Ernest Ansermet — Swiss conductor and composer, born in 1883 in Vevey, died in 1969 in Geneva. Studied in Geneva, Paris, Munich, and Berlin; his conducting professors included Felix Mottl and Arthur Nikisch.
Anna Archacka — Director of the Nature Muzeum in Drozdów, based in the Lutosławski manor house. She was honoured with the Lutosławski Centennial Medal.
Andrzej Bauer — Cellist and pedagogue, a performer and popularizer of Witold Lutosławski’s music, professor at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw and the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.
Maria Bilińska-Riegerowa — pianist and pedagogue. She made her debut as a 13 year old playing Mozart’s Concerto in c minor in her home city, Rzeszów, in 1924.
Robert Black — American conductor, pianist, and composer, passionate propagator of new music.
Felicja Blumental — Polish pianist. She studied at the Warsaw Conservatory under Zbigniew Drzewiecki, as well as Stefan Askenase and Józef Turczyński.
Gabriela Bogusławska — Wife of Marcin Bogusławski, Witold Lutosławski’s stepdaughter. During her stay in Oslo she was very active in the Polish-Norwegian Cultural Society ‘Kultura’. Together with her husband, she organized concerts, public lectures, appearances by Polish artists, and medical help for compatriots in Poland.
Marcin Bogusławski — Son of Danuta Lutosławska from her first marriage (with the architect Jan Bogusławski), Witold Lutosławski’s son-in-law. Following his architectural studies in Warsaw, he settled in Oslo. He designed a number of Norway’s representative buildings
Mario di Bonaventura — American conductor and pedagogue, propagator of new music. He studied composition under Nadia Boulanger and conducting under Igor Markévitch.
Nadia Boulanger — French composer, pedagogue, conductor, pianist, and organist.
Pierre Boulez — French composer and conductor, student of Messiaen and Leibowitz, one of the creators of serialism and a leading representative of the postwar avant-garde.
Michał Bristiger — Musicologist, Professor at the Institute of Art in the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, doctor honoris causa of the University of Palermo, corresponding member of the American Musicological Society, honorary editor of the periodical Res Facta Nova.
Ian Brown — English pianist and conductor active as soloist and chamber musician, valued partner of many prominent soloists.
Stanisława Chyl — Former director of the Drozdów Museum of Nature, propagator of Witold Lutosławski’s heritage
Andrzej Chłopecki — Musicologist, music theorist, critic, journalist and animator of musical life.
Janet Craxton — English oboist. She studied at the London Royal Academy of Music (where she herself taught from 1958), and at the Paris Conservatory.
Henryk Czyż — Conductor, composer, and pedagogue.
Edward Downes — English conductor, active mainly in the field of opera. He began his career in 1952 as an assistant to Rafael Kubelik in Covent Garden.
Maria Drewniakówna — Soprano singer, born in 1908, received her education in Stanisławów, Warsaw, and Lviv. Around 1936 she began her collaboration with the Polish Radio.
Zbigniew Drzewiecki — pianist and pedagogue, one of the leading figures of the Polish pianistic world in the twentieth century.
Stanisław Dygat — Writer, publicist, author of stories and novels (including Lake Constance, Farewells, The Journey, Disneyland, Railway Station in Munich), several of which have been adapted for film.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau — German singer, baritone, considered to be one of the greatest vocal individualities in the twentieth century, especially in the domain of song performance, to which he devoted most of his attention.
Grzegorz Fitelberg — Conductor, violinist, composer, from the age of 12 studied violin performance under Stanisław Barcewicz and composition under Zygmunt Noskowski at the Music Institute in Warsaw
Luca Francesconi —
Edward Gardner — English conductor, a performer and popularizer of Witold Lutosławski’s music, laureate of the Year of Lutosławski Medal.
Janina Godlewska — Singer and actress, wife of the popular actor and singer Andrzej Bogucki.
Danuta Gwizdalanka — Musicologist, graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University. Her wide interests comprise music history, often in the context of society, and she devoted much attention to Beethoven’s music, chamber music, and contemporary Polish music.
Susan Hamilton — Scottish singer, soprano. She specializes in early music and contemporary performance, and collaborates with many leading ensembles, orchestras, and conductors.
Julia Hartwig — poet, essayist, translator of Henri Michaux’s poetry, and other works.
Jan Hoffmann — Pianist and pedagogue based in Cracow. Following his studies at the Conservatory of the Musical Society in Cracow, he became the student assistant of Egon Petri.
Heinz Holliger — Swiss oboist, composer, and conductor, born in 1939. He studied in Bern, Paris, and Basil. In his creative stance he remained under considerable influence from Pierre Boulez.
Ursula Holliger — Swiss harpist who after her studies in Basil and Brussels won the International Harp Contest in Israel, which opened her way to the great concert halls of the world.
Martina Homma — German musicologist, author of many publications on twentieth and nineteenth century music, researcher of Witold Lutosławski’s creative output. In 1996, she published a dissertation: Witold Lutoslawski. Zwölfton-Harmonik – Formbildung – 'aleatorischer Kontrapunkt'. Studien zum Gesamtwerk unter Einbeziehung der Skizzen.
Roman Jabłoński — Cellist, a former student of Roman Suchecki, later studied under Sergei Shirinsky in Moscow and Aldo Parisot at Yale University. He is a laureate of competitions in Munich, Gdańsk, Dallas, and Bordeaux.
Krzysztof Jakowicz — Eminent Polish violinist, specially valued by Witold Lutosławski, to whom the great composer entrusted the Polish premieres of all his violin works (Chain II , the Partita’s version for violin and orchestra, and Subito). On the Master’s invitation, he performed the composer’s works under his baton in major centres of the musical world.
Stefan Jarociński — Musicologist, music critic, writer on music. He was a passionate of French music and culture, whose object of his interest lay in nineteenth- and twentieth-century aesthetics.
Ryszard Kapuściński — Journalist, reporter, writer, traveler. He was a reporter for the Polish Press Agency on several continents, and with extreme perception observed and interpreted the realities of a rapidly changing world
Jacek Kaspszyk — Conductor, artistic director of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, performer and popularizer of Witold Lutosławski’s music.
Lidia Kmitowa — Violinist of Russian origins. She studied in Berlin under Ysaÿe, Joachim, and Barmos.
Eugeniusz Knapik — pianist, classical composer, and university professor.
Kazimierz Kord — Conductor and director of many musical institutions in Poland. In his longest post, which he held from 1977 to 2001, he was head of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.
Włodzimierz Kotoński — Polish composer and pedagogue, author of books on music.
Zygmunt Krauze — Composer, pianist, pedagogue, organizer of musical events, popularizer of new music.
Jan Krenz — Conductor and composer. He studied in Łódź under Kazimierz Wiłkomirski (conducting), and Kazimierz Sikorski (composition)
Solveig Kringleborn — Norwegian soprano singer, her true name Solveig Kringlebotn, studied at the Norvegian Academy of Music and the Royal Opera Academy in Stockholm, where she also began her stage career.
Ludwik Kurkiewicz — Clarinetist and pedagogue, graduate of the conservatory in Poznań in the class of Prof. Jerzy Madej.
Mikołaj Laskowski —
Jerzy Lefeld — Pianist, pedagogue, composer. He studied piano under Aleksander Michałowski and composition under Roman Statkowski at the Music Institute in Warsaw.
Berthold Lehmann — German conductor, son of the eminent poet Wilhelm Lehmann. A great influence on the development of his personality was made by Wilhelm Furtwängler and August Halm, the theoretician of music and Bruckner enthusiast.
Magnus Lindberg —
Danuta Lutosławska — Wife of Witold Lutosławski, daughter of the architect Antoni Dygat and sister of the writer Stanisław Dygat.
François-Bernard Mâche — French composer, music theorist, university lecturer.
Witold Maliszewski — Composer and pedagogue. Studied in Petersburg, first in the fields of mathematics and medicine, and later, in the years 1898-1902, composition at the Conservatory under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow.
Elżbieta Markowska —
Andrzej Markowski — Conductor, composer, organizer of musical life. He was artistic director and first conductor of the Cracow Philharmonic, director of the Wrocław Philharmonic, second conductor of the National Philharmonic, and president of the Łódź Philharmonic.
Witold Małcużyński — Pianist, third prize laureate of the 3rd International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. For this competition, he prepared for several months under the direction of Ignacy Jan Paderewski.
Krzysztof Meyer — Composer and pianist, studied under the direction of Stanisław Wiechowicz and Krzysztof Penderecki, supplementing his education with Nadia Boulanger, and privately with Witold Lutosławski. He was lecturer at institutions of higher learning in Cracow (1972-1987) and in Cologne (1987-2008).
Kazimierz Michalik — Polish cellist and teacher, Professor at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw.
Grzegorz Michalski — Musicologist. In the years 2008-2014 he was the president of the Witold Lutosławski Society.
Wojciech Michniewski — a conductor and composer. On February 7, 2015 Wojciech Michniewski received the Year of Lutosławski Medal for his outstanding contribution to the dissemination of the composer’s heritage.
Marek Moś — conductor,artistic director of AUKSO chamber orchestra, violinist and chamber musician.
Anne-Sophie Mutter — German violinist began her career at the young age of 13, after Herbert von Karajan invited her to joint appearances and recording sessions.
Marc Neikrug — American composer and pianist. He wrote a considerable number of compositions in various genres.
Irina Nikolska — Russian musicologist. In the years 1968-1972, she studied at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw under Zofia Lissa and Michał Bristiger, and later at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow
Per Norgard — Danish composer, professor of composition at the Academy of Music in Aarhus, prizewinner of the Lutosławski Centennial Medal.
Tadeusz Ochlewski — Violinist, pedagogue, exceedingly active organizer of musical life, publisher.
Andrzej Panufnik — Composer and conductor, born in 1914 in Warsaw. He studied various musical subjects, including composition under Kazimierz Sikorski and Witold Maliszewski at the Warsaw Consevatory, and later in Vienna (conducting under Weingartner) and in Paris
Camilla Panufnik — English photographer, author of several books, wife of the deceased Andrzej Panufnik.
Józef Patkowski — musicologist, composer, eminent authority on new music and its devoted propagator, lecturer at the University of Warsaw and in musical institutions of higher learning in Cracow and Katowice.
Bogdan Pałosz — Director of the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition, Vice President of the Foundation for the Promotion of Young Violoncellists (the latter also competition organizer), Professor at the Institute of High Pressure Dynamics of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Peter Pears — English tenor, possessed a bright-sounding voice. His performances were characterized by great proficiency and wide expressional range
Ewa Pobłocka — Pianist, chamber musician, pedagogue, professor at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.
Charles Bodman Rae — English composer, pianist, conductor, and musicologist, Lutosławski scholar, presently Professor at the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide.
Jadwiga Rappé — One of Poland’s leading singers, an alto. She appears on the world’s leading theatrical and concert stages, presenting both opera and oratorio repertoire, being also a valued performer of the art song.
Simon Rattle — English conductor and music popularizer, artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In Poland he is known as a great admirer and propagator of music by Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski.
Konstanty Regamey — Composer, music critic, philologist specialized in East Asian languages.
Mścisław Rostropowicz — Russian cellist, one of the greatest masters of his instrument, appeared also as a pianist and conductor.
Witold Rowicki — Conductor. From 1931 he studied violin performance at the Conservatory in Cracow, and played in Cracow's Philharmonic Orchestra
James Rushton — Managing Director, Chester Music, the English publisher of Witold Lutosławski’s works.
Paul Sacher — Swiss conductor and musicologist, propagator of early and contemporary music, patron of the arts.
Esa-Pekka Salonen — Finnish conductor and composer. Following his studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the 1979 debut, he still considered himself primarily as a composer.
Heinrich Schiff — Austrian cellist. He studied in Vienna under Tobias Kühne and in Detmold under André Navarra.
Dorota Serwa — Director of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin. She is a musicologist and cultural manager.
Zbigniew Skowron — Musicologist, Professor at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw. The centre of his interests is occupied by the history of modern-period musical thought, theory and aesthetics of music from 1945, the compositional and reflective output of Witold Lutosławski, and Chopin epistolography and biographical studies.
Stanisław Skrowaczewski — One of the most internationally valued Polish conductors, and a composer.
Marie Slorach — Scottish singer, soprano.
Georg Solti — Hungarian conductor, after WWII a German citizen, and from 1972 a citizen of Great Britain
Leopold Stokowski — American conductor of Polish origin. He became famous as the director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which he raised to an international level.
Steven Stucky — Steven Stucky is among the most known and renowned American composers.
Aniela Szlemińska — Soprano, she appeared as guest both on national as well as foreign stages, performing mainly soprano parts. She was also no stranger to lighter repertoire.
Krystyna Szostek-Radkowa — Mezzosoprano, one of the leading Polish singers of the post-war period.
Paweł Szymański — Szymański completed his compositional studies under Włodzimierz Kotoński (1974-1978) and Tadeusz Baird (1978) with a distinction from Warsaw’s Chopin State Postsecondary School of Music. In 1976 he participated in the International Summer Academy of Ancient Music in Innsbruck.
Adrian Thomas — English musicologist and composer. He studied in Nottingham, Cardiff, and Cracow. A long-time professor at universities in Belfast and Cardiff, now professor emeritus, he is a great authority on new Polish music and author of many studies devoted to it
Mieczysław Tomaszewski — Musicologist, music publisher, pedagogue. In the years 1952-1988 he was active in the PWM Edition, from 1964 as Principal Director. Publisher of works by Witold Lutosławski, and author of several texts devoted to the latter’s music.
Barbara Turowska — From 1992 until present, she holds a position at the Nature Museum in Drozdów (custodian, public education division). She was honoured with the Lutosławski Centennial Medal.
Michael Vyner — English manager, musical director of the London Sinfonietta from 1972.
Helena Warpechowska — Singer, soprano; Witold Lutosławski’s colleague from studies at the Warsaw Conservatory.
Tadeusz Wielecki — Composer, contrabassist, cultural animator, and from 1999, Director of the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music.
Tadeusz Wilczak — Conductor, after completing his studies at the Warsaw Conservatory under Walerian Bierdiajew in 1936, he became his assistant.
Antoni Wit — Conductor, directed the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Radio Orchestra and Choir, for 17 years he lead the Great, and later the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio in Katowice.
Krystyna Witkowska — Geophysicist, relative of Witold Lutosławski. A passionate of the family’s history.
Krystian Zimerman — Pianist, a student of Andrzej Jasiński from the beginning of his education until the obtention of his degree at the State Postsecondary Music School in Katowice (1976). In 1975 in brilliant style he became the winner of the 9th International Chopin Piano Competition
Slavko Zlatić — Croatian composer, conductor, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, music critic, and music writer.
Pinchas Zukerman — Israeli violinist, one of the most prominent personalities of the violin world in our times.