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Wladyslaw Szpilman

WLADYSLAW SZPILMAN was born in 1911. He studied the piano at the Warsaw Conservatory and at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. From 1945 to 1963, he was Director of Music at Polish Radio, and he also pursued a career as a concert pianist and composer for many years. The film adaptation of his memoir The Pianist won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival as well as three Academy Awards. He lived in Warsaw until his death in 2000.