Born in Warsaw on 4th January 1916. Died in Täby (Sweden) on 18th September 2006. He studied, among other things, violin and harmony (K. Sikorski) at the College of Music and Conservatory in Warsaw, later also studying composition with P. Perkowski and A. Malawski in Krakow. Between 1947 and 1969 he worked as a conductor, arranger and composer, e.g. with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and chorus in Krakow. He was Director of Music of the main orchestra, choir and ballet of the Polish Army in Warsaw and, as Art Director and Director of Music, was in charge of the international singing festivals in Sopot and Opole. As a violinist he has made recordings for Polish Radio of concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and other composers. He was awarded gold and silver crosses by the Polish Government for artistic achievement. He came to Sweden in 1969 and was a Swedish citizen since 1975.
Adam Wiernik’s ballet Godzina Duchow for large orchestra, speech choir and solo vocalists earned him an award in 1963 from the Polish Performing Rights’ Society. In a succession of works from 1978 onwards, he experimented with combinations of soprano voice and instruments: Slow and quick, A musical dialogue, La danse du mime, Ad libitum, A musical instant, Colours and lines – all for soprano, two flutes, percussion, violin and cello. His music for the film about the painter Bengt Lindström earned him the Grand Prix d’Image at the Paris Art Film Festival. His Inspiration for soprano without words, double bass and piano, composed in 1982, falls into three parts in which the rhythm has a variety of functions. The first is slow and rhythmically free, the second has a strictly specified rhythm and resembles a fugue, while the expressive/impressionist motif of the third can be played with an optional rhythm. SJ