Jerzy Maksymiuk was born in Grodno, Poland, on April 9, 1936. While a student, he won the aforementioned Paderewski Piano Competition. He earned several music degrees over the ensuing years from the Warsaw-based State Higher School of Music: composition (1962), piano (1962), and conducting (1969).
In 1979 he conducted the Polish Chamber Orchestra on tour in the U.S., which included an appearance at Carnegie Hall, and in 1981 he led them on successful tours of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the U.S. From 1983-1993 Maksymiuk served as chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, thereafter becoming conductor laureate. From 1984 Maksymiuk has often led the Sinfonia Varsovia, an expanded ensemble drawn from the Polish Chamber Orchestra.
In 1993 Maksymiuk assumed the post of principal conductor of the Crakow Philharmonic Orchestra. In the new century Maksymiuk has remained active conducting the various Polish orchestras and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Among his more acclaimed recordings is the Paderewski Symphony in B minor (Polonia), originally from 1998 but reissued in 2010 on Helios.