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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.

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Adam Darski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Adam Darski age 40 Adam Michał Darski, also known by his stage name Nergal, is a Polish musician and television personality, best known for being the frontman for the black/death metal band Behemoth.

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Adrian Konarski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Adrian Konarski age 43 Adrian Konarski is a pianist and a film score composer.

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Allan Gray is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Allan Gray Died at 71 (1902-1973) Józef Żmigrod, better known by his stage name, Allan Gray, was a Polish composer, best known for his film scores.

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Andrzej Markowski is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Andrzej Markowski Died at 62 (1924-1986) Andrzej Markowski was a Polish composer and conductor. He was the director of the Wroclaw Philharmonic from 1965 to 1968 and founded the festival Wratislavia Cantans.

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Andrzej Panufnik is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Andrzej Panufnik Died at 77 (1914-1991) Sir Andrzej Panufnik was a Polish composer and conductor. He became established as one of the leading Polish composers, and as a conductor he was instrumental in the re-establishment of the ...more

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Bronisław Kaper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Bronisław Kaper Died at 81 (1902-1983) Bronisław Kaper was a Polish film composer who scored films and musical theater in Germany, France, and the USA. The American immigration authorities misspelled his name as Bronislau Kaper. He ...more

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Carl Tausig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Carl Tausig Died at 30 (1841-1871) Carl Tausig was a Polish virtuoso pianist, arranger and composer.

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Cezary Ostrowski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Cezary Ostrowski age 55 Cezary Maciej Ostrowski is a Polish composer, musician, songwriter, author, visual artist and journalist. Ostrowske was born in Brzeg, Lower Silesia. He is best known for his work as a leader of ...more

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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849) Fryderyk Chopin is a film score composer.

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Greg Zgliński is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Greg Zgliński age 49 Greg Zglinski is a film director, television director, screenwriter and composer.

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Henry Vars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Henry Vars Died at 75 (1902-1977) Henryk Wars was a Polish and later an American naturalized citizen pop music composer. He composed scores for 50 films during the interwar period in Poland and 60 more in the United States. He ...more

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Henryk Górecki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Henryk Górecki Died at 77 (1933-2010) Henryk Mikołaj Górecki was a Polish composer of contemporary classical music. According to Alex Ross, no recent classical composer has had as much commercial success as Górecki. ...more

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Isis Gee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Isis Gee age 45 Tamara Gee, is an American vocalist, songwriter, producer, programmer, arranger, dancer, and model. She grew up singing and performing from the age of 5, and was a professional vocalist by the ...more

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Jan A. P. Kaczmarek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek age 64 Jan Andrzej Paweł Kaczmarek is a Polish composer who has lived and worked in the United States since 1989. He has written the scores for more than 50 feature films and documentaries, including ...more

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Janusz Stoklosa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Janusz Stoklosa age 63 Janusz Stoklosa is a film score composer, pianist, conductor, television director and aviator.

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Jerzy Satanowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Jerzy Satanowski age 70 Jerzy Satanowski is a film score composer and a conductor.

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Joanna Bruzdowicz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Joanna Bruzdowicz age 74 Joanna Bruzdowicz is a Polish composer.

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Karol Szymanowski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Karol Szymanowski Died at 55 (1882-1937) Karol Maciej Szymanowski was a Polish composer and pianist, the most celebrated Polish composer of the early 20th century. He is considered a member of the late 19th-/early 20th-century ...more

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Krzysztof Komeda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Krzysztof Komeda Died at 38 (1931-1969) Krzysztof Komeda was a Polish film music composer and jazz pianist. Perhaps best known for his work in film scores, Komeda wrote the scores for Roman Polanski’s films Rosemary’s Baby, The ...more

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Krzysztof Krawczyk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Krzysztof Krawczyk age 71 Krzysztof Krawczyk is a Polish pop singer having a baritone voice, a guitarist and composer. He was the vocalist of a popular Polish band, Trubadurzy, from 1963 to 1973 when he started his solo ...more

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Krzysztof Penderecki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Krzysztof Penderecki age 84 Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki is a Polish composer and conductor. The Guardian has called him Poland's greatest living composer. Among his best known works are his Threnody to the Victims of ...more

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L PRO is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
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Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Leopold Godowsky Died at 68 (1870-1938) Leopold Godowsky was a Polish American pianist, composer, and teacher. One of the most highly regarded performers of his time, he became known for his theories concerning the application of ...more

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Marcin Pospieszalski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Marcin Pospieszalski age 55 Marcin Pospieszalski is a musician, composer and record producer.

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Mieczysław Karłowicz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Mieczysław Karłowicz Died at 33 (1876-1909) Mieczysław Karłowicz was a Polish composer and conductor.

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Nitrous Oxide is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
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Otto Klemperer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Otto Klemperer Died at 88 (1885-1973) Otto Klemperer was a German conductor and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of the 20th century.

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Roman Palester is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Roman Palester Died at 82 (1907-1989) Roman Palester was a Polish composer of classical music. Palester composed his most significant work during the 1960s, and in 1964 was the first Polish musician to be awarded the Alfred ...more

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Sebastian Krajewski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Sebastian Krajewski age 43 Sebastian Krajewski is a pianist and composer.

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Seweryn Krajewski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Seweryn Krajewski age 71 Seweryn Krajewski is a Polish singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the 1960s and 70s with the popular Polish band Czerwone Gitary. After leaving the group in 1997, he recorded several solo ...more

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Stanisław Moniuszko is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Stanisław Moniuszko Died at 53 (1819-1872) Stanisław Moniuszko was a Polish composer, conductor and teacher. He wrote many popular art songs and operas, and his music is filled with patriotic folk themes of the peoples of the former ...more

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Witold Lutosławski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Witold Lutosławski Died at 81 (1913-1994) Witold Roman Lutosławski was a Polish composer and orchestral conductor. He was one of the major European composers of the 20th century, and one of the preeminent Polish musicians during his ...more

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Witold Rudziński is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Witold Rudziński Died at 91 (1913-2004) Witold Rudzińsky was a Polish composer, conductor, and author.

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Wojciech Kilar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Wojciech Kilar Died at 81 (1932-2013) Wojciech Kilar was a Polish classical and film music composer. His film scores have won many honors including the best score award for the music to Ziemia obiecana / The Promised Land in 1975, ...more

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Wojciech Młynarski is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Wojciech Młynarski age 77 Wojciech Młynarski is a Polish singer, songwriter and translator. A well known figure on the Polish musical scene, he is most famous for his ballads and what is known as sung poetry, as well as ...more

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Władysław Szpilman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Władysław Szpilman Died at 89 (1911-2000) Władysław "Wladek" Szpilman was a Polish pianist and classical composer. Szpilman is widely known as the protagonist of the 2002 Roman Polanski film The Pianist, which is based on the ...more

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Władysław Żeleński is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Władysław Żeleński Died at 84 (1837-1921) Władysław Żeleński was a Polish composer, pianist and organist. Żeleński was born in Grodkowice. He was a representative of neoromanticism in Polish music. He died at Kraków. Władysław ...more

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Zbigniew Paleta is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Zbigniew Paleta age 75 Zbigniew Paleta is a Polish violinist and composer for telenovelas and the Cinema of Mexico. He is the father of actresses Ludwika and Dominika Paleta. They relocated to Mexico City in 1980. He ...more

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Zbigniew Preisner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Zbigniew Preisner age 62 Zbigniew Preisner is a Polish film score composer, best known for his work with film director Krzysztof Kieślowski.

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Zygmunt Konieczny is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Composers from Poland
Zygmunt Konieczny age 81 Zygmunt Konieczny is a Polish composer of theatre music and film music. Zygmunt Konieczny spent his childhood in the village of Szczyrzyc. He debuted in the 1950s in the cabaret Piwnica pod ...more