Michael Ostrzyga

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  • Michael Ostrzyga
  • Collegium musicum
    Universität zu Köln
    50923 Köln


The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science.

Albert Einstein

Upcoming projects

Currently I am putting the final touches to works I was able to pursue more extensively due to the pandemic:

„I am sorry I ever took it. (the rock)“ – Conscience Letters from the Petrified Forrest for Baritone (Thomas Bonni) and Piano (Christoph Schnackertz) will be the first of a group of cycles called „Conscience Pile“.

„thirty miles from nowhere“ for singer alone.



Due to the pandemic all premieres and concerts slated have been cancelled, some are delayed:

THE SILENT CITY (finished), commissioned by Musikpodium Stuttgart for Kammerchor Stuttgart directed by Frieder Bernius (cappella work for 24 part chorus and overtone soloist Anna-Maria Hefele), was to be performed in Stuttgart, Singapur and New Zealand (World Symposium of Choral Music) in July 2020 but is cancelled as of now.

I ADD MY BREATH TO YOU BREATH (finished), commissioned by World Symposium of Choral Music in New Zealand 2020 was to be premiered by VOCES8 but is delayed to an unspecified time in 2021.
ERSTE STERNE (finished) for Piano Solo, was to be premiered in London by Thomas Stumpf, but the concert was cancelled.
CD Production with compositions of mine only, performed by Kammerchor der Hochschule Hamburg and Ensemble vokal dir. by Cornelius Trantow was supposed to be released in summer 2021, but is delayed to 2022.
Premiere of MARIPOSA, second movement, commissioned by Kammerchor Consono (dir. by Harald Jers) as well as an as of yet untitled work commissioned by Salt Lake Choral Artists (dir. by Brady Allred) have been delayed.
Premieres of new work for two choirs celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday commissioned by DialogFelder e.V. for Voci di Fuoco and University Choir at University at Economics Katowice is delayed to 2021.
Publication of my Completion of Mozart’s Requiem was slated to be released as „Urtext“-Edition in September 2020. It is delayed for one year.
I was invited to the 12th World Symposion on Choral Music 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand to present workshops on my choral music. The festival was cancelled early in 2020.




Uranus is commissioned by dir. by Matthias Mensching to be premiered in 2021 as part of their program HIMMELWÄRTS celebrating the 10th anniversary of the choir.

Mariposa (eventually a three-movement-work for chorus a cappella with texts by Homero Aridjis for chamber choir Consono conducted by Harald Jers – first movement premiered in 2019) – world premiere of movement two and three was originally coming up in second half of 2020, but moved to 2021.

New work for brass quintet commissioned by Navus Brass for 2020/2021 seasons.
Primero sueño (“First Dream”) for soloists, chorus and large orchestra. Full-length setting of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz‘ poem combined with fragments of her letters. It is commissioned by the Harvard Choruses and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project for 2021/2022 season, but delayed.