Ptaszyńska Marta

Marta Ptaszyńska (* July 29, 1943 Warsaw-), an outstanding Polish composer, percussionist and teacher. He teaches compositions at many prestigious American universities. Her works are performed in concert halls in Poland and around the world. In 2010, she received the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Award for Composition; this distinction is one of the most prestigious American awards granted in various disciplines of art and science.

The artist’s work, rich in forms and genres, is dominated by instrumental compositions and large musical forms (opera, oratorio, cantata). He creates colorful, dynamic music with a varied and rich sound palette. Her compositions are published by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne and Theodore Presser Company in the USA. Her music was recorded on CD Accord / Universal, Polskie Nagrania “Muza”, Chandos, Olympia, DUX, Bayers Records, Pro Viva Sonoton. In 2001, PWM Edition published a book entitled “People of the Music World”. Music is the most perfect language – conversations with Marta Ptaszyńska conducted by Ewa Cichoń and Leszek Polony.

Detailed information about the artist and her work on the website and on the PWM website.


Pieces with the violin:

  • “Recitativo, arioso e toccata” per violino solo (1969-75)
  • “Classical Variations” for timpani and string quartet (1976)
  • “Dream Lands, Magic Spaces” for violin, piano and six percussionists (1978)
  • Four Portraits for string quartet (1994)
  • “Distant Voices” for mezzo-soprano and string quartet (1995)
  • “Concerto grosso” for two violins and chamber orchestra (1996)
  • Mancala for two violins (1996)
  • “Mosaics” for string quartet (2002)