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Zbigniew Rudziński has passed away

Rudziński Zbigniew

Polish composer Zbigniew Rudziński – a great pedagouge, a long-time lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and a member of the Polish Composers' Union, died on 9th May 2019.

Zbigniew Rudziński was a student of Piotr Perkowski and Nadia Boulanger. He began his career as director of the music department at the Warsaw Documentary Film Studio, where he worked in 1962-68. Since 1973, he has taught composition at the Warsaw Academy of Music (from 1975 – as an associate professor, from 1989 – as a professor). In 1980-81, he was also a dean of the Faculty of Composition, while in 1981-84, he was a vice-rector of the Warsaw university. He has given lectures at the International Conference on New Musical Notation at State University Ghent in Belgium (1974), International Seminar for Composers in Ohrid, Yugoslavia (1975), International Summer Composition Courses (1977 – Venice, 1978 – Olsztyn, 1979 – Kazimierz), Internationales Jugend Festspieltreffen in Bayreuth, Germany (1983-89), Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki (1987), Royal Academy of Music in London (1990), and Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea (1993, 1996, 2000-2005). Between 1983 and 1989, he was a director of Composer's Workshop in Bayreuth. He was a guest lecturer at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (1987), the Royal Academy of Music in London (1990) and in Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea (1993, 1996, 2000-2005). His works were performed in Poland and abroad, including Prague, London, Stockholm, Helsinki, Bonn, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, and Seoul.

In 1962, he joined the Polish Composers' Union. In 1968-80, he was a member of its Board of Directors, in 1981-82 – the treasurer, and in 1985-86 – the general secretary of the union. 

In recognition of his achievements in composition, Zbigniew Rudziński has received many awards, among others, the Silver Cross of Merit (1975), the Award of the Ministry of Culture and Art for his achievements in pedagogy (1979, 1985), and the Prime Minister’s Award for his works for children and youth (1986).

Zbigniew Rudziński's funeral will take place on 15th May (Wednesday) at 1.00 p.m. in the Saint Karol Boromeusz Church at the Old Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw.