The Info List - Jan A. P. Kaczmarek

Jan Andrzej Paweł Kaczmarek (Polish: [jan andʐɛj ˈpa.vɛw kat͡ʂˈma.rɛk], born 29 April 1953) is a Polish composer who has lived and worked in the United States since 1989. He has written the scores for more than 60 feature films and documentaries, including Finding Neverland (2004), for which score he won an Academy Award
Academy Award
and National Board of Review
National Board of Review
Award. Other notable scores were for Hachi: A Dog's Tale, Unfaithful, Evening, The Visitor, and Washington Square.


1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Works

3.1 Film 3.2 Television

4 Awards 5 See also 6 External links

Early life and education[edit] 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. Career[edit] In the late 1970s, Kaczmarek started working with Jerzy Grotowski
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 (1982), for the United States (US) company Flying Fish Records. In 1989, Kaczmarek moved to Los Angeles, California
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, Varèse Sarabande, Verve, Epic, Milan, and Savitor Records. He gives concerts in the United States and Europe. In 2005, Kaczmarek received the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Score for Finding Neverland, directed by Marc Forster, on which he worked with music editor Christopher Kennedy, among others. Kaczmarek also won the National Board of Review
National Board of Review
award for Best Score of the Year and was nominated for a Golden Globe
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 (2005) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity movement, and Oratorio 1956 (2006) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a bloody uprising against totalitarian government in Poznań, Poland. Both premieres were broadcast live on Polish national television. Other concert works of the composer include Jankiel’s Concert, The Open Window and Fanfare A2. On 10 May 2014, the world premiere of Universa – Open Opera, an opera written for the 650th anniversary of the Jagiellonian University, was held in Krakow’s Main Square. Jan’s last monumental work, Emigra - The Neverending Symphony, was performed in February 2017 in Gdynia, Poland. He received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Reborn Poland (the Order of Polonia Restituta) for his outstanding artistic achievements and the promotion of Polish Culture. Kaczmarek is a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, European Film Academy
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
Instytut Rozbitek
(Rozbitek Institute) opened in 2010. Kaczmarek is the founder and director of the Transatlantyk Festival, in Łódź
(from 2016; 2011-2015 in Poznań), Poland. The first edition of the international film and music festival was organized in 5–13 August 2011, 2nd edition in 15–22 August 2012, 3rd edition in 2–9 August 2013, 4th edition in 8–14 August 2014 and 5th edition in 7-14 August 2015. The 6th edition was organized in 23-30 June 2016 and the 7th edition was organized in 14-21 July 2017, both in Łódź. Works[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Note

1993 White Marriage


1994 Gospel According to Harry

Dead Girl

1995 Total Eclipse

1996 Bliss

1997 Washington Square

1999 Aimée & Jaguar

The Third Miracle

2000 Lost Souls

2001 Quo Vadis

Edges of the Lord

2002 Unfaithful

2004 Finding Neverland Academy Award
Academy Award

2006 Who Never Lived

2007 The Visitor



2008 The Karamazovs


2009 Horsemen

City Island

Get Low

Hachiko: A Dog's Story

2010 Leonie

2012 The Time Being

2013 Tajemnica Westerplatte

2013 Joanna

2014 Inbetween Worlds

2014 Dancing Before the Enemy: How a Teenage Boy Fooled the Nazis and Lived

2016 La Habitación (Tales of Mexico)

2018 Paul, Apostle of Christ


Year Title

1993 Night Owl

Empty Cradle

2001 Shot in the Heart

2002 A Soldier's Girl

2006 A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story

2007 War and Peace

2008 Pinocchio

2009 The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler


Year Film Awards Category Result

2004 Finding Neverland National Board of Review
National Board of Review
Awards 2004 Outstanding Film Music Composition Won

2005 77th Academy Awards Best Original Score Won

62nd Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards Best Original Score Nominated

58th British Academy Film Awards Best Film Music Nominated

2009 The Karamazovs Czech Lion Best Music Nominated

See also[edit]

List of Poles

External links[edit]

Jan A.P. Kaczmarek - Official Site Jan A.P. Kaczmarek on IMDb Jan A.P. Kaczmarek at Culture.pl

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Score


Louis Silvers
Louis Silvers
(1934) Max Steiner
Max Steiner
(1935) Leo F. Forbstein
Leo F. Forbstein
(1936) Charles Previn
Charles Previn
(1937) Erich Wolfgang Korngold/Alfred Newman (1938) Herbert Stothart/Richard Hageman, W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken (1939)


Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington/Alfred Newman (1940) Bernard Herrmann/ Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace (1941) Max Steiner/ Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld (1942) Alfred Newman/ Ray Heindorf (1943) Max Steiner/ Morris Stoloff and Carmen Dragon
Carmen Dragon
(1944) Miklós Rózsa/ Georgie Stoll (1945) Hugo Friedhofer/ Morris Stoloff (1946) Miklós Rózsa/Alfred Newman (1947) Brian Easdale/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
and Roger Edens (1948) Aaron Copland/ Roger Edens and Lennie Hayton (1949)


Franz Waxman/ Adolph Deutsch and Roger Edens (1950) Franz Waxman/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
and Saul Chaplin (1951) Dimitri Tiomkin/Alfred Newman (1952) Bronisław Kaper/Alfred Newman (1953) Dimitri Tiomkin/ Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin (1954) Alfred Newman/Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton and Adolph Deutsch (1955) Victor Young/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1956) Malcolm Arnold (1957) Dimitri Tiomkin/Andre Previn (1958) Miklós Rózsa/Andre Previn and Ken Darby (1959)


Ernest Gold/ Morris Stoloff and Harry Sukman (1960) Henry Mancini/Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal (1961) Maurice Jarre/ Ray Heindorf (1962) John Addison/Andre Previn (1963) Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman/Andre Previn (1964) Maurice Jarre/ Irwin Kostal (1965) John Barry/ Ken Thorne (1966) Elmer Bernstein/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1967) John Barry/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
(1968) Burt Bacharach/ Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman (1969)


Francis Lai/ The Beatles
The Beatles
(John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) (1970) Michel Legrand/ John Williams
John Williams
(1971) Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell/ Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns
(1972) Marvin Hamlisch/ Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
(1973) Nino Rota
Nino Rota
and Carmine Coppola/ Nelson Riddle
Nelson Riddle
(1974) John Williams/ Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
(1975) Jerry Goldsmith/ Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
(1976) John Williams/ Jonathan Tunick (1977) Giorgio Moroder/ Joe Renzetti (1978) Georges Delerue/ Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns


Michael Gore (1980) Vangelis
(1981) John Williams/ Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
and Leslie Bricusse (1982) Bill Conti/Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1983) Maurice Jarre/Prince (1984) John Barry (1985) Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
(1986) Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne
David Byrne
and Cong Su (1987) Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin
(1988) Alan Menken
Alan Menken


John Barry (1990) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1991) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1992) John Williams
John Williams
(1993) Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
(1994) Luis Enríquez Bacalov/ Alan Menken
Alan Menken
and Stephen Schwartz (1995) Gabriel Yared/ Rachel Portman (1996) James Horner/ Anne Dudley
Anne Dudley
(1997) Nicola Piovani/ Stephen Warbeck (1998) John Corigliano (1999)


Tan Dun
Tan Dun
(2000) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2001) Elliot Goldenthal
Elliot Goldenthal
(2002) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2003) Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
(2004) Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2005) Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2006) Dario Marianelli (2007) A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman
(2008) Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino


Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
and Atticus Ross
Atticus Ross
(2010) Ludovic Bource
Ludovic Bource
(2011) Mychael Danna (2012) Steven Price (2013) Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
(2014) Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2015) Justin Hurwitz
Justin Hurwitz
(2016) Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat

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