Katarzyna Glowicka was born in 1978 in Poland.
She graduated from the Wroclaw Academy of Music in Poland under her mentor Grazyna Pstrokonska-Nawratil before pursuing postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague under Louis Andriessen, and at the Strasbourg Conservatory under Ivan Fedele. Her fervent belief in the new computer medium has taken her to Northern Ireland where she completed her PhD in 2008 at the Sonic Arts Research Centre.
Currently she is a freelance musician in the Netherlands and a lecturer of computer music at Royal Conservatory Brussels.
Katarina Glowicka’s music explores the stylistical points of a possible junctions between classical, ambient, folk and minimalism. Glowicka has written music for different ensembles, including for chamber orchestra and symphony orchestra. Her work also includes music theater and electroacoustic works. Dubbed “the next star from the East” (“Junge Welt”), she came into the international spotlight with album “Red Sun” (Bolt Records, 2014).
Katarina Glowicka’s artistic output embraces musical media of every kind, as she collaborates with with leading artists, both classical and avant-garde, among others with French turntablist Philppe Petit. She collaborates with stage directors, choreographers, visual artists, musicians and conductors on original works for opera, dance and symphonic orchestra.
Her works are distinguishable by their force of expression and colour. They have been premiered by renowned international ensembles and soloists such as Scottish Ensemble, Ensemble Recherche, Holland Symfonia, the Vocal Lab, European Contemporary Orchestra, British countertenor Jonathan Peter Kenny and saxophonist Ties Mellema, among many others. The chamber piece ‘Microgalaxies’ was commissioned and performed at the Wien Modern festival in Austria while other compositions have been performed in Americas, Europe and Australia, during renowned festivals such as at the Biennale di Venezia, Warsaw Autumn, De Suite at IJsbreker, Gaudeamus Music Week and World New Music Days.
‘Autumn Concerto’ for alto saxophone and orchestra was chosen in April 2004 for the Young Composers Project and performed by Holland Symphonia.
Newest engagements are among others commissions for Warsaw National Theatre (2015) opera based on life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Fuel Theatre in London for work with Melanie Wilson (2016) and new work for Rogier Sapiro Found, New York (2017). Her newest CD, “Seven Sonnets” (Bolt records, ARTEk Sounds, DUX) appeared in January 2015.
Katarina Glowicka has received several grants and awards by, among others, the Ministry of Education, the European Commission, the Polish Society of Contemporary Music and Musica Sacra Competition.