Karol Maciej Szymanowski
Birth - Death
1882 - 1937
Order of the Merit of the Republic of Poland, Order of Polonia Restituta, Order of the White Eagle
Classical pianist and composer of four symphonies, four etudes, violin concertos, ballet music, and many other classical music pieces. In the 1920s and the 1930s, his music proved immensely popular around the world. Former Director of The Warsaw Conservatory. Considered the father of Polish contemporary music and gay culture.