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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: Streams of consciousness (duos: viola, cello) by Dominik Karski, from the CD Warsaw Autumn 2003


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Dominik Karski is an Australian/Polish composer born in 1972. His music has been performed in Europe, USA, and Australia: highlights include a substantial exposure of his work by ELISION at the 50th Warsaw Autumn Festival (September 2007), in concerts throughout Australia in 2008/2007, and at the 2006 Huddersfield Festival. Also of significance was the performance of inward by Ensemble SurPlus in July 2005, as part of the International Master Class for Young Composers at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. Other significant events include his participation in the ISCM World New Music Days Trans-it 2004 in Switzerland, Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam in 2002 (honourable mention) and 2003, the 2001 Panufnik Competition in Kraków (1st prize), and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne's FORUM 2000 and the 2001 Rencontres de musique nouvelle in Canada.

Karski's music has been 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, as well as performances by leading musicians such as violinist Elizabeth Sellars, percussionists Peter Neville and Claire Edwardes, cellist Geoffrey Gartner, flautist Kathleen Gallagher, and ensembles ELISION, Libra, and Ensemble Offspring.

Dominik Karski studied composition in Perth and Brisbane with Brian Howard and Steven Cronin. Recently 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 2006/2007.

Karski's music is focused essentially on the search for new sound-structures and musical experiences through the exploration of the physicality of performance. His approach is directed at the quality of sound itself, through focusing on the player-instrument relationship as the primary source of the musical substance.

Significant recent projects include a major work for flute soloist and ensemble, pre-seed, commissioned by flautist Richard Craig and supported with a stipend awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Poland, and a solo work entitled Superb Imposition for Paetzold contrabass recorder, commissioned by Anna Petrini with support from Kulturkontakt Nord, Sweden, and premiered at the 2011 Musica Electronica Nova in Wrocław. This work was released on CD by the Swedish label dB Productions in September 2012; the CD was awarded the "Nutida Sound" Best Contemporary Music CD of 2012.

The composer's latest completed work is Certainty's Flux for solo violin, commissioned by Karin Hellqvist and supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Poland. Certainty's Flux will be premiered by Karin Hellqvist at the 2013 Warsaw Autumn.


Dominik Karski — current to June 2013

Awards & Prizes

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

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
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.
Digital sheet music sample The source within : for piano soloist and three instrumental groups (2006) Commissioned by Elision Ensemble.
RiverBed : for flute, guitar, harp and violin (2006) Commissioned by Elision Ensemble.
Digital sheet music sample Inward : for piccolo flute, bass clarinet and piano (2004) Composed with the support of University of Melbourne through the 2003 Albert H Maggs Composition Award

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