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Children's Art Centre in Poznań deposited scores to POLMIC

logotyp Centrum Sztuki Dziecka Based on the cooperation agreement between the Children's Art Center in Poznań and the Polish Composers' Union, the archive of the Poznań institution is now available at the Polish Music Information Center POLMIC website.

Children's Art Centre in Poznań is a culture institution controlled by the local government. It has been in operation for almost 30 years. It runs diverse and interdisciplinary initiatives in the area of art for children and teenagers. Its objectives are to inspire the creation of professional culture for children, to promote and spread the word about valuable trends in art and to popularize and support the development of innovative methods of cultural education. The Centre's statute tasks include the organization of the Biennial of Art for Children and the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! as well as the execution of educational and artistic projects.

The Centre has pioneered many cultural initiatives. It understands its mission on a variety of levels: inspiring academic debates, organizing artists' meetings, producing theatre plays, organizing multiple workshops: for visual arts, music, theatre and film. It is active as a publisher: “New Drama for Children and Teenagers” and a series of books “Art and Child”. The Centre organizes the only interdisciplinary art festival for children – the Biennial of Art for Children and the largest film festival for children and teenagers – the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!

Within several decades of activity, the Centre commissioned and collected in its archive a valuable collection of works for children by contemporary Polish composers. They are intended to be performed by professional musicians (most items) or with the participation of children in the audience (numerous items), and even by the children themselves (several items). They were created primarily for the needs of the series of contemporary music concerts for children entitled "Music and Fun", hosted in the years 1987-2015 by Hanna Gawrońska.

Under the cooperation agreement between the Polish Composers' Union and the Children's Art Centre in Poznań, the collected music materials and – in some cases –CDs were deposited and made available to readers in the Polish Composers' Union Library – Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC. The Children's Art Centre in Poznań remains the copyright owner of the compositions and scores and one should notify the intitution in order to purchase or rent materials.


The best concerts and interviews with Polish conductors and soloists in the "Dwójka’s Philharmonic"


Polish Radio Channel 2, as part of the “Dwójka’s Philharmonic” ("Filharmonia Dwójki") programme, offers its listeners six musical evenings per week. From Monday to Friday at 7.00 p.m., and on Sundays at 6.00 p.m., we will listen to concerts preceded by short interviews with their conductors and soloists.

"Dwójka’s Philharmonic" is the largest "concert hall" in the country. Almost every day it presents concerts from the most prestigious European and world stages as well as the most important events of Polish music festivals. On Thursdays, it is most likely to hear contemporary music. Fridays are reserved for concerts of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Sundays feature concerts of the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw. Polish Radio Channel 2 is the only station that broadcasts concerts of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Sacrum Profanum, Misteria Paschalia, or the "Warsaw Autumn".

Currently, the flagship programme of the Polish Radio Channel 2 features the best concerts performed by Polish artists in order to support them in the times when they are not able to perform in front of the audience. In addition, the station made sure that every musical evening is announced by its performers, conductors or soloists, in the form of telephone interviews.

In the upcoming days, we will listen to, among others, the Inaugural Concert of the 11th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition, which will be preceded by a conversation with cellist Zuzanna Sosnowska (27 April at 7.30 p.m.), and "Polish Music Concert" from the National Philharmonic, during which we will hear Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 17 and Wojciech Kilar’s Missa pro pace (3 May at 6.00 p.m.).


Free support package for musicians and dancers


One of the priority tasks of the Institute of Music and Dance is comprehensive support for musicians and dancers. The current pandemic situation can be difficult in economic, professional, social and psychological terms. To meet the expectations and needs of the community, the Institute of Music and Dance launches a free "support" package for musicians and dancers, which will be available from 21 April 2020.

The package includes:

  • on-line psychological counseling provided by psychologists who work with people of artistic professions and have competencies in this area of ​​cultural activity;
  • on-line legal advice in matters arising from the pandemic situation regarding artistic or professional work provided by lawyers cooperating with the Institute of Music and Dance;
  • on-line database of useful links to scholarship, grant and social programmes, offering possibilities to obtain financial support for artists in the times of pandemic.

More information at: https://imit.org.pl/ 

Online Sundays with Mieczysław Karłowicz


PWM Edition opens its archives to all those thirsty for music. On Sunday evenings the institution will premiere video materials presenting the work and figure of Mieczysław Karłowicz on it's YouTube channel.

On the 140th anniversary of the birth of Mieczysław Karłowicz PWM Edition initiated a project "Let's play Karłowicz", which included a series of concerts featuring Karłowicz’s music, performed throughout Poland. The project was inaugurated on 2 December 2016 at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin.

The inaugural concert, recorded by PWM Edition in cooperation with the Philharmonic in Szczecin and TVP S.A., will have its online premiere on 3 May 2020 at 7 p.m. on the PWM Edition YouTube channel. In addition to Stanisław and Anna Oświecim and A Sorrowful Tale symphonic poems, performed by the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Rune Bergmann, the concert also features selected Karłowicz's songs arranged for soprano, big band and orchestra.

A week before, on 26 April at 7 p.m., an online premiere of a documentary film about the composer will be held on the PWM Edition YouTube channel. Mieczysław Karłowicz – Lonely Wanderer, directed by Tomasz Knittel and produced by PWM Edition in cooperation with TVP S.A., was awarded with the Silver Pegasus at the 22nd Art Films Review in Zakopane.

Moreover, fragments of the awarded PWM Edition publication with Karłowicz's photographs of Tatra mountains (Widok piękny bez zastrzeżeń. Fotografia tatrzańska Mieczysława Karłowicza) will be available at the institution's profile on the ISSUU platform on 22 April.

More information at: www.pwm.com.pl 

Sound Chronicle of the 61st “Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music


The Sound Chronicle of the 61st "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music, which took place in September 2018, is available on audio compact discs as a non-commercial promotional edition.

The Chronicle consists of ten CDs. Traditionally, the last CD in the set has been dedicated to the youngest composers. The CD No. 10 presents pieces from two concerts organized by the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union as fringe events of the "Warsaw Autumn"; the recorded compositions were selected by the Youth Circle Board.

The other nine CDs, as in previous years, contain selected works performed as part of the main programme of the Festival – by both Polish and foreign composers, in total thirty-two artists. The selection criteria include artistic level of the work and its performance, nad potential problems related to copyright and related rights.

The chronicle is published only for promotional, educational and research purposes. It is not intended for sale. It is provided free of charge to interested institutions and individuals, but due to the very small circulation and large interest, music libraries have priority, where a larger group of people can benefit from each set. If you are interested, please contact the Polish Music Information Center POLMIC (contact: Izabela Zymer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Unfortunately, this is the last available Chronicle of the "Warsaw Autumn". Until now (this paragraph is written in April 2020), the Polish Music Information Center POLMIC has not received funding that would allow publication of the Chronicle of the last year's edition of the Festival. This is a huge loss, not only for the public, but also for artists. Many artists and performers, from Poland and abroad, who have agreed to participate in the project, follow its fate with tension and anxiety. Unfortunately, we must constantly answer that the chronicle is "not yet" published. The same answer is addressed to libraries and other institutions, as well as individual music lovers who were hoping and still counting on receiving new free records with Polish and foreign latest contemporary music.


Live interview with Jakub Fiebig, founder of OnStage mobile app

OnStageThe first ever free live webinar organised by Classical: NEXT, the largest conference for the classical music industry, will be held on 27 April 2020 at 3 p.m.

Overwhelmed by the number of online concerts and digital options available to tune in to? Don't know where to look? Or don't know which one to choose? Jakub Fiebig, founder of the ONSTAGE mobile app, has a solution! Classical:NEXT gets the inside scoop on app that looks to benefit artists, venues, ensembles, educational institutions, festivals and all art music lovers alike.

Join us for an exclusive interview followed by a Q&A session for you to ask your questions directly.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1136995816634702/ 

Ewa Szczecińska invites!


Works by Wojciech Ziemowit Zych as well as the latest Polish accordion music will be featured in the next episodes of the "Nocturne" and "New Poland" programmes hosted by Ewa Szczecińska on Dwójka – Polish Radio Channel 2 on 27 and 28 April 2020.

The "Nocture" programme on 27 April at 11:00 p.m. will present new accordion music composed specially for Polish virtuoso accordionists: Maciej Frąckiewicz and Rafał Łuc. It will feature works by Tomasz Opałka, Cezary Duchnowski, as well as Andrzej Krzanowski, the doyen of Polish accordion music, who died in 1989. The guest of the programme will be Rafał Łuc, who will talk about his work and cooperation with composers. In addition, we will listen to concert music of Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin.

The "New Poland" programme aims at popularizing Polish music by presenting recordings and facts about selected composition accompanied by statements of composers. It is an attempt to select masterpieces of Polish modern music and introduce them to the listeners. 2020 marks the 95th anniversary of Polish Radio, hence the institution's contribution to the creation of musical life in recent decades will be particularly emphasized. The next episode of the programme will be broadcast on 28 April, exceptionally at 9:40 p.m. It will be devoted to the work of Wojciech Ziemowit Zych and his "symphony for percussion and piano quartet" Różnia, written for the Kwadrofonik ensemble and presented for the first time during the "Warsaw Autumn" festival. Is this the opus magnum of the composer? We will find out in the coming days.

Both "Nocturnes" and "New Poland" programmes can be heard on Dwójka's website: https://www.polskieradio.pl/8/740 and https://www.polskieradio.pl/8,Dwojka/8315,Nowa-Polska

Open Call: Polish Composer at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2020


The Adam Mickiewicz Institute once again invites young Polish composers to participate in a competition organized in cooperation with Gaudeamus Muziekweek as part of the "Polska Music" programme. The winner of the competition will have a unique opportunity to take part in the prestigious European festival focused on young composers, which will take place in autumn 2020.

The project is directed at composers with Polish citizenship, born after 1 January 1990. The prize for the selected composer is the commission from IAM for a chamber work for accordion, clarinet and electronics (Duo Roche & Zöllner) or for soprano, saxophone, clarinet and percussion (Ensemble VONK) or percussion instruments (Percussion Group The Hague); duration 7-10 minutes; based on a contract concluded between IAM and the composer; amount of remuneration PLN 4,000 gross. Gaudeamus will organize the rehearsals and workshops with the Duo Zöllner & Roche or Ensemble Vonk or Percussion Group The Hague. IAM will cover travel costs in Europe and accommodation in the Netherlands for the time of rehearsals and workshops as well as the festival.

In order to participate in the project, you should send an electronic submission containing recordings of your own work(s) (in mp3 format) and a short written statement explaining your interest in working with Gaudeamus Muziekweek and Duo Zöllner & Roche or Ensemble Vonk or Percussion Group The Hague.

The application deadline is 23.59 on 1 May 2020. Applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rules and regulations are available at: https://bit.ly/2RVcY3V 

Kraków | Cracow Duo concert #weplayatyourplace

Cracow Duo

A unique concert of the Cracow Duo ensemble Kalinowski & Szlezer will take place at your home on 25 April 2020 at 6:00 p.m., straight from the recording studio of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków.

The teachers of the Kraków Academy of Music will perform works by Polish composers of the 20th century: Nocturne, Op. 30 No. 2 by Ludomir Różycki, Romance sans paroles by Zygmunt Stojowski and Deux Pieces by Aleksander Tansman, as well as Vocal, Op. 34 No. 14 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Edward Elgar, The Swan from Camille Saint-Saëns's The Carnival of  the Animals, and Ave Maria by Astor Piazzolla. The introduction will be given by a musicologist, music critic and pedagogue Mateusz Borkowski.

The organizers of the concert are AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków Philharmonic and Student Government of the Music Academy in Kraków. The event's partners are: DUX, Polish Music Experience, Temida Arts & Business Foundation, "Porta Musicae" Artistic Association and Exert Budownictwo.

The live broadcast will be available on the ensemble's YouTube channel and on the organizers' and partners' Facebook pages.