Originally from Poland, Szymon Brzóska graduated from the Music Academy in Poznań, Poland as well as the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium. Szymon’s particular interest in the synergy between music, contemporary dance, theatre and cinema led him to participate in numerous collaborative projects across various art forms.
In 2008 he composed the score for Sutra, a collaboration with choreographer Sidi Larbi Charkaoui, sculptor Anthony Gormley and monks from the Shaolin temple in China. Sutra’s success led Brzóska and Cherkaoui to join forces on two more projects: Orbo Novo performed by the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, which premiered in Jacob’s Pillow dance festival in 2009 and Dunas, a duet between Cherkaoui and celebrated flamenco danseuse Maria Pagès.
Szymon then turned towards more intimate projects which resulted in I will (2009) by Małgorzata Dzierżon, a Rambert Dance Company member, (S)NOW (2010) by Dutch choreographer Joost Vrouenraets, Desert (2011) with the Polish Dance Theatre, Oh, noh (2012) by Polish dancer and choreographer Kaya Kołodziejczyk and Casting Traces (2012) by New Movement Collective. Szymon's orchestral score for Labyrinth, a ballet commissioned by Het Nationale Ballet, which premiered in Amsterdam in June 2011 and score for m¡longa (2013) created for the Swiss Théatre Jorat, were yet another opportunity to revisit his artistic relationship with Cherkaoui.
In 2013 he came back to Amsterdam with a score for Overture, a ballet choreographed by David Dawson for Het Nationale Ballet. The music, written for large string orchestra and piano was performed by Holland Symfonia conducted by Matthew Rowe, and a pianist Barbara Drążkowska.
Contemporary dance performances with his music have been presented in prestigious venues around the world like Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Centre in New York, Esplanade in Singapore as well as at the Festival D’Avignon.
He also wrote the soundtrack for the French film Le bruit des gens autour directed by Diastème. Szymon’s contemporary compositions were performed during the music @venture festival in Antwerp, Festival of Polish Piano Music in Słupsk and Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival in Canterbury. Among his latest compositions is Rumi Partita for harpsichord and strings performed for the first time in the En Avant Mars Festival in Gent, Belgium.
Photo: Koen Broos