Prizes and Awards

  • 1959 First, second, and third prizes in the second competition held by the Polish Composers' Association for young Polish composers for his compositions Strophen (verses), Emanationen (emanations), and Aus den Psalmen Davids (from David's psalms).
  • 1961 UNESCO award for Threnody
  • 1962 First prize in the composition competition in Krakow for Kanon (Canon)
  • 1966 Great Nord-Rhein Westhalia Art Award for St. Luke Passion
  • 1967 Prix Italia for St. Luke Passion Sibelius Gold Medal
  • 1968 Prix Italia for Dies Irae
  • 1970 Award from the Polish Composers' Association
  • 1977 Gottfried von Herder Award from the W.v.s. Foundation, Hamburg
  • 1978 Prix Arthur Honegger for Magnificat
  • 1981 Médaille de la Ville de Paris (Échelon Vermeil)
  • 1983 Sibelius Award from the Wilhouri Foundation in Helsinki
  • 1985 Premio Lorenzo Magnifico in Florence
  • 1986 Stefania Niekrasz Medal from the Association of Polish Musicians Abroad
  • 1987 Karl-Wolf-Award, art award from the Israeli Wolf-Foundation
  • 1988 Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for his Cello Concerto No. 2, with Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor: K. Penderecki
  • 1989 Manuel de Falla Gold Medal from Accademia de Bellas Artes, Granada
  • 1990 Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
  • 1992 Two Grammy Award nominations Grawemeyer Music Award (April 28), Louisville Kentucky Das Österreichische Ehrenzeichen für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Wien
  • 1993 The UNESCO/IMC Music Prize
  • 1996 Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française
  • 1997 Crystal Award, World Economic Forum – Davos Certificate of Merit, 3000 Years of Jerusalem
  • 1998 Business Centre Club Special Award – Warsaw “Four Hundred Years of Warsaw’s Municipality” Medal – Warsaw
  • 1999 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, Penderecki: Violin Concerto No. 2 – Metamorphosen (Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin) Grammy Award for Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor, for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra), Penderecki: Violin Concerto No. 2 – Metamorphosen (Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin, London Symphony Orchestra)
  • AFIM Indie Award for the Credo recording on Hänssler label
  • Köhler-Osbahr-Stiftung Music Award
  • 2000 Best Living Composer, Midem Classic, Cannes
  • Ordine Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana
  • 2001 Grammy Award for Best Choral Composition, Penderecki: Credo
  • Premio Principe de Asturias de las Artes
  • Statuetka Złotego Hipolita, Hipolit Cegielski Society in Poznań
  • 2002 Roman Guardini Prize, Catholic Academy Munich
  • 2003 Grand Prize from the Foundation of Culture, Warsaw
  • State Award, Northrhine Westfalia
  • 2004 Medal Commemorating the 300 Years of St Petersburg
  • Praemium Imperiale, Japan (“in appreciation of outstanding achievement in the art, man’s enduring legacy”)
  • 2005 Order of the White Eagle (Poland’s highest decoration)
  • 2006 Baltic Star
  • 2008 Three Star Order (Commander of the Three Star Order, Riga, Latvia)
  • 2008 Diploma of Honorary Professor of Yerevan, Komitas State Conservatory
  • 2008 Gold Medal of the Minister of Culture of Armenia
  • 2009 Ordre de Mérite du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
  • 2009 Order of Honour from the President of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, 28 October
  • 2010 Bronze Medal, Distinguished Visitor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music (medal designed by Sandra Noble Goss)
  • 2011 Sacem award for best original music (Krzysztof Penderecki, De natura honoris) in Quay brothers film “Maska” (Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2011)