After completing his bachelor's and master's degrees at DePaul in 1952, Muczynski received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation in 1953 for, his First Symphony, and from the Louisville Orchestra Commissioning Project in 1954, the Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra. At 25, he was the youngest composer accorded a commission and a performance as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra under Robert Whitney. He also presented the work under Nikolai Malko at the Grant Park Summer Symphony Lakefront Concerts in Chicago in June of 1958. That same year he also performed the work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall. The concerto was recorded and released on the Louisville label. In addition, Muczynski received two fellowships from the Ford Foundation's Young Composers Project (1959-62).
Robert Muczynski was born in Chicago on 19 March 1929. He attended DePaul University where he studied piano with Walter Knupfer and composition with Alexander Tcherepnin.