Tomasz Szczepanik

Tomasz Szczepanik

International Composition Competition Piano Trio 2020

Award-winning work „Tessuto“

Prize money: € 2,500 sponsored by GRAWE – Grazer Wechselseitige Versicherung AG

Tomasz Szczepanik (Poland), composer, conductor and teacher, was born in 1981 in Lodz. He graduated from the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz obtaining his master’s degrees in Artistic Education (with distinction) in 2005; in Composition – in the class of Sławomir Kaczorowski (with distinction) in 2009; in Theory of Music in 2010 and completed postgraduate studies in Film and Computer Music and Audio-visual Production in 2012. He participated in composition courses, among others, in the Summer Music Academy in Wroclaw, and the Summer Music Academy in Krakow working under Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil and Marek Chołoniewski.

Since 2009, Szczepanik has held the post of teaching at the Academy of Music in Lodz. He has a PhD in composition from the Academy of Music in Lodz. Since 2010 he has also been teaching theoretical subjects in the Secondary Music School in Skierniewice. In addition, since 2002 he has been conducting amateur choirs.

Szczepanik’s pieces of music were presented in festivals and concerts throughout Poland, among others in Warsaw at the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, in the National Philharmonic Hall, in the Great Theatre National Opera as well as in Lodz at the Academy of Music during Musica Moderna sessions, in the Lodz Philharmonic and in other Polish cities, in Russia for example at the International Contemporary Music Festival Moscow Autumn and in the Ukraine in the Lviv National Philharmonic, as well as in Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

He is a prizewinner of numerous composition competitions, among them: the 2nd National Choral Passion Hymn Competition (2006), the 1st National John Paul II Composition Competition (2007), the 2nd International Ignacy Jan Paderewski Composition Competition (2008), the 49th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers Competition (2009), the 55th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers Competition (2014), and the International Stanisław Moniuszko Composers’ Competition for a micro-opera entitled “12 Minutes for Moniuszko” (2019).