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Marian Borkowski

composer , educator , musician , musicologist

Marian Borkowski, composer, musicologist, musician, educator.


Borkowski, Marian was born on August 17, 1934 in Pabianice, Poland. Son of Witold Borkowski and Bronislawa (Cieniewska) Borkowska.


Studied piano with Jan Ekier and Natalia Hornowska, Academy Music, Warsaw, 1959—1965. Studied compostion with Kazimierz Sikorski, Academy Music, Warsaw, 1959—1965. Master of Arts in Composition, Chopin Academy Music, Warsaw, 1965.

Master in Musicology, Warsaw University, 1966. Studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen, Paris Conservatory, 1966—1968. Studied composition with Iannis Xenakis, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, 1966—1968.

Studied musicology with Jacques Chailley and Barry S. Brook, Paris University, Sorbonne, 1966—1968. Studied philosophy with Jean Hyppolite and Jules Vuillemin, Sorbonne, College France, 1966—1968. Studied with, György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis and Franco Donatoni, 1972—1975.


Lecturer to associate professor composition and orchestration Chopin Academy Music, 1968—1989, full professor, 1989, deputy dean faculty composition, conducting and music theory, 1975—1978, vice president, 1978—1981, 1987—1990, head chair music theory, 1993—1999, dean faculty composition, conducting and music theory, 1996—1999, organizer, head postgraduate studies in music theory, since 1998, head chair composition, 1999—2004, organizer, director postgraduate studies incomposition, since 2000. Visiting professor composition to university and conservatories throughout United States, Canada France, Italy, and Republic of Korea. Member research board advisors.

American Biographical Institute. Member artistic council International Festival Sacred Music. Member council Academy Phonography.


  • Conductor of several international festivals, concert, radio and television performances, of several radio and more then 45 Civil Defense recordings, and performed in over 25 countries. Composer: (trumpet and organ) Prologue, 1990, (mixed choir cappella) Adoramus, 1991, Regina caeli, 1995, Ave-Alleluia-Amen, 2000, Libera me, 2005, (orchestra) Ritornel, 1992, (mixed choir and 4 instruments) Hosanna, 1993, (mixed choir and orchestra) Kassandra, 1997, De profundis, 1998, (brass quintet) Mettallica, 1999, Dix, 2002, (string orchestra) Con-Son, 2001, Visions, 2003, (mixed choir and orchestra) Dies irae, 2004, Hymnus, 2005, (instrumental ensemble) Sonus, 2006.


Member artistic council Inernat. Festival of Sacred Music in Czestochowa, since 1997. Founder, artistic director Festival Louisiana of Contemporary Music, since 1985.

Member of International Society Contemporary Music, Contemporary Music Association (president laboratory since 1995), Inamori Foundation, Polish Composers Union (deputy chairman Warsaw branch 1971-1977), Association Polish Marine Painters, International Federation Jeuneses Musicales (member artistic council since 1997, member committee Belgrade music competition 1985-1990), Society Electro-Acoustic Music (foreign member since 1991), Polish Institute Music (chairman academy council since 1985, artistic director festival-laboratory comtemporary music since 1985, founder), Academy Phonography (council member since 2000).


Witold Borkowski Borkowska

Bronislawa (Cieniewska) Borkowska