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2022 Golden Fryderk Laureates - classical music

The Phonographic Academy has announced the laureates of the Golden Fryderyk 2022 in classical music. This special award for lifetime artistic achievements in 2022 was awarded to: Janusz Olejniczak - one of the most outstanding contemporary pianists and Stanisław Gałoński - a recognized conductor and popularizer of early music.

The prize-giving ceremony will take place on the 22nd of April during the Classical Music Gala.

The Golden Fryderyk is awarded for lifetime achievements to artists who contributed to Polish music culture in a special way. Every year, the Council of the Phonographic Academy present awards in the categories of popular, jazz and classical music.

The Golden Fryderyk award in the classical music category has been so far awarded to: Agnieszka Duczmal, Jan Ekier, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Jacek Kaspszyk, Wojciech Kilar, Kazimierz Kord, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Bernard Ładysz, Jan Łukaszewski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Ewa Michnik , Piotr Paleczny, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jadwiga Rappé, Władysław Szpilman, Antoni Wit and Krystian Zimerman.

The organizers of the event are the Union of Audio Video Producers and the Phonographic Academy.

After the note of Katarzyna Kowalewska

More: https://fryderyki.prowly.com/186301-laureaci-zlotych-fryderykow-2022-muzyka-powazna 

Warsaw | Extraordinary symphonic concert: Kyiv Symphony Orchestra, Luigi Gaggero and Janusz Wawrowski

The Concert Hall of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw will become the venue for an extraordinary symphonic concert on the 21st of April 2022 at 7 p.m.:  the musicians of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra begin their European tour. The orchestra conducted by Luigi Gagger will perform works by Ukrainian composers: Maksim Berezowski, Myrosław Skoryk and Borys Latoszynski. The evening will be graced by the reknown Polish violinist Janusz Wawrowski as a soloist. The concert will be broadcasted by Programme 2 of the Polish Radio.

A group of over 100 musicians, orchestra employees and their families came to Poland in cooperation with the National Philharmonic and the National Institute of Music and Dance to prepare here to perform for the first time since the beginning of the war. Meeting with the audience of the European Union, the musicians will talk about their struggle for independence and the tragedy of those who died. The musicians, who served in the Territorial Defense Forces and worked as volunteers, obtained special permission from the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Information Policy and the Ministry of Defense to leave the country. Thanks to the decision both women and men set off on a journey during which they will play, among others in Łódź, Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden.

They will perform under the direction of Luigi Gagger, who has been running the Kiev Symphony Orchestra as the main conductor since 2018. The concert will feature works presenting Ukrainian orchestral music - from its beginnings in the 1770s to 20th century masterpieces and will include some Polish accents. Janusz Wawrowski will perform Fantaisie Brillante sur des Motifs de L’opéra "Faust" de Gounod, Op. 20 by Henryk Wieniawski for violin and orchestra.

The stay of the musicians in Poland is organized by the National Philharmonic and the National Institute of Music and Dance, and financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
The National Institute of Music and Dance also provides the musicians with psychological support.

Tickets for the concerts can be purchased at the box offices and online on the websites of the National Philharmonic and the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź.

More: https://nimit.pl/aktualnosci/muzycy-z-kijowa-sa-juz-w-polsce/

Wroclaw | For the beginning and the end of time

During the concert on the 21th April 2022 at 7 p.m. two quartets by Zygmunt Krauze and Olivier Messiaen will be performed at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław by instrumentalists: Annelien Van Wauwe, Radosław Pujanek, Benedict Klöckner and José Gallardo. Works related to deep personal experiences take a special place both in the biographies of composers and in the entire history of music.

Quatuor pour la naissance for clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Zygmunt Krauze was written in special circumstances - its composition was inspired by the birth of the son of the composer. The premiere of the work took place in 1985 in Paris. Since then the work has appeared frequently in the repertoire alongside the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time created over forty years earlier.

Quatuor pour la fin du temps is one of the greatest musical works of the twentieth century and at the same time it is one of the most important achievements of Messiaen who composed the quartet in the winter of 1940 and 1941, while being imprisoned in the German Stalag VIII A camp in Görlitz. 

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Center POLMIC.

More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl 

Warsaw | Meeting with Teresa Bochwic, author of the book 'In the rhythm of Poland. Witold Rudziński - the artist's life (1913-2004)'

The Department of Music Theory at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and  the Polish Music Edition cordially invite you to a promotional meeting with Teresa Bochwic, author of the book In the rhythm of Poland. Witold Rudziński - the artist's life (1913-2004) which will take place on the 23rd of April 2022 in the Karol Szymanowski Hall in the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music at 12.00 o’clock.

The meeting will be chaired by Prof. Maria Pokrzywińska, Prof. Alicja Gronau-Osińska and Agnieszka Muszyńska-Andrejczyk.

In the artistic part of the meeting compositions by Witold Rudziński will be performed: 1st  movement of the Polish Suite for piano by Prof. Marcin Łukaszewski and Variations and Fugue for percussion performed by Leszek Lorent.

During the meeting the book will be available at a promotional price!

Read more: Warsaw | Meeting with Teresa Bochwic, author of the book 'In the rhythm of Poland. Witold...

'Wanda' - premiere of music play of Radio Cracow and Polish Music Edition

On the 18th of April n Easter Monday at 19.05 p.m. premiere a premiere of music play Wanda, based on the opera by Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa will take place. The director of the play is Anna Wieczur, and Jerzy Trela will perform the main role. Wanda is a joint production of Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne and Radio Kraków. 

The premiere of Wanda is one of the most important events of the Norwid Year at Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne. The award-winning director Anna Wieczur uses opera music composed by Wnuk-Nazarowa, but tells her own story based on the original Norwid text. 

Extremely important for play’s radio concept was the combination of Norwid's original text with music. The sound space relates to the setting of the action and creates a realistic layer of the story. The play was acoustically produced by Wojciech Gruszka, co-creator of many radio plays awarded at the Two Theaters Festival.


After the note of Karolina Grysiak

Warsaw | 'Polish Music Scene': Cracow Golden Quintet

On the 19th of April 2022 at 10 a.m. at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the Cracow Golden Quintet will perform as part of the ‘Polish Music Scene’ programme, co-organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance and Philharmonics throughout Poland.

The programme of the concert will include Mini-Quintetto of Józef Świder for flute, oboe, clarnet, bassoon and horn, Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz’s Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, quintets for wind instruments by Grażyna Bacewicz and Tadeusz Szeligowski.

More: https://nimit.pl/wydarzenia/cracow-golden-quintet-scena-muzyki-polskiej-2/ 

Young Musician of the Year 2022 in TVP Kultura in April

10 young adepts of musical art were qualified to the semi-finals of the Young Musician of the Year 2022 competition. The semi-final struggles of young artists will be broadcast on TVP Kultura on the 17th and 24th of April 2022.  The final of the competition will be held on the 2nd of May at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. Tickets for the gala ceremony will be available from the 6th of April.

A jury will select five finalists. The winner of the competition will represent Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest for Young Musicians in Montpellier.

The aim of the nationwide competition for the best musician playing one of the classical instruments is to promote young talents - students of secondary music schools and at the same time to encourage them to improve their skills in playing the instrument.

The co-organizers of this year's edition of the Young Musician of the Year competition are the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage together with the National Institute of Music and Dance and TVP Kultura.

Press release

More: https://nimit.pl/aktualnosci/mlody-muzyk-roku-2022-w-kwietniu-na-antenie-tvp-kultura/

Online concert for Ukraine

On the 16th of April 2022 at 3:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PST) on The Violin Channel Cleveland Institute of Music, Colburn School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, New World Symphony, Royal Conservatory of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music will present an online charity concert featuring their young artists. Music of Mieczysław Wajnberg will be performed among others.

Young artists from eight institutions will take part in an online concert. The author of the concept is Midori - the famous violinist and teacher.

During the concert fundraising for organizations providing humanitarian aid and organizing medical care for Ukrainians will take place.

The program includes performances by Improvisation Klezmer Ensemble, San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Roots, Jazz and American Music (RJAM) and Colburn School's Ziering-Conlon Initative for Recovered Voices dedicated to the presentation of works by composers persecuted by the Nazi regime.

Works by Schubert, Bartók, Taffanel, Skoryka and Popper will also be performed during the event.

Source: https://theviolinchannel.com/north-american-conservatories-to-host-benefit-concert-for-ukraine/ 

Winners of the 2nd National Competition of Duets with Piano in Gdańsk

On the 13th of April 2022, during the Concert of Laureates of the 2nd National Competition of Duets with Piano the results and awards were announced. The Winners' concert is available on the organizer's YouTube channel.

In group I: the 1st prize (in the amount of PLN 4,000) went to the duo Hanna Pozorska and Kacper Kukliński, 2nd prize - not awarded, 3rd prize (in the amount of PLN 1,000) went to the duo Julian Weilandt and Jakub Drabiński. The award (PLN 500), funded by the Lotos Foundation, was awarded to the duo Alicja Rydel and Alicja Leczkowska.

In group II: 1st prize (in the amount of PLN 10,000) went to the duo Jan Lewandowski and Piotr Pawlak, 2nd prize (in the amount of PLN 6,000) funded by the Mayor of Gdynia was awarded to the duo Piotr Thieu-Quang and Paweł Popko.

 3rd prize (in the amount of PLN 3,000) funded by the Mayor of Gdynia was awarded to the duo Justyna Bujak and Jan-Kanty Mikosz. The 1st degree distinction in the amount of PLN 2,000, funded by the Lotos Foundation, was awarded to the duo Sylwia Ziółkowska and Jacek Bies. Second degree awards in the amount of PLN 1,000 were awarded to duets: Alicja Olekszak and Tomasz Białynicki-Birula, Emilia Maria Jarocka and Julia Łozowska, Oliwia Filipczak and Michalina Zasada, Jakub Wydrzyński and Szymon Orliński.

A special prize of PLN 2,000 funded by the Lotos Foundation for the best performance of an obligatory piece from the Baroque or Classicism era was also awarded to the duo Piotr Thieu-Quang and Paweł Popko. The remaining awards and distinctions were funded by the Rector, Prof. Ryszard Minkiewicz.

Congratulations to all Laureates!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Detailed information: https://amuz.gda.pl/wydarzenia/ii-ogolnopolski-konkurs-duetow-z-fortepianem,674