Baculewski, Krzysztof International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Born in 1950 in Warsaw; composer, graduate of the State High School of Music in Warsaw (1974), PhD in Humanities from the University of Warsaw (1982). He completed his studies at the Paris Conservatoire (1975-76) working with Olivier Messiaen and at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (the socalled Pierre Schaeffer 's work experience). Since 1973 he has collaborated as a critic with the music journal "Ruch Muzyczny"; since 1982 he has taught at the F. Chopin Music Academy (now Fryderyk Chopin University of Music), presently heading the composition class. In 2001 he was awarded the title of professor. In 2002 he was guest professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. 
He has been awarded numerous prizes at composers' competitions, and has served as a juror at many such competitions. His works include vocal-instrumental, orchestral, chamber, solo and electroacoustic compositions. In 1986 the State Opera in Wrocław staged his opera Nowe Wyzwolenie (New Liberation) based on a play by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz. Compositions by Baculewski have been performed in most European countries, as well as the US, Canada, Japan and South America. 
The composer has published a number of scholarly books, including two volumes devoted to Polish contemporary music, as well as critical reviews and journalistic texts. He is also the author of the reconstruction of Piano Concerto in A major, Op. 2 by Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński and the instrumentation for Stanisław Moniuszko's last opera, Beata
In 2007 he received the Gloria Artis silver award for Services to Culture.

Selected works: Sonata for Percussion (1971), Epitafium for orchestra (1972), Meander for solo flute (1973), New Liberation, opera after Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (1974), Vivace e Cantilena for flute, piano and string quintet (1974), Ground for orchestra (1981), Quartier Latin for tape (1981), Spring Sonata for solo flute (1982), Concerto for Orchestra (1983), A Walking Shadow for orchestra (1990), The Whole & Broken Consort for Renaissance instruments (1986), Antitheton I for piano trio (1989), Voyage à travers le paysage métaphysique for tape (1992), The Profane Anthem To Anne to words by John Donne for soloists, choir and baroque orchestra with continuo (1992), RilkeLieder for solo soprano, solo baritone and two mixed a cappella choirs (1994), 33 Carols for mixed choir (1994), Antitheton II for two violins and continuo (1996), Ozwodne i Krzesane for mixed choir (2000), Les Adieux, cantata for solo alto and string orchestra with harp (2001), 12 Piano Studies (2006), Organ Concerto (2012); theatre and film music.