Karol Nepelski

Karol Nepelski (1982) is a Polish-born composer of instrumental music, stage music for opera and theatre and music for film. He is also interested in electro-acoustic music, audio-video work and performance art.

He started his higher education at the Department of Mechanics at Gdansk Polytechnic in 2001, but abandoned his technical studies a year later. In 2002, he began studying composition at the Academy of Music in Kraków under Marek Stachowski. He obtained a MA degree with distinctionin in Zbigniew Bujarski's composition class, and a PhD degree in the class of Krzysztof Penderecki. Currently he works as an associate lecturer at the Academy of Music in Kraków. In 2005 he was a student at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Stuttgart.

He held a scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in recognition of outstanding achievement in his studies and also a scholarship for academic merits of the Minister of Science and Higher Education. He has worked with the Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków, the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, the Jagiellonian University, and with the Theatre Academy in Warsaw.

He was composer-in-residence in IMEB Bourges, Polish-Norwegian Cultural Program in electro-acoustic studio NOTAM in Oslo and Composer Collider musikFabrik in Cologne. He is also participant of London Philharmonic Orchestra young composers programme.

Karol Nepelski's work was presented at the International Festival of Contemporary Music 'Warsaw Autumn', the Festival of Contemporary Music Tonlagen in Dresden, the Musica Polonica Nova festival in Wroclaw, the Audio Art festival in Kraków, SYNTHESE 2008 in Bourges (France), Introspekce nové hudby and Salon Polski in Prague, the Ostrava Days festival 2009 and the Alma Mater festival in Budapest.

His compositions have been performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, ensemble musikFabrik, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Silesian Quartet, Philharmonic Orchestra of Lviv, Philharmonic Orchestra of Lódz, Ricciotti Ensemble from Amsterdam and Ensemble Nostri Temporis from Kiev.