Polish composer Wojciech Kilar dies at 81
December 30, 2013
Wojciech Kilar, an internationally acclaimed Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Hollywood productions, died Sunday in the southern Polish city of Katowice at the age of 81 following a long illness.
Kilar wrote music for well over 100 films including Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning "The Pianist" as well as “death and the Maiden” and “The Ninth Gate”, Jane Campion’s "Portrait of a Lady” and Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula, which won him the Best Score Composer award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 1992.
Although most of his life, Kilar's output has been dominated by music for film he also composed symphonic music, chamber works and works for solo instruments. After 2000 he turned to "music of a singular authorship". January 2001 saw the world premiere of his Missa pro pace (composed for a full symphony orchestra, mixed choir and a quartet of soloists) at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.
Since 2003, Kilar was steadily producing large scale concert works which have been performed by several major international orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic.