Krzysztof Meyer (b. 1943) is widely respected for his great musical skills and his vast musical knowledge, yet his music remains for the most part an “insider tip”. Despite continuous international performances and a long list of devout supporters – whether renowned instrumentalists or famous composers such as his close friend, the late Witold Lutosławski – his works have been somewhat overshadowed by those of the more renowned representatives of the Polish avant-garde. Undeterred, he has striven tirelessly to further develop his own deeply expressive musical language.
Born the son of a medical doctor in Krakow in 1943, Krzysztof Meyer’s studies ultimately led him to the composition classes of Stanisław Wiechowicz and Krzysztof Penderecki in Krakow and to Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Along the way, he befriended Dmitri Shostakovich, becoming a renowned authority on his music and authoring one of the most respected Shostakovich biographies. He quickly established himself as an adept and beloved pedagogue, accepting professorships in Krakow and at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany. He is married to the noted Polish musicologist Dr. Danuta Gwizdalanka and divides his time between Germany and Poland.