Polish conductor and composer Stanisław Skrowaczewski was born in Lwów on 3 October 1923, studying piano and violin as a child. An injury to his hand ended his career as a pianist. Graduating from the Kraków Academy of Music, he took a succession of important directorships - with the Wrocław Philharmonic, the Katowice Philharmonic, the Kraków Philharmonic and the Warsaw National Orchestra. He studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and won the Santa Cecilia Conductors' Competition in 1956.
From 1960 until 1979 he was music director of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, and from 1983 until 1992 was principal conductor of the Hallé Orchestra.
As a conductor he's known for his recordings of the Bruckner and Beethoven symphonies. Two of his own compositions, the Passacaglia Immaginaria and Concerto for Orchestra, were nominated for Pulitzer prizes. The Polish government has conferred it's highest order on Skrowaczewski - the Commander Order of the White Eagle.
A selection of M&V articles about Stanisłav Skrowaczewski
CD Spotlight. A Short Straw? - Skrowaczewski conducts Brahms, heard by Howard Smith. '... Brahms' sonic architecture is overlooked.'
Record box. Sonorous richness - Ron Bierman explores Skrowaczewski's world