ADA — A Polish composer and pianist who specializes in contemporary music will perform today in the Dorothy Summers Theatre at East Central University. Andrzej Dutkiewicz will play a program titled “From Chopin to Dutkiewicz” at 3 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the ECU music department and the ECU Cultural Activities Committee.

The program includes Fryderyk Chopin’s “Nocturne in E flat op. 9 n. 2,” three Polonaises and three Mazurkas; Karol Szymanowski’s “Etudes op. 33;” Kazimierz Serocki’s “A piacere;” Boguslaw Schaeffer’s “Model VII;” and Dutkiewicz’ “Three Sketches in Retrospect: Hymnus, Mazurka, Pastorale,” and “Suite for Piano: Prelude, Air, Toccata.”

Dutkiewicz was recognized in 1990 by the minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Poland “for prominent merit for the Polish culture abroad” and in 2002 he received the Golden Cross of Merit.

He studied at the Chopin National Music Academy in Warsaw from 1963 to 1972, completing two programs of studies — piano and composition — which significantly shaped his interest in 20th century music.

He received a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship to study composition and piano at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., from 1973 to1976, where he earned a doctor of musical arts degree.

Dutkiewicz is dean of the department of piano, harpsichord and organ at the Chopin Academy of Music and leads an independent class of piano and lectures on contemporary music. He began teaching there in 1972 and was the director of contemporary music study from 1993 to 1999.

He is a founder, member and director of the music performance group “GRUPA XX,” which performs contemporary music.

For 20 years he also was a piano instructor and composition lecturer at international summer courses such as Interlochen in Michigan and the University of La Paz in Bolivia.

In addition, he was a pianist specializing in contemporary music performance while lecturing in over 50 American universities. He is an author of numerous academic articles about composition and contemporary music performance.

Dutkiewicz’s compositions have been performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall and during numerous international music festivals throughout the world. His concert performances often were combined with judging musical composition competitions.

He has received awards in composition competitions and a prize in the International Competition for Performers of Contemporary Music in Rotterdam in 1970. That began his recording career with Polskie Nagrania Records. He released several solo LP albums along with his own compositions and other new music.