prof. Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar (2007)

prof. Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar (2007)Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar studied composition with Stanisław Wiechowicz and piano with Jan Hoffman at the State Higher School of Music (today the Academy of Music) in Kraków in the years 1950-55.

The compositional output of Prof. Moszumańska-Nazar covers first of all orchestral works, such as Hexaedre 1960; Music for Strings 1962; Exodus for symphony orchestra and tape 1964; Variazioni concertanti for flute and chamber orchestra 1966; Pour orchestre 1969; Rapsod I 1975; Rapsod II 1980; Sinfonietta for string orchestra 1983; Concerto for orchestra 1986; cykl Fresków (I 1988; II 1991; III 1991; IV “Lwowski” 1997); Concerto for percussion and orchestra 1998; Violin concerto 2000. Her chamber works include 3 string quartets (I 1974, II 1980, III 1995); works for various types of ensembles as well as pieces for solo instruments, like percussion solo. Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar also composed Intonations for two mixed choirs and orchestra 1968; Bel canto for soprano, celesta and percussion 1972; Polish Madonnas for mixed choir and orchestra 1974; Confessions for baritone and chamber orchestra 1977; Song of Songs for soprano, reciting voice men’s choir and chamber orchestra 1984 as well as Pater noster for men’s choir and organ 1997. Among her students were many significant composers, including Magdalena Długosz, Aleksandra Gryka, Marzena Korzeniowska, Jerzy Kluzowicz, Michał Kluzowicza, Adrian Konarski, Anna Mikulska, Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz.

Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar held the function of a Rector of the Music Academy in Kraków during a difficult period Polish transition from communism to democracy. At that time the Academy was given a new building at 43. Św.Tomasza street, the Department of Contemporary Music Interpretation was formed (1991), annual Early Music Performance Courses led by Dutch teachers specializing in 17th and 18th century music from the Amsterdam Conservatory were initiated (1991). It was also a time when preparations were made for introducing significant changes to the curriculum.

For her lifetime achievements Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar was honoured with: the Award of the Minister of Culture and Art (five times), the City of Kraków Award, Golden Cross of Merit, the Prime Minister Award for her works for children, Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the Polish Composers’ Union Award, the Award of Merit for National Culture, Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Resituta, on the occasion of her 75th birthday and 45th anniversary of artistic work – with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Honorary Award of the Polish Culture Foundation in Kraków, Medaille de l’Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.