photo: Wojciech Gurak

An award-winning composer and songwriter, Monika Gurak graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Composition with honours from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, as well as with a master’s 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. 

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. 

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

Albums

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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