Adam Łukawski was born in Suwałki, Poland. His family moved to Warsaw when he was 7 and there began his music education.
In 2010 Łukawski received his music diploma of the first degree with piano specialization and continued his musical education changing the main instrument to double bass in a class of Adam Kotula. In 2016 he received a music diploma of the second degree at Józef Elsner State School of Music in Warsaw, Poland where he also attended the composition faculty of Prof. Sławomir Czarnecki. There, he organized 3 editions of the annual Students Composers Forum (“Uczniowskie Forum Muzyczne”) as the artistic director of the festival. He studied music composition with Prof. Richard Ayres and Prof. Willem Jeths at Conservatorium van Amsterdam, from which he has obtained a degree of Bachelor of Music in Composition. There, he has had the opportunity to take part in masterclasses of Sir George Benjamin, Rebecca Saunders, Trevor Wishart, and other composers. Since 2019, Adam is a student of a Masters of Music in Composition at the Amsterdam Conservatory and on Erasmus scholarship at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London under Prof. Julian Anderson.
He is especially interested in collaborative creation, music-theatre and movement with a great passion for discovering the phenomena of working with limited aleatoric techniques where pitches and rhythms are fully specified, but the rhythmic coordination between performers can be subject to the live interpretation.
His works were performed among others at The Dutch National Opera & Ballet (Opera Forward Festival), Het Orgelpark, Het Splendor (Gesti Festival) in Amsterdam, Ehrbar Hall of The Prayner Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna (Golden Key Music Festival), Milton Court Concert Hall in London, Concert Hall of the Polish Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Witold Lutoslawski (In Modo di Lutosławski), Mazovian Institute of Culture, Gallery of the Porczyński Family, The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw; during many concerts of the Polish Composers’ Union and during the concert organised by Yuri Bashmet in Steinschaler Dörfl, Austria.
In 2016, his music theatre “Speech of Avenice” for voice, recorders, live electronics and lights was commissioned by the Gesti Festival Amsterdam (organized for the 50th anniversary of the piece “Gesti” by Luciano Berio). His music has been performed during three editions of the Composers’ Festival Amsterdam.
In 2017 Fractal no 7 from his work “16 Fractals for 4 Ensembles” was performed by The Score Collective conducted by Lucas Vis. Premieres of Fractals no 13 and no 12 followed in 2018 and 2019. This work, existing in 16 versions still awaits premieres of the remaining Fractals.
In March 2019 Lukawski’s opera “To Plant Again” has been performed at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet. In May 2019 during Composers’ Festival Amsterdam The Score Collective Ensemble premiered composition “Xing” for ensemble and unusual setting of 2 conductors. In September 2019 “The Moth” for 2 grand pianos, collaboration with Julia Szczygielska has premiered in Milton Court Concert Hall, London. In December 2019 “Nomadic Stories” for 2 dancers and 2 cellos – score consisting of had its premiere at The Place/London Contemporary Dance School –
Composer, often experimenting with new compositional techniques created two installation arts with the use of midi-organs for Het Orgelpark in Amsterdam. One of these works included collaboration with a graphic artist Julia Borzucka, who designed a large 12-meters graphic interpretation of a score performed by the orchestrated organ controlled by the computer.
Adam Łukawski, especially interested in new forms of expression – mainly contemporary, experimental music – his role as the composer explains as “somebody who makes conscious connections to achieve something new – by creating special relations, which continue to live their own life hereafter”.
Laureate of the international composition competitions, among others:
- “In Modo di Lutoslawski” (2013, Warsaw, Poland) for aleatoric composition “Mirrors” for a symphony orchestra,
- UFM Composers’ Forum National Composition Competition (2015, Warsaw, Poland) for “Acharya Mrityuh” for an instrumental quartet,
- Golden Key Piano Composition Competition (2016, New York, USA / Vienna, Austria) for “Maya” for piano,
- IBLA Grand Prize “Most Distinguished Musician” (2016, New York, USA/ Ragusa, Italy) for “Visions of Consciousness” for piano.
- IInd Prize at the International Composers Competition New Music Generation (2019, Kazakh National University of Arts, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan) for “Xing” for 2 conductors and ensemble
Following his work with midi-instruments, Adam Łukawski was selected as a composer-in-residence of the Conlon Foundation in Utrecht, The Netherlands to write a new piece for Yamaha Disklavier Enspire to be premiered December 2019 in a concert organized by Stichting Conlon & Gaudeamus.
Member of the improvisation theatre group BCA Flash. His scores are published by Donemus Publishing in The Hague. He serves as an artistic director of a chamber orchestra Kameralna N-Harmonia in Warsaw, Poland.