Krzysztof Penderecki (Кшиштоф Пендерецкий), the famous Polish composer, conductor, died at the age of 86. The music of the Polish composer can be heard in such films as “Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie” by Wojciech Has, “The Shining” by Stanley Kubrick, «The Exorcist» by William Friedkin and “Maska” by Timothy & Stephen Quay. Almost until the last days of his life, Penderetsky wrote music and performed concerts.
Penderecki was born in 1933 in the family of a lawyer. As a child, the boy fell in love with classical music and played the violin and piano. In 1959, he won the Polish composers ‘ competition, after which he became a regular participant in contemporary classical music festivals and became known as the author of the Eastern European musical avant-garde. In 1960, he was awarded by UNESCO for the work “8’37″”. In 1978, Penderecki created his first Symphony.
For his work, the composer was awarded prestigious Polish and foreign awards, including five times becoming a Grammy award winner. Condolences to the family.