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Witold Lutoslawski
(1913 - 1994)

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1913 Born in Warsaw, 25 January; youngest child of Jozef and Maria Lutoslawski (members of the landed gentry)
1919 At age six begs for piano lessons and becomes a student of Henela Hoffman
1922 Completes his first composition for solo piano at the age of nine
1924 Enters the Stefan Batory Gimnazjum in Warsaw at the age of eleven, continuing his study of the piano with Jozef Smidowicz
1932 Studies with Maliszewski at the Warsaw Conservatory
1936 Receives diploma in piano from Warsaw University
1937 Receives diploma in composition from Warsaw University
1948 The Communist government denounces Lutoslawski as a "formalist" and bans his avant-garde works from public performance.
1959 Awarded the UNESCO Prize (again in 1968)
1959 Member of the board - International Society for Contemporary Music
1982 Awarded the French order of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres
1985 Awarded Grawemeyer Award
1986 Awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal
1994 Awarded the Swedish Polar Music Prize and the Inamori Foundation Prize, Kyoto, for his outstanding contribution to contemporary European music; Dies in Warsaw, 7 February
1995 Posthumously awarded the International Music Award for best large-scale composition for the fourth symphony
~1940 During the Nazi occupation of Poland, he performed in clandestine concerts, often including proscribed music
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