Alphabet - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
Górecki studied composition with Bolesław Szabelski in Katowice’s State Higher School of Music. He made his debut as a composer in 1958 in the Katowice Philharmonic with a concert dedicated to his work that was attended by Lutosławski. He eventually took permanent residence in the city and worked as a lecturer at his alma mater, and later as its vice chancellor. In recognition of Górecki’s great contribution to the city’s life, the Silesian Philharmonic chose him as its patron in 2011.