Krzysztof Penderecki in Memoriam

One year after the Maestro's death, the Polish Institute of New York is honouring Krysztof Penderecki with a festival which is being broadcast worldwide, including in Australia on ABC Classic FM, and through the Friends of Chopin Australia website.


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Highlights include:

  • Penderecki in Memoriam Podcast with in-depth interviews with artists and close collaborators

  • Live radio broadcasts and rebroadcasts of archived performances

  • Live streamed concerts, and a broad presentation of the composer’s prolific oeuvre. (Please scroll down for a chronological list of events.)In partnership with the Ludwig van Beethoven Association, Crossover Media, DUX Records, Lincoln Center, Naxos of America, and Schott Music publishers – will celebrate Penderecki’s life and legacy across an array of worldwide media outlets.

Penderecki in Memoriam Podcast will present a comprehensive portrait of the composer with insightful commentary and memories from musicians, conductors, colleagues, composers, writers and historians including Barry Douglas, JoAnn Falletta, Larry Foster, Elliot Goldenthal, Jonny Greenwood, Michail Jurowski, Laura Kaminsky, Louis Langrée, David Lynch, Cindy McTee, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Kent Nagano, Rafael Payare, Julian Rachlin, Norman Ryan, Leonard Slatkin, Krzysztof Urbanski and Antoni Wit, among others.


Archival concerts from the Warsaw-based Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, which was founded by Elżbieta Penderecka, will be made available for rebroadcast. The repertoire will include performances of Polymorphia performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic, and Adagietto from Paradise Lost performed by Sinfonia Varsovia, among others.


Concerts from the 2021 25th Jubilee Anniversary of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Beethoven and Penderecki. The Sphere of Sacrum, will be streamed live at Lincoln Center throughout March 21-April 1, 2021. Including performances by the internationally renowned Silesian Quartet, a premiere performance by the Penderecki Trio, and some of Poland’s young generation of award-winning pianists, including Aleksandra Świgut, Andrzej Wierciński and Łukasz Krupiński.

“The passing of Professor Penderecki was a deeply moving loss and a shock to all who knew him personally as well as to those who admired his work. The loss was especially poignant due to the world’s Covid-19 isolation – and I was overwhelmed by the response and eagerness of all the artists who wanted to be involved and honor his memory.” - Polish Cultural Institute New York’s head of music programming, Anna Perzanowska.