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Professor Jadwiga Puzynina and Jerzy Maksymiuk awarded the Order of the White Eagle

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During a ceremony at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, President Andrzej Duda awarded the Order of the White Eagle to professor Jadwiga Puzynina, linguist and literature researcher, and Jerzy Maksymiuk, conductor, composer and pianist.

Andrzej Duda said that it is a great honor for him to be able to award the Order of the White Eagle – the highest and oldest Polish decorations – on a great national holiday, the 233rd anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution on May 3.

– The Order of the White Eagle symbolizes free Poland. Since it was established, it has always been awarded in free Poland. When Poland was neither fully free nor sovereign at all, this order was not awarded. The invaders and various types of occupiers abandoned this order and did not usurp the right to award it. This is in fact the order of a free, sovereign, independent Republic of Poland, restored to this Republic of Poland, which has been ours since 1989, fully free, independent and sovereign, said the president.

He added that the Constitution of May 3 is “Polish political, historical and state pride as a symbol of freedom, building the Republic of Poland in the best sense of the word: modern, strong, because this was the idea of ​​the creators of the Constitution.”

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Jadwiga Puzynina – who is she?

Jadwiga Puzynina was born in 1928 in Volhynia. Her grandmother was the niece of the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. In the years 1943-1944 she belonged to the Gray Ranks. She studied Polish studies at the University of Warsaw. In 1983, at the Faculty of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw, she organized and took over the management of the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Language Dictionary Workshop, which contributed to the popularization of this poet's legacy through numerous publications and scientific conferences.

In 1987, she received the title of professor in the field of humanities. In the 1980s, she was the dean of the Faculty of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw. In her research, she dealt in particular with the issue of the language of values.

President Andrzej Duda and Jadwiga Puzynina, awarded the Order of the White Eagle PAP/Leszek Szymański

Professor Puzynina is a member of numerous societies and scientific bodies, including the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Linguistics Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Warsaw Scientific Society. She sat on the board of the Polish Linguistic Society.

She is the author and co-author of textbooks for learning Polish in secondary schools (including the repeatedly reissued “Language and My: Polish language textbook for the first grade of secondary schools”, written together with Stanisław Dubisz and Maria Nagajowa). For his activities, Prof. Puzynina was awarded, among others, the Gold Medal “Gloria Artis” and the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Jerzy Maksymiuk – who is he?

Jerzy Maksymiuk was born in 1936 in Grodno. He studied composition, piano and conducting at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw.

In 1972, he founded the Polish Chamber Orchestra, which gave concerts under his baton all over the world, including: at Carnegie Hall, London Proms and Wiener Ferein. In the years 1983-1993 he directed the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow.

In 1990, he began working with the English National Opera, where he conducted the premiere performances of “Don Giovanni” and “Die Fledermaus”. His concerts include: with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchester National de France and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Conductor and pianist Jerzy Maksymiuk awarded the Order of the White EaglePAP/Leszek Szymański

Maksymiuk has recorded about a hundred albums. He is also a composer, creating symphonic music, chamber compositions, songs, film and ballet music. He composed music, among others: for “Sanatorium pod klepsydrą” directed by Wojciech Has.

He is one of the founders of the Polish Society of Contemporary Music. He took part in the “Warsaw Autumn” many times (where he won two Orpheus statuettes), and gave premieres of about 200 contemporary works in various countries.

He was awarded, among others: Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Gold Medal “Gloria Artis”.

Main photo source: PAP/Leszek Szymański

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