Famous Polish composer’s jubilee marked with festival
September 17, 2013
A world-famous Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki will celebrate his 80th birthday in November with a festival of his music in Warsaw, he told a press conference on Monday.
He has invited well-known musicians such as violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and conductor Lorin Maazel to perform his concertos, a symphony and religious music.
Penderecki said has no plans to retire and he is working on a new opera and some chamber music.
The Polish government also plans to issue a collectors' bank note marking his birthday with an image of him conducting.
According to The Guardian, Penderecki is Poland's greatest living composer. Among his best known works are his "Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima", "St. Luke Passion", "Polish Requiem", "Anaklasis", 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.