Abel Korzeniowski

Born 18th July 1972 in Krakow. Graduate from instrumental studies in cello (1996) and – with honors – from composition in Professor Krzysztof Penderecki’s class (2000) at the Academy of Music in Krakow. There, between 1999-2001, he was an assistant at the Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music Department.

His scores were played at the most important music festivals in Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Moldavia, Ukraine and Belarus. Author of the music for numerous theatrical plays, documentaries, feature and short films. In 1998, winner of the Creative Scholarship of the City of Krakow in the field of composition. Two years later, winner of “The Golden Lions of Gdansk” Award for the music in the film “The Big Animal” at the 25th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. In 2001, he’s nominated for the Golden Duck Award of “Film” magazine and recognized by “Cinema” magazine as one of the top 7 Polish film score composers. The same year in Berlin, his symphonic score “Hypnosis” (Sinfonietta Cracovia, cond. Krzysztof Penderecki) has its premiere in Berlin broadcasted by the Deutsche Radio. In 2002, winner of “Ludwik”, a Krakow theatrical award for the music in the play “Kafka” and “Jańcio Wodnik” Award for the music in the film “An Angel in Krakow” at the “Prowincjonalia” Film Festival in Września. “Kino” magazine distinguishes his music in the controversial documentary “Evolution” recognized, among many, with the prestigious Golden Gate Award at the 45th San Francisco International Film Festival.

In 2004, he creates the music for “Metropolis” Directed by Fritz Lang. This monumental 147-minute-long composition performed by a 70-member symphony orchestra and a 100-member choir is a modern interpretation of the silent film from 1926.

Selected filmography:

“The Big Animal” (2000, dir. Jerzy Stuhr), “Evolution” (2001, dir. Borys Lankosz), “An Angel in Krakow” (2002, dir. Artur „Baron” Więcek), “Tomorrow’s Weather” (2003, dir. Jerzy Stuhr), “Metropolis” (2004, reż. Fritz Lang).