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Wrocław | Cellos meet Chopin

NFMThe International Cello Academy (ICA) is one of the few events in Europe aimed at cellists from all over the world. ICA was created to bring the world of cello ensembles closer to the audience and to support talents wishing to master their playing on this instrument. The concert in the frames of the ICA 2021 will be held at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław on 2 July 2021 at 8.00 p.m.

The founder and organiser of the International Cello Academy is the Polish Cello Quartet. It was established in 2011 on the initiative of prominent Polish cellists: Tomasz Daroch, Wojciech Fudala, Krzysztof Karpeta, and Adam Krzeszowiec. Their repertoire includes mainly works originally composed for a cello quartet.

The July concert will begin with Fryderyk Chopin’s compositions arranged especially for the Polish Cello Quartet. Then we will hear Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus (The Praise to Eternity of Jesus), the fifth movement of Olivier Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps. The fragment that will be presented during the concert is a slow, wistful cello cantilena against the steady piano chords (which will be replaced by the cello ensemble).

The concert will end with the premiere of Sentieri interrotti (Trails Interrupted) – a piece by the Italian composer Francesco Bottigliero. It is a work for four solo cellos and cello orchestra. This piece was created as part of the „Composing Commissions” programme, realised by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/component/nfmcalendar/event/8600 

Zakopane | 44th Karol Szymanowski Days

44 DniThe 44th Karol Szymanowski Days in Zakopane will run from 25 July to 1 August 2021. This year's edition is dedicated to the Stalowa Wola Generation on their 70th birth anniversary.

In 2021, the Polish artistic community will celebrate the 70th birthday of the composers of the Stalowa Wola Generation, also known as the '51 Generation: Eugeniusz Knapik, Aleksander Lasoń and Andrzej Krzanowski. The music of these artists is a natural continuation of the work of Karol Szymanowski, the father of the 20th-century Polish music. Andrzej Chłopecki coined the term "new romanticism" to refer to the works written by these three Silesians composers. The festival programme will include a selection of their most representative chamber works for various instrumental ensembles.

A highlight of the 44th Karol Szymanowski Music Days will be the premiere of Aleksander Lasoń's Ananda for piano and string quartet, as well as the "late premiere" of Relief VIII for solo accordion and tape by Andrzej Krzanowski, who died prematurely in 1990. In addition to the works of this year's jubilarians, the festival's repertoire will include, among others, works of composers who were especially important to them at different moments of their artistic path. The Festival will feature outstanding performers who have been tirelessly promoting the work of today's 70-year-olds for many years - their young age only confirms that the music of the '51 Generation still enjoys the interest of both the next generation of artists and the listeners.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" and "Composing Commissions" programmes, carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.szymanowski.zakopane.pl/

Wigry | 3rd "Kamedulskie Wigry" Chamber and Organ Music Festrival

JAXThe JAX Association together with the Marshal of the Podlaskie Voivodeship invite you to the 3rd Festival of Chamber and Organ Music "Kamedulskie Wigry". Festival concerts will be held on selected Sundays from 25 July to 18 September 2021 in the 17th-century Post-Camaldolese Monastery in Wigry.

Ahead of us is a journey into the world of various forms, musical styles and interesting acoustic effects. We will hear the solo organ, as well as the chords of the king of instruments with the violin, oboe or a rarely presented traditional bazuna – a Kashubian musical instrument. Among the performers there will be recognized artists who have been actively involved in cultural life for many year: Piotr Rojek, Gedymin Grubba, Paweł Gruba, Róża Lorenc, Wiktor Brzuchacz, Rafael Gabriel Przybyła, Dariusz Hajdukiewicz. The whole event will end with a performance of the Concert Orchestra of the Representative Artistic Ensemble of the Polish Army.

Music lovers will also be able to get to know the box organ. Currently, such instruments are truly unique – in Europe we can find only five of them, including one in Poland. It was made in imitation of Baroque instruments by the Johannes Kircher manufactory of Heidelbereg, and soon the organ will be heard in a post-Camaldolese temple.

The concert programme includes works from early baroque to 20th-century music. There will also be elaborate organ improvisations on well-known and liked melodies. This year's festival will be enriched by the promotion of Polish musical literature, which delights with its composition artistry, depth of expression and a variety of moods. A Polish accent will accompany each concert. We will hear music by Michał Kleofas Ogiński, Stanisław Moniuszko, Władysław Żeleński, Feliks Nowowiejski as well as songs from the Sapieżyński Album.

Admission to the concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme: https://festiwal.wigry.pro/program-2021/ 

Sopot | 11th NDI Sopot Classic International Music Festival

NDIFor the eleventh time, maestro Wojciech Rajski and the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot invite you to the NDI Sopot Classic International Music Festival, which will be held on 25-31 July 2021.

This year's edition will be one of the official events of the 120th anniversary of granting city rights to Sopot. For many years, the festival has been one of the most anticipated cultural events in the Tri-City, attracting classical music lovers and those who are just discovering the world of classical music. The upcoming edition will feature, among others, Ildar Abdrazakov, Jan Jakub Monowid, Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk, Szymon Mechliński, Janusz Wawrowski, and Collegium Vocale 1704 conducted by Václav Luks.

A separate concert at the Forest Opera will be devoted exclusively to Polish music. Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot under the baton of conductor and composer Rafał Janiak will perform Sinfonietta No. 3 by Krzysztof Penderecki, Screams by Paweł Mykietyn and a piece by the winner of the 6th Krzysztof Penderecki Competition for Composers – L’entourage de silence per archi by Krystian Neścior. The concert is co-organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance as part of its own programme "Conductor-in- residence".

Co-financed under the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Up-to-date programme is available at: http://sopotclassic.pl/ 

Rzeszów | Music criticism workshop under the supervision of Jacek Marczyński

MIMiTThe National Institute of Music and Dance in cooperation with PWM Edition invites you to a music criticism workshop led by Jacek Marczyński as part of the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów (14-18 September 2021). The best participants will receive an internship in the editorial office of "Ruch Muzyczny" magazine which will publish their texts. The deadline for submitting applications is 12 August 2021.

"The task of the participants of the journalism workshops will be to create reports and reviews of the auditions of the 2nd stage and the finals of the International Polish Music Competition in two performance categories: piano and chamber ensembles," comments Katarzyna Meissner, director of the National Institute of Music and Dance. The workshop will be conducted by Jacek Marczyński – a well-known journalist and publicist, author of several books, reviewer of the "Rzeczpospolita" daily, longtime collaborator of TVP Kultura, "Ruch Muzyczny" and the monthly "Teatr".

Texts reporting on the progress of the competition will be published in a daily competition newsletter, on the website of the International Polish Music Competition https://konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl/ and in the pages of "Ruch Muzyczny".

The workshop is aimed at students and graduates of music and humanities, as well as all people with specific musical interests consistent with the profile of the competition, who want to develop their skills in the field of writing about classical music (adults up to 30 years of age). Participation in the workshop is free of charge. The National Institute of Music and Dance will reimburse workshop participants for accommodation and travel costs in the amount specified in the regulations and will provide free admission to auditions and concerts of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów. For texts and a license to publish them, each participant will receive a one-off fee of PLN 500.

Applications (a completed application form with attachments, i.e. a CV with a description of musical interests and an exemplary text on classical music of your own authorship) should be sent by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 August.

More informationhttps://nimit.pl/aktualnosci/warsztaty-krytyki-muzycznej-pod-okiem-jacka-marczynskiego/ 

22nd "Colours of Poland" Touring Festival of the Łódź Philharmonic

Kolory PolskiThe 22nd Touring Festival of the Łódź Philharmonic "Colours of Poland" will run from 24 July to 29 August 2021. This year's edition includes 11 weekend concerts in historic churches in 11 different towns of the Łódź region.

The inauguration will tak place on 24 July at the early Baroque basilica of Our Lady in Gidle, which boasts a statue of Mary famous for miracles. On the festival route there will be, among others, the monastery of the Salesian priests in Lutomiersk, the church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Zgierz and the sanctuary of Our Lady of Charlotte, Duchess of Sieradz. The final concert will be held on 29 August in the Cathedral Basilica in Łódź.

Most of the concerts will be performed by musicians of the Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Choir, who prepare new repertoire proposals especially for this occasion. The artists will present themselves mainly in chamber ensembles, among others, the Wind Quintet of the Łódź Philharmonic, Classic Brass Quintet, and Apertus Quartet. The programme is dominated by classical, secular and religious music, from the baroque to the modern times. We will hear works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, George Gershwin and Grażyna Bacewicz.

Admission to all concerts is free, but due to epidemiological restrictions it is necessary to collect a free invitation.

More information: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/22-wedrowny-festiwal-filharmonii-lodzkiej-kolory-polski 

"Classics Across Poland": Boarte Piano Trio in Masovia

BoarteAfter concerts in Lower Silesia, Kuyavian-Pomeranian and Masuria, the series "Classics Across Poland" returns to Masovia. The concerts of the Boarte Piano Trio will take place on 23, 24 and 25 July 2021 in Żyrardów, Wiaderno and Stawisko.

The Boarte Piano Trio was formed in 2019. It consists of experienced Polish chamber musicians who have already played in many renowned ensembles: pianist Konrad Skolarski, violinist Jarosław Nadrzycki and cellist Karol Marianowski. The members of the ensemble are awarded artists, laureates of many prestigious competitions. They gained international recognition thanks to numerous performances in Europe, both Americas and Asia.

In the coming days, the trio will perform at the Resursa in Żyrardów (23 July at 7.00 p.m.), in the newly opened Community Centre in Wiaderno (24 July at 5.00 p.m.) and at the Museum of Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz in Stawisko (25 July at 5.00 p.m.). The programme will include Paweł Łukaszewski's Piano Trio, as well as Joseph Haydn's Piano Trio in G major "Gypsy" and Felix Mendelssohn's Trio in C minor, Op. 66 No. 2.

The series of concerts "Classics Across Poland" is financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport. The project is caried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

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Lusławice | Concert marathon as part of the "Emanacje" festival

LuslawiceA concert marathon will take place on 21-25 July 2021 at 7.00 p.m. as part of the "Emanacje" festival at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music!

Jazz music as part of the Seifert Jazz Days (The Owl, RGG, Dawid Lubowicz Quartet, EABS), a Chopin recital by Zuzanna Pietrzak and a choral music concert performed by Cracow Singers. The richness of styles and performance diversity, an interesting repertoire, as well as unique artists will provide unusual experience during Lusławice meetings with live music.

The marathon programme includes, among others, Totus tuus by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Niech Jezus Chrystus from Six Kurpie Songs by Karol Szymanowski and O gloriosa Virginum and Agnus Dei from Missa brevis by Krzysztof Penderecki.

The height of summer is the perfect time to visit the Lusławice park, the arboretum and the multimedia exhibition located in the Centre. Visiting is possible on all days before the concerts.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information and tickets are available at: www.emanacje.pl 

Katowice | NOSPR Academy – 2021/2022 season

NOSPRThe NOSPR Academy is an original scholarship and mentoring programme that prepares young musicians to play with an orchestra and to function in the realities of the contemporary music market. Recruitment will begin on 15 July 2021 and will continue until 15 September 2021.

It is addressed to violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players between 18 and 30 years of age who want to gain orchestral experience alongside musicians of one of the most renowned Polish symphonic orchestras.

The NOSPR Academy includes individual lessons with NOSPR musicians and the care of mentors – leaders of individual sections of the orchestra. In addition, programme participants will have the opportunity to learn about the organisational functioning of the institution. They will be able to use this knowledge during preparations for the June chamber concert of the "Young Stage" series, which they will be responsible for organising and programming.

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Application Form is available at: https://bit.ly/3wGedp6