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Short Biography of Prasqual

Prasqual ©Matthias Baus

Prasqual (1981*) is a composer, sound architect, conductor, and pianist. He studied in Poznań (PL), Cologne and Düsseldorf (DE), and participated in compositional courses run notably by Brian Ferneyhough, Peter Eötvös, Christian Wolff, and several times with Karlheinz Stockhausen. His personal contact with the work and the person of Stockhausen had influence on his thinking about art.

Prasqual's main areas of interest include stage music, microtonal and electronic music, and the movement of music and musicians in space. All these aspects are synthetically combined in his work Architecture of Light [2013 | 85'], third part of the opera project Orlando.

The completion of the whole Orlando cycle, consisting of Architecture of Darkness, Architecture of Love, Architecture of Light and Architecture of Eternity, is planned for 2030.

Recent completed and premiered projects, all on commission, are:

  • Liebeslieder (Love Songs), staged work for 6 performers and 1 musician, premiered in 2016;
  • Three Sound Sculptures for Museum Jerke - electronic music in space, premiered in 2016;
  • INFOLIA, ballet choreographed by Jacek Przybyłowicz on music of Prasqual, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Wojciech Kilar, premiered in 2015;
  • MUQARNYAS (2015), for accordion, two orchestras in 6 groups in the space and electronic music;
  • NEVERMORE...?, ballet choreographed by Robert Bondara on music of Prasqual, Paweł Szymański and Steve Reich, premiered in 2014;
  • 5 Songs from the Cage [2014] for mezzosoprano, baritone, recitator, orchestra in 7 groups and electronic music in the space (80'), premiered in Wrocław (PL) during the World Music Days 2014 and the 4th Festival of Contemporary Opera.

Currently Prasqual lives and works alternately in Cologne (DE), on scholarship in Künstlerdorf Schöppingen (DE), and as artist in residence in ZAMEK Culture Centre, Poznań (PL).