Michał Spisak was a Polish composer. He was born on 14th September 1914 in Dąbrowa Górnicza and died on 28th January 1965 in Paris.
Between 1930 and 1937 he studied violin under the supervision of Józef Cetner and composition under Aleksander Brachocki at what is now the Academy of Music in Katowice. Between 1936 and 1937 he also took private composition classes from Kazimierz Sikorski in Warsaw. Aside from his creative work, he earned a living by playing and teaching violin. In 1934-36 Spisak worked as an assistant in Zygmunt Szeller’s violin class in the Lower Music School in Katowice (editor’s translation), which the latter ran at the time. In 1937 he played in the chamber ensemble of the Polish Radio in Katowice.
In 1937 Spisak received a stipend from the Silesian Music Society (editor’s translation), and was given a chance to study composition under Nadia Boulanger in Paris. That same year, he joined the Society of Young Polish Musicians in Paris (editor’s translation), of which he was the vice chair after 1939. During the Nazi occupation he stayed in Voiron, only to return to Paris in 1945.
Article originally written by Małgorzata Kosińska, Mar 2006, sources: Polish Music Information Centre, Polish Composers’ Union, Translated by WF, Oct 2017
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