Pawel Szymanski – music

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Born in 1954 in Warsaw, Poland. He completed his composition studies under Włodzimierz Kotoński at the Academy of Music in Warsaw, and later studied with Roman Haubenstock-Ramati in Vienna. Winner of numerous national and international music competitions, including Sacred Music Composition Contest of the Internationale Bachakademie in Stuttgart in 1985, the Benjamin Britten Composing Competition in Aldeburgh in 1988, and the Grand Prix of the Culture Foundation in 1994. His music compositions are performed all over the world, including Austria, the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Hungary, Mexico, Sweden, Italy, and the United States.

He is the author of music to many feature and documentary films, including Schizophrénia (2001) by Vita Zelakeviciute, One Day in People’s Poland / Jeden dzień w PRL (2005) by Maciej Drygas, Abu Haraz (2012) by Maciej Drygas, as well as Saviour Square / Plac Zbawiciela (2006) by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze (2006) that won him the Best Music Prize at the Gdynia FF and a nomination for the Eagle, Polish Film Academy prize.