With his signature works including four symphonies and a Concerto for Orchestra, there are few Poles who influenced world music as Lutosławski did. Before dying of cancer he was awarded Poland’s highest honour, the Order of the White Eagle.
Stanisław Moniuszko, an outstanding 19th-century Polish composer, dubbed father of the Polish national opera, was named the patron of the Central Railway Station in Warsaw on Saturday.
Parts of the musical 'Blacksmith', inspired by the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a renowned Polish composer, pianist and statesman, an icon of Polish independence, were performed in New York's Public Space in Manhattan on Thursday.
With both a glittering pre and post-war musical career, after surviving the war through a combination of luck, the bravery of pre-war friends and the unlikely intervention of a music-loving German officer, Szpilman was later accused of being a Gestapo agent.
Described by the Guardian newspaper as Poland’s greatest living composer, Penderecki has attracted famous artists from across the globe to perform with Polish orchestras as part of the nine-concert celebration.