goldenthal-kilarLast night, Elliot Goldenthal was presented with the first ever Wojciech Kilar Award during the sold out Polish Music Gala: Scoring4Wajda concert in the ICE Krakow Congress Center at the Krakow Film Music Festival in Krakow, Poland. The Academy Award-winning composer’s longtime companion and entertainer, director Julie Taymor (FridaTitus, Across the UniverseA Midsummer Night’s Dream) was also in attendance a the event. The Wojciech Kilar Award aims to raise the profile of the late Polish pianist/composer who is known for such scores as The Pianist and Bram Stoker’s Dracula and honors composers whose film work has a vigorous life beyond the screen. Goldenthal who received an Oscar for his score for Frida has also composed the music for such films as Interview with a VampireHeatPublic EnemiesBatman Forever and Michael Collins. The composer was selected by the Kilar Award jury, which is comprised of director Andrzej Wajda, director Roman Polański, composer Krzysztof Penderecki, and director Krzysztof Zanussi. Goldenthal’s music will also be featured during the Krakow Film Music Festival’s Shakespeare in Concert, where the author will be celebrated with the most popular musical adaptations of his work performed live. Among the other composers attending the concert are Patrick Doyle, Jocelyn Pook and Stephen Warbeck.