Michal Lorenc is one of the most
eminent, contemporary composers of film scores. He was born in 1955 in
Warsaw. Since his debut in 1979, he has made music for more than 150 feature
films, documentaries, tv-serials and theatre performances. He has worked
with best Polish, Czech, British and American film directors. He has been
recording with the most renowned Polish orchestras: the Sinfonia Varsovia,
the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Warsaw Chamber Opera Orchestra.
In 1999, he was awarded the prestigious International Prize for Film and
Media Music, for scoring Dorota Kedzierzawska’s film “Nic” (Nothing). He is
a member of the European Film Academy, the Czech Film Academy and the Polish
Michal Lorenc's music is very distinctive, thus, easily identified. It
thrills the audience with its spiritual profoundness, sincerity and
truthfulness. Lorenc combines symphonic music with ethnic, instrumental
sounds and he uses two or three very suggestive melodic themes. His harmonic
combinations and unique use of stringed instruments, can be quite surprizing.
The most important Lorenc's works are: the nominated for Felix (the European
Film Award) soundtrack for “300 mil do nieba” (300 miles from heaven) and
nominated for Oscar by 20th Century Fox, soundtrack for Bob Rafaelson’s film
“Blood and wine”. In the Czech Republic, Lorenc was given the most
prestigious film award - Golden Lions, for “Zabic Sekala” (To kill Sekal).
At the Polish Feature Film Festival in Gdynia, he won prizes for “Psy” (The
Dogs), “Bandyta” (The Bandit), “Prowokator” (The Provocator), and
“Przedwiosnie” (The Early Spring). The reading public of a monthly magazine
“Film” awarded him another prize – the Golden Duck, for scoring the J.J.
Kolski’s film “Daleko od okna” (Away from the window). A famous documentary
about the Ghetto in Lodz – “Fotoamator” (the amateur photographer), with
Michal Lorenc's music, won many awards, at the most distinguished film
festivals, and was nominated for Oscar.
The American magazine “Variety” compared Michal Lorenc to an eminent
American composer – Aaron Copland.
Michal Lorenc has also written music for commercials. He composed for BMW,
Honda, the Sparkasse Bank and the Deutsche Bank.
2005 : Golden Duck Nomination - "Symetria" (Symmetry)
2002 : Czech Lion Nomination - "Babie lato" (Autumn Spring)
2001 : Polish Feature Film Festival Award in Gdynia - "Przedwiośnie" (The
2001 : Golden Duck - “Daleko od okna” (Away from the window)
2001 : Film Festival "Prowincjonalia" Award - "Daleko od okna" (Away from
1999 : International Prize for Film and Media Music - "Nic" (Nothing)
1998 : Czech Lion Award - "Zabić Sekala" (To kill Sekal)
1998 : Silver Leliwita Statue - Special Award - "Bandyta" (The Bandit)
1998 : Camerimage, Special Award for Music - "Nic" (Nothing)
1997 : Polish Feature Film Festival Award in Gdynia - "Bandyta" (The Bandit)
1995 : Polish Feature Film Festival Award in Gdynia - "Prowokator" (The
1992 : Polish Feature Film Festival Award in Gdynia - "Psy" (The Dogs)
1989 : Felix Nomination (The European Film Award) - "300 Mil do Nieba" (300
miles from heaven)
1989 : Youth Artistic Award - "300 mil do nieba" (300 miles from heaven)
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