Monika Gurak

An award-winning composer and songwriter, Monika Gurak graduated with a Bachelor of  Music degree with honours from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, as well as with a  Master of Arts degree from the Department of Music, York University. York University  additionally gave her a merit-based entrance scholarship. She also took courses in writing songs  and music production at Berklee Online, where she received a certificate. In addition, Monika is  an alumna of the Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies, University of Warsaw. 

Monika loves composing for piano, since this is her main instrument. These are compositions  for solo piano, for piano duo and for the piano in collaboration with other instruments, as well  as voice. In 2021, she was named a finalist of Classic Pure Vienna Composition Competition and  Cum Laude Music Awards for her piece for piano four hands Romance Sonámbulo, which is  available on her sophomore album SCENES FROM A LIFE. 

Monika delights in writing music with words, be they pop songs, art songs or opera. She writes  in three languages: Polish, English and Spanish. In 2021, she was named the winner of the  Canadian category of the Arcady-RBC Emerging Composer Competition for her song “Hope  is…”, which can be found on her debut album I LOVE YOU LIKE SPAIN.  

Monika received a bronze medal in the category of classical for her I LOVE YOU LIKE SPAIN album  and two silver medals in the categories of new release and composer for her SCENES FROM A LIFE album at Global Music Awards. 

Apart from lyric writing, Monika enjoys writing prose. She published a few articles about music  in Hispano-American literature and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Albums

Scenes From A Life

Release Date: November 12, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6386
21st Century
Chamber
Percussion
Piano
Hot on the heels of her first Navona Records release, award winning composer Monika Gurak keeps the fire burning with SCENES FROM A LIFE, an album of original and personalized works for piano and vibraphone. Infused with wit and whimsy, Gurak’s 15 Humoresques deliver a lighthearted quality to the album’s first half, featuring pianists Scott Downing and Emma Collette Moss with vibraphonist Michael Davidson.
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I Love You Like Spain

Release Date: July 23, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6357
21st Century
Chamber
Vocal Music
Piano
Voice
Monika Gurak certainly is no ordinary songwriter: not just because of her academic background, but also because of her love of foreign cultures. Her linguistic fluency in English, Spanish, and Polish heavily influences her work on I LOVE YOU LIKE SPAIN from Navona Records: the songs are sung in English, but the music comes with a generous helping of both Iberian exoticism as well as Polish sensibility.
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