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Komitas is a hero in Armenia: Krzysztof Penderecki

YEREVAN, JANUARY 26, ARMENPRESS. Komitas is a hero in Armenia but only now he gets known in the world, prominent composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki mentioned about this after making a tour in Komitas museum-institute on January 26.

“I do not think that many composers have such a wonderful museum. There is a very good museum and it is Chopin Museum which is of the same sizes. Berlioz Museum in France is also beautiful. Komitas has become a hero in Armenia. It is very difficult to be a hero composer but he managed to do so,” renowned composer mentioned, as “Armenpress” reports.

Krzysztof Penderecki believes Komitas only now becomes known in the world. “We know Komitas in Poland; we are playing his creations. Composers are not always important as political figures,” he mentioned.

Renowned conductor states he has never performed Komitas creations but his choral songs are fantastic, and they are often sounded in Poland.

Accompanied by the Director of the Komitas Museum-Institute Nikolay Kostandyan, maestro made a tour in cultural center, got acquainted with the exhibits and the museum's history. Nikolay Kostandyan granted Penderecki with book and Komitas CD.

Born on November 23, 1933, in Dębica, Poland, Krzysztof Penderecki began studying composition under Franciszek Skolyszewski. He later studied at the Krakow Conservatory under Artur Malawski and Stanislaw Wiechowicz and graduated in 1958. He was then appointed as a professor at the Conservatory. Between 1966 and 1968, Penderecki was a lecturer at the Volkwang Hochschule für Musik in Essen, Germany. In 1968, he received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Organisation — DAAD. He was appointed rector of the Krakow Conservatory in 1972.

Krzysztof Penderecki's first public appearance on an international level was in 1959 at the Warsaw Autumn Festival. There he performed Strophen, one of three works for which he received first prizes at the 2nd National Young Composers Competition. The other two works were Psalms of David and Emanations.

In 1968-69, Penderecki wrote his first opera, The Devils of Loudun, commissioned by the Hamburg State Opera where it had its world premiere in 1969. Since then, this work has been produced numerous times, has been broadcast, televised, and released on record.

In 1972 Penderecki began his conducting career. Since that year, he has been seen on the podiums of the most important orchestras of the world.

Krzysztof Penderecki was invited to join the Honorary Committee of the Year of Chopin Celebrations 2010 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Lisbon, Tokyo and Rome.


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