Krystyna Prońko

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January 23, 2022

Krystyna Prońko (born January 14, 1947 in Gorzów Wielkopolski) - Polish singer and jazz vocalist, composer and music teacher. Honorary Citizen of Gorzów Wielkopolski.

Curriculum vitae

Early years

Her family comes from the Lemko region and before World War II she lived in the Eastern Borderlands (the territory of today's Belarus). After the war, she settled in Gorzów Wielkopolski, where Krystyna Prońko was born. She graduated from a chemical technical school (today: Technical and General School Complex in Gorzów Wielkopolski). Then she started working in one of the laboratories in Gorzów as an analyst-chemist. Later, she studied at the Jazz and Popular Music Department of the Academy of Music in Katowice, where she obtained a master's degree in art awarded with the rector's award from Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

Music career

She started her amateur art work in 1968 in the family band "Reflex" with her brothers, Piotr - a saxophonist, and Wojtek - a double bass player and bass guitarist, and with music-making friends. She made her debut in 1969 with the band Respekt at the 1st National Beat Avant-garde Festival in Kalisz. In the 1970s, she collaborated with Czesław Niemen, the bands Skaldowie and Czerwone Gitary, and as a soloist in the Koman Band led by Janusz Koman, as well as with the Warsaw Polish Radio Orchestra (Studio Jazzowe S1). In 1973 she performed at the Jazz Vocalists Festival in Lublin and sang the songs "What are you to, boy?" and "Dead landscapes" at the 11th National Festival of Polish Song in Opole. In 1974, for the song "Papierowe birds", she received the award for the best arrangement at the 12th KFPP in Opole, and a year later for the number "Let my heart rock you to sleep", she won the main prize at the 13th edition of the festival. Also in 1975 she was recognized as the most popular singer in Poland in the plebiscite of the music magazine "Non Stop", which also hailed her song "Let my heart ..." as the song of the year. In 1976 she performed at the Soviet Song Festival in Zielona Góra, and a year later she was again hailed as the most popular singer in Poland in the "Non Stop" plebiscite. In 1978, with the song "Prayer for true love", she took fourth place at the 16th KFPP in Opole. A year later, with the song "A memory of those days", performed in a duet with Zbigniew Wodecki, she won the "Premier" competition at the 17th edition of the festival. In 1980 she was hailed the singer of the year, and a year later she performed with the song "Psalm standing in the queue" at the 19th KFPP in Opole. She has also sung several times at one of the largest jazz festivals, the Jazz Jamboree, the Prague Jazz Festival, and the Castlebar Festival. In the years 1979–1981 she taught singing at the Academy of Music in Katowice. For a year she also worked with young singers at the Music Theater in Gdynia. In 1981, she took part in the oratorio of Ernest Bryll, staged by the Theater, to the music of Wojciech Trzciński, Nock's Carol. After the introduction of martial law, the performance was removed from the poster. In 1986, she received a distinction at the 23rd KFPP in Opole for the performance of the song "Wielki Gray Nobody". She has conducted blues workshops for singers in Bolesławiec many times. From October 2001, she taught a singing class at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University at the Faculty of Arts at the Music Institute in Lublin. In 1991 she founded her own record label Power Music. In the years 1992–1995 she was engaged in music journalism and hosted many original radio programs. In 2008, she received the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski. Together with Marek Kościkiewicz and Marek Tysper in the spring of 2010, she sat on the jury of the first edition of the TVP1 program Śpiewaj i walcz. In 2013, she performed at the jubil gala

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