"Soleos" by Elżbieta Sikora

Kaoru Oe received the Special Prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work.
Kaoru Oe on YouTube playing "Soleos" in the First Competition Round and at the Prizewinners‘ Orchestra Concert with Award Presentation

Elżbieta Sikora

Born in Lwow, Poland, Elżbieta Sikora studied electronic music with Pierre Schaeffer and Francois Bayle in Paris and music composition with Tadeusz Baird and Zbigniew Rudzinski in Warszaw, Poland and with Betsy Jolas in Paris. In 1973 she founded, with W. Michniewski and K. Knittel the Group of Composers KEW. Scholarships from the French Government at IRCAM, Paris, the City of Mannheim and the Kosciuszko Foundation at CCRMA (Computer Center for Research in Music and Acoustics), Stanford, have enriched the composer’s international outlook.

Throughout her life, Elżbieta Sikora’s work has been recognized with many prizes and awards including, among others, the Carl Maria von Weber Composers’ Competition in Dresden, the Competition of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges, the Women Composers’ Competition in Mannheim, two SACEM awards, and the French Association of Dramatic Authors and Composers Award. Sikora received the Special Distinction of the Paris Jury de l'Académie du Disque Lyrique for Le Chant de Salomon and Eine Rose als Stütze, which were released on a Chant du Monde/Harmonia Mundi CD. For Madame Curie opera she garnered the composer the Splendor Gedaniensis Award, Gryf-Pomeranian Arts Award, and the Polish Music Composers’ Union Award. The Government of Poland decorated Sikora with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic and she received the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture.

Elżbieta Sikora lives and works in Paris, France. Her catalog includes more than seventy works among which three operas, three ballets, several symphonic works, chamber music works, electroacoustic and mixed musics.


The comissioned work was made possible through the generous support of Forberg-Schneider-Stiftung.

Photo banner: Elżbieta Sikora congratulates Kaoru Oe, the winner of the Special Prize “Commissioned Piece” © Christian Menkel
Photo Elżbieta Sikora © private