Jakub Ciupiński


Jakub Ciupiński  biography



Currently living in:

    New York




    Juilliard School   

    Cracow Academy of Music

    Birmingham Conservatoire

Jakub Ciupinski (b.1981) is Polish composer living in New York City. Although his music is often associated with electronics and interactive performances, he has written numerous pieces for traditional acoustic forces, varying in scope from solo miniatures to an hour long Oratorio for symphony orchestra and double choir.

At the age of 18, he signed a contract with Sony Music Poland and since then has been recording electronica-infused world music under the stage name Jakub Żak.

Jakub Ciupinski’s concert music has been commissioned by various institutions and ensembles including Metropolis Ensemble, The New Juilliard Ensemble, The New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, as well as the world-famous violinists Anne Akiko-Meyers and Philippe Quint. His works have been performed around the world, including prestigious venues such as Tonhalle in Zurich and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York.

Ciupinski is a co-founder of Blind Ear Music, New York based group of composers and instrumentalists performing improvised, real-time compositions, using wirelessly connected laptops as musical score displays. He has also designed his own instrument for performing electronic music using hand gestures. He has collaborated with a variety of artists, musicians, choreographers and film directors, including oscar winning director Andrzej Wajda and  Jessica Lang on her works i.n.k., Within the Space I Hold for JLD, Eighty One for Ballet San Jose, and Droplet for The New York Choreographic Institute. He has also scored the music for United Nations documentary “Opening Doors”.

He studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse at The Juilliard School, Zbigniew Bujarski and Krzysztof Penderecki at the Cracow Academy of Music, and with Edwin Roxbrough and Joe Cutler at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Ciupinski is teaching studio composition at Purchase, State University of New York.