Marta Ptaszynksa, the Helen B. & Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Music and the Humanities, was honored with three prestigious awards at a major ceremony in Poland on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
- She received the 2011 Award of the Union of Polish Composers for “Outstanding Creative Accomplishments in Composition.” Professor Ptaszynska joins the ranks of Penderecki, Stravinsky, and Messiaen; all previous winners of this esteemed award.
- The Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bohdan Zdrojewski, bestowed a Special Award on Professor Ptaszynska for “invaluable achievements in Polish music and culture.”
- She also received an award for The Lovers from the Cloister of Valldemosa, her two-act opera on Chopin, commissioned for the Chopin Bicentennial. The opera, which premiered in December 2010 at the Grand Opera Theatre in Lodz, Poland, was additionally honored with an Award of the Minister for “outstanding realization and fascinating performance during the Chopin Year.”
To read the libretto or a synopsis of The Lovers from the Cloister of Valldemosa, which was screened twice at U of Chicago last year, click here.