KRZYSZTOF MEYER COMMISSION
Eminent Polish composer, Krzysztof Meyer, is scheduled to complete a major violin and piano work for Janet in 2010. Funded under the auspices of Pro Violino Foundation, Inc., the work will receive many performances throughout the United States and abroad during Janet’s 2011-2012 concert season.
Born in Cracow in 1943, Krzysztof Meyer has been a distinguished figure in European musical life for nearly a half century. In addition to being a virtuoso pianist, he has taught several generations of students in music history, theory, and composition in both his native Poland and, from 1987 to 2008, at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. He has been a frequent lecturer on the subject of contemporary music in many countries, including Russia, Germany, Austria, Brazil and Japan. From 1985 to 1989 he was President of the Polish Composers’ Union.
Krzysztof Meyer has composed 4 operas, 5 symphonies, 12 string quartets, 2 violin concerti, 5 piano sonatas, and many other orchestral, chamber, and solo instrumental works. A CD of his music for cello was recently released on the Toccata Classics label. The author of many books and articles, he wrote the first monograph in Polish on the life and work of Dmitri Shostakovich (Paris, 1994), which has become an international bestseller and has been translated into six languages. With his wife, Danuta Gwizdalanka, he published a two-volume biography of Witold Lutoslawski.
Janet and Krzysztof Meyer are both looking forward to an exciting musical collaboration.