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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: Streamforms III : for flute, alto flute and harp by Dominik Karski, from the CD Glimmer


Photo of Dominik Karski

Photo: Marek Suchecki

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Dr Dominik Karski is an independent Polish/Australian composer, whose body of work is informed by close collaboration with distinct interpreters of new music. Ensembles and soloists who have worked with the composer and presented his works include Flute o'clock, Malgorzata Walentynowicz, ELISION Ensemble, Quatuor Diotima, Karin Hellqvist, Anna Petrini, and Ensemble SurPlus, among many others.

His works have been presented at many international events, including the Polish festivals Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova, and Musica Electronica Nova, also Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Gaudeamus Music Week (The Netherlands), Frum Festival (Iceland), as well as the Totally Huge New Music Festival in Perth.

In his composing, he focuses essentially on the player-instrument relationship as the primary source of the musical substance. CDs with his works have been released in Australia, Austria, Canada, Poland, Sweden, and UK; of particular importance is a monographic disc with the composer's flute works recorded by Flute o'clock and released in 2016 in Poland.


Dominik Karski — current to December 2018

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2003 Albert H Maggs Composition Award First Prize Inward
1999 Ian Potter Music Commission Commission Matter of Perspective

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Streamforms V (Crepuscular) : for alto flute, bass flute, piano and percussion (2018) Supported by the Ministry of Culture through the Music and Dance Institute, Poland.
The Unquenchable : flute solo (2016) Commissioned by Carlton Vickers.
Digital sheet music sample Metaphysical Graffiti : for amplified prepared accordion (2016) Commissioned by Ryszard Lubieniecki.
Streamforms III : for flute, alto flute and harp (2015) Commissioned by Foundation 4.99 for performance by Flute o'clock (Poland)
Digital sheet music sample The Unsearchable : for piccolo flute/flute, percussion, and harpsichord (2014) Commissioned by Foundation 4.99 for performance by Roentgen Connection.
Veiled words : for two alto flutes and two tam-tams (2013) Commissioned by Foundation 4.99 for performance by Flute o'clock (Poland)

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