Polish composer, pianist and music teacher Andrzej Nikodemowicz died at the age of 92 on January 28, 2017.
Born in January 2, 1925 in Lviv, Nikodemowicz studied chemistry and composition at prestigious institutions in his hometown. He later went on to teach composition, music theory and piano at the Lviv Conservatory. In 1973, he was persecuted and removed from the university for religious beliefs. Three years later, Nikodemowicz moved to Lublin, where he began teaching at the Maria Skłodowska-Curie University and the Catholic University of Lublin. From 1982-92 he was a choirmaster at the Higher Catholic Seminary and was granted the title of professor in 1995. As a pianist, Nikodemowicz played his own compositions and classical repertoire until his career was brought to an end by a hand illness. In spite of this, he has been awarded numerous achievements, including the Blessed Friar Albert Award (1981), the President of the City of Lublin Award (1999), the Polish Composers’ Union Award (2000), and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Award (2000). He was an honorary member of the Polish Composers’ Union and the president of its Lublin branch in 1989-2017.
The memorial service and funeral was held on February 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lublin Archcathedral.