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Jan AP Kaczmarek is dead.  The Oscar winner was 71 years old

Jan AP Kaczmarek is dead. The Oscar winner was 71 years old

Jan AP Kaczmarek is dead. One of the most outstanding Polish film music composers died at the age of 71. His death was announced by his wife, Aleksandra Twardowska-Kaczmarek.

Jan AP Kaczmarek is an outstanding Polish composer and Oscar winner for the music to the film “Finding Neverland” by Marc Forster. He also composed music, among others: to such productions as “Quo Vadis” by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, “Magnezja” by Maciej Bochniak or “The Brothers Karamazov” by Petr Zelenka.

Jan AP Kaczmarek is dead. He was seriously ill

The Polish Music Society quotes the composer’s wife. “After a long and serious illness, my husband Jan AP Kaczmarek died. He was a warrior until the end, trusting that he would recover and share his work with us… I stayed with him until the end. He died surrounded by love. The value he believed in the most,” she said.

A few months ago, the media reported that the artist was admitted to hospital due to complications following pneumonia. Since then, his health has gradually deteriorated. The composer’s family then informed him that he could no longer function independently and needed help with everyday activities. The musician also suffered from a severe neurological disease called multiple system atrophy. A collection was organized to help him and his family.

“We – me, my siblings and his wife – took advantage of every opportunity and did our best to help them financially, but his needs exceeded our capabilities,” wrote Anastazja Kaczmarek then. As the composer was no longer able to work, his wife had to suspend her work to take care of her husband and their seven-year-old son.

Jan AP Kaczmarek was a composer and… director

Jan AP Kaczmarek is the author of music for over 70 feature films and documentaries as well as Polish and American theater performances. He was the director and creator of the Transatlantyk International Film and Music Festival, which took place in Poznań, Łódź and Silesia. The festival took place for the first time in 2011.

He was the winner of many awards. In 2006, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis, and in 2015, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for outstanding contributions to creative work and artistic activity, and for achievements in promoting Polish culture. In 2023, he received the Eagle for his lifetime achievements. Since October 2, 2012, the auditorium of the Lecture and Teaching Center at the State Higher Vocational School in Konin, his hometown, is named after Jan AP Kaczmarek.

Source: Gazeta

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