Born in 1940 in Warsaw. Studied composition at the Academy of Music in Warsaw (currently the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music) under Professor Kazimierz Sikorski and piano under Natalia Hornowska.
In 1965 he was awarded diplomas in both specialities (including a distinction for the piano). He completed his education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, USA.
In 1967 he was involved with The Student Satirical Theatre (STS) in Warsaw. After his studies, for several years he performed in the piano duo along with Jerzy Derfel, another Polish composer and pianist. In the 1970s he wrote music for the theatre, TV, radio and movies.
In the next decade he moved on to concert music.
In the years 1991-93 he was the vice-president of the Polish Composers' Association, holding the president's position between 1993 and 1999.
Awards and distinctions
1982 - an award at Karol Szymanowski contest for 4 songs for baritone and piano to the words of Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer
1996 - Ist prize at Composition Contest within the IIIrd Polish Festival of Carols and Pastorales for Infant on the Straw for mixed choir to the words of E. Szeptyńska (second version for voice and piano)
2003 - Prize at Two Theatres Festival for the music to Non-divine Symphony.
2003 - Nomination to the Mazovian C. K. Norwid Prize for Non-Divine Symphony.
2013 - Knight's Cross Order of Polonia Restituta
Numerous awards for radio and television music (eg. "Golden Microphone").