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Maksymiuk, Jerzy

Maksymiuk, Jerzy

Maksymiuk, Jerzy, Polish conductor and composer; b. Grodno, April 9, 1936. He studied piano with Kirjacka and Lefeld, composition with Perkowski, and conducting with Madey at the Warsaw Cons., winning several composition prizes. He conducted at Warsaw’s Wielki Theater (1970–72), then in 1972 founded the Polish Chamber Orch. in Warsaw, which he led as music director. He was also conductor of the Polish Radio National Sym. Orch. in Katowice (1976–77) and principal conductor of the BBC Scottish Sym. Orch. in Glasgow (1983–93). From 1993 he was principal conductor of the Krakow Phil. He appeared as a guest conductor in North and South America. He wrote several ballets, orch. music, and choral pieces.

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