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Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

Composer

For his original score of Marc Forster's Finding Neverland, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek won the Academy Award and was honored by the National Board of Review, in addition to receiving Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations.

Mr. Kaczmarek's other feature scores include the ones for Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful; Frank Pierson's Soldier's Girl; and Max Färberböck's Aimée & Jaguar. Additionally, the Polish-born composer has scored several features directed by his countrywoman Agnieszka Holland, among them Total Eclipse, The Third Miracle, Shot in the Heart, and Washington Square.

Initially inspired by his encounter with director Jerzy Grotowski's theater lab, he began composing for both underground theater and his own mini-orchestra The Orchestra of the Eighth Day. The latter group toured Europe and then America, and Mr. Kaczmarek recorded his debut album "Music for the End."

He then began composing music for stage works in America, at Chicago's Goodman Theatre; Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum; and off-Broadway, among other venues. His score for JoAnne Akalaitis' staging of John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, starring Val Kilmer and Jeanne Tripplehorn, earned him Obie and Drama Desk Awards.

Mr. Kaczmarek was commissioned to write two symphonic and choral pieces for live national television broadcasts in Poland. The broadcasts were commemorating the 25th anniversary (in 2005) of the Solidarity movement, for which he composed "Cantata for Freedom"; and the 50th anniversary (in 2006) of the uprising against the Poznan government, for which he composed the oratorio "1956."

His current project is the establishing of Rozbitek; based in Poland, this institute will serve as a European hub for development of new artistic works in a variety of media.