Composer Juliusz Łuciuk, honorary member of the Polish Composers' Union, died on 17 October 2020 at the age of 93.
"Particular attention to national, religious and family traditions, extremely prolific compositional activity regardless of age, regularly resulting in new compositions, permanent presence in the musical environment of Kraków, and also his creative path, stubbornness and determination in the implementation of the plans and outstanding artistic achievements, in large part released on monographic records” – in these words musicologist Jerzy Stankiewicz summed up Juliusz Łuciuk's work.
Juliusz Łuciuk, a graduate of the State Higher School of Music in Kraków, was a student of Zdzisław Jachimecki and Stanisław Wiechowicz. He continued his musical education in Paris, where in 1958-59 he studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and Max Deutsch as well as attended Olivier Messiaen's seminars. In 1959 he also took part in the International Courses for Composers in Darmstadt. He received numerous awards for his work, including Silver Medal in the International Competition for Composers in Vercelli, Netherlands Radio Award in the International Competition for Composers in the Netherlands, Prix de Composition Musicale Prince Rainier, Polish Prime Minister's Award for piano works for children, Friar Albert Award for achievements in the field of sacred music, Award of the Polish Composers' Union, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, Special Award of the Minister of Culture, Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.
Let us honor his memory!