Regarding the establishment of tempo 1˚ press: “I am delighted to see such a beautiful product from your new company. Lovely engraving and formatting, a composer’s eye for quality music, professional presentation, all the hallmark’s of a fine publisher”.

Frederick Frahm
Composer (New Mexico, USA)

I appreciate Michael’s background in choral literature and stylistics. He is sensitive to different styles of writing and has encouraged me to further my own style. Sitting side-by-side perusing manuscripts with a fine-toothed comb has been of unbelievable benefit to me.

Paul Bouman
Composer (Oak Park, IL USA)

Wolniakowski’s work is characterized by excellent craftsmanship in service of a clear musical utterance—expressive intuitiveness guided by intellectual rigor. He has a keen melodic sense, a subtle harmonic language and a gift for polyphony.

Maurice Boyer, DMA
Associate Professor of Music
Chamber Orchestra / Laudate
Concordia University Chicago

Michael Wolniakowski

Chicago-native MICHAEL WOLNIAKOWSKI (b. 1974) is a conductor, composer, and founder of themwgroup, a non-profit, global creative-catalyst agency. His vision is a magnet for organizations and individuals attracting a diverse, like-minded consortium that challenge many brands in the professional music area. He currently lives as a full-time composer and is General Editor for tempo 1˚ press.

Michael studied music education, organ, and composition at Concordia University (now Concordia Chicago) and published his first work while still an undergraduate. His graduate work in choral conducting and composition was completed at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and his post-graduate work in composition and creative orchestral transcription was completed at the Royal College of Music in London.

He has served as continuo player for works by J.S. Bach, including a great deal of the cantata literature. He has been soloist for performances of rarely-performed music of Bach including the concerto for two and three harpsichords. As a singer, he toured with the Ionian Singers (London, UK) throughout central London and the Northern Jutland area of Denmark. The chorus was featured at several music festivals along the Saeby Sea with concerts broadcast live on Danish National Radio. Additionally, Michael has sung under influential conductors including Bob Chilcott, Timothy Salter, and Paul Spicer.

Current projects in include Song of Propserene (for women’s voices with harp), Rise up my love, my fair one (for unaccompanied chorus of mixed voices with male solo voice) and a new collection of Spanish renaissance carols, edited together with Grigori Gerenstein.