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Krzysztof Penderecki and Eugeniusz Rudnik at the Expermental Studio of the Polish Radio, April 1972, photograph from Ludwik Erhardt's book "Spotkania z Krzysztofem Pendereckim" (Meetings with Penderecki)

The temporary liberalisation of life in Poland in October 1956 brought with it the establishment of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio. Ahead of Stockholm and many other music centres who would establish electronic music studios workshops in the 60s, Poland became an outpost for electroacoustic music.

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Wojciech Kilar, 2007, Varsóvia, fot. Stefan Maszewski / Reporter / East News

Behind every great film is a great soundtrack. Here are 6 must-know Polish composers that are masters in their field.

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Krzysztof Penderecki's St Luke Passion at the Royal Festival Hall in London, 4th March 2017.

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Krzysztof Penderecki’s St Luke Passion, 4th March 2017, Royal Festival Hall in London, photo: Simon Jay Price

London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s St Luke Passion conducted by Vladimir Jurowski received a standing ovation from the audience gathered at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

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Arvo Pärt, photo: Grzegorz Dąbrowski / Agencja Gazeta

Tõnu Kaljuste is an Estonian conductor who specialises in choral music. His discography includes recordings of music by Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Alfred Sznitke, Mozart, Beethoven and a whole array of Estonian composers. However, the music of Arvo Pärt has a special place in his repertoire.

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Krzysztof Penderecki, photo: Bruno Fidrych

Krzysztof Penderecki and the Warsaw Philharmonic win a Grammy for the first album of the Penderecki conducts Penderecki series. This is Penderecki’s fourth Grammy Award.

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Krzysztof Penderecki, photo: Bogdan Krężel / Przekrój / Visavis.pl / Forum

One of the most prominent pieces of 20th-century Polish music, Krzysztof Penderecki’s St. Luke Passion, will fill the Royal Festival Hall in London on 4th March 2017.

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During the Asian tour of Sinfonia Varsovia and Krzysztof Penderecki, the maestro was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulsan. Founded in 1969 in the city that grew around Hyundai factories, the University of Ulsan is currently one of the best in South Korea. The university is also an important centre for cultural events.

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Sinfonia Varsovia, photo: Mirosław Pietruszyński

In autumn 2016, Sinfonia Varsovia, along with maestro Krzysztof Penderecki and young pianist Jan Lisiecki, embarked on an Asian tour. For the first time in its history, the orchestra performed in Korea. Later, the tour took them for the second time to China.

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Audience before the premiere of Grzegorz Jarzyna's performance Martyrs in Tianjin Grand Theatre, photo: Culture.pl

After the success of the Polish cultural programme in China in 2015, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute continues carrying out projects under the Culture.pl brand in Asian countries. In 2016, the programme is structured around theatre and music.

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Tristan & Izolde directed by Izadora Weiss, photo: courtesy of the Baltic Dance Theatre

Tristan & Izolde by Izadora Weiss is a Celtic legend set by the Baltic Sea. The opera production with music by Krzysztof Penderecki closed the 2015/16 artistic season in The Baltic Opera in Gdańsk. The premiere took place on 24th June 2016.

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Okładka płyty

The album with Penderecki's compositions, conducted by the maestro himself, is the first from the new series released by the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.

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Professor Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, photo: courtesy of the author

Curator, art critic and an internationally renowned specialist in video art, new media art, and cyber culture, professor Ryszard Kluszczyński talks to Agnieszka Sural about technological art.

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Krzysztof Wodiczko, Personal Instrument, 1969-1972, photo courtesy of Łódź Art Museum

The relationship between art, science, and technology has a long and complex tradition in Poland, going back to the experiments of the first avant-garde.

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Qian Cheng, photo: Marcin Jacoby

"Krystian Lupa’s Woodcutters hit the bull’s eye of the problems faced by Chinese intellectual elites. No accusation has yet been formulated so precisely against us!", Marcin Jacoby speaks with Qian Cheng, the director of the Great Theatre in Tianjin

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Scene from the performance "Heroes' Square" directed by Krystian Lupa, 2015, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre and Divine Comedy Theatre Festival, photo: D. Matvejevas

After a huge success of Polish cultural programme organised last year in China, in 2016 we focus on presenting Polish theatre and dance productions as well as early, classical and contemporary music. This time the Chinese audience will have a chance to see some of the most recent and representative Polish theatre productions.

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Koncert "Stabat Mater" Karola Szymanowskiego pod dyrekcją Vladimira Jurowskiego w Royal Festival Hall, Londyn, 5 marca 2016 , fot. Mariona Vilarós / IAM

The London Philharmonic Orchestra's rendition of Karol Szymanowski's Stabat Mater inaugurated the celebration of the 1,050th anniversary of the baptism of Poland. In attendance was Piotr Gliński, Poland’s Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

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