Andrzej Chłopecki

Andrzej Chłopecki (1950-2012) – musicologist, music theorist, critic, journalist and animator of musical life. In 1975 he graduated from the Institute of Musicology of the University of Warsaw with a Master's thesis on Krzysztof Penderecki's St. Luke Passion, written under the advisement of Zofia Lissa. He frequently took part in the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (also as author of papers and presentations). He was scholarhip recipient of the Parisian Fondation pour une Entraide Intellectuelle (1980), Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna (1984), Alban Berg Stiftung in Vienna (1986), and of the Ministry of Art and Culture in Poland (1999).

From 1973 to 1974, still during his studies, he fulfilled the responsibilities of the editorial secretary and director of the cultural section in the student bi-weekly New Medic (Nowy Medyk). In the years 1975-1981, and again from 1991 he was an employee of the Polish Radio, and in the years 1977-1981 and 1992-95 he held this institution's post of director of the editorial office for contemporary music, later becoming a commentator; in the years 1999-2005 he again directed the operations of the production team for contemporary music of Polish Radio Program 2, and from 2005 he was commentator of the Editorial Office for Classical Music of the Polish Radio. He is author of around 2000 radio programs. From 1994 he also programs the participation of the Polish Radio at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.

In the years 1982-1993 he was assistant, and later senior lecturer at the Academy of Music in Cracow and the director of the editorial office and head specialist of the Marketing Section at the Warsaw Office of the PWM Edition. From 1996 he held the position of senior lecturer of the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he taught twentieth- and twenty-first-century music history, literature, and aesthetics. Around 30 Master's degrees were written under his advisement. From 2000 he also lectured at the Postgraduate Diploma Program of the Institute of Literary Studies at the Polish Academy of Letters and Sciences in Warsaw.

In the years 1986-1995 he collaborated with the Editorial Office of New Music of the broadcaster Deutschlandfunk in Cologne, in 1993-1997 he was columnist for the monthly Res Publica Nowa (he wrote the series "The Ear Daily"), from 1974 he collaborated with Ruch Muzyczny (Musical Matters and Events), and from 1989 with the bi-monthly MusikTexte. Zeitschrift für Neue Musik in Cologne (from 1993 he was member of the program board of the periodical), from 2001 a columnist in the Gazeta Świąteczna (Holiday Gazette) - the weekend edition of the Gazeta Wyborcza (Electoral Gazette) in the series "Extreme Listening". Moreover, he gave presentations of papers and lead seminars at symposiums and musicological congresses in many countries, such as Poland, Russia, Germany, Norway, Holland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Latvia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. He is also author of reviews, articles, essays, commentaries and in-depth writings published in the daily press, periodicals, and book publishers in Poland, in many European countries, as well as Japan, Australia, Hong-Kong, and the United States.

Beginning in 2001 he realized the authored project Förderpreise für Polen, financed by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation for Music based in Munich, in the course of which scholarships were accorded for the creation of 34 works by young composers from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Slovenia.

Andrzej Chłopecki was member of the Society of Polish Journalists (1977-1981), the Board of the Polish Society for Contemporary Music (1980-1989), and the Polish Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (1980), the Polish Composers' Union (1982), founding member of the Witold Lutosławski Society (1997), co-founder of the Friends of Warsaw Autumn Foundation (founder in 1998, board member from 1999, president from 2000). In the years 1987-1989 he fulfilled the function of secretary of the Board of the Musicology Section of the Polish Composers' Union. From 1999 he was member of the Repertoire Commission of the Warsaw Autumn Festival (with a break in 2003).

He was received many awards and decorations, including the Award of the Board of the Polish Radio for the promotion of Polish music and the Polish Radio (1994), the Special Award of the Chapter of the Grand Decoration of the Culture Foundation for radio creativity and culture-promoting activities realized on the Polish Radio Program 2 (1998), the Honorary Decoration of the Polish Radio (2001), UNESCO Mozart Medal (2003), and the Honorary Decoration of the Polish Composers' Union (2003).

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