Zbigniew Karkowski

Experimental music, Musical Artist

1958 –


Who is Zbigniew Karkowski?

Zbigniew Karkowski was born in 1958 in Krakow, Poland. He studied composition at the State College of Music in Gothenburg, Sweden, aesthetics of modern music at the University of Gothenburg’s Department of Musicology, and computer music at the Chalmers University of Technology. After completing his studies in Sweden, he studied sonology for a year at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Den Haag, Netherlands. During his education, he also attended many summer composition master courses arranged by Centre Acanthes in Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, France, studying with Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez and Georges Aperghis, among others.

He works actively as a composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music. He has written pieces for large orchestra, plus an opera and several chamber music pieces that were performed by professional ensembles in Sweden, Poland and Germany.

Along with Edwin van der Heide and Atau Tanaka, he is a founding member of “Sensorband.” In performances by this electroacoustic music performance trio, Zbigniew “activated his instrument by the movement of his arms in the space around him; this cut through invisible infrared beams mounted on a scaffolding structure”.

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Also known as
  • Karkowski, Zbigniew
  • Gothenburg University
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Royal Conservatory of The Hague

on July 23, 2013


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