Born in Lwów, Poland, Elżbieta Sikora studied piano at Liceum Muzyczne in Gdańsk. She completed her first Master of Arts in 1968 at Akademia Muzyczna in Warsaw where her studies included sound engineering. In the two years that followed she studied electronic music with Pierre Schaeffer and Francois Bayle at the Groupe des Recherches Musicales in Paris. Returning to the Akademia Muzyczna in Warsaw she completed, in 1977, her second Master of Arts in composition with Tadeusz Baird and Zbigniew Rudziński. In 1973 she founded, with W. Michniewski and K. Knittel the Group of Composers KEW. She studied also the composition in Paris with Betsy Jolas. Scholarships from the French Government at IRCAM, Paris, the City of Mannheim, and the Kościuszko Foundation at CCRMA (Computer Center for Research in Music and Acoustics), Stanford, have enriched the composer’s international outlook.
Elżbieta Sikora has received prizes at the Composers Competition in Dresden (1978, II Prize for her opera “Ariadna”), at the Experimental Music Competition in Bourges (1979,80, Mentions for”Waste Land”, “Letters to M.”, 2000, Prix Magisterium for “Aquamarina” ), at Young Composers Competition in Warsaw (1978, Mention for (“…. according to Pascal”) and at the Women Composers Competition in Mannheim (1981,I Prize for “Guernica”). She has been awarded twice in 1994 by SACEM, France: Prix Pedagogique for her work “Chant’Europe” and Prix Stephane Chapelier-Clergue-Gabriel-Marie for her work in general. In 1996 she received the SACD Prize: Nouveau Talent Musique. In 1997 Elzbieta Sikora was awarded Poland’s Cavalier Cross of Merits. In October 2000, she receive Künstlerinnenpreise in Heidelberg, Germany.In 2003 she was awarded by l’Académie du Disque Lyrique, Paris for “Le Chant de Salomon” and “Eine Rose als Stütze, Drei Lieder”, CD Chant du Monde.
Elzbieta Sikora works were commissioned by: French Government, Polish Ministry of Culture, French Radio, Ballet of Monte Carlo, IRCAM an many others and were performed in many countries and festivals of contemporary music: Avignon (1969) – Festival Estival, Paris (1975) – Fylkingen, Stockholm (1975) – Bourges, France (1973, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1999) – Warsaw (1974, 1976, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001) – Dresden (1979) – Braunschweig (1980) – Berlin (1981) – Brighton (1984) – Bath – Newcastle (1993)- “Presences”, Paris (1999, 2003), Heidelberg (2000)
Performers of her music include: Elisabeth Chojnacka (harpsichord), Ivan Monighetti (cello), Pierre-Yves Artaud, Robert Dick, Karin Levine (flute), France Lynch, Elena Vasilieva, Elisabeth Grard (soprano), Daniel Kientzy (saxophone), Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano), Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra and Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique of the French Radio with Michel Tabachnik, The Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra with Wojciech Michniewski, Ballet of Monte Carlo, National Opera of Warsaw, NOSPR, Katowice with Antoni Wit and Gabriel Chmura, Orchestre Poitou-Charentes with Pascal Verrot, Ensemble Itinéraire, Ensemble 2E2M, Paris…
Publishers: PWM, AA, Stoklosa Editions, Poland, Ariadne Verlag, Austria, Chant du Monde, Heugel, France