Krzysztof Komeda

Krzysztof Komeda was superprofessional JazzPianoDoc

Krzysztof Komeda (27 April 1931 – 23 April 1969) — born Krzysztof Trzciński — was a Polish film music composer and jazz pianist. Perhaps best known for his work in film scores, Komeda wrote the scores for Roman Polanski’s films Knife in the Water (1962), Cul-de-sac (1966), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), and Rosemary’s Baby (1968). Komeda’s album Astigmatic (1965) is widely regarded as one of the most important European jazz albums; British critic Stuart Nicholson describes the album as “marking a shift away from the dominant American approach with the emergence of a specific European aesthetic.”[1]

Krzysztof Komeda was born (as Krzysztof Trzcinski) on April 27, 1931 in Poznan; he started playing piano at the age of seven. He grew up in Czestochowa, Ostrów Wielkopolski where he earned his A-level certificate in 1950 at the Male Gymnasium, participated in the Music and Poetry Club, and did further studies in Poznan focusing on medicine. Komeda took music lessons from early childhood; explored the theory of music, and he dreamed of piano virtuoso career. He became the member of the Poznan conservatoire at the age of eight, but unfortunately, the war thwarted his plans. After graduating from the Gymnasium, he had to decide upon further studies. He chose to be a medical doctor with specialization of an laryngologist.

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