Oscar® winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek has written the scores for over 50 feature films and documentaries including Unfaithful, dir. by Adrian Lyne, The Visitor, dir. by Tom McCarthy, Aimee and Jaguar, dir. by Max Färberböck, War and Peace, dir. by Robert Dornhelm, The Lost Souls, dir. by Janusz Kaminski, Total Eclipse, Washington Square, The Third Miracle, all three directed by Agnieszka Holland. J.A.P.K.'s recent projects include Hachi, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Richard Gere, City Island, winner of the Audience Award at Tribeca Festival, directed by Raymond de Felitta, starring Andy Garcia.
He most recently wrote the score for the critically acclaimed feature film Get Low starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray from director Aaron Schneider.
He also wrote the score for the upcoming feature Leonie starring Emily Mortimer from writer/director Hisako Matsui.
J.A.P.K. began his career touring Europe in the late 1970s with The Orchestra of the Eighth Day. In 1982, Kaczmarek recorded his debut album, titled Music for the End.
He relocated to America in 1989 and began composing for theatre, winning a Drama Desk Award for his music for the New York Shakespeare Festival's 1992 production of John Ford's Tis Pity She's A Whore, directed by JoAnne Akalaitis. Soon J.A.P.K. turned to composing film scores as his primary occupation. In 2005, he won his first Oscar® for Finding Neverland, as well as The National Board of Review's award for Best Score.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA's Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music.
Currently, he is establishing TRANSATLANTYK - Poznan International Film & Music Festival, and the Rozbitek Institute in his native Poland. The
Institute will serve as a center for education and development of new work in the areas of film, theatre, music, and new media.
Rozbitek will support artists of independent vision, and at the same time, will introduce methods of American filmmaking, particularly important to survival of Central European artistic communities.
Developing new talent will be the primary purpose, but the Institute also plans to follow up with the production and exhibition of new works.