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Pawe? Mykietyn
  Pawe? Mykietyn
  © 2008 Charles Amirkhanian

Composer and clarinetist Paweł Mykietyn was born May 20, 1971 in Oława, Poland. Mykietyn's dazzling career began when he was very young and he has enjoyed numerous successes both in Poland and abroad. In 1993, while still a composition student under Włodzimierz Kotoński at the Academy of Music in Warsaw, he debuted at the Warsaw Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music with a piece titled "La Strada." His success at that edition of the Warsaw Autumn culminated in a new commission, performed at the 1995 festival. In the same year, Mykietyn's "3 for 13," commissioned by Polish Radio, won first prize at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris in the young composers' category. In 1996 Mykietyn received a similar award at the 4. International Rostrum of Electro-Acoustic Music in Amsterdam for his "Epiphora" for piano and tape. Subsequent editions of the Warsaw Autumn brought more premieres, including his "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra" in 1997, "Commencement de siecle" in 1999, "Shakespeare's Sonnets" in 2000, and finally the opera "Ignorant i szaleniec / An Ignoramus and a Madman" in 2001. His successes continued, and in 2008 he was awarded Poland's top arts prize, the OPUS award. Mykietyn plays the clarinet in the Nonstrom Ensemble, a quartet he founded which specializes in contemporary music.

Excerpts from the music of Paweł Mykietyn:

String Quartet No. 2
Kronos Quartet

Though Dedalus Reached

Symphony No. 2
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Reinbert de Leeuw