January 18, 2008

I AM THIRD:

Gorecki honoured by Cardiff University Michal Kubicki, Polskie Radio

The famous Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Cardiff University. [...]

In the early 1990s he became world famous thanks to the huge commercial success of his Third Symphony which sold over a million copies, and rose high in the pop charts and was used on film soundtracks.

Distinctions and honours from all over the world followed, including honorary doctorates from the Catholic University in Washington, the University of the State of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the University of British Columbia in Montreal. The latest distinction is an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Cardiff in the U.K.

‘The University gives fellowships to people of high distinction in the arts, sciences and in public life,’ says Professor Adrian Thomas of the University’s School of Music. ‘We wanted for some time to recognize Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, not least because of his close connection that our University has with Polish music and Central European music. My own connection with Górecki goes back more than 30 years. As was said in the citation, the University can think of nobody more fitting and worthy of such an honorary fellowship as Górecki in his 75th year.’


MORE:
-INTERVIEW: How Gorecki makes his music – an exclusive interview (Norman Lebrecht / February 28, 2007, La Scena Musicale)


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 18, 2008 11:53 AM
Comments

Shouldn't this be filed under "importing the superior culture?"

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 18, 2008 2:43 PM
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