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Krzysztof Penderecki

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Krzysztof Penderecki, Gdańsk, 2008

Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki (Polish: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf pɛndɛˈrɛt͡skʲi]; 23 November 1933 – 29 March 2020) was a Polish composer and conductor. The Guardian called him Poland's greatest living composer in 2012.[1] He was born in Dębica, Poland. His best known works are Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, Symphony No. 3, his St. Luke Passion, Polish Requiem, Anaklasis and Utrenja.

Penderecki has won many awards, including the Commander's Cross in 1964, the Prix Italia in 1967 and 1968, the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 1964, four Grammy Awards in 1987, 1998 (twice), and 2017, Wolf Prize in Arts in 1987.[2]

Penderecki died on 29 March 2020 of a long-illness in Krakow, Poland at the age of 86.[3]

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  1. Michaels, Sean (23 January 2012). "Jonny Greenwood reveals details of Krzysztof Penderecki collaboration". The Guardian.
  2. "1992 – Krzysztof Penderecki – Grawemeyer Awards". Grawemeyer.org.
  3. Nie żyje Krzysztof Penderecki. Wybitny polski kompozytor i dyrygent miał 86 lat (in Polish)

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