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Krzysztof Penderecki

Polish composer Krzysztof  Penderecki, born in 1933, was introduced to music at a young age by his father, a violin-playing lawyer. The boy studied piano and violin and was admitted to the Krakow Conservatory at 18. Three years later, he began studying composition at the Krakow State Academy of Music, finishing his studies in 1958. In 1959, he wrote three compositions that won first prizes in a competition for young Polish composers. His works began to garner recognition from that point on, especially the 1960 work, “Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima,” written for 52 string instruments.