The ashes of Polish award-winning composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderaki have been buried at a state ceremony after a two-year epidemic delay.
WARSH, Poland – Poland’s award-winning musician and conductor Krzysztof Pendereki was buried in a state funeral on Tuesday after a two-year delay caused by the epidemic.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, Pendereki’s widow, Elizabeth Pendereka, and their daughter and son, musicians, artists and ordinary Polish citizens attended the funeral in the southern city of Krakow.
Pendereki died in Krakow on March 29, 2020, at the age of 86, but the funeral of the famous composer was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has canceled his presence in the service after a positive test for COVID-19. Pendereki has worked and taught in Germany for many years.
Penderekki’s cream-colored alabaster statue was buried in the National Pantheon at St. Peter’s and Paul’s Church in Krakow, among some of Poland’s best-known writers and scientists, at the time his music was performed.
The head of the Catholic Church in Poland, Archbishop Ozczyk Polak, said in his honor that the whole world of music was saying goodbye to a man who believed that music life needed to be improved. Polak says it has a special resonance when people are dying in Ukraine today.
In his speech, Duda praised Pendereki as a world-class artist who has chosen to live in Poland and has made significant contributions to its culture.
Pendereki was one of the world’s most popular contemporary classical music composers, whose work has been featured in Hollywood films such as “The Shining” and “Shutter Island”.
He had his orchestral and “St. Luke Passion” and “The Seven Gates of Jerusalem,” although his range was much wider. Rock fans know him from his work with Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood.
A violinist and a committed educator, he set up a roadside music center from his home in Luslavis, southern Poland, where young virtuosos were given the opportunity to perform and learn with world-renowned masters.