Krzysztof Meyer

Krzysztof Meyer

Polish composer Krzysztof Meyer was born in Cracow in 1943. His music is regularly performed internationally wherever modernism finds a platform and his Shostakovich monograph is considered to be one of the most intimate documents on the Russian composer.

Since 1987, he has been holding a professorship of composition at the Cologne Conservatory. Among others, Meyer studied with Krzysztof Penderecki and Nadia Boulanger. He was especially influenced by Dmitri Schostakowitsch and Witold Lutoslawski – both composers provided critical feedback and paternal support for his work. As a member of the ›Freie Akademie der Künste Mannheim‹, Meyer received numerous important awards and compositional prizes.

Between 1985 and 1989, Meyer was Chairman of the Society of Polish Composers. He composed for renowned musicians such as Peter Pears, Heinz Holliger, Aurèle Nicolet, Mstislav Rostropovich and David Geringas. Stylistically, the ›Misterioso for Violin and Piano‹ fits perfectly into Meyer’s most recent oeuvre. The piece is based on a sophisticated harmonic system and its rich colors and expressiveness pose a musical challenge to players that is comparable to the poetic. 

  (Status 1994, Source: Krzysztof Meyer)