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Philip Czaplowski : Represented Artist

I write music out of necessity; it's my most direct form of communication. If "a picture is worth a thousand words", a piece of music is surely worth MANY thousands. Above all, music must have meaning...

Random Audio Sample: Elegies : solo B flat clarinet by Philip Czaplowski, from the CD Mosaics

Photo of Philip Czaplowski

Photo: Brendan Ritchie


Artist website: http://www.czaplowski.com

Philip Czaplowski was born in London in 1958, but has lived in Melbourne, Australia since 1969. He studied music at Melbourne and La Trobe Universities, before completing a PhD in music composition at Monash University in 2007. In 2005 Czapłowski also attended the Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland, where he studied with Zbigniew Bujarski, Krystyna Moszumañska‐Nazar, Wojciech Widłak, and Anna Zawadska‐Gołosz.

Performers of Czapłowski's music include the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Orquestra Antunes Câmara, Australia Pro Arte (now the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra), the Canberra Wind Soloists, the Chamber Strings of Melbourne, the Geelong Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Soloists, Australia Felix, and many other Australian and international musicians. His music has featured in numerous festivals including the Encuentros Festival Internacional (Brazil 1995), International Double‐Reed Society Conference (Arizona 1998), Federation Music Week (Melbourne 2000), Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (Belfast 2003), Szymanowski Festival 2003 (XXVI Dni Muzyki Karola Szymanowskiego, Poland), International Double‐Reed Society Conference (Melbourne 2004), the Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds (2005), the Cortona Contemporary Music Festival (Tuscany, Italy 2006), Karhofest (Karho Island, Finland 2017), the 7th European Clarinet Festival (Porto, Portugal 2017), the International Festival of Kraków Composers (Kraków, Poland 2018) and the 5th International Clarinet Festival (Lima, Peru 2019).

In addition to Australian performances, Czapłowski's music has been performed in Poland, the USA, England, Finland, Austria, The Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Ireland, Romania, Italy, Peru and New Zealand, and his works have been broadcast by RAI Italy, ABC Classic FM, ABC Radio National, 3MBS FM, and Radio Adelaide.

Philip Czaplowski — current to January 2022

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Lament for Antoniou : for solo flute (2020) Composed for Polish flautist Iwona Glinka.
Digital sheet music sample Three Preludes : for solo harpsichord (2019) Commissioned by Hanna Balcerzak.
emergence : for flute, viola and harp (2017) Commissioned by the International Festival of Kraków Composers
Digital sheet music sample Elegia : solo alto flute (2007) Commissioned by Carla Rees.
Digital sheet music sample Lavender mist : solo flute (2006) Commissioned by Cortona Contemporary Music Festival.
Concerto for clarinet and strings (clarinet with string orchestra) (2001) Commissioned by Australia Pro Arte.

Analysis & Media

- Document: Momentum for orchestra

- Document: Concerto for oboe and strings

- Document: Biography of Philip Czaplowski