Robert Piaskowski

Artistic Director of Film Music Festival in Krakow
Cultural manager and promoter, musician, founder of the Pro Musica Mundi Choral Federation modeled on the European Choral Academy, programme director at Krakow Festival Office. Piaskowski began his collaboration with the Krakow Festival Office in 2004. Today, as the Deputy Director of Programming, he is responsible for the coordination of the biggest events of the Krakow Festival Office , which is one of the most important Polish cultural institutions, created in 1997 in preparation for the Krakow European Capital of Culture 2000 title. Since 2007, he manages the Programming Department and is helping to realize the cultural politics of the city of Krakow. He coordinates Krakow’s flagship music festivals: Misteria Paschalia Opera Rara, Film Music Festival, and supervises the work of the Programming Department on the Sacrum Profanum Festival, Art Boom Visual Art Festival, Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival, Miłosz and Conrad literary festivals, and finally the city’s large scale open-air events in Krakow (New Year's Eve in the Market Square, Wianki on the banks of the Vistula River), which showcase prominent stars of the respective creative industries and welcome masses of enthused fans. The Krakow Festival Office’s cultural policy is implemented in conjunction with other key activities of the institution such as promotion, tourism and pro-social initiatives. The Office is also responsible for the implementation of the audiovisual policy of the region (the Krakow Film Commission and the Regional Film Fund ), tourism (InfoKraków network) and the coordination of new strategic investments, such as the ICE cultural center: ICE and the Krakow Arena. The Programming Department is focused on continuing to combine all of these creative areas, to build a competitive cultural offer, to increase the quality of life and level of social cohesion and to support the proper functioning of metropolitan Krakow. Piaskowski is also the Artistic Director of the Film Music Festival (FMF) in Krakow. Today FMF is one of the most important events of its kind in the world, and the FMF team works closely with key players in the industry, including the Fimucitè Festival in Tenerife, Transatlantic Festival, Varèse Sarabande, Hollywood in Vienna, ASCAP, Alvernia Studios, Krakow Film Commission, Regional Film Fund, as well as with major European and American film studios (including Constantin, Fox, Warner Bros., and Disney). In the past Howard Shore, Elliot Goldenthal, Don Davis, Trevor Morris, Alberto Iglesias, Jan AP Kaczmarek , Tan Dun, Tom Tykwer, Joe Hisaishi, Shigeru Umebayashi, Wojciech Kilar, Julie Tymor, and Masashi Hamauzu all have performed at the Festival. FMF is also the only festival in the world which consistently builds the market for simultaneous audiovisual projects. With the music performed live, the Festival has presented sensational musical creations, including " The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," " Perfume, " and "The Matrix ". The Festival is famous for its film music premieres, top quality production and high-class Polish orchestras, choirs and soloists. Robert Piaskowski is also the creator of the Audiovisual Forum project, which aims to educate  young artists associated with the audiovisual sector and combine their education with industry experience, through the Regional Film Fund and the Krakow Film Commission. The project that ran with Alvernia Studios for the first time at the Film Music Festival in September 2013, now enjoys enormous popularity with film composers and artists, and workshops are led with renowned experts from Los Angeles and Europe. The course is geared towards musical education and the use of new media, which is a subject generally absent from most university art programs. It prepares composers to write music for the TV series, feature films, video games, and commercials . Recently, Piaskowski was honored as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture and Media of the Republic of France for his contribution to the promotion of French culture in Poland, and moreover, the expanded Film Music Festival program earned him the title of 2013 Krakowian of the Year, an award given to an individual chosen by popular vote for the annual contest organized by the “Polish Daily” newspaper.

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