Grzegorz Michalski


Grzegorz Michalski - musicologist. He was editor of the bi-weekly Ruch Muzyczny (Musical Matters and Events) in 1971-1973, the director of Classical Music Section Editorship in the Polish Television in 1974-1981, the National Philharmonic’s programme consultant in 1982-1988, and director and chief editor of the PWM Edition in 1988-90. From 1990 to 1992 he was the State vice-secretary and later the plenipotentiary for the Chopin Heritage at the Ministry of Art and Culture, and from 1992 to 1999 he directed the Section of Cultural Journalism in the Polish Radio Program II. In the years 2001-2008 (with a break in 2006) he was the director of The Fryderyk Chopin Institute. In this role he initiated, among others: the series of yearly International Chopin Conferences, the Birthday Anniversary Concert Series at the National Philharmonic, 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). The member of the Polish Composers’ Union and PEN Club. In the years 2008-2014 he was the president of the Witold Lutosławski Society. Since 2011 he was a member of the Programme Commitee of the Chopin’s Institute following which, in 2014-2015, as a proxy of the director of the Institute, he was engaged in preparations for the Chopin Piano Competition. In may 2017 he became the president of the Polish Music Council.

Notable publications by Grzegorz Michalski include: "New Music (from 1937)", in: An Outline History of Polish Music, Warsaw: Interpress, 1979 (Polish original 1977); "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.