Krzysztof Knittel

born in 1947,studied sound engineering and composition at the Frederic Chopin State Higher School of Music in Warsaw. He has worked at the Experimental Studio of Polish Radio since 1973 and at the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts at State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978.

He was teaching composition and computer music at music academies in Krakow and Lodz. Now he is working as professor at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University teaching composition, audiovisual composition and interactive improvisation.

He composes symphonic, chamber, stage, electro-acoustic and computer works that have been performed in most European countries, Asia, North and South Americas.

He took part in art performances, built sound installations and played in improvised music groups. Concerts dedicated exclusively to his music were held in Barcelona, Brno, Budapest, Buffalo, Cracow, Kromeriz, Leipzig, Lviv, Moscow, New York City, Sao Paulo, Warsaw.

He played in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kitchen in NYC, Chicago Cultural Center, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Konzerthaus Berlin,  Musikforum Victring Klagenfurt, Alten Schmiede in Wien, Thetre de la Ville, Theatre du Lierre in Paris, Theater Zeebelt in Hague, Plaza Futura Eindhoven, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Den Anden Opera in Copenhagen, Mucsarnok in Budapest, Kumho Art Hall in Seul, SESC and Instituto de Artes da Unesp in Sao Paulo and many others.

His discography covers over 50 albums.

Among his honors are the Solidarity Award in Music (1985), Polish Composers' Union Prize (2003), “Gloria Artis” Silver Medal (2005); he was also granted by the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in New York (1998). Recently he received Gustav Mahler Kompositionspreis 2017 and Theater Avard of the City of Gdańsk 2017 for the music to the opera „The Last Judgment”.

He served as director of the International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn" (1995-98), president of the Polish Composers' Union (1999-2003), president of the Polish Music Council (2005-17) and the member of the European Music Council board (2014-18). Founder and director of international Ad Libitum festival of improvised music since 2006.