Kazimierz Serocki was a Polish composer and one of the founders of the Warsaw Autumn contemporary music festival. Serocki was born in Toruń, he studied composition with Kazimierz Sikorski and piano with Stanisław Szpinalski at the State Higher School of Music in Łódź and graduated in 1946. He continued in Paris, studying composition with Nadia Boulanger and piano with Lazare Lévy, before graduating in 1947-1948. Between 1946 and 1951 he performed many times as a concert pianist in Poland and abroad, but for the rest of his career, he was focused on composition. Serocki's output is concentrated in two main spheres: orchestral music and vocal-instrumental pieces to Polish texts selected with fine discrimination, his main compositional idea was to explore sound color in music. His last work – Pianophonie – used the possibilities provided by electronic processing of live piano sound. Serocki was one of the founders, along with Tadeusz Baird, of the Warsaw Autumn international contemporary music festival.
Together with Tadeusz Baird and Jan Krenz he formed the composers' group Group 49. He was vice-president of the central administration of the Polish Composers' Union from 1954 to 1955, he received a number of Polish and foreign awards, including several State Prizes, among them one in 1952 for his music to the film Young Chopin. He received a prize at the UNESCO competition in 1959, for the Sinfonietta and the award of the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts in 1963 for the whole of his work, he died, aged 58, in Warsaw. Suite for 4 trombones - 1953 Sonatina for trombone and piano - 1954 Dance for clarinet and piano - 1954 Improvisationen für Blockflöten-Quartett - 1959 Continuum - sextet for percussion instruments - 1966 Swinging Music for clarinet, cello or double bass, piano - 1970 Fantasmagoria for piano and percussion - 1971 Arrangements for 1-4 recorders - 1975-1976 Three Melodies from Kurpie for 6 sopranos, 6 tenors, chamber orchestra - 1949 Romantic Concerto for piano and orchestra - 1950 Symphony No. 1 - 1952 Symphony No.
2, "Symphony of Song" for soprano, baritone and orchestra - 1953 Concerto for trombone and orchestra - 1953 Sinfonietta for 2 string orchestras - 1956 Heart of the Night, song cycle for baritone and orchestra - 1956 Eyes of the Air, song cycle for soprano and orchestra - 1957 Musica concertante - 1958 Episodes for strings and 3 groups of percussion - 1959 Segmenti - 1961 Symphonic Frescoes - 1964 Niobe, music to extracts from a poem by Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński for 2 reciters, mixed choir, orchestra - 1966 Forte e piano, music for two pianos and orchestra - 1967 Poems, to words by Tadeusz Różewicz for soprano and chamber orchestra - 1969 Dramatic Story for orchestra - 1971 Fantasia elegiaca for organ and orchestra - 1972 Impromptu fantasque for recorders, guitars and piano - 1973 Sonatina for trombone and orchestra - 1974 Concerto alla cadenza per flauto a becco e orchestra - 1974 Ad libitum five pieces for symphony orchestra - 1973-1977 Pianophonie for piano, electronic transformation of sound and orchestra - 1976-1978 Suite of Preludes for piano - 1952 Brownies, 7 miniatures for children for piano - 1953 Sonata for piano - 1955 A piacere, suggestions for piano - 1963 Heart of the Night, song cycle for baritone and piano - 1956 Eyes of the Air, song cycle for soprano and piano - 1957 Songs of Midsummer Night, folk text - 1954 Suite, from the Opole Region in Silesia, folk text - 1954 Polish School PMC Kazimierz Serocki at PWM Edition Music in Movement Website Kazimierz Serocki Official Website Kazimierz Serocki on IMDb
Danilo Zavrtanik is a Slovenian physicist and professor. Born in Nova Gorica, he graduated in 1979 from the Faculty for Natural Sciences and Technology of the University of Ljubljana. In 1987, he obtained his PhD by defending a doctoral dissertation on "Angular distribution analysis of the reaction π−p -> π−π+n". From 2006 he is a full professor of physics at the University of Nova Gorica and the head of its Laboratory for Astroparticle Physics. Before 1995 he was active in eksperimental particle physics through international collaborations CPLEAR and DELPHI at CERN, where he was involved in the development of particle detectors, studies of CP, T and CPT violation in the decays of neutral kaons K0 and studies of heavy quark decays, W gauge boson decays and Higgs boson searches. Since 1995 he is working in the field of astroparticle physics within the Pierre Auger Collaboration, focusing on studies of cosmic rays with extreme energies, he is a co-author of more than 150 conference contributions.
He has been a thesis adviser to a number of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Ljubljana and the University of Nova Gorica. From 1992 to 1996 he served as director-general of the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana. In 1995 he initiated the founding the School of Environmental Sciences in Nova Gorica which grew into Nova Gorica Polytechnic and into University of Nova Gorica. Since the beginning he has been serving as the president of this institution. Among his many honours and awards the most distinguished are: "Order of Merit" in 2005 "Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia" in 1997 and "Zois Award" in 2004. Scientific publications of Danilo Zavrtanik on INSPIRE-HEP Personal page