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Krzysztof Penderecki

Krzysztof Penderecki

Krzysztof Penderecki is a Grammy Award winning Polish composer and conductor, famed for his novel compositional styles.



Krzysztof Penderecki, born November 23rd 1933, is a Polish composer and conductor. His 1960 avant-garde 'Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima' for string orchestra brought him to international attention, and this success was followed by acclaim for his choral 'St. Luke Passion'. Both these works exhibit novel compositional techniques. Since the 1970s Penderecki's style has changed to encompass a post-Romantic idiom.

He has won prestigious awards including Grammy Awards in 1987 and 1998 and 2001, and the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 1992.

As well as the works already mentioned, his compositions include 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 works.