Grzegorz Michalski


Grzegorz Michalski, born in 1946 in Łódź, musicologist. He studied at the University of Warsaw, graduating with the thesis titled "Some Attempts at the Application of Mathematical Methods to the Formal Studies on Musical Structures", written under the advisement of Prof. Zofia Lissa in 1972.

In the years 1971-1973 he was editor of the bi-weekly Ruch Muzyczny (Musical Matters and Events), in 1974-1981 director of Classical Music Section Editorship in the Polish Television, author of numerous musical programs, including the series Music Lover's Tuesday and In Stereo and in Colour; he was removed from his post in the process the communist regime's ‘verifications' at the beginning of 1982. In 1982-1988 he was program consultant of the National Philharmonic. In August 1988 he assumed the post of director and chief editor of the PWM Edition in Cracow. From 1990 to 1992 he was State vice-secretary responsible for artistic schooling, music, and periodically, foreign cooperation and cultural communications, following which he became plenipotentiary for the Chopin Heritage at the Ministry of Art and Culture; from September 1992 to 1999 he directed the Section of Cultural Journalism, later becoming a commentator in the Polish Radio Program II. In 1995 he completed a Diploma in Cologne in the area of radio management with the specialization of program and journalistic team management. He was organizer of Polish Radio Musical Radio (1997 - "Szymanowski and his Europe", 1998 - "Mieczysław Karłowicz - Associations by Choice", 1999 - "Chopin - Sources and Contexts", 2000 - "The Millennial Bach", 2001 - "Witold Lutosławski", 2003 - "The Romantic Homelands of Stanisław Moniuszko", 2004 - "Parisians", 2005 - "80 Years of Broadcasting").

In the years 1998-2000 in the role of plenipotentiary of the Minister of Art and Culture he filled the function of coordinator for The Year of Chopin. In July 2001 he was chosen in a competition to become the director of The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, and remained at the post until 2008, with a break in 2006. In this role he initiated, among other projects, the series of yearly International Chopin Conferences (2001 - "Chopin - In Search of a Common Language", 2002 - "Chopin's Work - His Inspirations and the Creative Process in the Light of Sources", 2003 - "Analytical Perspectives on Chopin's Music", 2004 - "Chopin in Performance: History, Theory, Practice", 2005 - "The Sources of Chopin's Creative Style: Inspirations and Contexts", 2006 - "Chopin in Paris: The 1830s", 2007 - "Chopin's Musical World: The 1840s", 2008 - "After Chopin. The Influence of Chopin's Music on European Composers Until the First World War". He also initiated the Birthday Anniversary Concert Series at the National Philharmonic, a scholarship program for young pianists and Chopinologists, the program of protection over the image and name of Fryderyk Chopin, the current of Chopin concerts and recordings made with historical instruments, the International Music Festival "Chopin and His Europe", publishing series (including Works by Chopin. Facsimile Edition), and the building of the Chopin Centre and the new Fryderyk Chopin Museum. In April 2008 he was chosen to be the president of the Witold Lutosławski Society.

Notable publications by Grzegorz Michalski include: "New Music (from 1937)", in: An Outline History of Polish Music, Warsaw: Interpress, 1979 (Polish original 1977), second Polish edition 1983, German version 1988; "New Polish Music 1980-1989", in: Polish Realities - the Art in Poland, Glasgow: Third Eye Centre, 1990; Lutosławski in Memories. 20 Conversations About the Composer, Gdańsk: słowo/obraz terytoria, 2007. In 2000 Grzegorz Michalski worked with the jounalistic team of the Program II of the Polish Radio as author and producer of the program series Our Europe, honoured in the competition of the Office of the Committee for European Integration. He has also written numerous reviews and articles in musical, cultural, and academic periodicals.