The Karol Szymanowski Music Society was founded in 1977 by a group of artists and music critics including among others: Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Zanussi, Jerzy Waldorff and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.
The goal of the Society is to care for Karol Szymanowski artistic and spiritual legacy and to promote his work. The Society pursues that goal by organizing annual festivals such as Karol Szymanowski Music Days in Zakopane (since 1978), Evenings with the Karol Szymanowski music in Katowice, as well as different cycles of concerts, exhibitions, lectures, meetings and etc. in Poland and abroad.
The Karol Szymanowski Music Society has its seat in villa ATMA in Zakopane, in a beautiful resort town in the Tatra mountains. Here - in this typical, highland pension built around 1890 in Zakopane style – Karol Szymanowski lived between 1930 and 1935.
The villa houses the only Polish museum of the life and work of Karol Szymanowski (1882 – 1937) - the greatest Polish composer after Frederic Chopin, one of the leading figures in the transition from late nineteenth-century Romanticism to the modernism of our own era, whose output has singular originality among the European compositions of that time.
The Board of the Society:
- Honorary President - Karol Rafał Bula
- President of the Board – Joanna Domańska
- Vice-presidents: Eugeniusz Knapik, Arkadiusz Kubica
- Members: Sławomir Czarnecki, Józef Kolinek
- Artur Rubinstein
- Światosław Richter
- Henryk Szeryng
- Witold Lutosławski
- Witold Rowicki
- Teresa Chylińska
- Andrzej Bachleda
- Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
- Wojciech Kilar
- Sir Simon Rattle
- Maciej Pinkwart
- Karol Rafał Bula