24 November 1932
12 April 2007 (aged 74)
Andrzej Kurylewicz (born October 24, 1932 in Lwów, died April 12, 2007 in Konstancin-Jeziorna), was a Polish jazz musician, composer, pianist, trombonist and conductor.
He began playing music at the age of 6, in Music School in Lwów. After World War II, Kurylewicz was forced to leave his hometown and settled with family in Gliwice. In 1950 he became a student of the State Musicial College in Kraków, in class of piano under supervision of Henryk Sztompka as well as Stanisław Wiechowicz. In 1954 Kurylewicz, who was a member of pioneer jazz band Melomani, was expelled from the school for playing then-forbidden jazz.
In later years, Kurylewicz became conductor of the Polish Radio and Television Orchestra in Warsaw (see Jazz Studio Orchestra of the Polish Radio), with which he toured the world, playing among others in Cuba and the USA. He played in his own avant-garde ensemble Formacja Muzyki Wspolczesnej, also wrote music for several films, such as Lalka and Polskie drogi. On April 24, 2007 he was posthumously awarded the Polonia Restituta by president Lech Kaczyński.
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