Edward Sielicki was born in 1956 in Warsaw. Studied composition with Andrzej Dobrowolski and Wlodzimierz Kotonski at the Music Academy in Warsaw (1975-1980). In 1984 he continued his studies with Ton de Leeuw at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam thanks to a Dutch Government’s scholarship. He participated in the International Composers’ Workshops in Amsterdam (1984, 1988 – with an American composer Chou-wen Chung, former pupil and assistant of Edgar Varese and with Mark Kopytman, composer from Israel), the International Summer Courses in Darmstadt (1986) and Avignon (1991) – the last one with American composer Elliott Carter.

      He is a prize-winner at numerous competitions, including the Young Composers’ Competition of the Polish Composers’ Union, the Competition of the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union and the International Composers Competition in Geneva. In 1989 he received the Stanislaw Wyspianski Young Artists’ Award for outstanding achievements. He received several times Polish Government’s commissions (recently in 1998 and 2000) and also commissions from international festivals, such as International Festival of Contemporary Music “Warsaw Autumn” (in a year 2000 for a work “Polymorphic Fantasia”). Three times he was commissioned by Polish Radio (1987, 1994, 2000).

      His works were performed by many orchestras, chamber ensembles and prestigious soloists in Poland as well as in France, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Germany, Finland, Great Britain, Mexico, USA, Russia, Canada, South Korea and other countries. Some of his manuscripts are preserved by International Composer’s Fond in Los Angeles. Some of his scores were printed by important editors and also recorded on CDs.

      He teaches music in music high schools since 1982 (In 2000 he received a price for achievements In that field). In 1993-1994 he lectured at the Summer University in Marly-le-Roi near Paris. Since 1987 he has taught composition, orchestration, counterpoint, 20th century composer’s techniques and electronic and computer music at the Frederic Chopin Music University in Warsaw, now as professor. He is co-founder of the Electronic and Computer Music Studio and Iter-University Multimedia Program in the Fryderyk Chopin Music University (and Academy of Fine Arts). He also takes part in musicological sessions (recently with a paper on Bela Bartok’s Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion and the history of sonata form in XXth Century). In 2001, 2003, 2005-6, 2010 and 2013 he was teaching composition (as visiting associated and later full time professor) in Keimyung University in Daegu (South Korea). He also took a masterclass in St. Petersburg Conservatory. At present he has a class of composition and in 2008-12 he was holding the position of a deputy dean in the Department of Composition, Conducting and the Theory of Music in his home University.

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