Professor FCUM Alicja Gronau-Osińska, DMus Hab.

ad. dr hab. Alicja Gronau

Ali­cja Gro­nau (Gronau-Osińs­ka), a com­pos­er, the­o­reti­cian of music and ped­a­gogue. Grad­u­ate of the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw (The­o­ry of Music under Pro­fes­sor Witold Rudz­ińs­ki, Com­po­si­tion in class of Pro­fes­sor Mar­i­an Borkows­ki). Dur­ing her stud­ies she had a schol­ar­ship of the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Art (twice) and she won the Wawrzyniec Rudz­ińs­ki artis­tic schol­ar­ship (Union of Stage Artists and Crit­ics). In 1981 she was giv­en Rector’s Award for her study results. In the peri­od of 1982–1995 she was sup­ple­ment­ing her edu­ca­tion dur­ing com­po­si­tion cours­es orga­nized by the Pol­ish Con­tem­po­rary Music Asso­ci­a­tion (Rydzy­na, Radzie­jo­wice, Kazi­mierz Dol­ny), teach­ing work­shops under the direc­tion of the Dal­croze Insti­tute (Gene­va, Zakopane) and in the­o­ry of music (the Tem­pus pro­gramme, Musi­col­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of War­saw). In 2000 she com­plet­ed the Post­grad­u­ate Stud­ies in The­o­ry of Music at the FCAM. In the peri­od of 1974–86 she was a mem­ber of the Exper­i­men­tal Rhyth­mics Work­shop at the Insti­tute of Music Ped­a­gogy of the FCAM and a co-work­er of Bar­bara Turs­ka and Szabolc Esz­tény­i. Since 1983 she has been a ped­a­gogue at the FCUM; 1987 – Assis­tant, 1990 – Senior Assis­tant, 1997 – qual­i­fi­ca­tions of the 1st degree in com­po­si­tion; 2000 – adi­unkt (Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor), since 2008 – dok­tor habi­li­to­wany sztuk muzycz­nych (post-doc­tor­al degree) in com­po­si­tion. Apart from that she was a guest lec­tur­er at: the Pomeran­ian Ped­a­gog­i­cal Acad­e­my in Słup­sk, Uni­ver­si­ty of Zielona Góra, Uni­ver­si­ty of War­saw, as well as Iasi Uni­ver­sity of Arts (Roma­nia), Inter­na­tio­nal The­atre Insti­tut (Munich, Ger­many), Uni­ver­si­dad de Chile, San­tiago de Chile (Chile), Insti­tuto de Músi­ca, Pon­ti­fi­cia Uni­ver­si­dad Cató­lica de Val­pa­ra­íso (Chile), Con­ser­va­to­rio Supe­ri­or de Músi­ca „Manuel Castil­lo”, Sevil­la (Espania) and a num­ber of cours­es and work­shops in Poland. Since 1998 she has been Sec­re­tary of the Post­grad­u­ate Stud­ies in The­o­ry of Music, FCAM, since 2000 – also of the Post­grad­u­ate Stud­ies in Com­po­si­tion. In 2008 she became Man­ag­er of the Post­grad­u­ate Stud­ies in The­o­ry of Music and the Post­grad­u­ate Stud­ies in Com­po­si­tion, and since 2009 – of the PhD Stud­ies. Since 2012 Head of the Chair of The­o­ry of Music FCUM,  since 2002 she has been a chap­ter mem­ber of  the Music Indus­try Award “Fry­deryk”, in 2011 she received Medal of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Nation­al Her­itage “For Mer­its to Cul­ture – Glo­ria Artis”.

She is an author of 14 orches­tra works, 29 cham­ber (instru­men­tal) works, 17 solo pieces, 8 vocal pieces, 8 vocal and instru­men­tal pieces (orches­tra works), 12 mul­ti­me­dia pieces and 1 opera. Her pieces have been per­formed in Poland and abroad, on such fes­ti­vals as:8th Inter­na­tion­al Music The­atre Work­shop (München, Ger­many), 7th Euro­pean Youth Music Fes­ti­val (Bern, Switzer­land), Diver­ti­men­to Cham­ber Youth Orches­tra Presents (Ottawa, Cana­da), Uni­ver­si­tatea de Arte “George Enes­cu” (Iasi, Roma­nia), VI Fes­ti­val Inter­na­tion­al de Músi­ca Con­tem­poránea Dar­win Var­gas 2009 (Viñia del Mar, Val­paraiso, Chile), Uni­ver­si­dad de Chile, Pon­ti­f­i­cia Uni­ver­si­dad Católi­ca (Val­paraiso, Chile), Músi­ca Pola­ca Con­tem­poránea (Sewil­la, Espania), XVI Word Sax­o­phone Con­gress (St. Andrews, Great Britain), Flori­da State Uni­ver­si­ty, Col­lege of Music (Tal­la­has­see, USA), Mans­field Uni­ver­si­ty (USA), Infin­i­ty Arts Café (Jamestown, USA), 61 Europees Muziek Fes­ti­val voor de jeugd Neer­pelt, Neer­pelt (Bel­gium). Her phono­graph­ic achieve­ments are four CDs and one DVD.

She won numer­ous com­po­si­tion com­pe­ti­tions: 1987 – hon­orary men­tion at the Young Com­posers’ Com­pe­ti­tion of the Pol­ish Com­posers’ Union in War­saw for Pentarchia for cham­ber orches­tra; 1992 – the 4th Prize (the 1st Prize was not award­ed) at the Com­posers’ Com­pe­ti­tion “Gdańsk 1992” organ­ised by Schola Can­to­rum Geda­nen­sis for Miron­czar­nie II for mixed choir a capel­la; 1992 – the 1st Prize at the T. Baird Com­pe­ti­tion for Young Com­posers in War­saw for Okna na 23 instru­menty smycz­kowe (Win­dows for 32 string instru­ments); 2001 – the 1st Prize at the Com­posers’ Com­pe­ti­tion “The Gar­den Music” organ­ised by the Botan­i­cal Gar­den of the Jagiel­lon­ian Uni­ver­si­ty in Krakow for the piece Pobłys­ki (Flash­es) for sopra­no and cham­ber orches­tra; 2001 – the 1st Prize at the A. Spassov Inter­na­tion­al Com­posers’ Com­pe­ti­tion in Plo­div (Bul­gar­ia) for Invo­ca­zione — sin­fo­nia vocale for mixed choir a capel­la; 2001 – Nom­i­na­tion of the CD 21st Cen­tury Pol­ish Cho­ral Music (Acte Préa­la­ble 0100) with the piece Bło­go­sła­wiony (Blessed) from the can­ta­ta Afir­ma­c­je (Affir­ma­tions) was nom­i­nat­ed to the “Fry­deryk 2001” award; 2002 – the 1st Prize at the Inter­na­tion­al Com­posers’ Com­pe­ti­tion on the 45th anniver­sary  of the Opera at the Cas­tle in Szczecin for the cham­ber opera I co wy na to? czyli cier­pie­nia nowego Piran­della (And what will you say? – Suf­fer­ings of the Young Piran­del­lo). In 2003 stag­ing of this opera was in the final of the poll of the Szczecin press and tele­vi­sion – in the cat­e­go­ry “Per­for­mance of the Year” – and it was nom­i­nat­ed to the Amber Ring, and in 2004 the film from its first per­for­mance was rec­om­mend­ed by the Pol­ish Sec­tion of the Inter­na­tio­nal The­ater Insti­tute to the opera films review dur­ing the Eighth Inter­na­tio­nal Music The­ater Work­shop “the New Works in Opera and Music The­ater” in Munich, Ger­many and it was the only film rep­re­sent­ing Poland there. She was also award­ed with the Filc Medal (1st Prize) dur­ing the 29th School of Visu­al Math­e­mat­ics at the Acad­e­my of Pod­lasie in Siedlce.

As a the­o­reti­cian of music she has pub­lished 5 books, 25 pub­li­ca­tions being part of books, 50 arti­cles, 50 speech­es (includ­ing com­men­taries to demon­stra­tions or work­shops) devot­ed to the com­po­si­tion tech­nique and con­tem­po­rary music and issues of cre­ative teach­ing and music and move­ment analy­sis. She is a co-author of two books, includ­ing Nowe poko­le­nie kom­po­zy­to­rów pol­skich — alma­nach, red. M. Stow­piec, A. Gro­nau, J. Kazem-Bek, Pomo­rze, Byd­goszcz 1988, and an author of two books: Ryt­mika w Aka­de­mii Muzycz­nej im. F. Cho­pina w War­sza­wieAMFC, War­saw 2004 and Poe­mat — Requ­iem. For­ma zna­cząca, War­saw 2007. She also pre­pared a 4‑hour film Ryt­mika w uję­ciu Bar­bary Tur­skiej, War­saw-Kryn­i­ca 2000. She was an edi­tor of almost 20 pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing a two-vol­ume Almanach kom­po­zy­to­rów Aka­de­mii Muzycz­nej im. F. Cho­pina w War­sza­wie, AMFC, War­saw 2004.

She is a mem­ber of the Pol­ish Com­posers’ Asso­ci­a­tion (its Gen­er­al Sec­re­tary since 2009) and the Pol­ish Con­tem­po­rary Music Asso­ci­a­tion. She works active­ly for the Catholic Intel­li­gence Club in War­saw. In 2002 she was elect­ed to the Rese­arch Board of Advi­sors — Ame­ri­can Bio­gra­phi­cal Insti­tute, Inc. Rale­igh. North Caro­lina, USA.

Cho­sen Com­po­si­tions (in Pol­ish)
Cho­sen Pub­li­ca­tions (in Pol­ish)


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