Piano Quintets



First name: Krzystof
Last name: Meyer
Dates: 1943
Category: Quintet
Nationality: Polish
Opus name: Piano Quintet Opus 78 (1990-1)
Peculiarities: http://www.polmic.pl/index.php?option=com_mwosoby&view=czlowiek&id=17&lang=en
Information: Krzysztof Meyer, composer, pianist and music tutor, b. 11th August, 1943 in Cracow. He started piano lessons at the age of five. From 1954 he took private lessons in theory and composition with Stanis?aw Wiechowicz. After graduation from the Frédéric Chopin Music School in Cracow, he took up studies at the State Higher School of Music in Cracow, where he studied composition - first with Stanis?aw Wiechowicz, and, after the latter's death, with Krzysztof Penderecki (an honors degree in 1965), as well as theory with Aleksander Fr?czkiewicz (an honors degree in 1966). In 1964, 1966 and 1968 he continued composition and piano studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Fontainebleau. In 1966 he was granted the Aaron Copland scholarship. In 1966-68 he played the piano in the Cracow ensemble for contemporary music "MW2". In the same period, he took up teaching. In 1966-87 he taught composition and theory at the Music Academy in Cracow, of which he was vice-rector in 1972-1975, and in 1975-87 he occupied the chair of music theory. In the academic year 1980/81 he stayed in Hamburg as a holder of the "Auswärtige Künstler zu Gast" scholarship. Since 1987 he has been professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. He has also given lectures on contemporary music in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Switzerland, Venezuela and the Soviet Union. He is a member of the Akademie der Künste in Mannheim. In the 1991/92 concert season he was also composer-in-residence at Cologne Philharmonic, and in 1996 - at a festival in Seattle. Meyer’s music has been performed in many major music centres, incl. the Carnegie Hall in New York, Berlin Philharmonic and the Viennese Musikverein.