Katarzyna Szwed, born in 1980 in Cracow, Poland, is currently living as a free lance-composer and music teacher in the Netherlands. In 2003 she took part in the Klaus Huber master class for composers at Trebnitz Palace in Germany and received a Socrates Erasmus scholarship to study composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands. She was awarded an M.A. in composition and music theory at the Cracow Music Academy in 2006. During the following two years she attended the Next Generation workshop of the Donaueschingen Musik Tage in 2007, the 11 Premières workshop of the Nieuw Ensemble in Amsterdam 2007-2008, the Watch That Sound workshop of the Rotterdam Film Festival 2008-2009, the 8x7 workshop of the Asko Schoenberg Ensemble in Amsterdam 2008-2009 and the Four Quadrants workshop in Rotterdam in 2009. In 2009 she also received an M.A. in composition from the Rotterdam Conservatory and in 2014 she obtained a Ph.D in composition from the University of Birmingham, England. Her works have been performed at several music festivals such as the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Red Ear Festival in Rotterdam, and the ManiFeste of IRCAM, Paris. Szwed works together with both individual musicians and ensembles, also combining music with modern dance, visual art or (live) electronics. In 2016 she began collaborating with the award-winning Song of The Goat Theatre.