Wojciech Kilar

Biography

Born: July 17, 1932; Lviv, Ukraine   Died: December 29, 2013; Katowice, Poland  
Even though many listeners may be most familiar with the Polish composer Wojciech Kilar's work through his score for Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), his compositions also include numerous highly successful orchestral works, in addition to many vocal and chamber pieces. Following a rigorous education in Eastern Europe, the composer began to take several prizes, and has continued to do so throughout his career. His formal training in piano and Read more composition began in 1950 at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice with B. Woytowicz and continued with him at the State Higher School of Music in Kraków between 1955 - 1958. During the same period of time (1957), he attended summer classes at Darmstadt. Shortly after he completed his training with Woytowicz, he received a French government scholarship that allowed him to further his education in composition, this time in Paris with Nadia Boulanger (1959 - 1960). The year he finished these studies, his Oda Béla Bartók in memoriam gained him the Lili Boulanger Award. Prizes that followed included the Polish Composer's Union Award (1975), the Polish State Award (1980), the Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation Prize (1984), an ASCAP Award (1992), and the Sonderpreis des Kulturpreis Schlesein des Landes Niedersachsen (1996).

Kilar's orchestral (symphonies, symphonic poems, concertos, etc.) and stage works (11 scores total) are very widely recorded, the former exclusively under the Milan label and the latter under a wider selection of recording companies like Olympia, Erato, London, Silva Screen, and Varese Sarabande. Of his compositions that have been recorded, most are excerpts from his film scores, which include L'année du soleil calme, La chronique des événements amoureux, Full Gallop (Cwal), Hypothesis (Hipoteza) (1973), Land of Promise (Ziemia Obiecana) (1975), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), and La terre de la grande promesse. Read less
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  • 1.
    Polonium / Motion Trio
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 34361 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki,  Jacek Holubowski,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Krzysztof Penderecki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Motion Trio
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    Forever / Diana Damrau
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 60266 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Wojciech Kilar,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Damrau
    Conductor:  David Charles Abell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Wojciech Kilar: Angelus; Exodus; Victoria
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 966 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wojciech Kilar
    Performer:  Anna Fabrello
    Conductor:  Zygmunt Rychert
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    Stanislaw Moryto, Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, Romuald Twardowski, Witold Lutoslawski, Wojciech Kilar
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 939 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki,  Romuald Twardowski,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Wojciech Kilar  ... 
    Conductor:  Leszek Sokolowski
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    Music From And Inspired By The Pianist
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 2081 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wojciech Kilar
    Performer:  Janusz Olejniczak,  Wladyslaw Szpilman,  Hanna Wolczedska
    Conductor:  Tadeusz Strugala
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    Rozmowa - Dialogue / Adriana Lis
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 742 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gao Ping,  Wojciech Kilar,  Michael Williams,  Roxanna Panufnik  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Watkins,  Adrianna Lis
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    Polish Chamber Music For Wind Instruments / Tomaszewski, Widaszek, Domanska
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 857 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ignacy F. Dobrazynski,  Wojciech Kilar,  Franciszek Lessel
    Performer:  Joanna Domanska,  Roman Widaszek,  Tadeusz Tomaszewski
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    Choir Music From Poland & Belgium
    Label: Phaedra   Catalog: 92072 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Józef Elsner,  César Franck,  Jules Van Nuffel,  Vic Nees  ... 
    Performer:  Andrzej Bialko,  Andrzej Zawisza
    Conductor:  Herman Engels
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  • 9.
    Monster Music - Classic Horror Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506026 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Max Steiner,  Hans Salter,  Wojciech Kilar,  Frank Skinner  ... 
    Performer:  Leonid Makarevich
    Conductor:  William T. Stromberg,  Antoni Wit,  Carl Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Cracow Philharmonic,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Back To Melody
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 163 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wojciech Kilar,  Maciej Malecki,  Slawomir Czarnecki
    Performer:  Wojciech Walczak,  Radoslaw Nur
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    Kilar: Piano Concerto, Choralvorspiel, Orawa / Rajski, Jablonski, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 708 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wojciech Kilar
    Performer:  Peter Jablonski
    Conductor:  Wojciech Rajski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Wojciech Kilar: Uwertura Uroczysta; Hymn Paschalny; V Symphonia
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 781 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wojciech Kilar
    Conductor:  Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk
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    The Pianist - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 760862 Release Date: 03/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wojciech Kilar
    Performer:  Janusz Olejniczak,  Wladyslaw Szpilman,  Hanna Wolczedska
    Conductor:  Tadeusz Strugala
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    Label: Naive   Catalog: 868615 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicola [Film ] Piovani,  Armand Amar,  Wojciech Kilar
    Conductor:  Nicola [Film ] Piovani,  Antoni Wit
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    Agnus Dei - Early And Modern Polish Sacred Music  / Waldemar Sutryk, Silesian Philharmonic Chorus
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 676 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki,  Andrzej Koszewski,  Jozef Swider  ... 
    Conductor:  Waldemar Sutryk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian Philharmonic Chorus
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    Little Big Music - Britten, Holst, Lutoslawski, Kilar / Massimiliano Caldi, Et Al
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 677 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Gustav Holst,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Wojciech Kilar
    Conductor:  Massimiliano Caldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian Chamber Philharmonic
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    The Portrait Of A Lady - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455011 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wojciech Kilar
    Performer:  Jackie Shave,  Kate Wilkinson,  Moray Welsh
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    Górecki: Piano Concerto, Etc;  Shostakovich, Et Al
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51246 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Wojciech Kilar,  Grazyna Bacewicz  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Górecka
    Conductor:  Agnieszka Duczmal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
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    Wojciech Kilar: Magnificat, Victoria / Blaszczyk, Silesian Philharmonic And Chorus
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 592 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wojciech Kilar
    Performer:  Izabella Klosinska,  Piotr Nowacki,  Tomasz Krzysica
    Conductor:  Miroslav Jacek Blaszczyk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silesian Philharmonic Chorus,  Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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    Romances For Saxophone And Orchestra / Banaszak, Et Al
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2889/90 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  David Morgan,  Eugčne Bozza,  James Leatherbarrow,  Alan Hovhaness  ... 
    Performer:  Beata Urbanek,  Greg Banaszak,  Jan Kalinowski,  Marcin Klejdysz  ... 
    Conductor:  Piotr Borkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beethoven Academie
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    Kilar: Piano Concerto, Etc / Malicki, Wit, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557813 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wojciech Kilar
    Performer:  Waldemar Malicki,  Wieslaw Ochman
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir
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  • 22.
    Horn Sonatas / Zuk, Raubo
    Label: Zuk Records   Catalog: 250332 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alec Wilder,  Wojciech Kilar,  Paul Hindemith,  Joseph Rheinberger  ... 
    Performer:  Zbigniew Raubo,  Zbigniew Zuk
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  • 23.
    Górecki: Totus Tuus;  Schnittke, Pärt, Vasks, Et Al
    Label: Jade   Catalog: 36127 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks,  Imant Raminsh,  Wojciech Kilar,  Mikolajus Ciurlionis  ... 
    Performer:  Aivars Kalejs
    Conductor:  Juris Vaivods
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Versija Chamber Choir
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  • 24.
    Wojciech Kilar: Tryptyk / The Triptych
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 484 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wojciech Kilar
    Performer:  Izabella Klosinska
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
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  • 25.
    Film Music Classics - Kilar: Dracula, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557703 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wojciech Kilar
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cracow Philharmonic
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