Education and Work

Aleksander Nowak was born in 1979 in Gliwice. He began his music education with private lessons of guitar and piano (with Mrs and Mr Dzierzgowscy), and continued with guitar training in Bogusław Pietrzak’s class, at The State Music School in Gliwice, where he also made his first steps as a composer, under supervision of Ukrainian composer, Uliana Biłan.

In 2001 he began composition studies with Aleksander Lasoń at The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, and after graduating he continued education until May 2008 with Steve Rouse at the University of Louisville (USA).

Currently he works at the Academy of Music in Katowice, at the Chair of Composition, where he teaches Composition, Orchestration and scoring. In 2010 he optained a doctorate, and in 2016 habilitation.

Since 2011 he has been the president of the Silesian branch of Polish Composers' Union in Katowice. He coordinates festivals such as "Silesian Contemporary Music Days" and "Brand-New Music".

Artistic activity

Aleksander nowak composes instrumental and vocal-instrumental music for many soloists, ensembles and institutions. His works have been performed by i.e. Ricardo Gallen, Eugeniusz Knapik, Urszula Kryger, Łukasz Kuropaczewski, Piotr Pławner, Piotr Sałajczyk, Agata Szymczewska, as well as CELLONET Group, Lasoń Ensemble, The London Sinfonietta, Chamber Philharmony Pardubice, Kwartludium, The Silesian Quartet, AUKSO Chamber Orchestra, Elbląg Chamber Orchestra, New Music Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw, Szczecin Philharmony, Choir and Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonics and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

An important part of his work is music associated with opera. In 2009 and 2010 Polish National Opera House in Warsaw produced his chamber opera Sudden Rain directed by Maja Kleczewska, the Warsaw Autumn Festival in 2012 presented the quasi-drama Spoon River for solo voiced and video, created with Adam Dudek, and in March 2015 the premiere of Space Opera to the libretto by Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov, directed by Ewelina Pietrowiak, took place at the Grand Theatre in Poznań.

Recordings of his compositions can be found on two monographic CDs: “Fiddler’s Green” published by Polish Radio Katowice in 2009, and “3x4+8” published by CD ACCORD Edition in 2012, as well as on albums by renown artists such as TWOgether Duo („Satin”, Sarton Records, 2013) or Agata Szymczewska („Modern Soul”, CD Accord, 2016).

Since 2008 his works have been published by Polish Music Edition (PWM).

Awards and distinctions

Aleksander Nowak has never won any composition competition

He is a laureate, though, of e.g. "Gwarancje Kultury Award 2010", "Młoda Polska" Scholarship, and Moritz von Bomhard Fellowship


Profile at the Polish Music Edition Open