Piotr Nowotnik started composing at the age of 12 under the mentorship of Polish composer - Józef Samelczak. Piotr has composed music for theatre, film, and games, drawing from his diverse experience as collaborating artist, composer, and sound designer.
He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in Music Composition and finished his Master degree at the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Conservatory of Music. Currently, Piotr’s works are performed in China, France, Australia and the USA.
He continuously engages in collaboration with artists from a variety of genres and disciplines: from Musique Concrete production for Butoh dance theatre in Paris, through his involvement in a live music scene in Australia, Europe and the USA.
In 2017, Piotr has been commissioned by the Glen Eira City Council (Melbourne, Australia) to create a location-specific, electroacoustic soundscape piece for the Storytelling Festival 2018. Mixed with traditional acoustic elements and the sounds of everyday life, the piece reflects the expanding multicultural horizons of the area.
His other commissions include music for Melbourne Fringe Festival, Pleroma Theatre from Hong Kong, Human Dance company from Paris, soundscapes, and soundtracks for Melbourne-based 'La Mama' theatre. He worked as sound designer on “Steppenwolf: A Musical Retelling” production developed by The New School in Manhattan, New York; collaborated with New York-based choreographers and theatre artists.
In 2016, Piotr has been commissioned to compose music to a Broadway-style musical currently in development by Pene Patrick - an Australian writer and director.
In 2015, Piotr became the first-ever AMPlify participant as he was chosen to collaborate with DJ/producer - Marlo Hoogstraten. His unprecedented use of unusual instruments and organic sound in Trance music resulted in the release of new pieces and live tour in Sydney and Melbourne in 2016.
His soundtrack album for “The Journey” (a film by Marco Gabriel premièred at the Cannes Festival in 2013) has been nominated for “Best Soundtrack Album“ award (APRA Screen Awards 2013).
He is a finalist of Indie Gathering Scoring Competition (Ohio, 2010) and a recipient of Billilla Artist in Residence programme (2010-2011).
In 2018 he released a single with a Swedish vocalist – Violina Juliusdotter – exploring traditional Nordic songs in a contemporary, neo-folk and experimental settings. To this day, Piotr composed three LP albums with theatrical music, three world music fusion projects with his band ‘Umanee’ (2004-2008), one film score album and two solo releases.
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