Krzesimir Dębski

Polish-born Krzesimir Dębski’s music career as an musician has been that of a performer as well as a composer of  classical music, opera, television and feature films.

He studied composition and conducting at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poland. Following graduation, Dębski became interested in Jazz. Since 1982, as a leader and violinist of the “String Connection (a jazz assemble), he has performed in the United States, Canada and over 25 countries in Europe.

Dębski has been awarded numerous prizes for his Jazz musicianship and composition work. The prizes include: First Prize at the World Competition of Jazz Ensembles (Belgium), the Stanislaw Wyspiański Award from The Ministry of Culture (Warsaw, Poland), readers of the monthly jazz magazine “Jazz Forum” have bestowed upon Dębski the honor of “Musician, Composer and Violinist Of The Year” from 1983 to 1986. “Down Beat” magazine rated Krzesimir Dębski among the top ten violinists in the world.

Since 1986, Dębski has curtailed his concert performance activities and concentrated primarily on composition. He has composed more than 50 symphonic and chamber music pieces, including an opera, 2 symphonies, religious works and 9 instrumental concertos. In 1986, he received First Prize at the 25th Anniversary Spring Festival of Music,

a composers competition in Poland. In 1988, The Canadian Film Academy nominated Dębski for a Genie Award. That same year, he received a special award for his musical work with children from the Prime Minister of Poland.

Since 1986, he has composed the music for over 60 films, received 8 platinum albums and has composed the music for the highest grossing movie in Polish film history, “With Fire and Sword”.

As Deputy Chairman of the Polish Society of Contemporary Music, Dębski has written music for film, theater, symphony, chamber orchestra and experimental ensembles. As a composer, Dębski won the Fryderyk (the Polish equivalent for the Grammy Award). He was also awarded The International Film Music Academy, coveted “Philip” prize presented to him by the legendary film composer, Ennio Morricone.

Krzesimir Dębski has conducted concertos in which the following international stars performed: Jose Carreras, Nigel Kennedy, Adam Makowicz, The Canadian Brass, Vadim Repin, Mark O’Connor, Jean-Luc Ponty, John Blake, Ewa Malas-Godlewska and Jose Cura.

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