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Michał Lorenc

Michał Lorenc
Michał Lorenc
Michał Lorenc is one of the most outstanding and at the same time most popular composers of film music in Poland, compared by Variety to Aaron Copland.
Michał Lorenc is one of the most outstanding and at the same time most popular composers of film music in Poland, compared by Variety to Aaron Copland, the great American composer. He created music for more than 175 films, TV series, documentaries, and theatrical performances. He has worked with the best directors in Poland, Czech Republic, the UK, and the USA. He has recorded with the best Polish orchestras: the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchestra of the National Philharmonic, and the Warsaw Chamber Opera. For years he has been working with the musicians of the DesOrient band, the Polish specialists in ethnic music. He is a member of the European Film Academy, the Czech Film Academy, and the Polish Film Academy.

The first TV series that he composed music for was Przyjaciele by Andrzej Kostenko (1979). Ten years later, he created the score for Maciej Dejczer’s 300 mil do nieba that won him a nomination for the Felix European Film Award and the Stanisław Wyspiański Award. After that, his career gathered momentum. In 1992, his music for Władysław Pasikowski’s Psy was recognised at the Gdynia Festival. In 1995 and 1997, he won two more awards at the Gdynia Festival: for the score for Krzysztof Lang’s Prowokator and Maciej Dejczer’s Bandit. In 1996 he worked with the great director Bob Rafaelson. Their joint work resulted in Lorenc composing music for Blood and Wine that was submitted by 20th Century Fox for an Academy Award.

In 1999, the music for Dorota Kędzierzawska’s Nic won him the special award at the Camerimage festival in Łódź and the prestigious main award at the International Film and Media Music Festival in Bonn. Also in 1999, the music Lorenc composed for the Polish-Czech film Zabić Sekala was recognised with a Czech Lion, awarded by the Academy of Film and Television Arts. Two years later, he received the Golden Duck for the music for Jan Jakub Kolski’s Daleko od okna (2001), and in 2002, he was again nominated for a Czech Lion, this time for the music for Babie lato.

Lorenc won all of the main awards for the best music at the Gdynia Festival for Filip Bajon’s Przedwiośnie (2001) and Tomasz Wiszniewski’s Wszystko będzie dobrze (2007). He won three awards in Września, at the “Prowincjonalia” All-Poland Festival of Film Arts – for Jan Jakub Kolski’s Daleko od okna (2001), Dariusz Jabłoński’s Wino truskawkowe (2007), and Jerzy Skolimowski’s Cztery noce z Anną (2008). The TV series for which Lorenc composed music were Glina (2004–2008), Oficer (2004) and Ojciec Mateusz (2008–2012).

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