Steve Kornicki

From symphonies recorded and performed by European orchestras to background production music heard on television and radio around the world to the creation of experimental, non-narrative video pieces, Steve's talent and diversity extends to many aspects of the audio-visual world.

Composer Steve Kornicki’s ability to integrate diverse musical elements into his own unique and personal vision has led him to his current practice of composing accessible music based on numerical processes and advanced musical theories. He draws his inspiration from conceptual music theory and the natural sciences while preserving an intellectual, compelling and simultaneously evocative and emotional impact with his music. Steve Kornicki has been working for over 20 years as a composer and sound artist.

Steve's latest work translates his extensive experience with sound into visual forms. These visual forms are represented as experimental video works accompanied by innovative music for digitally processed sampled instruments and sounds:

From 2000-2003, he lived and worked in Los Angeles, composing for media corporations and working closely with musicians at California State University Long Beach. He has written concert music for orchestra and chamber ensembles, music for electronic media and pieces for music libraries, video, film, dance and theater productions. His concert music has been performed by the New York Miniaturist Ensemble, West End String Quartet, Kiev Philharmonic, Accessible Contemporary Music, California State University Percussion Ensemble and Percussionist, David Gerhart. He studied composition & music theory with Jeffrey Mumford and guitar performance with William Peters at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, PA.

Steve's music has been featured on television around the world (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Germany), on International Public Radio as well as on radio stations in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He has also scored music for film, video, theater, music libraries and various media productions. His orchestral piece, “Morning Star Rising”, was recorded by the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and released in 2005 on the international CD label, ERM Media.

He owns and operates his own music publishing company, Fragmented View Music (BMI) and a 24-track digital music production studio. As an audio producer, he has recorded, mixed and produced professionally since 1991 and has taught more than 100 private music students


TEMPO DISTORTION #1-4 (2006-2007) for various orchestral, chamber and electronic combinations - a series of pieces concerned with individual instrumental parts occurring in different tempi simultaneously. Tempo Distortion #3 and #4 published by Media Press

HORIZONTAL COLOR FORMS #1-19 (2004-2007) for various orchestral, chamber and choral combinations – a series of pieces concerned with new forms of compositional structure involving numerical processes and combinations of compositional practices (the 12-tone method, minimalism, and improvisation) Horizontal Color Forms #12 and #16 published by Media Press.

TRIO (2003) for flute, cello and piano – tonal, post-minimalist chamber music in 3 movements

STRING MOTION (2003), for string quartet (or electric string quartet) and electronic sounds – an arrangement for strings of XYLO MOTION (see below)

*XYLO MOTION (2002-03), for xylophone and electronic sounds (commissioned by David Gerhart) - a rhythmic, virtuoso piece consisting of a xylophone solo with precisely synchronized electronics. Premiered By David Gerhart at University of Southern California 2004 & published by Media Press

MORNING STAR RISING (2002), for orchestra - a narrative piece based on Mayan history in 6 sections with a distinct harmonic language and gradually evolving melodic structures. Recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic conducted by Robert Ian Winstin for the ERM Media CD label (2005 release). Please visit for more information.

*SYNCHRONOUS MOMENTUM FOR DAVID GERHART (2002), for vibraphone and electronic sounds - another rhythmic percussion solo with synchronized electronics. A fusion of contemporary classical and "pop music" elements. Premiered by Dave Gerhart at California State University Long Beach 2002 & published by Media Press

ECHOES OF EMERGENCE (2001-03), arrangement for orchestra - symphonic adaptation of below piece at slower tempos.

ECHOES OF EMERGENCE (2001), for percussion ensemble - 3 movement suite for 13 percussionists and piano. A dynamic composition with contrasting sections, tempo = medium/slow/fast. Performed and premiered by the California State University Long Beach Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Dave Gerhart, 2001

PARALLEL MUSIC (2001), for vibraphone, marimba and electronic sounds - percussion duo with synchronized electronics. The electronic part consists of synthesized mallet/percussion sounds and is a rhythmic counterpoint to the live players. Premiered by Dave Gerhart and Angela Tabor at California State University Long Beach 2001

VARIATIONS AND DANCES (2000), for instrumental ensemble - a rhythmic, tonal piece based on unfolding melodic structures in 3 movements

POLY MUSIC (2000), for instrumental ensemble and electronic sounds - utilizes improvisation, aleatoric techniques and polyrhythmic electronics. Instrumentation is variable and is accompanied by verbal and notated parts

MUSIC FOR SOLO GUITAR (1990-91) written for my teacher, William Peters, who also recorded the piece for the Fragments of Illumination CD - meditative piece inspired by Satie and Cage

TONAL CORRELATIONS (1990-91), for instruments and electronic sounds - various pieces exploring the textural properties of diatonic modes combining instruments and electronics. Premiered at Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA 1990 and Fragments of Illumination CD

AND SHE SPOKE OF ANOTHER TIME (1988-90), for 4 violins - reflective, sustained piece with dense, clustered tonalities

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