Second Prize for his work "über das farbige Licht der Doppelsterne..."
Tomasz Skweres - born on April 3, 1984 - is a Polish-Austrian composer, who lives and works in Vienna in Austria and Regensburg in Germany. He studied composition with Chaya Czernowin and Detlev Müller-Siemens and cello with Valentin Erben and Stefan Kropfitsch at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Tomasz Skweres won many international and national prizes, composition competitions and received scholarships (amomg others: Staatsstipendium für Komposition (government scholarship for composition) and Startstipendium of Austrian Ministry of Culture, the Prize for Music (Composition) of the City of Vienna 2015, TONALi composition competition, Composition Competition Cita di Udine, Franz Joseph Reinl Composition Competition...). He composed pieces commissioned by Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Philhamonic Orchestra Regensburg (Germany), Niederbayerische Philharmonie in Passau (Germany), Leopoldinum Orchestra in Wrocław (Poland), Konzerthaus in Vienna, Festival Wien Modern, Festival Musica Polonica Nova, Theater Regensburg, Apollon Musagete Quartet, Ensemble Zeitfluss in Graz, Ensemble Wiener Collage and by many others. His pieces were broadcast in different countries (Austria, Gemany, Italy, Poland, Australia, Mexico) and recorded by professional labels as Genuine, Col legno, Orlando Records....
Works by Tomasz Skweres are regularly performed by famous ensembles and musicians at renowned festivals all over the World, such as Wien Modern (Vienna), Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova (Wrocław), Biennial Bern, ISCM World Music Days 2016 in Korea/Tongyeong International Music Festival, Festival Musica 2015 in Strasbourg (France),Festival Klangspuren in Tirol (Austria), Festival Goslar Harz (Germany), Leo Festival (Wrocław) and many others.
Since 2012 Tomasz Skweres has been Principal Cellist in the Philharmonic Orchestra Regensburg in Germany. He is an active interpreter in the field of contemporary music. As a soloist, chamber musician and guest of such einsembles like Collegium Novum in Zurich, Austian Ensemble for New Music in Salzburg, Ensemble Reconsil and Platypus Ensemble Vienna he performs modern music in renowned concert halls all over the world. Tomasz Skweres gives solo recitals with contemporary cello pieces. Many contemporary composers composed and dedicated solo pieces to him.
2016- 2017 he was lecturer for cello at the Musik University in Detmold (Hochschule für Musik Detmold) and 2015 at the HfKM Regensburg - College of Catholic Church Music & Musical Education in Regensburg.
As a member of Hibiki String Quartet (with Xiaoming Wang - Concertmaster at the Opernhaus Zürich, Hibiki Oshima - Principal 2nd Violin at the Hamburg State Opera and Wei-Ya Lin - Viola) he won prizes at chamber music competitions and participated in ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy).