Although he initially trained as a lawyer, Jan Andrzej Pawel Kaczmarek (usually called Jan A. P. Kaczmarek) became involved in composing music for the avand-garde and political theatre in Poland and music has been his driving passion ever since. He toured extensively with his "The Orchestra of the Eigth Day" in Europe and the United States, while recording albums. This gave rise to work composing for theatre in the U.S. as well as for film. He has created scores for several films in Poland and Europe, and the premiere of the Polish production "Quo Vadis?" which he scored was given in the Vatican attended by Pope John Paul II in 2001. A number of his more recent film scores have been for higher-profile U.S. productions including "Lost Souls", "Unfaithful" and Finding Neverland, for which he won the Best Score oscar in 2005.
Kaczmarek has been busy scoring several films this past few years, and he demonstrates his versatility using bluegrass music as the basis for his score to "Get Low" set in Tennessee in the 1930s.
Among Kaczmarek's film soundtracks on CD are the following:
Here is a link to Kaczmarek's official web-site.
Here are some CD covers signed by Jan A P Kaczmarek. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click the thumbnail below to see the image full size in a separate window.