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Krzesimir Dębski

Krzesimir Dębski
composer / conductor

photo: Daniel-Rudzki


Krzesimir Dębski

Composer, conductor, jazz violinist, arranger, music producer.

Krzesimir Dębski is a composer of classical and contemporary music (120 symphonic and chamber music works, including 2 symphonies, an opera, 4 oratorios, sacred works and 11 concertos for instruments), as well as music for the theatre (more than 40 first performances), experimental music and music for film (100 films, including Ogniem i Mieczem, W Pustyni i w Puszczy, Tam i z Powrotem, Stara Baśń, 1920 Bitwa Warszawska) and television series. Commissioned by Hollywood’s LimeLight Films, Dębski has also composed new music to 16 silent films by Charlie Chaplin, made in 1914-1917.

He is also the leader of String Connection ­– a jazz band that has toured nearly all of Europe, and also the United States and Canada since 1980 (nearly 1000 concerts, including appearances on radio and television).

Dębski has lectured at summer music courses in Ankara, Darmstadt, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami and in Valencia (California).

He is the laureate of many prizes, including 1st prize at the World Jazz Competition in Hoeillart (Belgium, 1983), the Stanisław Wyspiański Prize (1985) and many prizes in radio, recording and composing competitions.

Dębski also won the Fryderyk award in the “Composer of the Year” category, the “Philip Award” of the International Film Academy for music to the film Ogniem i Mieczem and awards for music for the film W Pustyni i w Puszczy at the International Film Festival in Pyrgos (Greece).

Dębski took part in international festivals, including Jazz Jamboree 80’ and the New Jazz Meeting in Baden-Baden, as well as festivals in Reno (Nevada, USA), Getxo (Spain), Paris, Helsinki, Konsberg, Budapest, Leverkusen, Bratislava, Berlin, Nuremberg, the Hague, Prague, Le Mans and many others.

As conductor, Dębski directed concerts featuring many international stars, including Jose Carreras, Jose Cura, Ewa Małas–Godlewska, Adam Makowicz, Canadian Brass, Vadim Repin, J. L. Ponty, Mark O’Connor, Regina Carter, John Blake and Nigel Kennedy, Richard Galliano and Daniel Stabrawa. He conducted practically every Polish orchestra, notably the The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Irish BBC Orchestra, Moscow Symphony, Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), Orchestra Teatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro, Orquesta Nacional Santiago de Chile, the Lvov Philharmonic Orchestra and others.