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1936

Marek, the firstborn son of Stanisław and Helena (née Tkocz) Stachowski, is born in Piekary Śląskie; the family moves to Bydgoszcz

1939

Two days after the II WW outburst, after the Bydgoszcz "Bloody Sunday", father leaves Bydgoszcz and finds his way to General Government, where he remains hidden until the end of War; Marek and his mother return to their hometown - Orzegów in Silesia.

1942

Begins his education at common school in Orzegów and takes private piano lessons.

1945

Father's return; the family moves to Chorzów to then move to Piotrkowice Śląskie; piano lessons interrupted.

1947

Marek's parents get divorced and he is taken by his father to Kraków and placed in the priest Kazimierz Siemaszko Educational Establishment (situated at Prądnicka Street) run by missionary priests.

1952

Begins regular music education in Stanisław Czerny piano class at the State Primary Music School in Kraków.

1954

After completing the school programme within only two years, Marek passes the exam and gets admitted to Stanisław Czerny piano class at the State Secondary Music School.

1959

Receives diploma in piano at the State Secondary Music School.

1960

Receives diploma in the theory of music at the State Secondary Music School.

1962

Marries Maria Jabłońska.

1963

Begins composition studies in the Kraków’s State Higher School of Music, in Krzysztof Penderecki class; composes I String Quartet.

1965

Premiere show of children's opera - The Bravest Knight in the 'Marcinek' Actor and Puppet Theatre in Poznań.

1966

His daughter Joanna is born; composes Musica con una battuta del tam-tam.

1967

Begins didactic work at the State Higher School of Music.

1968

Graduates with "highest honours"; receives International „Gaudeamus” Foundation Composition Competition award for Musica con una battuta del tam-tam; 1st prize in the Artur Malawski Competition for Neusis II; prized in the Youth Competition of Polish Composers’ Union for Sequenze concertanti.

1969

2nd prize at the International Competition of the Solidarity Committee in Skopje for Chant de l'espoir.

1970

For the very first time Marek Stachowski's music can be heard at "Warsaw Autumn" - the International Festival of Contemporary Music in Warsaw; Barbara Świątek (flute), Witold Gałązka (cello) and John Tilbury (piano) during noon concert perform Audition; at the request of Steierischer Herbst Musikprotokoll Festival in Graz Marek composes Irisation, the composition being performed during the festival.

1971

3rd prize at the Polish Nationwide Composition Competition for cantata Words (polish: Słowa) which is based on Władysław Broniewski poems.

1972

Receives Docent title; becomes the provost of Composition, Conducting and Theory Departament at Kraków Music Academy and holds this post until 1975.

1973

His second daughter Katarzyna is born; for the very first time his music can be heard at the Warsaw National Philharmonic; during the "Warsaw Autumn" festival the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stanisław Wisłocki, gives its premiere performance of Irisation.

1974

1st prize at the Karol Szymanowski Competition for Thakurian Chants; 1st prize at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris for Neusis II.

1975

Gives composition lectures at Yale University; meanwhile in Kraków he becomes the headmaster of Composition Departament and prorector of Music Academy - post which he holds until 1985.

1976

Receives the Mönchengladbach City Music Award for Poeme sonore.

1978

Conducts composition seminars in UK at Durham Music Courses.

1979

At the concert organised by the Polish Radio Program II the premiere performance of Divertimento can be heard; the same composition is prized by the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris; Marek begins didactic work at Musicology Department of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków; the Kraków City Award; composition seminars at Gaudeamus Musik Week in Amsterdam (in 1984 he returns there again).

1980

Writes Quartetto da ingresso for Quartet Festival in Lusławice.

1981

Receives the title of Full Professor; at the request of Milton Keynes city (UK) Marek Stachowski composes Choreia.

1983

2nd prize in the competition organized by Polish Composers' Union for Symphony of Nostalgia-Sanctified Songs (the compositions were to refer to Silesia); premiere performance of Amoretti in Lisbon requested by Gulbenkian Foundation.

1984

Polish Composers' Union award

1985

Awarded with the Order of Polonia Restituta.

1987

Series of lectures delivered at Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem.

1988

Requested by BBC Bristol, Marek composes String Quartet No. 3.

1989

Receives the Minister of Culture and Art award for the first time (three more to be given to Marek Stachowski in 1996, 1999 and 2000).

1990

Yet one more time prized by the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, now for String Quartet No. 3; becomes a laureate of the Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation Prize in New York.

1991

During the "Warsaw Autumn" Boris Pergamenschikow performs Concerto per uioloncello ed orchestra d'archi; orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki.

1993

Becomes the provost of Kraków Music Academy where he serves the post two terms in a row until 1999.

1994

Travels to South Korea where he delivers a series of lectures at local universities.

1996

Receives the Voivode of Kraków award for outstanding achievements in composition.

1997

Receives Ruth and Ray Robinson Foundation Excellence in Teaching Prize.

1999

Awarded with the Order of Polonia Restituta.

2000

Marek Stachowski's wife - Maria Stachowska - dies after a long illness.

2002

Again becomes a provost at the Kraków Music Academy.

2004

Premiere performance of Miroir du Temps during the final concert at the 16th International Days of the Music of Cracovian Composers, the composition wins general admiration; despite being seriously ill, in September Marek Stachowski serves as a Jury President in the International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition and in the 2nd T. Ochlewski Composition Competition; in October Marek opens new academic year; until his final days he actively participates in academic life; the composer dies on 3rd of December.

2005

Posthumously honored with 'Gloria Artis' - the Medal for Merit to Culture by the Minister of Culture and Art.

2012

On 21st of March Kraków City Council names one of the streets of Grzegórzki district in Kraków after Marek Stachowski.

 

Anna Woźniakowska „Trzeba umieć marzyć” (2005) PWM

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