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Witold Lutoslawski

Born in Warsaw in 1913, composer Witold Lutoslawski showed prodigious musical and intellectual talent from an early age. He began to study piano when he was six with Helena Hoffman, Jozef Smidowicz and A. Taube. He also studied violin with Lidia Kmitowa from 1926 to 1932. In 1930, under Witold Maliszewski's tutelage, he composed his first work, performed two years later at a public concert at Warsaw Conservatory - Taniec Chimery/Dance of the Chimera for piano.