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Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

composer , conductor

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish conductor, composer. Decorated commanders cross Polonia Restituta, Highest Polish award Gold medal, Gloria Artist, 2007; recipient national prize for artistic activity Poland, 1953, 1st prize Santa Cecilia International Concours for Conductors, Rome, 1956, Cannes Festival award for best recording of 19th century symphonic music, 2002, Distinguished Artist award McKnight Foundation, 2004.

Background

Skrowaczewski, Stanislaw was born on October 3, 1923 in Lwow, Poland. Came to United States, 1960. Son of Pawel and Zofia (Karszniewicz) Skrowaczewski.

Education

Diploma faculty philosophy, University Lwow, 1945. Diploma faculties composition and conducting, Academy Music Lwow, 1945. Diploma faculties composition and conducting, Conservatory at Krakow, Poland, 1946.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Hamline University, 1963. Doctor of Humane Letters, Macalester College, 1972. Doctor of Humane Letters honorary doctorate, University Minnesota.

Doctorate (honorary), University Wroclaw, Poland, 2003.

Career

Symphony for String Orchestra, three other symphonies, Muzyka Noca (Music by Night, suite of nocturnes), four string quartets, two overtures, Cantique des Cantiques (voice and orch.), Prelude, Fugue, Post-Ludium (orch.), English Horn Concerto 1969, Ricercari Nottumi (orchestral), Clarinet Concerto, Violin Concerto 1985, Concerto for Orchestra 1985, Fanfare for Orchestra 1987, Trio for piano, clarinet and bassoon, six piano sonatas; also music for opera, ballet, film and theatre. Guest conductor in, Europe, S.A., United States, since 1947. Composer, since 1931. Pianist, since 1928; violinist, since 1934.

Conductor, since 1939. Permanent conductor, music director Wroclaw (Poland) Philharmonic, 1946-1947, Katowice (Poland) National Philharmonic, 1949-1954, Krakow Philharmonic, 1955-1956, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, 1957-1959, Minnesota Orchestra, 1960-1979. Principal conductor, museum adviser Halle Orchestra, Manchester, England, 1984-1991.

Musical advisor St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, 1986—1987, Milwaukee Symphony, 1995—1997. Principal conductor Yominri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, since 2007. Principal conductor Nippon Symphony Orchestra, since 2007.

First symphony and overture for orchestra written at age 8, played by Lwow Philharmonic Orchestra, 1931. Advisory music Milwaukee Symphony, 1994-1997.

Works

  • Composer: 4 symphonies Prelude and Fugue for Orchestra (conducted first performance Paris), 1948, Overture, 1947 (2d prize Szymanowski Concours, Warsaw 1947). Cantiques des Cantiques, 1951, String Quartet, 1953 (2d Prize International Concours Composers, Belgium 1953), Suite Symphonique, 1954 (first prize, gold medal Composers Competition Moscow 1957), Music at Night, 1954, Ricercari Notturni, 1978 (3d prize Kennedy Center Friedheim Competition, Washington), Concerti for Clarinet and Orchestra, 1980, Violin Concerto, 1985, Concerto for Orchestra, 1985, Fanfare for Orchestra, 1987, Sextett for Oboe, Violin, Viola, Orchestra, 1980, String Trio for Violin, Viola, 1990, Triple Concerto for Violin, Clarinet, Piano, Orchestra, 1992, Fantasie per Tre (Flute, Oboe, Cello), 1993, Chamber Concerto, 1993, Passacaglia Immaginaria for Orchestra, 1995, Musica a Quattro for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, 1998, Concerto for Orchestra, 1998, Symphony, 2003. Also music for theatre, motion pictures, songs and piano sonatas, English horn concerto.Recording by Mercury, Columbia, Radio Corporation of America, Albany, Victor, Vox, Electric and Music Industries, Angel.

Membership

Member Union Polish Composers, International Society Modern honorary doctorate at New England Consenatory Boston 2008 Music, National Association American Composers-Condrs., American Music Center.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Alpinism, skiing, books, film, theatre.

Connections

Married Krystyna Jarosz, September 6, 1956. Children: Anna, Paul, Nicholas.