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10th Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2020 – submit your nomination!


The 10th edition of the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award of the Polish music community has officially started. Nomination forms for candidates can be submitted until 21 September 2020 through the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl in the categories: "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award", as well as in the "Discovery of the Year" category for debuting artists.

Since 2011, the Polish music community has awarded the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award to its most prominent representatives. The event is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. "Coryphaeus" is a distinction for people, groups of artists and institutions operating in the area of ​​Polish music. The award is granted for achievements in the last artistic season, with the exception of the "Honorary Award", which is awarded for overall activity. Applications can be submitted by members of the community.

The winners in the categories "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award" are selected in a secret ballot by the Electoral College. It consists of rectors of music academies and universities, directors of musicology and music institutes, music journalists, representatives of unions and organizations, as well as all winners who have been awarded in all categories. The award in the "Discovery of the Year" category is granted based on the results of open voting from the audience, which will take place between 1 and 6 October at www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

The winners will be announced on 7 November 2020. They will be presented with statuettes designed by Professor Adam Myjak.

The rules and regulations are available at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

Polish Viola Symposium online – free workshops!


The "Zdolni do wszystego" Artists' Association invites you to participate in the Polish Viola Symposium on 1-7 October 2020. Young musicians will have an opportunity to meet online with world-renowned violinists as well as gain inspiration and knowledge for their future creative projects.

Free workshops will be conducted by such famous artists as Paul Neubauer (The Juilliard School, USA), Maxim Rysanov (Great Britain / Ukraine), Isabel Villanueva (La Escuela Superior de Música de Alto Rendimiento / ESMAR /, Spain), Irena Albrecht (former teacher of the Gdańsk Academy of Music), Lech Bałaban (Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz), Ewa Guzowska (Academy of Music in Poznań), Piotr Furmańczyk (graduate of Hochschule für Musik Detmold), Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf and composer Kamil Cieślik (Academy of Music in Gdańsk). Recruitment and registration are obligatory only for workshop candidates.

The programme of the project also includes lectures, talks, Q&A and a concert of participants, featuring the world premiere of a piece composed by Kamil Cieślik especially for this event.

The deadline for applications is 29 September 2020 at 11.59 p.m.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Recruitment and registration at: https://polishviolasymposium.pl/ 

Premiere of Katarzyna Brochocka's opera "To Heaven"


O.to.ja Foundation invites you to the premiere of Katarzyna Brochocka's opera Do nieba [To Heaven]. Thanks to the support of Radio dla Ciebie, the concert premiere will take place on 30 September 2020 at 9.00 p.m. at the Agnieszka Osiecka Music Studio of Polish Radio and will be broadcast live on the Internet so that everyone will be able to participate in the event.

To Heaven is a chamber opera based on a play by Robert Lewandowski entitled Noe. There are five soloists (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass), two pianists and two percussionists. The group of performers will include excellent singers and instrumentalists, as well as the composer herself. Although the opera was written in 2016, the current situation in the world paralyzed by COVID-19 seems to be analogous to that in which the characters of the drama are found. Sudden isolation, confusion, an unpredictable future and the collapse of the current system of values ​​force a redefinition of the present paradigm, perception of oneself and reality. The drama is set in a department store, and the characters represent contemporary social types: a corporate employee, owner of a small business, a pensioner looking for promotions, a 30-year-old man addicted to computer games and a teenager preoccupied with her beauty. How to survive and remain calm and human in the new world? Katarzyna Brochocka's opera serves as a koan here, a story that provokes "great doubt" ...

The premiere will be performed by: Aleksandra Klimczak (soprano), Małgorzata Bartkowska (mezzo-soprano), Zbigniew Malak (tenor), Tomasz Rak (baritone), Tomasz Raff (bass-baritone), Katarzyna Brochocka and Mischa Kozłowski (piano), Michał Niedziałek and Olga He arrived (percussion instruments).

The project was financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the "Culture on the Web" grant programme.

Live broadcast from the Agnieszka Osiecka Music Studio of Polish Radio at:

Online Scientific Conference "Written music – materials and composers' legacies"

Muzyka zapisana

The Music Culture of Pomerania and Kuyavia and Folklore Research Group at the Faculty of Composition, Music Theory and Sound Engineering of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz invites you to the scientific conference "Written music. Materials and Composers' Legacies”, which will be held online from 28 September to 2 October 2020.

Due to the situation caused by COVID-19, this year's conference, organised as part of the Regional Initiative of Excellence project, will have a slightly different character. All events, spread over several days, will be held online. Recorded materials will be available on the Facebook channel of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (https://www.facebook.com/amuzbydgoszcz) and on the website: https://openmusicreview.art/

The first day of the session will be devoted to composers' legacies – the ways of their creation, processing and sharing. Izabela Zymer (Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC) will discuss the problems of archiving contemporary music on the example of materials from the Polish Composers' Union Archive. The second day of the conference will bring together specialists dealing with the oeuvre of Zygmunt Mycielski – we will hear papers on the composer's work, as well as his relationship with Andrzej Panufnik. The third day of the session will be filled with presentations on various types of historical legacies – from materials pertaining to Kazimierz Lubomirski, through valuable collections of polonaises preserved in Toruń, unique prints from the "Hosianum" collection in Olsztyn, to the legacy of Michał Rogowski. The last day of the conference will be devoted to new forms of music notation, including contemporary music notation in works of Raymond Murray Schafer, Hanna Kulenta or Ewa Synowiec.

The programme of the conference will also include accompanying events: meeting with Dr Daniel Cichy, special concert entitled "Inspiring notation, inspiring music" and presentation of the music notation software "Finale without secrets".

Full programme is available at: http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl/wydarzenia/konferencja-naukowa-on-line-muzyka-zapisana-materialy-i-spuscizny-kompozytorskie-2/ 

Warsaw | 11th International Organ Concert Series 2020

Międzynarodowy Cykl Koncertów OrganowychThe 11th International Organ Concert Series in the Evangelical Reformed Parish in Warsaw will last until 20 December 2020. Traditionally, the concerts will be held on the fourth Sunday of each month at 7.00 p.m.

Organ music is inseparably connected with the interior of the church. The Warsaw reformed church fortunately survived the years of wars and now serves the Warsaw congregation not only during Sunday services, but also during cultural events. The historic organ installed in 1900 by the Schlag und Söhne company based in Świdnik is one of the oldest preserved and most valuable instruments of this kind in today's Warsaw. Thanks to the efforts of the Parish, the organ was thoroughly restored in the years 2004-2008 and now we can enjoy its beautiful and noble sound. The artistic director of the project is the organist Michał Markuszewski, PhD Habil., lecturer of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

This year's concert series will feature musicians from seven European countries: Romania, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Slovakia and Poland. The programme of their recitals will include works by representatives of various composition schools, among them outstanding Polish composers, such as Bolesław Szabelski.

The 11th International Organ Concert Series is co-financed by the Capital City of Warsaw. Admission to all concerts is free! Hand disinfection and the use of protective masks is mandatory.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://reformowani.org.pl/koncerty-organowe-all/2020 

Warsaw | Adam Tański's Organ Recitals


"Organofonie warszawskie" is a series of three organ recitals by Adam Tański, which will be performed on the instruments of the Kamiński family of organ builders between 27 September and 18 October 2020 in the churches of Warsaw.

The project was financed by the City of Warsaw as part of the "Mobile in Culture" programme supporting the activities of Warsaw artists. The concerts are intended to draw attention to the heritage of the Warsaw organ building company and the post-war instruments of Warsaw itself, to which the Kamiński's workshop made a significant contribution. The concerts will take place in the Saints Apostles Peter and Paul Church, the Most Pure Heart of Mary Church and the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

The programme will include works by German and French composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, Adam Tański himself, as well as extremely rarely performed organ literature by Polish composers of the 20th century: Grażyna Bacewicz, Jerzy Bauer, and Bernard Pietrzak.

Admission to all concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme is available athttps://www.adamtanski.com/concerts 

County Review of Polish Music

Czas sztuki

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to a series of concerts "County Review of Polish Music". Three different concerts composed of the most beautiful pieces of Polish classical music will be held between 27 September and 8 November 2020.

The first concert will take place on 27 September in the Holy Trinity Church in Latowicz, after the church service at 1 p.m. The Time Quartet will perform chamber works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Grażyna Bacewicz and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The second concert will be held on the same day at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Mrozy at 5.00 p.m. Violinist Maksymilian Grzesiak and pianist Aleksandra Dallali will present virtuoso works by Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

During the last concert on 8 November at 12.00 p.m. in the Church of St. Adalbert the Bishop and Martyr in Jeruzal, soprano Katarzyna Wiwer and organist Zuzanna Bator will perform songs by Stanisław Moniuszko and Fryderyk Chopin.

Co-financed from the budget of the Mińsk County. Free admission!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczassztuki/ 

3rd "Masovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in Mińsk Mazowiecki and Cegłów

MMSBThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you on 26 and 27 September 2020 to the next events of this year's "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in Mińsk Mazowiecki and Cegłów.

MMSBKatarzyna Wiwer (soprano), Joanna Solecka (harpsichord) and Tomasz Ślusarczyk (baroque trumpet) will perform beautiful baroque compositions by Georg Friedrich Handel and Alessandro Scarlatti on 26 September at 7.00 p.m. at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Mińsk Mazowiecki.

The concert entitled "Great Polish Composers" will be held on 27 September at 7.00 p.m. at the 'Kulturoteka" Commune Public Library in Cegłów. The Time Quartet will present the most famous works of Polish composers: Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Grażyna Bacewicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski as well as Polish folk songs arranged for string quartet

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Admission is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczassztuki/ 

Kwidzyn | Kwidzyn September Concerts 2020

Kwidzynskie koncerty

Kwidzyn September Concerts dedicated to contemporary music will be held live and online on 26, 28 and 30 September 2020 as part of the Kwidzyn International Music Festival.

The initiator of the festival is Iwona Glinka, a flautist from Kwidzyn, who collaborates with various European music academies. One of the aspects of her activity is the promotion of classical music among the residents of Kwidzyn city and county. The main idea of ​​the Kwidzyn International Music Festival is the presentation of the most interesting interpretations of music from different periods, as well as portaying artistic phenomena inspired by music. The festival has been awarded the EFFE Label 2019-2020 quality stamp by the European Festivals Association.

Three September concerts will premiere 25 works by composers from 9 countries. The festival will be inaugurated by a concert of the finalists of the "Kwidzyn Classical Award 2020" Composers' Competition. From over 33 works, the jury consisting of: Michail Travlos (Poland / Greece), Aaron Alter (USA), Louis Sauter (France) and Christos Anastassiou (Greece) selected 12 finalists, including 4 from Poland (Andrzej Mozgała, Szymon Borys, Wojciech Chałupka and Paul Kopetz).

The festival will be broadcast on the Facebook profile and on the organiser's Facebook profile.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.