Music from Poland – Krzysztof Penderecki

In memory of August the 6th and the victims of Hiroshima

Krzysztof Penderecki  born November 23, 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. He has been called Poland’s greatest living composer.