Jan Radzynski, classical music composer
(b. 1950 in Warsaw, Poland). Jan Radzynski left his native Poland in 1969. He studied composition in Israel with Schidlowski at the Tel Aviv University Academy of Music, and in the United Stated with Krzysztof Penderecki and Jacob Druckman at Yale University, where he received his doctorate in 1984. He is presently Professor of Composition at Ohio State University in Columbus.
Radzynski's awards include Distinguished Scholar Award, Ohio State University (1996), Creative Work and Research Grant form the Rothschild Foundation (1995), Residency in Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem (1995), Ohio State University Faculty Seed Grant (1994). Individual Artists Grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts (1992), ASCAP Standard Awards (1989-97), the Frederick W. Hilles Publication Grant (1990), Mellon Fellowship (1985), Yale University Griswold Research Grants (1984, 1987-93), and the Summer Residency at the Foundation Artist's House, Boswil, Switzerland (1983). In 1983 Radzynski's Kaddish was recorded by the Jerusalem Symphony received a special commendation at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.
The compositions of Jan Radzynski have been performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Cracow Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Radio Orchestra (Cologne), Mexico National Orchestra, Saarbücken Radio Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, and Israel Sinfonietta, among others.
His compositions are recorded on CRI and Channel Classic labels.
Radzynski's recent commissions include the String Trio commissioned by the City of Aachen premiered there in May 1995 by Trio Arco. His Shirat Ma'ayan for mezzo soprano, tenor, and orchestra, commissioned by the Rothschild Foundation and the Haifa Symphony was premiered in Israel in June 1997. His new composition for violin and piano, Personal Verses, was premiered in April 1999 in New York's 92nd Street Y.
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