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The first important festival in Penderecki’s career was the Warsaw Autumn, where his composition Strophes was performed in 1959. The composer won international renown after premieres of his work at the Donaueschinger Festival that were accompanied by an atmosphere of artistic scandal. For 10 years, Penderecki was artistic director of the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. The composer’s jubilees have occasioned the organisation of Krzysztof Penderecki Festivals dedicated to his works. The next such festival will be held in November 2013. One highlight of 2012 was the composer’s appearance at the Open’er Festival of rock and popular music held in the Polish coastal city of Gdynia, where he conducted his avant-garde pieces for an audience of thousands of young people.