1928 - 1981
Baird belonged to 'Group 49' - an association of composers whose aim was to produce uncomplicated and expressive music which was closely linked to ideology of the new socialist state. Due to this, Baird's compositions up until 1956-57 were distinctly neo-classical. A more radical approach to his composing became evident with his 12-tone String Quartet.
Baird won many awards including three first prizes at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (1959,1963,1966), the annual prize of the Polish Composers' Union (1966) and the Arts Prize of the city of Warsaw (1970).