Elżbieta Sikora

(b. 20 October 1943, Lviv).

Polish composer, born in Ukraine and now resident in France, of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and electroacoustic works that have been performed throughout the world.

Ms. Sikora initially studied piano at a music school in Gdańsk from 1951–63. She then studied sound engineering at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where she earned her MA in 1968, and electronic music with François Bayle and Pierre Schaeffer at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris from 1968–70. She later studied composition with Tadeusz Baird and Zbigniew Rudziński at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and completed a second MA in 1977. She studied composition privately with Betsy Jolas in Paris from 1981–84, as well as computer music at IRCAM in Paris and with John Chowning at Stanford University. She received an honorary doctorate from the Karol Lipiński University of Music in Wrocław in 1999.

Among her honours are Second Prize in a competition in Dresden (1978, for Ariadna), mention in a competition for young composers in Warsaw (1978, for ...selon Pascal I), three prizes in the Concours International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges (honourable mention, 1979–80; Prix Magisterium, 2000), Erster Preis in the competition GEDOK in Mannheim (1981, for Guernica, hommage à Pablo Picasso), the Prix de la Partition Pédagogique from SACEM (1994), the Prix Stéphane Chapelier-Clergue-Gabriel-Marie from SACEM (1994), the SACD Prix Nouveau Talent Musique (1996), one class of the Order of Polonia Restituta (Cross of the Knight, 1997), the Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis (2000), and a special mention from the Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris (2003, for her recording on Le Chant du Monde). She was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France in 2004.

She is also active in other positions. As a performer, she co-founded with Krzysztof Knittel and Wojciech Michniewski the group of composers KEW in 1973, which was active from 1973–75.

In addition to the works listed below, she has written scores for numerous films.

Her primary publishers are Le Chant du Monde and PWM.





Ariadna (opera, libretto by Cesare Pavese [translated by M. S. Kasprzysiak]), soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 trombones, 7 violins, 2 cellos, piano, 2 percussion, 1977

Blow-up (ballet), fixed media, 1980

Derrière son double (radio opera, libretto by Jean-Pierre Duprey), soprano, baritone, 4 actors, flute, 2 violins, viola, cello, percussion, fixed media, 1983

Waste Land (ballet, choreography by Alain Marty), fixed media, 1983

L'Arrache-cœur (opera, libretto by the composer, after Boris Vian), 3 children's voices, soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, actor, speaker ad libitum, mixed chorus, clarinet, trumpet, 2 violins, viola, cello, percussion, 1984–86, revised 1992

La Clef de verre (ballet, choreography by Alain Marty), fixed media, 1986


Symphonie I, 'Ombres', large orchestra (88 players), 1984, revised 1990

Rappel II, orchestra, live electronics, 1988–89

Canzona, viola da gamba, small orchestra (12 players), 1995

Suite III, 1997

Rappel III, string orchestra, 1998

Ecce Homo, large orchestra (95 players), 1999

I Concerto, piano, large orchestra (75 players), 1999–2000


Interventions, tuba, 2 percussion, fixed media, 1969

I Quatuor à cordes, string quartet, 1975

Voyage No. 1, tuba/double bass, live electronics, 1975

...selon Pascal I, trumpet, harp, cello, harpsichord, 1976

Interludes, flute, harp, 1980

Sables, flute, percussion, 1980

II Quatuor à cordes, string quartet, 1980

Voyage No. 3, flute, 1981

La Tête d'Orphée II, flute, fixed media, 1982

Eine kleine Tagmusik, flute, alto saxophone, bassoon, harp, violin, cello, piano, 1983

Solo, violin, 1984

Suite I, cello, fixed media, 1990

Sextuor à cordes, hommage à Witold Lutosławski, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1993

Thinking of Brahms, string quartet, 1997

Lisboa, tramway 28, soprano saxophone (+ alto saxophone), fixed media, 1998

III Quatuor à cordes, 'In memoriam Ursula', string quartet, 1999

...selon Pascal II, trumpet, harp, cello, harpsichord, 2000


Guernica, hommage à Pablo Picasso (text by Paul Éluard), mixed chorus, 1975

La Création du Monde (oratorio, text from the Bible), soprano, tenor, 2 baritones, male chorus, flute, clarinet, bassoon, electric guitar, electronic organ, 4 percussion, string orchestra, 1976

Salve Regina, children's chorus, organ, 1981

Génèse (oratorio, text from the Bible), soprano, male speaker, mixed chorus, small orchestra, fixed media, 1986

Chant'Europe (text by the composer), 3 children's choruses, small orchestra, 1993

Cinéma, cinéma (text by the composer), children's chorus, small orchestra, 1994

Omnia tempus habent (oratorio, text from the Bible), alto, children's chorus, mixed chorus, organ, orchestra, 1997

Maître renard et maître corbeau/Le Laboureur et ses enfants (text by Jean de La Fontaine), children's chorus, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, violin, double bass, percussion, 1999

Trois Innocentines (text by René de Obaldia), mixed chorus, 2001


Les Chants Rejouissant le Cœur (texts from ancient sources from Egypt), soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, cello, 1973 (also version for soprano, flute, harpsichord, 1983)

Loreley (text by Guillaume Apollinaire), soprano/mezzo-soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 1987

À peine le temps que dure une vision (text by Jorge Hernández), soprano, female speaker, clarinet, trumpet, double bass, percussion, fixed media, 1987–89

Le Chant de Salomon, soprano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, percussion, 1992

On the Line (text by the composer), soprano, fixed media, 1992

Fragments (text by Jorge Hernández), soprano, fixed media, 1997

On est toujours (text by Alain de Castries), baritone, piano, 1997 (also version for 2 sopranos, baritone, alto saxophone, double bass, piano, bandoneón, 1997)

Eine Rose als Stütze (text by Hilde Domin), soprano, piano, 2000


Prelude, 1981


Short stories, 2001


Suite II, harpsichord, fixed media, live electronics, 1992 (also version for harpsichord, fixed media, 1992)


Prénom, fixed media, 1970

La Vue par la fenêtre, fixed media, 1971

L'Incertitude de l'été, fixed media, 1973

Voyage No. 2, fixed media, 1976

La Nuit, le visage contre le ciel, fixed media, 1978

Rapsodie pour la mort d'une république, fixed media, 1979

The Waste Land, fixed media, 1979

Lettres à M., fixed media, 1980

La Tête d'Orphée I, fixed media, 1981

Janek Wiśniewski – Decembre-Pologne, fixed media, 1982–83

Géométries variables, fixed media, 1991

Les Enfants terribles, fixed media, 1992

Flashback, fixed media, 1996

Aquamarina, fixed media, 1999

Grain de sable, fixed media, 2002

Rouge d'été, fixed media, 2002


Passion selon Kijno, fixed media, 1986

Portrait de Witold Lutosławski, fixed media, 1993 (collaboration with Krystyna de Obaldia)

Eine Rose als Stütze – Hörspiel, fixed media, 2002


Voyage No. 1. Zdzisław Piernik, tuba (Pro Nova) (LP)

La Tête d'Orphée I; Aquamarina. (Le Chant du Monde: LDC 278 070/71)

Eine Rose als Stütze; Rappel III; Canzona; Solo; Le Chant de Salomon. Maria Bulgakova, Olga Lutsiev-Ternovskaya, sopranos; Alexander Kalashkov, violin; Alla Vasilyeva, viola da gamba; Mikhail Dubov, piano; Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble; Jean Thorel/strings of the Rossysky Natsionaly Orkestr (Le Chant du Monde: LDC 278 1118)

Grain de sable. (Le Chant du Monde: LDC 278 1122/23)

Lisboa, tramway 28; Janek Wiśniewski – Decembre-Pologne. Daniel Kientzy, saxophones (INA/GRM: 5011 275 84)

Ariadna. Ewa Ignatowicz, soprano; Lidia Juranek, mezzo-soprano; Jacek Kasprzyk/orchestra of the Warszawska Opera Kameralna (Polskie Nagrania: SX 1778)

La Tête d'Orphée II. Jolanta Kotnowska, flute (Polskie Nagrania: SX 2739)

Rappel II. Wojciech Michniewski/Filharmonia Poznańska (Polskie Nagrania: SX 2858)