11. MFFA Animator



Kotoński, Włodzimierz


On animator festival in years:

WŁODZIMIERZ KOTOŃSKI was born in 1925 in Warsaw. A composer, theoretician and educator who is regarded as one of the creators of the avant-garde music of the 1960s. He studied composition under Piotr Rytel and Taduesz Szeligowski and later developed his skills at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music. He has created music for three feature films and over fifty shorts, chiefly animated films, including the HOUSE by Jan Lenica and Walerian Borowczyk, a prize-winner at the Brussels World’s Fair and other films by Lenica such as THE LABIRYNTH and NEW JANKO THE MUSICIAN as well as films by Daniel Szczechura, Mirosław Kijowicz and Mieczysław Janik. From 1958 he collaborated with the Studio of Experimental Music of Polish National Radio. He is the composer of Poland’s first concert piece on tape entitled “Étude on One Cymbal Stroke” (1959). He composed electronic music in the studios of Stockholm, Cologne, Paris, Bourges and Buffalo. In the years 1967-1995 he taught composition at the Academy of Music (now the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) in Warsaw as an assistant professor and later as a full professor. His students include Paweł Szymański, Hanna Kulenty and Paweł Mykietyn. Professor Kotoński has also given workshops and seminars at many institutions and universities around the world. He retired in 1995, although he still composes and continues to create music on computer.