Biography

Canadian composer, researcher and multimedia performer Piotr Grella-Możejko holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta and an M.Mus. in Composition from the same university, where he studied with Alfred Fisher, Henry Klumpenhouwer and the late Christopher Lewis. He also studied composition privately with the late Prof. Edward Bogusławski and Prof. Bogusław Schaeffer. In 1994, Grella-Możejko was the only Canadian selected to participate in the prestigious “June in Buffalo” Festival and Conference, where he attended lectures by and master classes with Milton Babbitt, Donald Erb, David Felder, Lukas Foss, Roger Reynolds, and Charles Wuorinen.

Described by the German press as demonstrating “uncompromising honesty” («Neue Zeitschrift für Musik»), praised for his unorthodox aesthetics (‘Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung’), and whose work is called “brawny, high-contrast… full of rich counterpoint and compelling textural changes” (‘The New York Times’), “strikingly individual” (‘The Toronto Star’), and “wonderful-sounding” (‘The Buffalo News’), Grella-Możejko has written on commissions from, among others, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Polish Congress, Edmonton Arts Council/Clifford E. Lee Fund, International Conversatorium of Organ Music, Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, as well as Polish Radio, Canadian Music Centre, and The Flanders Festival.

Presented in twenty-nine countries in centres such as Antwerp, Athens, Bangkok, Basel, Berlin, Bilbao, Dublin, Geneva, Kassel, Kaunas, Kraków, London, Los Angeles, Lausanne, Mexico City, Montréal, New York, Novara, Ottawa, Paris, Prague, Princeton, St. Petersburg, Seoul, Sydney, Tallinn, Toronto, Turin, Utrecht, Vancouver, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich, Grella-Możejko’s music has been commissioned, played and recorded by symphony and chamber orchestras in Canada and abroad (Edmonton, Halifax, Kraków, Kyiv, Regina, Scarborough, Vancouver, Wroclaw and Warsaw, among others) as well as by such outstanding performers as the Penderecki, Szymanowski and Bozzini String Quartets, Anubis Saxophone Quartet, Quatuor de saxophones QUASAR, Duo Dilemme, Duo Levent, Duo Majoya, Duo ST15, The Warszynski Trio, The Hammerhead Consort, Hermes Ensemble, Mexico City Woodwind Quintet, Motion Ensemble, pianists Kathleen Supové, Roger Admiral, Jens Barnieck, Daan Vandewalle; flautists Iwona Glinka, Karin Aurell, Penelope Clarke, Isabelle Schnöller, Mark Takeshi McGregor; clarinettists Jean-Guy Boisvert and Harry Sparnaaij; a host of leading saxophonists including Allison Balcetis, Laurent Estoppey, Charles Stolte, William H Street, Andreas van Zoelen; violinists Alissa Cheung, Elena Denisova, Tatiana Warszynski, and many others.

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