The Polish Institute in New Delhi soon will be presenting a new exciting project – “In Krzysztof Penderecki’s garden”. The project was prepared by Instytut Adama Mickiewicza (Institute of Adam Mickiewicz, www.iam.pl). For the details please follow our website.
Below please, find information about Krzysztof Penderecki, the great Polish artist, who passed away on 29th of March 2020.
Krzysztof Penderecki was a Polish composer and conductor. Among his best known works are Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, Symphony No. 3, his St. Luke Passion, Polish Requiem, Anaklasis, and Utrenja. Penderecki composed four operas, eight symphonies and other orchestral pieces, a variety of instrumental concertos, choral settings of mainly religious texts, as well as chamber and instrumental work.
Born in Dębica to a lawyer, Penderecki studied music at Jagiellonian University and the Academ of Music in Kraków. After graduating from the Academy, he became a teacher there and began his career as a composer in 1959 during the Warsaw Autumn festival. His Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima for string orchestra and the choral work St. Luke Passion have received popular acclaim. His first opera, The Devils of Loudun, was not immediately successful. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Penderecki’s composing style changed, with his first violin concerto focusing on the semitone and the tritone. His choral work Polish Requiem was written in the 1980s and expanded in 1993 and 2005.
Penderecki won many prestigious awards, including the Prix Italia in 1967 and 1968; four Grammy Awards in 1987, 1998 (twice), and 2017; the Wolf Prize in Arts in 1987; and the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 1992. In 2012, Sean Michaels of The Guardian called him ‘arguably Poland’s greatest living composer.
(source – wikipedia)