Perkowski studied at the Music Academy in Warsaw, and in Paris with Albert Roussel. He was a professor and a director at the Conservatory of Toruń (1936–39). During World War II in occupied Poland he took part in the underground music movement, and fought in the Warsaw Uprising. After 1945, he was a composition teacher in Warsaw and Wroclaw. His pupils included Piotr Moss.
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- Piotr Perkowski at the Polish Music Information Centre
- Piotr Perkowski at IMDb
- Piotr Perkowski (in Polish)