The renowned Polish composer and conductorKrzysztof PendereckiHe died this morning in Krakow at the age of 86, as reported by the Radio Cracow station, citing family sources.
“With the departure of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish culture has suffered airreparable loss“Stanislaw Krawczynski, rector of the Krakow Academy of Music where Penderecki had worked for long years, told the radio station.
Born on November 23, 1933 in Debica, Penderecki became world famous in 1960 with ‘Treno to the victims of Hiroshima’. The work, written for 52 string instruments, earned the Polish musician the prize forUnescoand it was followed by another series of hits like ‘Anaklasis’, ‘Polymorphia’, ‘Psalmus’ and ‘Stabat Mater’ and ‘The passion according to Saint Luke’.
At the end of the same decade, Penderecki wrote his first opera,‘The demons of Loudun’which premiered at the Hamburg Opera in 1969. Three years later, Penderecki made his directorial debut and since then conducted the most important orchestras in the world, as one of the most representative figures of avant-garde world music.
In 1998 Penderecki became an honorary member of the American Academy ofArts and Letters.
In February 1999 he received two prestigious awardsGrammy: for the best contemporary composition (Second Violin Concerto) and a recording of this Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the London Symphony Orchestra under her baton.
In 2001 Penderecki was awarded thePrince of Asturias Award for the Arts.