composers and works

Here are biographies of 56 composers selected for the programme of the Competition. The lists of compositions contain all the works, found during the research, which qualify for the instrumental requirements stipulated in the rulebook of the Competition, including works which have hitherto been considered forgotten or which only exist in manuscript form. Those items which can be purchased, rented or downloaded are attached with source references. The lists might not be complete and therefore it will be acceptable to use alternative available sheet music (legally obtained) or other compositions which will otherwise meet the requirements stipulated in the rulebook of the Competition (regarding specific composers and specific types of compositions).

Grażyna Bacewicz

Grażyna Bacewicz

5 February 1909 – 17 January 1969, composer and violinist, born in Łódź, died in Warsaw.
Tadeusz Baird

Tadeusz Baird

26 July 1928 – 2 September 1981, composer and teacher born in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, died in Warsaw.
Fryderyk Chopin

Fryderyk Chopin

22 February / 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849, composer and pianist, born in Żelazowa Wola near Sochaczew, died in Paris.
Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński

Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński

25 February 1807 – 9 October 1867, composer, conductor, pianist and teacher, born in Romanów (now Romaniv in Ukraine), died in Warsaw.
Józef Ksawery Elsner

Józef Ksawery Elsner

Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, print by Maksymilian Fajans (1827-1890)/ public domain; source: Zielonogórska Biblioteka Cyfrowa
Ignacy Friedman

Ignacy Friedman

14 February 1882 – 26 January 1948, pianist, composer and teacher of Jewish descent, born in Podgórze (now a part of Kraków), died in Sydney.
Leopold Godowski

Leopold Godowski

13 February 1870 – 21 November 1938, pianist, composer and teacher, born in Żośle near Wilno (now Vilnius in Lithuania), died in New York
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

6 December 1933 – 12 November 2010, composer and teacher born in Czernica near Rybnik, died in Katowice.
Joachim Kaczkowski

Joachim Kaczkowski

around 1789 – 2 January 1829, violinist, composer and teacher, born in Tábor (now in Czech Republic), died in Warsaw.
Mieczysław Karłowicz

Mieczysław Karłowicz

11 December 1876 – 8 February 1909, composer and conductor, born in Wiszniewo (now in Belarus), died in the Tatra Mountains
Antoni Kątski

Antoni Kątski

27 October 1817 – 7 December 1899, also known as Antoine de Kontski, pianist and composer, born in Kraków, died in Iwanicze near Nowogród.
Wojciech Kilar

Wojciech Kilar

17 July 1932 – 29 December 2013, composer and pianist, born in Lwów (now Lviv in Ukraine), died in Katowice.
Stefan Kisielewski

Stefan Kisielewski

7 March 1911 – 27 September 1991, composer, academic teacher, music critic, writer and journalist, born in Warsaw, died in Warsaw.
Raoul Koczalski

Raoul Koczalski

3 January 1884 – 24 November 1948, a.k.a. Georg Armand, pianist, composer and teacher, born in Warsaw, died in Poznań.
Józef Władysław Krogulski

Józef Władysław Krogulski

4 September 1815 – 9 January 1842, pianist, composer, choirmaster and teacher, born in Tarnów, died in Warsaw.
Karol Kurpiński

Karol Kurpiński

(baptised 6 March 1785 – 18 September 1857) composer, conductor, and pedagogue, christened in Włoszakowice (Wielkopolska region), died in Warsaw.
Szymon Laks

Szymon Laks

01 November 1901 – 11 December 1983, composer and author, born in Warsaw, died in Paris.
Franciszek Lessel

Franciszek Lessel

around 1780 – 26 December 1838, composer and pianist, born in Warsaw, died in Piotrków Trybunalski.
Teodor Leszetycki

Teodor Leszetycki

22 June 1830 – 14 November 1915, pianist, teacher and composer, born in Łańcut, died in Dresden.
Karol Lipiński

Karol Lipiński

30 October 1790 – 16 December 1861, violinist, composer and conductor, born in Radzyń, died in Urłów (now Virliv) near Lwów (now Lviv in Ukraine).
Witold Lutosławski

Witold Lutosławski

25 January 1913 – 7 February 1994, composer and conductor, born in Warsaw, died in Warsaw.
Roman Maciejewski

Roman Maciejewski

28 February 1910 – 30 April 1998, composer, pianist and conductor, born in Berlin, died in Göteborg.
Miłosz Magin

Miłosz Magin

06 July 1929 – 04 March 1999, pianist and composer, born in Łódź, died in Bora Bora (French Polynesia).
Artur Malawski

Artur Malawski

4 July 1904 – 26 December 1957, composer, teacher and conductor, born in Przemyśl, died in Kraków.
Witold Maliszewski

Witold Maliszewski

20 August 1873 – 18 July 1939, composer and teacher, born in Mohylów Podolski (now Mohyliv-Podilskyi in Ukraine), died in Zalesie near Warsaw.
Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński

Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński

25 July 1869 – 28 April 1928, composer, pianist, teacher and conductor, born in Marcelin, died in Warsaw.
Karol Mikuli

Karol Mikuli

20 October 1819 – 21 May 1897, pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, born in Czerniowce (now Chernivtsi in Ukraine), died in Lwów (now Lviv in Ukraine).
Stanisław Moniuszko

Stanisław Moniuszko

5 May 1819 – 4 June 1872, composer, conductor and teacher, born in Ubiel (now in Belarus), died in Warsaw.
Moritz Moszkowski

Moritz Moszkowski

28 August 1854 - 4 March 1925, composer, pianist and conductor, born in Wrocław, died in Paris.
Zygmunt Noskowski

Zygmunt Noskowski

2 May 1846 – 23 July 1909, composer, conductor, teacher and journalist, born in Warsaw, died in Warsaw.
Józef Nowakowski

Józef Nowakowski

16 September 1800 – 27 August 1865, composer and pianist, born in Koryciska near Radom, died in Warsaw.
Michał Kleofas Ogiński

Michał Kleofas Ogiński

25 September 1765 – 15 October 1833, a politician, violinist, composer and writer, born in Guzów near Warsaw, died in Florence.
Henryk Pachulski

Henryk Pachulski

4 October 1859 – 2 August 1921, pianist, composer and teacher, born in Łazy near Siedlce, died in Moscow.
Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz

Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz

17 October 1916 – 21 November 1998, composer, organist and teacher, born in Sierpc, died in Warsaw.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Ignacy Jan Paderewski

6 November 1860 – 29 June 1941, pianist, composer, teacher and politician, born in Kuryłówka (now in Ukraine), died in New York.
Roman Palester

Roman Palester

28 December 1907 – 25 August 1989, composer, born in Śniatyn (now in Ukraine), died in Paris.
Eugeniusz Pankiewicz

Eugeniusz Pankiewicz

15 December 1857 – 24 December 1898, composer and pianist, born in Siedlce, died in Tworki near Warsaw.
Andrzej Panufnik

Andrzej Panufnik

24 September 1914 – 27 October 1991, composer and conductor, born in Warsaw, died in Twickenham, England.
Krzysztof Penderecki

Krzysztof Penderecki

23 November 1933 – 29 March 2020, composer and conductor born in Dębica, died in Cracow.
Piotr Perkowski

Piotr Perkowski

17 March 1901 – 12 August 1990, composer and academic teacher, born in Oweczacze, died in Otwock.
Ludomir Różycki

Ludomir Różycki

18 September 1883 – 1 January 1953, composer, conductor and teacher, born in Warsaw, died in Katowice.
Michał Spisak

Michał Spisak

14 September 1914 – 29 January 1965, composer, born in Dąbrowa Górnicza, died in Paris.
Roman Statkowski

Roman Statkowski

24 December 1859 – 12 November 1925, composer and teacher, born in Szczypiorno near Kalisz, died in Warsaw.
Zygmunt Stojowski

Zygmunt Stojowski

8 April 1870 – 5 November 1946, aka Sigismond Stojowski, composer, pianist and pedagogue, born in Strzelce near Kielce, died in New York.
Antoni Stolpe

Antoni Stolpe

23 May 1851 – 7 September 1872, pianist and composer, born in Puławy, died in Meran (now Merano in Italy).
Antoni Szałowski

Antoni Szałowski

21 April 1907 – 2 March 1973, composer, born in Warsaw, died in Paris.
Tadeusz Szeligowski

Tadeusz Szeligowski

13 September 1896 – 10 January 1963, composer and teacher, born in Lwów (now Lviv in Ukraine), died in Poznań.
Maria Szymanowska

Maria Szymanowska

4 December 1789 – 24 July 1831, pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, died in Saint Petersburg.
Karol Szymanowski

Karol Szymanowski

3 October 1882 – 29 March 1937, composer, born in Tymoszówka (now in Ukraine), died in Lausanne.
Aleksander Tansman

Aleksander Tansman

11 June 1897 – 15 November 1986, composer and pianist, born in Łódź, died in Paris.
Józef Wieniawski

Józef Wieniawski

23 May 1837 – 11 November 1912, pianist, composer and teacher, born in Lublin, died in Brussels.
Bolesław Woytowicz

Bolesław Woytowicz

5 December 1899 – 11 July 1980, composer, pianist and teacher, born in Dunajowce (now Dunaivtsi in Ukraine), died in Katowice.
Adam Wroński

Adam Wroński

1850/51 – 17 December 1915, violinist, conductor and composer, born in Kraków, died in Krynica.
Juliusz Zarębski

Juliusz Zarębski

28 February or 3 March 1854 – 13 September 1885, pianist and composer, born in Żytomierz (now Zhytomyr in Ukraine), died in Żytomierz.
Aleksander Zarzycki

Aleksander Zarzycki

26 February 1834 – 1 November 1895, composer, pianist, teacher and conductor, born in Lwów (now Lviv in Ukraine), died in Warsaw.
Władysław Żeleński

Władysław Żeleński

6 July 1837 – 23 January 1921, composer, pianist, pedagogue and conductor, born in Grodkowice near Kraków, died in Kraków.