Canadian composer, researcher and multimedia performer Piotr Grella-Mozejko holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta and an M.Mus. in Composition from the same university, where he studied with Alfred Fisher, Henry Klumpenhouwer and the late Christopher Lewis. He also holds an M.A. in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Silesia (Poland) , and studied composition privately with the late Prof. Edward Boguslawski and Prof. Boguslaw Schaeffer. In 1994, Grella-Mozejko was the only Canadian selected to participate in the prestigious “June in Buffalo” Festival and Conference, where he attended lectures by and master classes with Milton Babbitt, Donald Erb, David Felder, Lukas Foss, Roger Reynolds, and Charles Wuorinen.
Described by the German press as demonstrating “uncompromising honesty” («Neue Zeitschrift für Musik»), praised for his unorthodox aesthetics («Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung»), and whose work is called “brawny, high-contrast… full of rich counterpoint and compelling textural changes” («The New York Times»), “strikingly individual” («The Toronto Star»), and “wonderful-sounding” («The Buffalo News»), Grella-Mozejko has written on commissions from, among others, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Polish Congress, Edmonton Arts Council/Clifford E. Lee Fund, International Conversatorium of Organ Music, Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, as well as Polish Radio, Canadian Music Centre, and The Flanders Festival.
Presented in twenty-nine countries in centres such as Antwerp, Athens, Bangkok, Basel, Berlin, Bilbao, Dublin, Geneva, Kassel, Kaunas, Kraków, London, Los Angeles, Lausanne, Mexico City, Montréal, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Prague, Princeton, St. Petersburg, Seoul, Sydney, Tallinn, Toronto, Turin, Utrecht, Vancouver, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich, Grella-Mozejko’s music has been commissioned, played and recorded by symphony and chamber orchestras in Canada and abroad (Edmonton, Halifax, Kraków, Kyiv, Regina, Scarborough, Vancouver, Wroclaw and Warsaw, among others) as well as by such outstanding performers as the Penderecki, Szymanowski and Bozzini String Quartets, Aventa Ensemble, Anubis Saxophone Quartet, Quatuor de saxophones QUASAR, Duo Dilemme, Duo Levent, The Hammerhead Consort, Hermes Ensemble, Mexico City Woodwind Quintet, Motion Ensemble, pianists Kathleen Supové and Daan Vandewalle, flautists Iwona Glinka, Karin Aurell, Penelope Clarke, Isabelle Schnöller, Mark Takeshi McGregor, clarinettists Jean-Guy Boisvert Yuji Noguchi and Harry Sparnaaij; a host of leading saxophonists including Allison Balcetis, Vincent Daoud, Laurent Estoppey, Charles Stolte, William H Street and Andreas van Zoelen, and many others.
His works have appeared on Acte Préalable, Arktos, ATMA Classique, Centrediscs, Clef Records, CML, Eclectra, New Music North and edition zeitklang labels, have been broadcast and published in Canada, Europe and USA, and performed at numerous festivals and concert series across North America, Europe and Asia. Voting Member of the Canadian Music Centre , Regular Member of the Polish Composers' Union , he is also involved in several other arts organisations. As a recording engineer and producer, he has over a dozen releases to his credit, featuring works by nearly eighty Canadian and international contemporary composers.
In 1997, he won the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association (AMPIA) Award in Musical Score/Composer category (“Black Angels” by Cynthia Wells). Other prizes and awards include the composers’ competitions in Lódz, Poland (“aennea” for guitar solo); Kraków, Poland (“Motet” for six vocal soloists); and The Pierre Boulez Canadian Composers Competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia (1991, “Horror vacui” – triptych for strings named by Pierre Boulez in third place). Grella-Mozejko is also recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Ca