Abel Korzeniowski




Abel Korzeniowski was born on the 18th of July, 1972, in Cracow, Poland. In 1996 graduated the instrumental studies (specialisation: cello), and then in 2000 graduated with merit from the composition class of Krzysztof Penderecki at the Music Academy in Cracow. At the same Academy, in the years 1999-2000, he was an assistant at the Department of Composition, Conducting and Musical Theory.

            His compositions were performed at the most important festivals in Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Moldavia, Ukraine and Belarus. He also composed music for numerous drama plays and films - features, documentaries and shorts.

In 1998 he received the Creative Scholarship of the President of Cracow in the category of music composition. Two years later, at the 25th Polish Feature Film Festival in Gdynia he received the Golden Lions - individual award for the musical score to the film "Big Animal". In 2001 he was nominated by "Film" monthly to their Golden Duck award for extraordinary achievement in film music. At the same time "Cinema" monthly included him on their list of top Polish film music composers. Also in 2001 his symphonic composition Hypnosis had its premiere in Berlin (the orchestra was Sinfonietta Cracovia, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki), which was broadcast live by Deutsche Radio.

In 2002 he received Ludwik award (a theatre award from the city of Cracow) for the score to "Kafka", and also Jańcio Wodnik award at Prowincjonalia Film Festival, for his score for the feature film "An Angel in Cracow". According to "Kino" monthly, his music for the controversial documentary "Evolution" (the film was awarded the prestigous Golden Gate Award at the 45th Film Festival in San Francisco) was an achievement of an entirely original kind. In 2004 he created a new score for Fritz Lang's "Metropolis". A monumental 147-minute composition for an 84-piece orchestra, 60 choir and 2 solo voices ambitiously re-interprets the silent movie from 1926.

Selected filmography:

"Big Animal" (2000, dir. Jerzy Stuhr)
"Evolution" (2001, dir. Borys Lankosz)
"An Angel in Cracow" (2002, dir. Artur "Baron" Więcek)
"Tomorrow's Weather" (2003, dir. Jerzy Stuhr)
"Metropolis" (2004, dir. Fritz Lang)