Krzysztof Penderecki died on Sunday morning at the age of 86, Polish media report. The Polish composer and conductor was the special guest during the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam in 2013.

Penderecki was born in Dębica, Poland, in 1933. As a child he took violin and piano lessons.

After completing his composition studies at the Polish State School of Music and the studies of philosophy, art and literary history at the University of Krakow, Penderecki won several awards for his compositions and conducting work. The composer was especially famous for Trauermusik für die Opfer von Hiroshima (Threnos) from 1961.

In 2013 Penderecki performed during the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival. He then gave a performance with his one-time International Youth Symphony Orchestra.