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Famous Composers from Poland

Updated June 14, 2019 9.3k views39 items

List of notable or famous composers from Poland, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Poland and even some popular composers who immigrated to Poland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Polish composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Poland is included when available.

Examples of people on this list: Frédéric Chopin, Mieczysław Karłowicz and many more. Featuring piano composers, classical composers, and more, this list has it all. 

This historic composers from Poland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Polish composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Poland?" These prominent composers of Poland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Polish composers.

Use this list of renowned Polish composers to discover some new composers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page.
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  • 1
    Adam Darski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    BirthplaceGdynia, Poland

    Adam "Nergal" Darski (born Adam Michał Darski; 10 June 1977) is a Polish musician and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Adrian Konarski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    BirthplaceBydgoszcz, Poland

    Adrian Konarski is a pianist and a film score composer.
  • 3
    Allan Gray is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Allan Gray

    Dec. at 71 (1902-1973)

    BirthplaceTarnów, Poland

    Józef Żmigrod (February 23, 1902 – September 10, 1973), better known by his stage name, Allan... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Andrzej Markowski is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Andrzej Markowski

    Dec. at 62 (1924-1986)

    BirthplaceLublin, Second Polish Republic

    Andrzej Markowski was a Polish composer and conductor. He was the director of the Wroclaw... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Andrzej Panufnik is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Andrzej Panufnik

    Dec. at 77 (1914-1991)

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Sir Andrzej Panufnik (24 September 1914 – 27 October 1991) was a Polish composer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Bronisław Kaper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Bronisław Kaper

    Dec. at 81 (1902-1983)

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Bronisław Kaper (Polish pronunciation: [brɔˈɲiswaf ˈkapɛr]; February 5, 1902 – April 26, 1983)... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Carl Tausig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Carl Tausig

    Dec. at 30 (1841-1871)

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Carl (or Karl) Tausig (4 November 1841 – 17 July 1871) was a Polish virtuoso pianist, arranger... more on Wikipedia

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    #244 of 368 The Best Classical Composers#151 of 929 Famous Classical Pianists

  • 8
    Cezary Ostrowski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    BirthplaceBrzeg, Poland

    Cezary Maciej Ostrowski (born 30 September 1962) is a Polish composer, musician, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Frédéric Chopin

    Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)

    BirthplaceŻelazowa Wola, Poland

    Frédéric François Chopin (, also UK: , US: , French: [ʃɔpɛ̃], Polish: [ˈʂɔpɛn]; 1 March 1810 –... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Greg Zgliński is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Greg Zglinski is a film director, television director, screenwriter and composer.
  • 11
    Henry Vars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Henry Vars

    Dec. at 75 (1902-1977)

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Henryk Wars was a Polish and later an American naturalized citizen pop music composer. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Henryk Górecki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Henryk Górecki

    Dec. at 77 (1933-2010)

    BirthplaceCzernica, Poland

    Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (Polish: [ˈxɛnrɨk mʲiˈkɔwaj ɡuˈrɛtskʲi]; English pronunciation... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Isis Gee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Isis Gee

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Tamara Diane Wimer (born October 11, 1972 in Seattle), known professionally as Tamara Gee... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Jan A. P. Kaczmarek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    BirthplaceKonin, Poland

    Jan Andrzej Paweł Kaczmarek (Polish: [jan andʐɛj ˈpa.vɛw kat͡ʂˈma.rɛk], born 29 April 1953) is... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Janusz Stoklosa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    BirthplaceRabka-Zdrój, Poland

    Janusz Stoklosa is a film score composer, pianist, conductor, television director and aviator.
  • 16
    Jerzy Satanowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Jerzy Satanowski

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Jerzy Satanowski is a film score composer and a conductor.
  • 17
    Joanna Bruzdowicz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Joanna Bruzdowicz (born May 17, 1943 in Warsaw) is a Polish composer.
  • 18
    Karol Szymanowski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Karol Szymanowski

    Dec. at 55 (1882-1937)

    BirthplaceKamianka Raion

    Karol Maciej Szymanowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˌkarɔl ˌmat͡ɕɛj ʂɨmaˈnɔfskʲi]; 3 October 1882... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Krzysztof Komeda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Krzysztof Komeda

    Dec. at 38 (1931-1969)

    BirthplacePoznań, Poland

    Krzysztof Komeda (born Krzysztof Trzciński; 27 April 1931 – 23 April 1969) was a Polish film... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Krzysztof Krawczyk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Krzysztof Krawczyk

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceKatowice, Poland

    Krzysztof January Krawczyk [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf ˈkraft͡ʂɨk] (born September 8, 1946 in Katowice) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Krzysztof Penderecki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    BirthplaceEurope, Poland, Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Central Europe, Dębica

    Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki (Polish: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf pɛndɛˈrɛt͡skʲi]; born 23 November 1933) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    L PRO is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    L PRO

    Age: 31
    L-Pro is a DJ and music producer.
  • 23
    Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Leopold Godowsky

    Dec. at 68 (1870-1938)

    BirthplaceVilnius, Lithuania

    Leopold Godowsky (13 February 1870 – 21 November 1938) was a Polish-American virtuoso pianist,... more on Wikipedia

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    #32 of 154 The Greatest Pianists Ever#32 of 152 The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time

  • 24
    Marcin Pospieszalski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    BirthplaceCzęstochowa, Poland

    Marcin Pospieszalski is a musician, composer and record producer.
  • 25
    Mieczysław Karłowicz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from Poland

    Mieczysław Karłowicz

    Dec. at 33 (1876-1909)

    BirthplaceVishnyeva, Belarus

    Mieczysław Karłowicz ([miɛt͡ʂɨswaf ˈkarwɔvit͡ʂ], 11 December 1876 – 8 February 1909) was a... more on Wikipedia
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