ALEKSANDER WNUK, multi-percussionist / performer / sound artist / PhD in Arts
“He always strives for perfection in his playing and a very personal performance by involving his artistic emotionality. Through a large portion of talent, combined with an enormous motivation, he has already become an experienced musician with a personal voice in the field of solo performing.” [Gert Mortensen]
He specializes in performing Contemporary Music, as a soloist and chamber musician. His interests mostly revolve around multi-percussion and intermedia genres. His repertoir covers classical literature and new works. He often focuses on post-instrumental issues and on the corporeality of the performance. He collaborated, among others with Pierre Jodlowski, Sara Nemtsov, Trond Reinholdtsen and Matthew Shlomowitz. He creates his own sound projects – the most recent is Lupnik and Komentarz eufemistyczny. His activity includes experimental music, free improvisation, composing and performing music for dramatic and dance theatre (e.g. Manhattan), and for silent film. Writings of his have been published in the magazine “Glissando”. Among the most significant achievements is the World Premiere of Sarah Nemtsov’s concerto for solo percussionist, narrator and large orchestra En Face, and numerous solo recitals (including at Musica Electronica Nova 2021).
Currently he is part of Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble, Krakow Improvisers Orchestra, Currently he is part of Spółdzielnia Muzycznacontemporary ensemble, Krakow Improvisers Orchestra, duos: with Paulina Owczarek and with Michał Lazar, Echoes of Peace. As a guest artist he co-operates with Hashtag Ensemble and New Music Orchestra. He was collaborating with Słowacki Theater in Cracow, Rozbark Theater for Dance and Movement in Bytom and Scena Supernova in Cracow. He was a member of Percurama Percussion Ensemble for many years.
He obtained education in Denmark, Poland, Austria and Germany. This includes Academy of Music in Gdansk and Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (reputable class led by Prof. Gert Mortensen, where he also completed prestigious Soloist Class), Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, impuls Academy in Graz and Ensemble Recherche Akademie in Freiburg.
He defended his doctoral thesis at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow, where he currently teaches in the Department of Percussion and Contemporary Music.