CLASSICAL MARIMBA LEAGUE Marimba Artist Competition, USA
2007 1st Prize (in 5th group), Special IKMMA Prize „for the Best Marimba Performance” in V International PENDIM Competition for Percussion Instruments, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2006 1st Prize, Performers Prize, Audiences Prize in VII UFM National Composition Contest, Warsaw, Poland


SCHOLARSHIPS

2017 The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage ScholarshipMKiDN
2014/2015 Ministry of Science and Higher Education Scholarship
2014/2015 Rector of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław Scholarship
2013/2014 Mayor of Wrocław Artistic Scholarship
2013/2014 Rector of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław Scholarship
2012/2013 Ministry of Science and Higher Education Scholarship
2009 Otwarta Filharmonia Agrafki Muzycznej Scholarship
2009 The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – Młoda Polska Scholarship
2008 Zivkovic International Summer Academy for Marimba & Percussion YAMAHA Scholarship
2008 Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Marimba One Scholarship
2007 International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy Scholarship
2007 Otwarta Filharmonia Agrafki Muzycznej Scholarship


DISTINCTIONS

2008 Nomination, Honorary Title and Statuette of „Friend of Ostrów Poviat”, awarded by the Poviat Mayor of Ostrów Wielkopolski
2008 Cultural Personality, honorary title awarded by the Mayor of Ostrów Wielkopolski
2007 Cultural Personality, honorary title awarded by the Mayor of Ostrów Wielkopolski
2006 Young Artist, honorary title awarded by the Mayor of Ostrów Wielkopolski


FESTIVALS (concerts, guest appearances and performances – selection)

2017 IKMMA Composer – International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy, Arcata, California, USA (http://www.marimbasolo.com/en/akademie2017.php)
Supported by IAM

2016 Nasz Festiwal, Wrocław
2015 Inauguration of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław (audiosfera [Muzyka_jest] – Opening)
2015 Musica Electronica Nova, Wrocław
2015 Polsko-Niemiecka Fabryka Dźwięku, Wrocław
2014 Musica Polonica Nova, Wrocław
2014 International Students’ Scientific Conference The Sound Ambiguity, Wrocław
2014 International Marimba Competition, Bamberg
2014 64. Sesja Musica Moderna, Łódź
2014 XXI Festiwal Muzyki Kameralnej i Organowej w Trzebnicy
2013 Internationale Marimba Seminare und Events&Day of Percussion, Nurnberg
2013 SOLO Festiwal, Wrocław
2013 PASIC – PERCUSSIVE ARTS SOCIETY International Convention, Indianapolis, USA (Showcase Concert z Chain Marimba Trio)
2013 Nagoya International Marimba Festival, Japonia
2013 Rhythm Discovery Centre, Indianapolis, USA
2012 International Prix Annelie de Man, Den Bosch, Holandia
2012 Samobor Music Festival, IN THE SPOT, 5th Ivana Bilic Marimba Week, Chorwacja
2012 XII Międzynarodowe Forum Perkusji, Żagań
2012 Koncert Dyplomantów z Akademicką Orkiestrą Kameralną, Wrocław
2011 New Music Festival Trondheim, NTNU Institute of Music, Norwegia
2011 Chain Marimba Trio in Concert, Hiszpania
2010 Chain Marimba Trio in Concert, Hiszpania
2010 Nagoya International Marimba Festival, Japonia
2010 MARIMBA 2010, International Festival and Conference, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
2010 X Międzynarodowe Forum Perkusji, Żagań
2010 Katarzyna Myćka, Guest Artist Recital, State University of New York at Fredonia
2010 Marimba Festiva, Nurnberg
2008 Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Colburn School, Los Angeles, USA
2008 II Multi Art Festival, Kalisz
2008 Classical Marimba League, CML Champions Concert, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, USA
2007 VIII Crossdrumming Festival, Warszawa
2007 I NEXEduet Academy, Hiszpania
2006 Nasi Młodzi Wirtuozi, Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Kaliskiej
2006 IV Międzynarodowy Festiwal Perkusyjny, Kraków
2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy (Wrocław, Wrocław, Frankfurt nad Menem, Norymberga, Luxembourg, Hannover)


WORKS

2017

Mosaic VI (2017) – for marimba and electroacoustic layers

Mosaic V (2017) – for marimba and electroacoustic layers

Mosaic IV (2017) – for marimba and electroacoustic layers

Mosaic III (2017) – for marimba and electroacoustic layers

Mosaic II (2017) – for marimba and electroacoustic layers

Mosaic I (2017) – for marimba and electroacoustic layers

Mosaic’s I-VI | Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland Scholarship

MKiDN

Shifts I -Invocation- (2017) – for marimba and organ

2016

Fireworks free fall III (2016) – for three marimbas

Fireworks free fall II (2016) – for three marimbas

Chain VI (c. 2014, r. 2016) – for two marimbas

Chain V (c. 2014, r. 2016) – for two marimbas

Chain IV (c. 2014, r. 2016) – for two marimbas

Blue Moon (2016) – electroacoustic


2015

Symphony No. 2 (2015) – for orchestra

Transient lights (2015) – for accordion and string quartet

Opening (2015) – electroacoustic (audiosfera NFM)

Blurred lines (2015) – for chamber ensemble and live electronics

Ambient Variations (2015) – electroacoustic

Loop. Up. (2015) – electroacoustic


2014

Distant resonances (2014) – for marimba solo

Disappearing whispers (2014) – for guitar and live electronics (amplified guitar or electric guitar)


2013

Fireworks free fall (2013) – for three marimbas

Symphony No. 1 (2013) – for string orchestra, harp and percussion

String quartet No. 1 (Hypnotic mosaic) (2013)


2012

ANNELIE (2012) – for harpsichord solo


2011

Autumn dance (Jesienny taniec) (2011) – for piano (educational work)

Particles of time (Drobiny czasu) (2011) – for two pianos


2010

Trio (2010) – for oboe, clarinet and bassoon

Sonata (2010) – for cello solo

Mantra (2010) – for two vibraphones


2009

Chain III (2009) – for two marimbas


2008

Apocalypsis (2008) – for 12 voices choir a cappella


2007

Ypsilon (2007) – for marimba solo

Chain II (2007) – for two marimbas


2006

Chain I (2006) – for two marimbas


2005

Abmiram Sebiv Teniralc Cisum (2005) – for marimba, vibes, clarinet and string orchestra


Mosaic VI
for marimba and electroacoustic layers
(2017) – ca. 9’45”


Mosaic V
for marimba and electroacoustic layers
(2017) – ca. 8’14”


Mosaic IV
for marimba and electroacoustic layers
(2017) – ca. 8’30”


Mosaic III
for marimba and electroacoustic layers
(2017) – ca. 7’41”


Mosaic II
for marimba and electroacoustic layers
(2017) – ca. 8’35”


Mosaic I
for marimba and electroacoustic layers
(2017) – ca. 8’20”
Mosaic’s I-VI | Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland Scholarship

MKiDN

Shifts I
– Invocation –
for marimba and organ
(2017) – ca. 8’45”
premiere: Katarzyna Myćka – marimba, Felix Mende – organ, Stunde der Kirchenmusik „Magie im Spiel – Marimba & Orgel”, Stiftskirche Stuttgart (05.05.2017)


Fireworks free fall III
for three marimbas
(2016) – ca. 9’30”
premiere: Magdalena Myrczik, Happiness Yi, Jordan Yatckoske – marimbas
Composer portrait | VIII International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, USA (08.06.2017)


Fireworks free fall II
for three marimbas
(2016) – ca. 9′
premiere: Dennis Arce, Ip Cheng Xin, Fabian Ziegler – marimbas
Composer portrait | VIII International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, USA (08.06.2017)


Chain VI
for two marimbas
(c. 2014, r. 2016) – ca. 9’


Chain V
for two marimbas
(c. 2014, r. 2016) – ca. 6’


Chain IV
for two marimbas
(c. 2014, r. 2016) – ca. 6’
premiere: Abby Chan, Charlotte Hahn – marimbas
Composer portrait | VIII International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, USA (08.06.2017)


Blue Moon 
electroacoustic (4.1)
(2016) – ca. 12’
premiere: Nasz Festiwal, The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (20.06.2016)


Symphony No. 2
for orchestra (2.2.2.2. – 2.2.2.0. – 2perc. – 5.4.3.2.1)
(2015) – ca. 16’30”


Transient lights
for accordion and string quartet
(2015) – ca. 9’


Opening
electroacoustic (audiosfera NFM, stereo 2.0)
(2015) – ca. 3’
premiere: Inauguration of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław (4.09.2015)


Blurred lines
for chamber ensemble and live electronics (fl, ob, cl, vib, string quartet)
(2015) – ca. 14’
premiere: Ensemble Folkwang Modern, Polsko-Niemiecka Fabryka Dźwięku, Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Lipińskiego we Wrocławiu (27.05.2015)


Ambient Variations
electroacoustic (2, 4, 8 or 16 channels + sub)
(2015) – ca. 8’
premiere: Musica Electronica Nova 2015 (24.05.2015)


Loop. Up.
electroacoustic (2, 4, 8 or 16 channels + sub)
(2015) – ca. 7’
premiere: Musica Electronica Nova 2015, Wrocław (24.04.2015)


Distant resonances
for marimba solo
(2014) – ca. 7’
premiere: Arkadiusz Kątny – marimba, Międzynarodowy Festiwal Muzyki Kameralnej i Organowej w Trzebnicy, 2014


Disappearing whispers
for guitar and live electronics (amplified guitar or electric guitar)
(2014) – ca. 7’
premiere: Wojciech Błażejczyk – electric guitar, Arkadiusz Kątny – electronics, Musica Polonica Nova 2014, Wrocław 2014


Fireworks free fall
for three marimbas
(2013) – ca. 6’
premiere: Shoko Sakai, Conrado Moya, Arkadiusz Kątny – marimbas, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Indianapolis, USA 2013
publisher: Norsk Musikforlag A/S


Symphony No. 1
for string orchestra, harp and percussion (2perc. – hp – 6.6.4.4.2)
(2013) – ca. 15’


String Quartet No. 1 (Hypnotic mosaic)
(2013) – ca. 10’


ANNELIE
for harpsichord solo
(2012) – ca. 9’
premiere: Aleksandra Szymańska – harpsichord, Final stage of the Harpsichord Competition, Prix Annelie De Man, Netherlands


Autumn dance (Jesienny taniec)
for piano (educational work)
(2011) – ca. 5’
premiere: prof. Gabriela Szendzielorz-Jungiewicz, Rydułtowskie Centrum Kultury „Feniks”
publisher: Rydułtowskie Centrum Kultury „Feniks”


Particles of time (Drobiny czasu)
for two pianos
(2011) – ca. 10’


Trio
for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
(2010) – ca. 7’
premiere: Justyna Stanek – oboe, Grzegorz Tobis – clarinet, Mateusz Słomiany – bassoon, Arkadiusz Katny’s music concert, The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, (21.04.2010)


Sonata
for cello solo
(2010) – ca. 16’
premiere: Anna Banaś – cello, Arkadiusz Katny’s music concert, The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, (21.04.2010)


Mantra
for two vibraphones
(2010) – ca. 20’
premiere: Shoko Sakai, Arkadiusz Kątny – vibraphones, Arkadiusz Katny’s music concert, The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, (21.04.2010)
publisher: Norsk Musikforlag A/S


Chain III
for two marimbas
(2009) – ca. 6’
premiere: Svet Stoyanov, Arkadiusz Kątny – marimbas, International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy, Frankfurt am Main, 2009
publisher: Norsk Musikforlag A/S


Apocalypsis
for 12 voices choir a cappella (SSSAAATTTBBB)
(2008) – ca. 12’


Ypsilon
for marimba solo
(2007) – ca. 5’
premiere: Arkadiusz Kątny – marimba, Zespół Szkół Muzycznych im.Krzysztofa Komedy-Trzcińskiego, Ostrów Wielkopolski, 2007
publisher: Norsk Musikforlag A/S


Chain II
for two marimbas
(2007) – ca. 12’
premiere: Jordi Frances, Sisco Aparici – marimbas, Nexe Duet Marimba Festival, Hiszpania 2007
publisher: Norsk Musikforlag A/S


Chain I
for two marimbas
(2006) – ca. 8’
premiere: Katarzyna Myćka, Shoko Sakai – marimbas, International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy 2007, Wrocław
publisher: Norsk Musikforlag A/S


Abmiram Sebiv Teniralc Cisum
for marimba, vibes, clarinet and string orchestra (1perc. – cl – 3.3.2.2.1)
(2005) – ca. 12’
premiere: Orkiestra Festiwalowa UFM, VII UFM National Composition Contest, Warsaw 2006
publisher: Norsk Musikforlag A/S


Works for orchestra

Symphony No. 2 (2015) – for orchestra

Symphony No. 1   (2013) – for string orchestra, harp and percussion

Abmiram Sebiv Teniralc Cisum (2005) – for marimba, vibes, clarinet and string orchestra


Works for voices

Apocalypsis (2008) – for 12 voices choir a cappella


Works for chamber groups

Shifts I -Invocation- (2017) – for marimba and organ

Fireworks free fall III (2016) – for three marimbas

Fireworks free fall II (2016) – for three marimbas

Chain VI (c. 2014, r. 2016) – for two marimbas

Chain V (c. 2014, r. 2016) – for two marimbas

Chain IV (c. 2014, r. 2016) – for two marimbas

Transient lights (2015) – for accordion and string quartet

Blurred lines (2015) – for chamber ensemble and live electronics

Fireworks free fall I (2013) – for three marimbas

String quartet No. 1 (Hypnotic mosaic) (2013)

Particles of time (Drobiny czasu) (2011) – for two pianos

Trio (2010) – for oboe, clarinet and bassoon

Mantra (2010) – for two vibraphones

Chain III (2009) – for two marimbas

Chain II (2007) – for two marimbas

Chain I (2006) – for two marimbas


Works for solo instruments

Distant resonances (2014) – for marimba solo

ANNELIE (2012) – for harpsichord solo

Autumn dance (Jesienny taniec) (2011) – for piano (educational work)

Sonata (2010) – for cello solo

Ypsilon (2007) – for marimba solo


Works for instrument and electronics

Mosaic VI (2017) – for marimba and electroacoustic layers

Mosaic V (2017) – for marimba and electroacoustic layers

Mosaic IV (2017) – for marimba and electroacoustic layers

Mosaic III (2017) – for marimba and electroacoustic layers

Mosaic II (2017) – for marimba and electroacoustic layers

Mosaic I (2017) – for marimba and electroacoustic layers

Mosaic’s I-VI | Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland Scholarship

Disappearing whispers (2014) – for guitar and live electronics (amplified guitar or electric guitar)


Electroacoustic works

Blue Moon (2016) – electroacoustic

Opening (2015) – electroacoustic (audiosfera NFM)

Ambient Variations (2015) – electroacoustic

Loop. Up. (2015) – electroacoustic


2015

Lew na ulicy | directed by Cezary Iber (2015) – theatre music


2014

Penelopiada | directed by Katarzyna Donner (2014) – theatre music

Śniący chłopiec | directed by Marta Streker (2014) – theatre music

Spotkania | directed by Justyna Szyszło and Kamila Żurawska (2014) – music for short film


2013

Blanche Trip | directed by Katarzyna Donner (2013) – theatre music


2018/2019

Symphony No. 3 (2018/2019) – for orchestra


Projects

COMPOSITION

Essentialism seems to be the most appropriate term to characterise my music. Essentialism – a term derived from Latin essentia, which can be translated as essence, content; used mainly in philosophy and psychology. The first, most important and fundamental difference between minimalism and essentialism is that while the former focuses on reduction, the latter aims to focus on the essence. This apparently simple difference in approach presents the issue in a completely new perspective; you can consider the choice of the most significant means and not the reduction of the redundant ones. While minimalism is characterized by limitations within which artists pursue freedom, essentialism is characterized by freedom in which they pursue the essence.

MARIMBA

Marimba is one of the oldest percussion instruments with a very rich history and tradition in many cultures. Nowadays, the instrument is known on each continent. We are witnessing its very dynamic development – it’s becoming an important part of both classical and light music as well as film music. I give multi-part recitals featuring pieces composed for marimba by myself, other Polish composers and contemporary composers of different nationalities as well as transcriptions and arrangements. A brief presentation of the history of marimba is part of the concert.

electroacoustic / sound design / coding virtual instruments

One of my main fields of interest is contemporary electroacoustic and acousmatic music. In each subsequent work, I aim to find interesting sounds and new ways of expression. In electroacoustic projects, I combine elements of new electronic, ambient, minimal, essentialist music with spatial sound design.

DEATH IS THE LIMIT

New project. Electronic. 2019.

Photo


Media

High resolution press photographs (download)

Bio, composer brochure and media pack (PL, ENG) – PDF download


Contact

e-mail
info (at) arkadiuszkatny.com
Phone
(0048) 692 801 642