Presidential Award for Hundziak

A group of artists whose output is directed to young performers and audiences was recognized by Poland’s President and the First Lady at a December 10 ceremony held in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. Composer Andrzej Hundziak (b. 1927) was lauded for being “one of a few contemporary composers who has devoted most of his creative efforts towards the young performers and listeners … His choral and instrumental works provide children with a direct contact to contemporary musical techniques.” Since this is the first time this particular award was given, it recognized honorees who had distinguished themselves in their respective fields over the past 25 years.