Born: 1933, Debica, Poland
“I have spent decades searching for and discovering new sounds. At the same time, I have closely studied the forms, styles and harmonies of past eras. I have continued to adhere to both principles … my current creative output is a synthesis.”
Penderecki began piano and violin studies at an early age, and at first wanted to become a virtuoso violinist. After studying composition at the conservatory in Krakow, however, he quickly won many prizes for his innovative string textures, which established him as a leading European modernist. His music ranges from works on tape to opera and film scores, and he has won, among others, the Grawemeyer Award for his Symphony No. 4 and a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his Violin Concerto No. 2.
Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima(string orchestra, 1960)Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,Krzysztof Penderecki (EMI Classics)
Violin Concerto No. 2, “Metamorphosen”(1992-1995) Anne-Sophie Mutter,London Symphony Orchestra, Penderecki (DG)