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Piotr Grella-Mozejko
 Biography

Canadian composer, researcher and multimedia performer Piotr Grella-Mozejko holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta; an M.Mus. in Composition from the same university, where he studied composition with Alfred Fisher and Henry Klumpenhouwer, and theory with Edward Laufer and the late Christopher Lewis; and an M.A. degree in Political Sciences from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. He also studied composition privately with the late Prof. Edward Boguslawski and Prof. Boguslaw Schaeffer. In 1994, Grella-Mozejko was the only Canadian selected to participate in the prestigious "June in Buffalo" Festival and Conference, where he attended lectures by and master classes with Milton Babbitt, Donald Erb, David Felder, Lukas Foss, Roger Reynolds, and Charles Wuorinen.

Described by the German press as demonstrating "uncompromising honesty" («Neue Zeitschrift für Musik»), praised for his unorthodox aesthetics («Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung»), and whose work is called "brawny, high-contrast... full of rich counterpoint and compelling textural changes" («The New York Times»), "strikingly individual" («The Toronto Star»), "wonderful-sounding" («The Buffalo News»), and "nothing less than a clear expression of musical and artistic genius" («Prairie Sounds»), Grella-Mozejko has written on commissions from, among others, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Polish Congress, Edmonton Arts Council/Clifford E. Lee Fund, International Conversatorium of Organ Music, Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, as well as Polish Radio, Canadian Music Centre, and The Flanders Festival.

Presented as of 2013 in thirty countries in centres such as Antwerp, Athens, Bangkok, Basel, Berlin, Bilbao, Dublin, Geneva, Kassel, Kaunas, Kraków, London, Los Angeles, Lausanne, Ljubljana, Mexico City, Montréal, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Prague, Princeton, St. Petersburg, Seoul, Sydney, Tallinn, Toronto, Turin, Utrecht, Vancouver, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich, Grella-Mozejko's music has been commissioned, played and recorded by symphony and chamber orchestras in Canada and abroad (Edmonton, Halifax, Kielce, Kraków, Kyiv, Regina, Scarborough, Vancouver, Wroclaw and Warsaw, among others), as well as by such outstanding performers as the Penderecki, Szymanowski and Bozzini String Quartets, QUASAR and Anubis Saxophone Quartets, Aiolos and Mexico City Woodwind Quintets, ARA Ensemble, Aventa Ensemble, Duo Dilemme, Duo Levent, Duo ST15, The Hammerhead Consort, Hermes Ensemble, Het Rode Pomp Ensemble, Motion Ensemble, and many others.

His works appear on Acte Préalable, Arktos, ATMA Classique, Centrediscs, Clef Records, CML, Eclectra, New Music North and edition zeitklang labels, have been broadcast and published in Canada, Europe and USA, and performed at numerous festivals and concert series across North America, Europe and Asia. Voting Member of the Canadian Music Centre, he was also artistic director of several societies for New Music. As a CD producer, he has over a dozen releases to his credit, featuring works by nearly eighty Canadian and international contemporary composers.

In 1997, he won the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association (AMPIA) Award in Musical Score/Composer category ("Black Angels" by Cynthia Wells). Other prizes and awards include the All-Polish Composers' Competition in Lódz, Poland (1985, "aennea" for guitar solo); the All-Polish Composers' Competition in Kraków, Poland (1988, "Motet" for six vocal soloists); and The Pierre Boulez Canadian Composers Competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia (1991, "Horror vacui" - triptych for strings named by Pierre Boulez in third place). Grella-Mozejko is also recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (2000-2002) as well as the University of Alberta Beryl Barns Award, Walter H Johns Fellowship, Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize, Marie Louise Imrie Graduate Award; a professional development grant awarded by The Canada Council for the Arts (2004); as well as major creative/research grants from the Edmonton Arts Council (2009), The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (2010), and the Alberta Creative Development Initiative (a joint programme between the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Canada Council, 2010).

His work in multimedia has gained international recognition as have his soundtracks. Grella-Mozejko has worked with a number of critically acclaimed filmmakers and video artists, including Renata Mikos (Poland, soundtrack for "The Source", 1985); Cynthia Wells (Canada, soundtrack for "Black Angels", 1997, already considered a classic of Canadian experimental dance films); Jeremy Rittwage (Canada, soundtrack for "Nightshot", 2008); Christopher Payne (Canada, "Inferno" series begun in 2010); and Lindsay McIntyre (Canada, several experimental short films). As well, he has collaborated with several leading dance companies such as the Brian Webb Dance Company, Mile Zero and, most recently, Good Women Dance Collective.

In 2006 founded, and has since performed with, Ensemble Mujirushi, an interdisciplinary collective. A "supergroup" («The Edmonton Journal»), which specialises in incorporating live electronics and interactive video into its performances, the Ensemble had its first European tour in November 2009, appearing at the prestigious «Audio Art» festival in Kraków, Poland. Their first Canadian tour followed in October 2010, sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Focussing on the relationships between sound, text and image, Grella-Mozejko has published in major scholarly and popular periodicals in Canada, Europe, and the UK, including the «Canadian Slavonic Papers», «Contemporary Music Review», «MusicWorks», «The Alberta New Music & Arts Review», to mention just a few. Between 2009 and 2011, until the magazine closure, he covered Canada's classical music scene for Edmonton's arts and culture weekly, «SEE Magazine». Currently, he hosts his own show, «Avant-garde and Beyond», on CJSR Radio in Edmonton, available world-wide on the Internet (www.cjsr.com).

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