Elżbieta Sikora

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Elżbieta Sikora. Photo by Artur Andrzej

Elżbieta Sikora (born 20 October 1943[1] in Lviv, other sources write 1944 or 1945[2]) is a Polish composer who has lived in France since 1981.[1] She has composed stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and electroacoustic works as well as film scores.

Sikora studied under Pierre Schaeffer, François Bayle,[1] Tadeusz Baird, Zbigniew Rudzinski.[3] Together with Krzysztof Knittel and Wojciech Michniewski, she formed the KEW composers’ group, dedicated to experimentation.

She received numerous honors including First Prize in the GEDOK competition in Mannheim (1981, for Guernica, hommage à Pablo Picasso),[3] the Prix de la Partition Pédagogique and the Prix Stéphane Chapelier-Clergue-Gabriel-Marie, both from SACEM (both 1994)[4] and the SACD Prix Nouveau Talent Musique (1996).[5]

She wrote the following operas: Ariadna (1977),[6] Derrière son Double (1983),[3] L'arrache-coeur (1992) and Madame Curie (2011).[1] Her ballets are Blow-up (1980),[7] Waste Land (1983),[8] La Clef De Verre (1986).[3]


  1. Pendle, Karin (2001). Women & music: a history. Indiana University Press. pp. 293–294. ISBN 978-0-253-21422-5.
  2. Pendle, Karin (2001). Women & music: a history. Indiana University Press. p. 2310. ISBN 978-0-253-21422-5.
  3. Sadie, Julie Anne (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers. W. W. Norton. p. 424. ISBN 978-0-393-03487-5.
  4. "Sto lat w auli". Gazeta Wyborcza. 1 October 2003. Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  5. "Muzyka ponad granicami". Gazeta Wyborcza. 2 August 1996. Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  6. Sadie, Stanley; Christina Bashford (1992). The New Grove dictionary of opera. Grove's Dictionaries of Music. p. 603. ISBN 978-0-935859-92-8.
  7. Cohen, Aaron I. (1987). International encyclopedia of women composers. Books & Music USA. p. 642. ISBN 978-0-9617485-1-7.
  8. "Dla Sikory". Gazeta Wyborcza. 3 October 2003. Retrieved 2009-04-03.

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