After ten years as Department of Music Chair, Stephen M. Sano has stepped down and is returning to directing the Choral Studies program. Succeeding him as Department Chair is Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Associate Professor of Composition. Please welcome Jarek, as he is familiarly known, to the Chair of the Department.
Prof. Kapuscinski is an intermedia composer and pianist whose work has been presented at New York's MOMA, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Museum of Modern Art Palais de Tokyo in Paris, National Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, and many other venues. He has received numerous awards at festivals, including the UNESCO Film sur l'Art Festival in Paris in 1992, VideoArt Festival in Locarno in 1992 and 1993, Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art Éléctronique in Montréal in 1993, and the International Festival of New Cinema and New Media in Montréal in 2000, among others.
Kapuscinski's primary interest is creation and performance of works in which musical instruments are used to control multimedia content. He was first trained as a classical pianist and composer at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and expanded into multimedia at a residency at Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada (1988) and during doctoral studies at the University of California, San Diego (1992-1997).
Kapuscinski is actively involved in intermedia education. He was a postdoc and lecturer at McGill University in Montreal, has taught at the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific, and has lectured internationally. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Composition at Stanford University and has been a member of the Stanford University Music faculty since 2008.