YEREVAN , JANUARY 8 , ARMENPRESS: The joint concert of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia and the cellist Bartosz Koziak will launch the series of events "Krzysztof Penderecki's Days in Armenia " on January 13 . Armenpress reports, quoting the SYOA official website syoa.am, that the concert program is various. Born on November 23, 1933 , in Debica, Poland , Krzysztof Penderecki began studying composition under Franciszek Skolyszewski. He later studied at the Krakow Conservatory under Artur Malawski and Stanislaw Wiechowicz and graduated in 1958. He was then appointed as a professor at the Conservatory. Between 1966 and 1968, Penderecki was a lecturer at the Volkwang Hochschule fÜr Musik in Essen, Germany . In 1968, he received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Organisation — DAAD. He was appointed rector of the Krakow Conservatory in 1972.Krzysztof Penderecki's first public appearance on an international level was in 1959 at the Warsaw Autumn Festival. There he performed Strophen, one of three works for which he received first prizes at the 2nd National Young Composers Competition . The other two works were Psalms of David and Emanations.In 1959, he composed Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima . For this, one of his best known and most often performed compositions, he received the UNESCO prize. This piece was followed by a series of success: in 1960 at the Donaueschinger Musiktage with Anaklasis, the following year with Polymorphia, Phonograms, and Psalm, and in 1966, St. Luke Passion, the first major work of his career. This piece was commissioned by the West German Radio in Cologne to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Munster Cathedral in which the piece was first performed on March 30, 1966 . On this day, Penderecki was reborn—the performance marked a turning point in his career making him the most acclaimed artist since Igor Stravinsky.In 1968-69, Penderecki wrote his first opera, The Devils of Loudun, commissioned by the Hamburg State Opera where it had its world premiere in 1969. Since then, this work has been produced numerous times, has been broadcast, televised, and released on record. In 1972 Penderecki began his conducting career. Since that year, he has been seen on the podiums of the most important orchestras of the world. In the years between 1972 and 1978, Krzysztof Penderecki was a professor at the Yale University School of Music .In 1988 Penderecki received a Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for his Concerto for Cello No. 2, M. Rostropovich as soloist, and recorded by ERATO. In November 1989 , Lorin Maazel conducted Penderecki's Symphony No. 4, Adagio, commissioned by the French Government for the bicentennial of the French Revolution. The premiere of K. Penderecki's Sinfonietta took place in Warsaw on February 16, 1992 with the Sinfonia Varsovia under the composer's baton. This work was performed again in May, 1992 by the musicians of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and, on the same day, in Seville during the World Expo '92. Another recent composition, Benedicamus Domino, for a male a cappella choir was performed for the first time in April 1992 at the Easter Music Festival in Lucerne.In December 1996 Krzysztof Penderecki completed his new work, Seven Gates of Jerusalem , which will close the celebrations of 3000 years of Jerusalem. Its world premiere was held on 9 January 1997 in Jerusalem . In February 1997 he was awarded the Crystal Award in Davos, Switzerland . The world premiere of Penderecki's Hymn to St. Daniil took place on 4 October 1997 in Moscow . The piece was commissioned by Channel Six of Moscow Television to mark the 850 years of Moscow . Penderecki's Hymn to St. Adalbert was written to mark the millennium of Gdansk and was premiered on 18 October 1997 . The world premiere of Penderecki's Credo took place in July 1998 at the Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon. The European premiere was held as part of the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival on 5 October 1998 in Krakow, Poland.In 1999 Krzysztof Penderecki received two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, (Violin Concerto No. 2 – "Metamorphosen" performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter ) and for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Penderecki Violin Concerto No. 2 under the composer's baton). On 23 January 2000 , Krzysztof Penderecki received the "Best Living Composer" award at the Midem Classic in Cannes and in October 2000 an honorary doctorate from the University of Luzern . Penderecki was the principal guest conductor of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Orchester in Hamburg and the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester in Leipzig. In 1987-1990 he was the artistic director of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1992-2002 the artistic director of the Casals Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico . In September 1997 Krzysztof Penderecki became the musical director of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra. From 1998, he is the artistic advisor to the Beijing Music Festival and from October 2000 guest conductor of the newly formed China Philharmonic Orchestra . Krzysztof Penderecki began his jubilee year 2003 by conducting a concert at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw with the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra. The program included his Concerto grosso and Sinfonietta per archi and DvorÁk's Symphony No. 9.In 2005 Krzysztof Penderecki was awarded the Order of the White Eagle — Poland's highest decoration and in 2006 he received the Three Star Order in Latvia . In autumn 2007 the composer became the Honorary Professor of St. Petersburg Rimski- Korsakov State Conservatory and in 2008 — the Honorary Professor of Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory .In 2009, Krzysztof Penderecki received the Ordre de MÉrite du Grand-DuchÉ de Luxemburg and an Honorary Order from the President of the Republic of Armenia. In 2009, Krzysztof Penderecki composed Kaddish to mark the 65th anniversary of the liquidation of the LÓdz Ghetto. Krzysztof Penderecki was invited to join the Honorary Committee of the Year of Chopin Celebrations 2010 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Lisbon , Tokyo and Rome. Krzysztof Penderecki's new version of his opera The Devils of Loudun was premiered in Copenhagen on 12 February 2013 .
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