Henryk Jan Botor was born in 1960 in Tychy. After taking pianolessons in Music Schools he went on to study in the Academy of Music in Kraków. He graduated from the Academy of Music with degrees in Musical Education 1984, Composition under Prof. Marek Stachowski (pupil of Krzysztof Penderecki) 1989 and Organ under Prof. Mirosława Semeniuk-Podraza with distinction 1989. In 1988 he took improvisation classes from Jan Jongepier in the Netherlands and took part in the Summer Organ Academy in Haarlem under Hans Haselbock and Anders Bondeman.
In 1997 he received first prize at the "Vox Basilicae Calissiensis" Composing Competition in Kalisz for an a cappella choir piece. Also in 2002 he was awarded another first prize at the Composing Competition in Mikołów for the Concerto for Organ, string orchestra, two trumpets and percussion. In 2004 he received the third prize at the International Composing Competition "Muzyka Ogrodowa"
(Garden Music) in Kraków. Among his achevements as composer are symphonic pieces, chamber pieces, piano and organ works, pieces for choir and songs. He has transcribed compositions for organ and is the author of many liturgical music transcriptions including song performed in Rome at occasions such as the Pope John Paul II's birthday, the Anniversary of the Pope's Pontificate by the Polish Radio Katowice Symphony Orchestra and the Kraków Radio Choir.
His works include pieces of liturgical music and songs for choir and orchestra composed for the Archepiscopal Ingress of Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz. As well as for the Pope Benedict XVI's pilgrimage to Poland in 2006 ( Holy Mass at the Kraków Błonia ). His particular interest is the symphony orchestra with its unexploredpotential within the conventional use of instruments. He is also interested in film score music. His compositions have been used in Jerzy Ridan's documentary films "Imię moje Kinga"
("My name is Kinga
") and "Pielgrzymi
").Botor teaches piano and organ improvisation at Academy of Music in Kraków. His concerts took place in Poland, Germany and the Netherlands. Featuring also Botor's own compositions and improvisations. Among his recitals have been concerts consisting of only improvised pieces.
Henryk Jan Botor belongs to the Polish Composers Association.