Piotr Radko

  • Biographie

    born 1957 in Kijany/Poland.

    After attending elementary school of music and Music high school Piotr Radko studies music theory and composition at the College Of Music in Katowice with Edward Boguslawski.

    From 1981 to 1989 he was assistant for music theory at the Silesian University in Katowice. At this time his compositions were already performed at all importand festivals of contemporary music in Warsaw, Katowice, Wroclaw, Gdansk and Szczecin.

    He got important inspiration through the meetings with Witold Lutoslawski and Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki.

    Since 1989 he has been living in Germany. First in Duisburg, later in Mülheim (Ruhr). Apart from his activity as a composer he teaches at different schools of music.

    Piotr Radko got several awards, for example the first prize at the competition of the Polish Composer's Federation (1981), the Music Award of the Katowice District (1989) and the second prize of the Polish Radio on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Polish Composer's Federation. Additionally he was distinguished three times by the ZAiKS Federation, the Polish BMI or ASCAP. He was comissioned by the Polish Ministry of Culture and the Silesian Philharmonic concert hall Katowice. His works were performed in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Yugoslavia, Russia, Sweden, Bulgaria, Japan and in the USA. His music was presented twice on a radio programme called "Workshop New Music" on the German radio channel WDR 3.

    Piotr Radko is a member of the Polish Composer's and German musicians' Federation. He develops is compositions on the basis of selfdesigned scales the harmonies and melodies of which are typical stylistics devices. The effects of colors play a crucial role.