On July 2nd, at the age of 86, Kazimierz Rozbicki passed away. He was a composer, conductor, journalist (for “Ruch Muzyczny”, among others), teacher. He had an immense impact on Polish culture, receiving such honors as the Bronze Medal “Gloria Arits” and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. He had been a member of the Polish Composers’ Union since 1965.
Kazimierz Rozbicki attended the National Higher School of Music in Warsaw. He studied musical composition under Witold Rudzinski, graduating in 1965, and conducting under Bohdan Wodiczko, graduating in 1966. He continued studying composition at the Musical Conservatory in Belgrad under Mihovil Logar in 1971. In 1959 he received first prize for Conterto de camera for two harps and chamber orchestra at a composing competition organised to celebrate 150th anniversary of the Warsaw Music Academy. His composer debut took place in 1960 at the Warsaw Young Composers Concert. Her performed other works in Polish cities as well as the Leningrad Philharmonic. He composed music for over 30 theatre plays.
From 1967-73 Rozbicki worked as a conductor at Koszalin Philharmonic, and from 1969-80 he managed The Baltic Drama Theatre in Koszalin. He started teaching taught at the Gdansk Music Academy in 1977. He was a teacher at the Higher Pedagogical School (currently the Pomeranian Pedagogical Academy) in Słupsk from 1991-2002. He started lecturing at the Koszalin University of Technology in 1999. Since 1970 he has written reviews, published articles about music in the Koszalin press, and prepared programs for the Koszalin Philharmonic. He is the author of several dozen music programs for the Radio Koszalin. In 1983 and 1985 he organized the Mozart Festival in Koszalin, for which he was awarded by “Pobrzeże” monthly. In 2013 he was awarded the Silver Medal “For Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis”.
The funeral mass will take place on 11th July at 9.00 a.m. in the Franciscan Church, with a ceremony following at the Municipal Cemetery in Koszalin at 2.00 p.m..