Philip CZAPŁOWSKI bio / orchestral chamber solo / gallery media contact

Composer Philip Czapłowski was born in London in 1958; his father was Polish and his mother English. Philip taught himself to play the piano from the age of four, and began formal piano lessons three years later.

Czapłowski's family migrated to Australia in 1969, and he has lived in Melbourne since that time.

At high school Philip studied composition privately with Felix Werder, before going on to study Music at Melbourne University, including composition with Peter Tahourdin. Whilst completing an arts degree at La Trobe University (in which he majored in cinema studies) Philip studied music composition with Keith Humble and Ted Dollarhide.

In 2005 Philip attended the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland where he worked with Zbigniew Bujarski, Krystyna Moszumañska-Nazar, Wojciech Widłak, and Anna Zawadska-Gołosz.

In 2007 Czapłowski completed studies towards a PhD in music composition at Monash University, during which time he lectured in music theory.

Performers of Czapłowski's music include the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Orquestra Antunes Camara, Australia Pro Arte, the Canberra Wind Soloists, the Chamber Strings of Melbourne, Geelong Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Soloists, Australia Felix, the Monash Festival Orchestra, Kazimierz Dawidek, Harry Sparnaay, Lisa Cella, Jeffrey Crellin, as well as many of Australia's leading musicians.

Philip Czapłowski's music has featured in a number of festivals including the Encuentros Festival Internacional (Brazil 1995), International Double-Reed Society Conference (Arizona 1998), Federation Music Week (Melbourne 2000), Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (Belfast 2003), Szymanowski Festival 2003 (XXVI Dni Muzyki Karola Szymanowskiego, Poland), International Double-Reed Society Conference (Melbourne 2004), the Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds (2005), and the Cortona Contemporary Music Festival (Tuscany, Italy 2006).

In addition to numerous Australian performances, Czapłowski's music has been performed in the USA, Finland, Poland, Argentina, Austria, England, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Ireland, Romania, Italy and New Zealand, and his works have been broadcast by ABC Classic FM, ABC Radio National, 3MBS FM, Radio Adelaide, and RAI Italy.

In 2011 Czapłowski composed the music for the Australian feature film The Caretaker, written and directed by Tom Conyers and produced by Mark White.

Philip Czapłowski

"I write music out of necessity; it's my most direct form of communication. If "a picture is worth a thousand words", a piece of music is surely worth MANY thousands."

"From an early age I chose to communicate through music, having grown up to experience the pain that words can cause."

"Music should be fresh, new, challenging, exciting, moving, but not elitist or aloof."

"Above all, music must have meaning, in the human, psychological sense, not just the digital or academic sense. It's not enough to be clever."