Polish film music composer, born in 1955. For many years in close collaboration with the director Krzysztof Kieślowski and his scriptwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz. His scores for Kieślowski’s films No end, Dekalog, The Double Life Of Veronique, Three Colours Blue, Three Colours White and Three Colours Red have brought him international acclaim.
Zbigniew Preisner has scored feature films including Louis Malle’s Damage, Luis Mandoki’s When A Man Loves A Woman, Agnieszka Holland’s Europa Europa, Olivier Olivier and The Secret Garden, Charles Sturridge’s Fairytale: A True Story, Thomas Vinterberg’s It’s All About Love, Max Färberböck’s Anonyma, Camilo Cavalcante’s The History of Eternity, Fernando Trueba’s Queen of Spain, Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s Valley of Shadows and many others.
Requiem for My Friend, Preisner’s first large-scale work specially written for recording and live performance, is dedicated to the memory of Krzysztof Kieślowski. It was premiered in 1998 at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw and released on CD and vinyl. His other CD releases include 10 Easy Pieces for Piano, Moje Kolędy, Preisner’s Voices and Danse Macabre. In 2005, Preisner was commissioned by David Gilmour to arrange nine of songs on his album On An Island for a 40-piece string orchestra. The album was released worldwide in 2006. A new stage in Preisner’s work began in 2013. At that time Preisner released the album Diaries of Hope which began his close collaboration with Lisa Gerrard. They performed together in Wrocław, London, Istanbul and Shanghai.
Among many awards and citations Preisner received the Silver Bear from the Berlin Film Festival in 1997, two Césars from the French Film Academy – one in 1996 for Jean Becker’s Elisa, and one in 1995 for Three Colours Red – and three consecutive citations as the year’s most outstanding composer of film music in The Los Angeles Critics Association Awards of 1991, 1992 and 1993. In October 2008 he was honoured by the International Eurasia Film Festival with an award for his contribution to Cinema and the Arts. In 2016 his music for film The History of Eternity was awarded the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize. In February 2017 he received the Special Award from the Polish Society of Cinematographers.
Zbigniew Preisner is a member of the French Film Academy.