Agnieszka Ujma

AGNIESZKA UJMA

Agnieszka is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer born in Poland. She has a professional diploma in classical piano performance and music theory, as well as studying musicology at the Wroclaw University. In 2015, she moved to Central Java, Indonesia, to study traditional Javanese singing, music and composition at the Institute of Indonesian Arts in Surakarta on the prestigious Darmasiswa art scholarship awarded by the Indonesian government. In Indonesia, she performed across the country as a pianist with Experimental Shadow Puppetry Project “Gnayaw Puppets” and became a member of numerous music collectives for which she composed and sang. She also began to perform as a solo artist, focusing on creating a fusion between Polish folk and Indonesian music traditions and instruments. In 2017, her compositions were awarded the Best Composition Prize at the Festival Musik Tembi in Yogyakarta. She graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London with a Master’s Degree in Music with distinction in performance and composition, where her research about female music traditions in Central Java was awarded the John Taylor Music Travel Grant.

Currently, she teaches classical piano, singing and music theory in London as well as performing both as a solo artist and with Southbank Gamelan Players, an ensemble in residence at the Southbank Centre, with recent performances at the Soundstate Festival 2019 in London, Indonesia Kontemporer London Festival 2018, Gŵyl Gamelan Festival 2018 in Cardiff, International Gamelan Festival 2018 in Surakarta, Indonesia and British Academy Awards Ceremony for Transcultural Understanding in London.

Being an active performing musician and composer is crucial in her practice in order to be an inspiring and resourceful teacher for her students.

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