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Bronislaw Kaper

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Bronislaw Kaper


Bronisław Kaper (b. 5 February 1902, Warsaw, Poland – 26 April 1983, Los Angeles, Calif.) was a Polish-born composer living in the United States.

Kaper born to a Jewish family, began playing the piano at the age of six, and soon demonstrated considerable talent on this instrument. He studied composition and piano at the Warsaw Conservatory, and law at Warsaw University, in deference to his father's wishes.

Soon after completing his studies, Kaper went to Berlin, then a city teeming with theaters and cabarets, where many artists from other parts of Europe lived. Kaper was active as a composer and pianist there and in Warsaw, Vienna, London and Paris. Kaper met another young composer, the Austrian Walter Jurmann, and the two worked as a team, first in Berlin and then, after the Nazis took power in Germany, in Paris. The emergence of sound film created a major market for their talents. In Paris, they composed music for films directed by persons who had fled the rise of Nazism and consequent persecution of Jews and other minorities

Kaper and Jurmann settled in Hollywood in 1935 and joined the staff at Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios. Kaper composed a number of film scores, along with several popular songs. Among the films that he scored are Lord Jim, Mutiny on the Bounty and Green Dolphin Street.

The Bronisław Kaper Awards For Young Artists are held annually by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the piano and strings instrumental categories.

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