Edward Pałłasz – composer, teacher, and artistic community activist – died on 22 December 2019. The funeral mass will be celebrated in the Church of Pastoral Creative Communities of the Archdiocese of Warsaw on 10 January 2020 (Friday) at 11.30 a.m. The funeral will take place the same day at 1.00 p.m. at the Military Cemetery in Powązki, quarter GII-2-27.
Edward Pałłasz was the music director of the Comedy Theatre in Warsaw (1964-1966). He lectured at the Drama Directing Faculty of the State Higher School of Theater in Warsaw (1969-1975). In the years 1984-1988, 1997–2003 he was the vice president, and in the years 1988-1993, 2003-2009 the president of the ZAiKS Association of Authors. He was a member of the Repertoire Committee of the Warsaw Autumn Festival (1981-1996). In 1979-1997 he was a member of the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union (from 1979 to 1981 a treasurer, and from 1981 to 1983 a vice president). He became a co-founder of the Co-operative Committee of Creative Associations and Scientific Societies (1980) and a member of the Culture Council of the President of the Republic of Poland Lech Wałęsa. He was the director of Programme 2 of the Polish Radio (1995-1998). He was also the deputy general and artistic director of the Warsaw Chamber Opera (1999–2012). He was a member of the Polish Radio Programme Council, which he chaired in the years 2010–2013. In 2016, he received the honorary membership of the ZAIKS Authors' Association.
Edward Pałłasz was awarded the Commander's Cross, Commander's Cross with the Star, Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Gold Cross of Merit, Medal of the National Education Commission, Medal of Merit of Culture, Honorary Badge of the Capital City of Warsaw, Silver Medal and Honorary Badge of the Association of Authors ZAiKS.