Zygmunt Krauze

Zygmunt Krauze (b. 1938) – composer, pianist, pedagogue, organizer of musical events, popularizer of new music.

He studied at the State School of Music in Warsaw in the piano class of Maria Wiłkomirska, and the composition class of Kazimierz Sikorski (diplomas respectively in 1962 and 1964). Furthermore, he studied in Paris under Nadia Boulanger (1966-1967) as a recipient of a Governement of France scholarship. Known primarily as a composer of unistic music, the principles of which are based on the theory of Władysław Strzemiński’s paintings. Zygmunt Krauze is the author of five operas, a number of instrumental concerts, and symphonic and chamber compositions. He also worked with architects while creating spatially-oriented music.

In 1966, he was First Prize winner at the Gaudeamus International Interpreters Award for new music, in Holland. From this time onward he gives concerts as a pianist throughout the world, performing mostly new music; one of his programs includes selected Folk Melodies by Witold Lutosławski, along with improvisations on their theme. In a conversation with Krystyna Tarnawska-Kaczorowska, he said: “I specially love playing Lutosławski’s Folk Melodies, despite it being an almost childlike, or school-like piece of incredible simplicity. At twentieth-century recitals, which sometimes feature complicated and controversial pieces, this simple melody, fashioned with such perfection, resounds with surprisingly great strength and persuasive power”.

Zygmunt Krauze was one of the founders of the Witold Lutosławski Society, where in the years 2003-2006 he filled the function of President of the Society.

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