Last Updated: 03 Oct, 2023 | Views: 95
Other Profession(s): Composer, Pianist
Famous For: The Foremost Polish Composer Of The Early 20th Century.
Karol Szymanowski was born on 3rd October 1882 in Tymoszówka in Ukraine and died in Lausanne on 29th March 1937. His professions included piano and music publicity. Tymoszówka was part of Poland's annexation by the Russian Empire when he was born. Like most landed gentry of Polish descent, the Szymanowskis also had a long history in the area. His musical education began with his father, Stanislaw Korwin-Szymanowski, a music connoisseur and confirmed Polish patriot.
Karol Szymanowski Career:
Karol Szymanowski Early Life:
• In his early years, Karol Szymanowski lived with members of the wealthy Korwin-Szymanowski family from Warsaw's Mazovia region. In 1794, his great-great-grandfather Dominik was exiled from Poland to the Dnieper Ukraine.
• Karol Szymanowski settled in Tymoszówka, in the Kyiv Governorate of the Russian Empire, now Tymoshivka in Cherkasy Oblast of Ukraine, after his grandfather Feliks settled there. He was born into a Baltic German family that originated in Courland.
Karol Szymanowski Education:
• His father taught him music privately before he enrolled at the Gustav Neuhaus Elisavetgrad School of Music in 1892.
• In 1901, he attended the State Conservatory in Warsaw, which he directed from 1926 until his retirement in 1930. Congress Poland's musical opportunities were limited, so he traveled throughout Europe and North Africa.
Karol Szymanowski Founded The Young Polish Composers Publishing Company
• Fitelberg, Szymanowski, Szeluto, and Rójacki formed the Young Polish Composers Publishing Co. in Berlin in 1905 to publish and disseminate new Polish music.
Two-Volume Novel Written By Karol Szymanowski
• In 1918, Karol Szymanowski completed the manuscript for the two-volume novel Efebos, which deals with homosexuality. His travels, especially those to the Mediterranean area, provided him with personal and artistic experiences.
Karol Szymanowski Recordings:
• In 1994, Charles Dutoit recorded both violin concertos by Szymanowski with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Sir Simon Rattle has recorded Szymanowski's works with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, comparing him to one of the greatest composers in history.
• Nicola Benedetti won the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2004 for her performance of Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1.
• Kasper Holten produced King Roger at London's Royal Opera House in 2015. The music of Szymanowski has enjoyed a revival in recent decades.
Karol Szymanowski Awards:
• Many honors were awarded to Karol Szymanowski, including the Order of Polonia Restituta Officer's Cross and the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.