|Birth date||23 November 1933|
Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki (/ˈkʃɪʃtɒf ˌpɛndəˈrɛtski/; Polish: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf ɛuˈɡɛɲuʂ pɛndɛˈrɛt͡skʲi]; born 23 November 1933) is a Polish composer and conductor. The Guardian has called him Poland's greatest living composer. Among his best known works are his Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, Symphony No. 3, St. Luke Passion, Polish Requiem, Anaklasis, Utrenja, four operas, eight symphonies and other orchestral pieces, a variety of instrumental concertos, choral settings of mainly religious texts, as well as chamber and instrumental works.
Penderecki was born in Dębica, to Tadeusz Penderecki, a lawyer, and Zofia (née Wittgenstein). Penderecki's grandfather, Robert Berger, was a highly talented painter and director of the local bank at the time of Penderecki's birth; Robert's father Johann moved to Dębica from Breslau (now Wrocław) in the mid-19th century. His grandmother was an Armenian from Isfahan, Iran. Penderecki used to go to the Armenian Church in Kraków with her.
Armenian Ambassador to Poland: Penderecki's visit to Armenia is a great cultural event
Komitas Museum-Institute Concert Hall hosted on Friday a concert of chamber music by Krzysztof Penderecki, Armenian State Symphony Orchestra press service reported.
Marta Kowalczyk (violin) and Somi Kim (piano) presented Sonata No.2 for Violin and Piano for the first time in 2015, in London. Somi Kim considers Penderecki's music an amazing phenomenon in which you gradually reveal more and more interesting shades. Marta Kowalczyk noted that Penderecki is one of the greatest composers of the 20-21 centuries. The violinist admitted that she is a big fun of Penderecki. His music is unique, which makes Marta show her emotions, her experiences in extreme ways, and share them with the audience.
According to the source, the Ambassador of Armenia to Poland Edgar Ghazaryan also attended the concert. The Ambassador noted that Penderecki is a figure whose visit to any country is a feast for the cultural community of that country.
"For us, this visit is of special importance as the Maestro has Armenian roots and, as he is acknowledging his Armenian roots, he has also become a beautiful symbol of Armenian-Polish friendship. Penderecki's visit to Armenia is a great cultural event," Edgar Ghazaryan noted.
Penderecki's Festival offers a unique opportunity for the connoisseurs of the classical music to communicate with the creative world of Maestro, to talk and share their impressions with our greatest composer during the concerts. The festival is held under the patronage of the the First Lady of the RA Rita Sargsyan. The musical feast is organized by the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival with the support of the RA Ministry of Culture.
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