Aleksander Wnuk

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Aleksander Wnuk

Aleksander Wnuk (*1987) is a multi-percussionist, performer, improviser and sound artist, has received a doctoral degree and currently lives in Krakow, Poland. While he is specialised in the performance of contemporary and experimental music, Wnuk also works both as a soloist and a chamber musician. His primary interest revolve around multi-percussion and cross-media genres. In his creative work, he has often engaged with post-instrumental questions, working with objects and on the corporeality of the performance.

His repertoire includes newly commissioned works that incorporate different musical genres, free improvisation, instrumental performance art, composition and the performance of music for dance performances (e.g. “Manhattan”, “MISSPIECE”), dramatic theatre (“Art of Living”, “Unmanly”) for silent films as well as for classic and modern literature.

He collaborated, among others with Pierre Jodlowski, Sara Nemtsov, Trond Reinholdtsen, Matthew Shlomowitz, Wojtek Blecharz. Among the most significant achievements is the World Premiere of Sarah Nemtsov’s concerto for solo percussionist, narrator and large orchestra En Face, numerous solo recitals and chamber performances at most prominent festivals for New Music (MaerzMusik Berlin, Darmstadt, Warsaw Autumn, Unsound, Musica Electronica Nova, Sacrum Profanum a. o.). Currently he is a member of Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble (holder of Ernst von Siemens Ensemble Prize 2021-22 and ensembe in residence at Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik Darmstadt 2023), Krakow Improvisers Orchestra, duos: with Paulina Owczarek, and with Michał Lazar (Surreal Voyagers).

He received his training at, amongst other locations, the Acadmy of Music in Danzig, the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen, the impuls Academy in Graz, the Ensemble Academy in Freiburg and as part of the international holiday course for new music in Darmstadt. He is currently teaching at the Krzysztof Penderecki Music Academy in Krakow in the areas of percussion and contemporary music.


As of: January 2024

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