Zbigniew Preisner

Biography

Zbigniew Preisner is Poland's leading film music composer, whose extensive credits include Hector Babenco’s At Play In The Fields Of The Lord, Luis Mandoki’s When A Man Loves A Woman, Charles Sturridge’s Fairytale: A True Story and Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s Valley Of Shadows. This is in addition to his long-standing collaboration with director Krzysztof Kieslowski and his scriptwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz, which includes scoring the iconic film series Three Colours Blue, Three Colours White and Three Colours Red.
Among many awards and citations Preisner received the Silver Bear from the Berlin Film Festival in 1997, two Césars from the French Film Academy – one in 1996 for Jean Becker’s Elisa, and one in 1995 for Three Colours Red – and three consecutive citations as the year’s most outstanding composer of film music in The Los Angeles Critics Association Awards of 1991,1992 and 1993. In October 2008 he was honoured by the International Eurasia Film Festival with an award for his contribution to Cinema and the Arts. In 2016 his music for film The History of Eternity was awarded the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize. In February 2017 he received the Special Award from the Polish Society of Cinematographers for his gift for composing film music that creates deeper understanding and additional dimensions for each story. In September 2018 during 34th Haifa International Film Festival he received Lifetime achievement award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to Music for Films. Preisner also received the Award of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for outstanding achievements in the presentation of Polish Culture abroad, the Officer’s Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland from the President of Poland, and the Gold Medal Gloria Artis from the Polish Minister of Culture.

News

  • Zbigniew Preisner To Be Celebrated In Krakow

    Zbigniew Preisner To Be Celebrated In Krakow

    15th May 2019

    Zbigniew Preisnder is being celebrated in a concert of his music conducted by the composer marking 40 years of his composing career. The concert will incluyde performances from Sinfonia Varsovia, the Krakow Singers, Lisa Gerrard, Teresa...

  • Valley Of Shadows Soundtrack Released

    Valley Of Shadows Soundtrack Released

    21st August 2018

    Zbigniew Preisner's soundtrack to the Norwegian mystery drama Valley Of Shadows has been released. The film tells the story of a young boy who ventures into the forest in search of mysterious creatures that have been eating sheep. The film...

  • Zbigniew Preisner's 'From The Abyss' Featured In Song To Song

    Zbigniew Preisner's 'From The Abyss' Featured In Song To Song

    21st July 2017

    Terrence Malick’s Song To Song, which opened in UK cinemas earlier this month, includes extracts from Zbigniew Preisner’s ‘From the Abyss’, taken from his 2013 album Diaries Of Hope. With an all-star cast, including Ryan Gosling and...