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“Intense emotional worlds… The Polish-American composer evokes dramatic and psychological atmospheres as if Bartók and Shostakovich were looking over his shoulder, but with his own sense of urgency, rhythm and colour.”

Gramophone Magazine, Donald Rosenberg


Brief bio

Mark Nowakowski is a composer whose wide and diverse output represents a modern merger of bold expressionism and mystical contemplation, Slavic pathos and American individualism. His work has been commissioned and performed globally by such notables as the Kronos Quartet, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, The Monteverdi Cello Octet, The Voxare Quartet, the FiveOne Experimental Orchestra, Three Notch’d Road, Stowarzyszenia Mozart, Vox Musica of Sacramento, the Choir of the Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the Cracow Brass Quintet, and the frequently awarded Chór Akademicki im. prof. Jana Szyrockiego.
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Recent release

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Available Music

A list of available chamber, choral, small ensemble, electronic, and wind ensemble works


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