Oscar-winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek to give keynote speech

Mr. Jan A.P. Kaczmarek will make the final opening keynote speech at the Meet the Authors event on 30 May. His speech will come after those of Vice-President of the Commission, Mr. Andrus Ansip, and French Permanent Representative to the EU, Ambassador Pierre Sellal.

The Oscar-winning Polish composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek has scored more than 60 features and documentaries, including Finding Neverland, Unfaithful, The Visitor, Aimee & Jaguar, War and Peace, Lost Souls, Total Eclipse, Washington Square, Hachi: a Dog’s Tale.

He relocated to America in 1989 and began composing for theatre, winning a Drama Desk Award for the New York Shakespeare Festival’s 1992 production of John Ford’s Tis Pity She’s A Whore, dir. by JoAnne Akalaitis. In 2005, Jan won his first Oscar for a score to Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland. He also received The National Board of Review’s award for Best Score of the Year, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award.

J.A.P.K. was commissioned to write symphonic and choral pieces for important national occasions in Poland. Member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and European Film Academy. Founder and director of Transatlantyk Festival.

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