Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
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|Jan A.P. Kaczmarek|
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
|Born||Jan Andrzej Paweł Kaczmarek
29 April 1953
Jan Andrzej Paweł Kaczmarek (born 29 April 1953) is a Polish composer who has lived and worked in the United States since 1989. He has written the scores for more than 50 feature films and documentaries, including Finding Neverland (2005), for which score he won an Academy Award and National Board of Review award. Other notable scores were for Unfaithful, Evening, The Visitor (2008), and Washington Square.
Early life and education
In the late 1970s, Kaczmarek started working with Jerzy Grotowski and his innovative Theater Laboratory. He created the Orchestra of the Eighth Day in 1977. He recorded his first album, Music for the End (1982), for the United States (US) company Flying Fish Records.
In 1989, Kaczmarek moved to Los Angeles, California in the US. In 1992 he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play for his incidental music for 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. His music has been released by Sony Classical, Decca, Varèse Sarabande, Verve, Epic, Milan, and Savitor Records. He gives concerts in the United States and Europe.
In 2005, Kaczmarek received the Academy Award for Best Original Score for Finding Neverland, directed by Marc Forster. Kaczmarek also won the National Board of Review award for Best Score of the Year and was nominated for a Golden Globe and the BAFTA's Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music.
In addition to his work in films, Kaczmarek was commissioned to write two symphonic and choral pieces for two important national occasions in Poland: Cantata for Freedom (2005) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity movement, and Oratorio 1956 (2006) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a bloody uprising against totalitarian government in Poznań, Poland. Both premieres were broadcast live on Polish national television.
Kaczmarek is a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, European Film Academy and Polish Film Academy.
In 2007, Kaczmarek began working to set up a film institute in his home country of Poland. Inspired by the Sundance Institute, he intends for the new institute to serve as a European center for the development of new work in film, theater, music and new media. His Instytut Rozbitek (Rozbitek Institute) opened in 2010.
Kaczmarek is the founder and director of the Transatlantyk - Poznań International Film and Music Festival, in Poznań, Poland. The first edition of the festival was organized in 5–13 August 2011 and the second edition in 15–22 August 2012.
|1994||Gospel According to Harry|
|1999||Aimée & Jaguar|
|The Third Miracle|
|Edges of the Lord|
|2004||Finding Neverland||Academy Award winner|
|2006||A Girl Like Me|
|War and Peace||European television film|
|Hachiko: A Dog's Story|
|2012||The Time Being|
|2001||Shot in the Heart|
|2002||A Soldier's Girl|
|2009||The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler|
|2004||Finding Neverland||National Board of Review Awards 2004||Outstanding Film Music Composition||Won|
|2005||77th Academy Awards||Best Original Score||Won|
|62nd Golden Globe Awards||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|58th British Academy Film Awards||Best Film Music||Nominated|
|2009||The Karamazovs||Czech Lion||Best Music||Nominated|
- Jan A.P. Kaczmarek - Official Site
- Jan A.P. Kaczmarek - Official Facebook Page
- Jan A.P. Kaczmarek at the Internet Movie Database
- Instytut Rozbitek - official website
- Transatlantyk Poznań International Film and Music Festival - official website
- Photographs by Judyta Papp