Polish-born Cezary Skubiszewski is one of Australia's leading film composers, with award-winning hits such as La Spagnola, Bootmen and Two Hands to his credit. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the AFI, APRA and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.
Described by Erin Free of Filmink as "one of the most prolific and consistently fascinating composers working in Australian film", Cezary Skubiszewski was born in Warsaw (Poland) and studied piano from the age of 6. He migrated to Australia in 1974, and through his life has both played in and composed for a number of rock, jazz and classical groups.
In 1981 Cezary composed and performed the symphony Home at Last and in 1990 created Soundscape - a musical journey through time and emotion - together with designer Shaun Gurton.
Cezary's first feature film score was for the film Lilian's Story, directed by fellow Pole Jerzy Domaradzki. He has since worked with many Australian directors, including Gregor Jordan (Two Hands), Richard Flanagan (The Sound of One Hand Clapping), Steve Jacobs (La Spagnola) and Brendan Maher (the acclaimed Network 10 / Granada mini-series After the Deluge). Cezary has composed music for many television films and programmers and also wrote music for many advertising campaigns.
Awards and Prizes
Winner of 2 AFI Best Original Music Awards (La Spagnola and Bootmen)
APRA Best Film Score Award (Two Hands)
5 Screen Composers Awards - including Best Music for a Feature Film (Two Hands) and Best Soundtrack Album (The Sound of One Hand Clapping and After the Deluge)
Film Critics of Australia - Best Music Score Award (Bootmen)
Asia-Pacific Film Festival - Best Music (Lilian's Story)
Recipient of The Centenary Medal 2003 "For Service to Australian Society and Australian Film Production".
You can hear a recent interview with Cezary on Paul Harris' Film Buff's Forecast (3RRR FM) by clicking here. You will need Windows Media Player to hear this streamed audio successfully.
In addition, a recent interview with Cezary in The Age (Melbourne) newspaper can be read by clicking here.
Cezary Skubiszewski is featured on the following titles
There's much variety in Cezary Skubiszewski's music for the soundtrack to the documentary about the life of Australian costume designer and three-time Oscar winner Orry-Kelly. It covers a wide range of popular 20th century musical styles – and there's never a dull moment.
This CD won Best Soundtrack Album in the APRA/AMCOS Screen Music Awards on 12 November 2014. This is the original music score for the film The Broken Shore, composed by Cezary Skubiszewski.
Performer: Conductor, Piano and Organ, Composer
Bossa nova meets hip hop on this amazing soundtrack by the award-winning and ever versatile Australian composer of Two Hands, Bootmen and After the Deluge - Cezary Skubiszewski - complete with bonus remixes by the Melbourne-based outfit, Jacket.
Performer: Piano, Organ, Composer
The soundtrack to the acclaimed mini-series by award-winning Australian film composer, Cezary Skubiszewski. Richly scored for orchestra, the music effortlessly moves from haunting violin solos, to 40s jazz, Irish airs and the original pop music of the on-screen band.