Andrzej Szpilman

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Andrzej Szpilman (2010)
Andrzej Szpilman at a concert in honor of the 10th anniversary of his Father's death at Wikimania 2010 in Gdansk

Andrzej Szpilman (born 1956, Warsaw, Poland) is a dentist, composer, music producer, publisher, and son of the famous pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman, and his wife, Halina (Grzecznarowski).

Andrzej Szpilman started his music education in 1962 under Prof. S. Kawalla (violin) and later from 1965 until 1974 in the 4th State School of Music in Warsaw (class of Prof. Nasalska violin and later viola).

In 1976 he started to record for Polish Radio as composer and music producer.

He has worked with many popular Polish singers, including Irena Santor, Hanna Banaszak, Grażyna Świtała, Bogusław Mec, accompanied by the Warsaw Radio Orchestra and Poznań Radio Orchestra. 1980-81, as a music director Andrzej Szpilman produced several shows for TV-Poland. 1982-83 he became the producer of the first record by the most popular rock-groups of the 1980s in Poland, "Oddział Zamknięty" (Close Department), which sold about 450.000 records in 1983 and received "Gold Record 83" from the Polish Recording Company.

Besides his artistic activities he studied Dentistry at the Warsaw Medical Academy. In 1983 he moved to Hamburg, Germany. Until 1988 he worked as an Assistant Professor at the Conservative Dentistry Department of the University of Hamburg, and later continued to work in his own dental office in Hamburg/Altona and later in Weil am Rhein.

1987 Andrzej Szpilman founded his own "Musik Studio Altona", where he continued to work on his film ballet and theater music. At that time he composed the ballet "Incense" (choreographer Gamal Gouda) for the Hamburg Opera, as well as Soundtracks like "I tam zostane juz na zawsze" and "Kolejka" - for TV-Poland, and some small pieces for theater and songs for Polish Radio.

1996 - 2004 he has engineered CDs for the famous German songwriter and poet Wolf Biermann. He has also remastered the complete recording anthology of Wolf Biermann 1968-97 (21 records). In 1997 Andrzej Szpilman prepared the publication of the memoir The Pianist, written in 1945 by his father Władysław Szpilman for the German publisher ECON (1998) and later for British publisher Orion (1999). The Pianist became an international bestseller and was recognized as an important documentation of the Holocaust. It was named Book of the Year by several international newspapers (LA Times, Washington Post, Independent, Lire), as well as being translated into more than 35 languages.

In November 2000 he produced Radio and TV concert: "Tribute to Wladyslaw Szpilman" in Warsaw. 2001-2002 he returned to producing and moderating with a concert show at the Polish Radio entitled: “Microphon for everybody”.

Szpilman also assisted in the production of Roman Polański's film The Pianist (2002) and later cooperated on the PR-work with the US, German, Swiss, Italian and Polish movie distributors. In 2002 he became independent executive producer for Universal Music, Sony Classical and Sherman Records Ca. and prepared the CDs with Wladyslaw Szpilman’s music: "Wendy Lands sings the songs of the Pianist" (2002) (Universal Music), and also a CD "Original recordings of the Pianist" (2002), "Works for Piano and Orchestra by Władysław Szpilman" with Ewa Kupiec-Piano, John Axelrod-Director and Berliner Radio Symphony Orchestra (2004), as well as Władysław Szpilman - "Legendary recordings" (2005) (Sony Classical).

Andrzej Szpilman is also working with "Boosey & Hawkes" Music Publishers on the publication of the complete works by Wladyslaw Szpilman. Currently he is working on the TV documentary on the life of Władysław Szpilman and producing a CD with songs by Wladyslaw Szpilman with Polish singer and actor Alicja Bachleda .

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  • The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 by Władysław Szpilman (2002) Foreword Andrzej Szpilman ISBN 0-312-31135-4

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