Wojciech Młynarski (born 1941) is a Polish poet, singer, songwriter, translator and director. A well known figure on the Polish musical scene, he is most famous for his ballads and what is known as sung poetry, as well as for his collaboration with numerous vocalists and cabarets. He wrote lyrics to more than 2,000 songs, a small fraction of which he sung himself. His songs received a total of 25 "Karolinkas", which are the main awards of the Polish Song Festival in Opole, the most important Polish song festival, occurring annually since 1963. He has also composed music to some of his songs. He is considered an icon of Polish culture.
Born March 26, 1941 in Warsaw, he graduated from the Tomasz Zan High School in Pruszków and then, in 1963, from the Faculty of Polish Language Studies at the Warsaw University (summa cum laude). It was during his university years that he started collaborating with the Hybrydy student theatre and cabaret. By mid-1960s he became an established author of texts for numerous cabarets, the most famous of which were the Dudek, Dreszczowiec and Owca. By the late 1960s, several of his songs became hits on Polish Television; Młynarski also gained popularity as a translator of texts of French and Russian poets and songwriters, including Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens, Gilbert Bécaud and Vladimir Vysotsky. For his translations of the French language lyrics and poetry, particularly that of Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour and Georges Brassens, Młynarski was awarded the French Legion of Honour - Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur. He is the recipient of several Polish State orders, including the White Eagle Order.
In the 1970s, Wojciech Młynarski authored numerous operas and musicals, including "Henryk VI na łowach", "Cień" and "Awantura w Recco". He also translated the librettos of the musicals Cabaret, Chicago and Jesus Christ Superstar onto the Polish.
In 2013, the first Festival of Wojciech Młynarski's Songs was organized in the city of Sopot.
Personal Life: He was married to the actress Adrianna Godlewska (later divorced). The couple have 3 children: Agata Młynarska (born 1965), a Polish TV celebrity journalist, director and producer; Paulina Młynarska (born 1970) a journalist and an actress; and Jan Młynarski (born 1979), a musician. Wojciech Mlynarski is related to Emil Młynarski, the Polish composer and the founder of the Warsaw Philharmonics; Arthur Rubinstein, the pianist; and Roman Orlow, a composer and a painter.
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