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Dominik Karski : Represented Artist

Learning about the source of the energy that sets events in motion is the essential purpose of the composer's work.

Random Audio Sample: Glimmer : for alto flute and bass flute by Dominik Karski, from the CD Glimmer

Photo of Dominik Karski


Dominik Karski's music has been regularly performed in Europe, USA and Australia; significant recent events include performances by the Polish ensemble Flute o'clock, Małgorzata Walentynowicz in duo with German baritone Frank Wörner (Musica Polonica Nova 2014), Swedish violist Karin Hellqvist (the acclaimed premiere of Certainty's Flux at the 2013 Warsaw Autumn followed by CD release and further performances, including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival), creative projects realised with the Scottish flautist Richard Craig (streamforms for bass flute presented in Sweden, UK and USA and CD release of the work in the UK; pre-seed for flautist and ensemble realised in collaboration with SMASH ensemble in Spain), as well as collaboration with the Swedish Paetzold contrabass recorder soloist Anna Petrini (Superb Imposition premiered at the Musica Electronica Nova 2011 in Wrocław and released on CD in Sweden). The composer collaborated with ELISION ensemble in the years 2003-2010, which resulted in numerous performances, including the 2007 Warsaw Autumn, concerts in Australia, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2006). Also of importance was the performance of his inward by Ensemble SurPlus in 2005 at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

The composer participated in the ISCM World New Music Days 2004 in Switzerland, Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam in 2002 (honourable mention) and 2003, the International Andrzej Panufnik Young Composers' Composition Competition in Krakow (1st prize), as well as international forums organised by Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne: FORUM 2000 (Australia/Canada) and the 2001 Rencontres de musique nouvelle (Canada).

His music was recognised in Australia through awards such as the 2003 Albert H. Maggs Composition Award (the University of Melbourne) and the 1998 ABC Young Composers' Award, also numerous performances by leading musicians and ensembles such as violinist Elizabeth Sellars, percussionists Peter Neville and Claire Edwardes, cellist Geoffrey Gartner, flautist Kathleen Gallagher, ELISION ensemble, Libra Ensemble, and Ensemble Offspring, as well as the symphony orchestras of Western Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania.

His composition studies took place in Perth and Brisbane with Brian Howard and Steven Cronin. He completed a PhD degree in composition at the University of Melbourne, also having studied at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Austria) under the mentorship of Chaya Czernowin in 2006-07.

He has received numerous grants and scholarships from institutions in several countries: ArtsWA, Australia Council for the Arts, the Ian Potter Foundation, and the University of Melbourne (Australia); Le Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy (Canada); Kulturkontakt Nord (Sweden); Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Music and Dance Institute, ZAiKS, and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland).

The physicality of producing sound is the central focus in his works; his approach is directed at the quality of sound through focusing on the player-instrument relationship as the primary source of the musical substance. The compositional method involves close collaboration with performers with the aim to gain in-depth knowledge of performance techniques and instrumental properties. Experiment and searching constitute the foundation of the music, as the composer's main goal is to learn about innate energies and emotional charges contained within various sonic structures.

Dominik Karski — current to April 2015

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2003 Albert H Maggs Composition Award First Prize Inward

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Streamforms III : for flute, alto flute and harp (2015) Commissioned by Foundation 4.99 for performance by Flute o'clock (Poland)
Veiled words : for two alto flutes and two tam-tams (2013) Commissioned by Foundation 4.99 for performance by Flute o'clock (Poland)
Veiled voice : flute duet (2011) Commissioned by Flute o'clock with support from ZAiKS.
Digital sheet music sample Superb imposition : for Paetzold contrabass recorder (2010) Commissioned with support from Kulturkontakt Nord, Sweden
Digital sheet music sample Gates of the irrational : bass voice with piano (2007) Commissioned by Theater Kempten, Germany
OverFlow : for oboe, trumpet/piccolo trumpet, trombone and percussion (2006) Commissioned by Elision Ensemble.

Analysis & Media

- Program note: Raindrop (1997)

- Review: The Song Company Viewing 30 May 1999

- Program note: Where Once Narcissus Died... for harp solo (1998)

- Review: The Song Company Modern Art Series Tears of Things 17 June 2001