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  • Real name : Jan Andrzej Paweł Kaczmarek
  • Place of birth : Konin
  • Date of birth : 29/04/1953


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Jan A. P. Kaczmarek (1953)

Jan Andrzej Paweł Kaczmarek

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Jan Andrzej Paweł Kaczmarek is a Polish composer who has lived and worked in the United States since 1989. He has written the scores for more than 50 feature films and documentaries, including Finding Neverland , for which score he won an Academy Award and National Board of Review award. Other notable scores were for Unfaithful, Evening, The Visitor , and Washington Square.


 early life and education
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek was born in 1953 in Konin, Poland. Studying music from an early age, he graduated in law studies from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

In the late 1970s, Kaczmarek started working with Jerzy Grotowski and his innovative Theater Laboratory. He created the Orchestra of the Eighth Day in 1977. He recorded his first album, Music for the End , for the United States company Flying Fish Records.

In 1989, Kaczmarek moved to Los Angeles, California in the US. In 1992 he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play for his incidental music for 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. His music has been released by Sony Classical, Decca, Varese Sarabande, Verve, Epic, Milan, and Savitor Records. He gives concerts in the U.S. and Europe.

In 2005, Kaczmarek received the Academy Award for Best Original Score for Finding Neverland, directed by Marc Forster. Kaczmarek also won the National Board of Review award for Best Score of the Year and was nominated for a Golden Globe and the BAFTA’s Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music.

In addition to his work in films, Kaczmarek was commissioned to write two symphonic and choral pieces for two important national occasions in Poland: Cantata for Freedom to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity movement, and Oratorio 1956 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a bloody uprising against totalitarian government in Poznan, Poland. Both premieres were broadcast live on Polish national television.

Kaczmarek is a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, European Film Academy and Polish Film Academy.

In 2007, Kaczmarek began working to set up a film institute in his home country of Poland. Inspired by the Sundance Institute, he intends for the new institute to serve as a European center for the development of new work in film, theater, music and new media. His Instytut Rozbitek opened in 2010.

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Name Duration Released
Forgotten Overture 03:31 2004
The Spoon on the Nose 01:28 2004
The Stairs 02:14 2004
Neverland - Piano Variation in Blue 04:29 2004
The Park on Piano 05:23 2004
Another Bear 03:11 2004
The Chess 01:07 2004
Peter 02:20 2004
Why Does She Have to Die? 02:05 2004
The Kite 01:37 2004
The Peter Pan Overture 01:17 2004
This Is Neverland 04:01 2004
Dancing with the Bear 02:03 2004
Drive to the Cottage 01:04 2004
The Play and the Flight 01:21 2004
The Park 01:07 2004
Children Arrive 03:15 2004
Neverland - Minor Piano Variation 03:39 2004
Where Is Mr. Barrie? 03:32 2004
The Marriage 02:40 2004
The Rehearsal 01:20 2004
The Pirates 02:11 2004
Impossible Opening 03:26 2004


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