Composer in Residence, Igor Iwanek

Igor Iwanek is active as a composer, pianist, educator, clinician, orchestrator and arranger.  He has taught at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Boston University School of Music and a number of other music institutions. Recently featured as a part of ArtWeek Boston 2014, his music won a number of awards  and was recognized in the USA and internationally. He received his Doctorate in Music Composition from Boston University.

The Greek philosopher, Plato, claimed that seeking order and harmony, we reach out towards beautiful things so that they can help restore the sense of order in our lives. One of the most fascinating things about being a composer is that one constantly learns from these fantabulous pieces of musical artwork that were left by generations of amazing musicians.  More so – there is no end to such learning! 

Compositions of J.S. Bach and Alexander Scriabin in particular have always been a source of great inspiration for Igor. He is also interested in electro-acoustic music that expands the possibilities of live instruments by using samples. His non-western influences include a fascination for Solkattu (classical Indian system of spoken rhythm patterns), Indian Harmonium and Persian Classical music. Afro-Cuban music tradition, and the dancing that goes with it have had a profound influence on Igor’s musical thinking. Furthermore, Igor is greatly interested in the mystical relationship between music and geometry. 

Igor’s Three Mazurki for piano, left hand alone, won a special prize at the Second International Paderewski Composition Competition. His Pope Music, a piece for orchestra won the Boston University Orchestral Composition Competition. Additionally, Igor was awarded the Williamson Foundation of Music Award and is the winner of the Kaji Aso composition prize and the recipient of the Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award. Igor received the Emerging Artist of New England Award from the Saint Botolph Club Foundation and was the winner of the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble Composition Competition.

 Recently Igor completed artist residency program at Avaloch Farm Music Institute with one of Boston’s leading chamber music ensembles – the Ellipsis Trio. His current projects include a piano trio for the Ellipsis Trio as well as an arrangement of Bach’s solo violin works for the Boston Chamber Orchestra.  Igor’s works were played, commissioned or workshopped by such groups as Arditti String QuartetAmber Flute QuartetJack Quartet, Alea III, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Boston Chamber Orchestra,Xanthos Ensemble. Some notable soloists who worked on and commissioned Igor’s music include saxophonist Ken Radnofsky, cellists David Cruz and Masanori Taniguchi, flutist Elzbieta Brandys and pianist Maja Tremiszewska among others. 

Outside of music Igor loves to spend time cooking, rocking in a rocking chair,  reading, fussing about in his herb garden, salsa dancing, hanging out at animal farms and riding his aqua blue Stella scooter.