ABOUT

Monika Dalach is an award-winning composer, sound designer and multimedia artist based in London.

Her interests include interdisciplinary compositional works breaking art genres. Her works combine classical music with electronic music, new media, visual arts, and experimental forms of video and theatre.

 

Following completion of a Master Degree in Classical Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Composition at The Academy of Music in Lodz as well as Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies at The University in Lodz, Monika was awarded The Guildhall Artist Fellowship for two years in a row in the academic years 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. She completed the Opera Making and Writing course (the writer's path) in Association with The Royal Opera House in London. In 2020, she completed the Experimental Video and Moving Image Course at the London College and Communication.

Monika Dalach has been collaborating with contemporary music ensembles including Plus-Minus Ensemble (UK), EXAUDI Ensemble (UK), Workers Union Ensemble (UK), Trio Layers (Poland), Ensemble Kompopolex (Poland), TWOgether Duo (Poland), as well as with independent artists, choreographers like Ruby Frances Jones (USA) and Stephanie Handiijska (Bulgaria), moving image artists Liza Gusarova and Vera Romanova (Russia/UK), pianist and sound artist Felix Nagl (Germany), dancers Enzo Pauchet (France), Constance Diard (France), photographer Maja Ngom (Poland/UK), librettists Oge Nwosu (UK) and Leo Doulton (UK). Monika was working with workshOPERA on the London Transport Museum project "SoundTracks". She wrote an original soundtrack to the live dance performance "9.81", an interdisciplinary project premiered at the Szwalnia Theatre in Lodz.

Her music has been performed in Poland, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States, including festivals and venues: Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, International Summer Courses for New Music Darmstadt, Sacrum Profanum Festival, Musica Privata Festival, Musica Moderna Festival, The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Lodz, London Transport Museum, Wigmore Hall London, Robin Howard Dance Theater (The Place), Milton Court Concert Hall, City University in London, Collegium Novum at the Jagiellonian University and Indiana University (the Composers' Forum).

Her music has been played on BBC Radio 3.

Monika is a winner of the prestigious Witold Lutoslawski Scholarship (2016), Tracy Chadwell Prize (2017) and The Pulse of Literature Festival Prize for the New Play - Dinner for Two (2015). She was one of five finalists in the USA International Composition Contest for a harp solo piece (2016). She has received the following awards: 1st prize at the Little Symphony Competition organised by the Academy of Music in Lodz for Pandora (2014), 2nd Prize at the 56th Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers organised by the Association of the Polish Composers (2015), and 3rd Prize at the National Competition for Electroacoustic Composition organised by the Oskar Kolberg's Philharmonic in Kielce, Poland (2014).