2022-08-26 – 12:00 h

PWM Edition has published the book “Kilar” dedicated to the great Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, written by journalist & radio presenter Magda Miśka-Jackowska. The book is only available in Polish at this moment, but an English version is planned and on its way.



“A brilliant composer, cultural phenomenon, great person – Wojciech Kilar is the next protagonist of a book in the Small Monographs series. On his 90th birthday, PWM Edition presents the debut publication by Magda Miśka-Jackowska. No other Polish composer achieved such a widespread recognition, drawing interest also outside Poland – the Dracula soundtrack was the fulfillment of his American dream. Small Monograph on Wojciech Kilar is a story written with true affection. A movie-ready life story of one of the last century’s most interesting composers, his nature, so full of contradictions, which he was well aware of – describing himself as Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; his great love for Basia and for cats, his sparkling sense of humour, his mundane everyday life in Katowice and his staggering composing career in Poland and in Hollywood.”


  • Title: Kilar
  • Cover: Softcover
  • Pages: 160
  • Size: 113×177 mm
  • Price: 19,90 PLN / 12 €
  • More information & buy the book (Polish only): Info in PolishInfo in English


Wojciech Kilar (17.06-1932 – 29.12.2013), an icon in the world of film & classical music, would have turned 90 this year, and to celebrate that anniversary, many concerts are being held in Poland. Following you can find two concerts dedicated to his music, hosted by Magda Miśka-Jackowska.


  • 7/10/2022 – Bydgoszczy, PL – 60 Bydgoski Festiwal Muzyczny| Kilar (link)
  • 22/10/2022 – Krakow, PL – Koncert Muzyki Filmowej – Wojciech Kilar (link)


“Magda Miśka-Jackowska is a Polish journalist and radio presenter, on the RMF Classic radio team between 2005 and 2020. One of the most recognized radio voices in Poland and an esteemed concert and festival host. She graduated from the University of Silesia’s Film School where she is now a part of staff at Music in Multimedia course. She lectures at Academy of Music in Łódź as well.


She produced and created for RMF Classic regular radio feature programmes dedicated to film and film music, including the weekly magazine Moje kino (My Cinema) awarded by the Polish Film Institute for the best radio show (2010) and Zagraj to jeszcze raz (Play It Again), a radio documentary about the phenomenon of movie scores, awarded in MediaTory voting competition (2019).


Magda Miśka-Jackowska has conducted hundreds of interviews on the history and process of creating film music. Her radio programs feature the greatest composers of the genre, directors from around the world, soloists, orchestrators, heads of music studios, sound engineers, music consultants, songwriters, conductors and fans – including very famous ones, such as Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer, Patrick Doyle, Jane Campion, Andrzej Wajda, Agnieszka Holland, David Arnold, Howard Shore, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek and many others. She began hosting classical and film music concerts 17 years ago and has worked at top culture and film music events in Poland and abroad, including Film Music Festival in Kraków.”