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Gdańsk | Accordion Variations – World Accordion Day


On May 15, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. in the Theatre Hall of the Faculty of Philology at the Gdańsk University there will be a concert entitled "Accordion Variations – World Accordion Day in Gdańsk".

The concert is organized on the initiative of the Accordionists' Academic Circle at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. Professor Elżbieta Rosińska will talk about the history of the World Accordion Day. The programme of the concert will include both compositions originally written for the accordion and transcriptions. We will listen to works by Mikołaj Majkusiak, Krzysztof Olczak, Krzysztof Penderecki and others.

Prominent young accordionists from different academic institutions in Poland and Europe will come to Gdańsk at the invitation of the organisers, among them Sara Wienczek, Konrad Nowakowski, Bartosz Kołsut and Paweł Sławiński. Students and graduates of Gdańsk accordion class (Paweł Ratajek and Maciej Kacprzak) and pupils from Gdańsk music schools (Błażej Reiter) will also perform during the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://ack.ug.edu.pl/events/akordeonowe-wariacje-world-accordion-day-w-gdansku/ 

Białystok | 38th International Festival of Orthodox Church Music „Hajnówka”


On 15-19 May 2019, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok will host the 38th International Festival of Orthodox Music "Hajnówka".

The event, which has been held since 1982, is the largest church music festival in Poland. The aim of the Festival is to present the great artistic and spiritual values of Orthodox Church music. In 1995, the Ministry of Culture proclaimed it as having the 0th category, thus putting the festival on a par with the Chopin Competition and the International Festival of Contemporary Music „Warsaw Autumn”. Every year, the festival gathers choirs from around the world. This year's auditions will be attended by 27 ensembles from 11 countries: Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Russia, Estonia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Serbia, Poland and Ghana.

The choristers are evaluated by an international jury composed of the most distinguished composers and church conductors. For many years the jury has been led by Romuald Twardowski – an outstanding Polish composer and teacher. His works will also be included in the competition programme. The concerts will take place not only in Bialystok, but also in other cities. This year, participants of the Festival will perform in as many as 20 cities: Warsaw, Legionowo, Sokole, Narwia, Hajnówka, Bielsko Podlaski, Wasilków, Michałów, Krynki, Białowieża, Ciechanowiec, Sejny, Szczuczyn, Studzianki, Zduńska Wola, Krasnystaw, Orla, Augustów, Mielnik and Dąbrowa Białostocka.

The Festival is held under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda as well as the Artistic Patronage of Krzysztof Penderecki, the Polish Composers' Union and the President of the City of Białystok.

More information at: http://festiwal-hajnowka.pl/ 

Krakow | 12th Film Music Festival

FMF12th Edition of the Krakow Film Music Festival will be hale on May 14-21, 2019.

The Krakow Film Music Festival (FMF), organised by the Krakow Festival Office and RMF Classic, is a captivating showcase of the highest quality musical interpretations of the moving image and one of the most important festivals in the world of film music. Performed by leading musicians and orchestras in Europe and the world, the festival provides a unique concert experience by setting it to live screenings of the world’s most spectacular films. FMF is an important industry event, the sight of international and Polish premieres, which often take place in the presence of world-class directors and composers.This year's special guest of the Festival will be Alexandre Desplat.

The inauguration concert in the Gothic church of St. Catherine de Alexandria will feature the most beautiful film music in choir arrangements performed by the Pro Musica Mundi ensemble under the direction of Wiesław Delimat. The programme will include Agnus Dei by Wojciech Kilar from the so-called "small mass", composed for the German historical television series King of the Last Days of Tom Toelle. The world premiere of the live in concert version of Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Wojciech Kilar's music will take place on May 15. "Dracula live in Concert" is a co-production of two friendly festivals – FMF and FIMUCITÉ.

On May 16, during the concert "Scoring4Polish Directors", the organisers will award two prizes: for the Polish Soundtrack of the Year (for the first time in FMF's history) and Young Talent Award. The concert will feature music by Wojciech Kilar as well as by Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz, Marcin Masecki, Bartosz Chajdecki and the winner of the Young Talent Award. On May 19, during the FMF Gala "The Galmorous Show", composer Craig Armstrong will receive the Wojciech Kilar Award.

The Festival programme also includes the Audiovisual Forum – master classes, panel discussions and meetings with renowned composers.

Full programme available at: http://fmf.fm/ 

Poznań | Premieres from New York


The Poznań Philharmonic invites you to a concert at the Adam Mickiewicz University Auditorium on May 17, 2019 at 7.00 pm, featuring the world premiere of Ignat Waghalter's work.

The 477th Poznań concert entitled "Premieres from New York" will premiere New World Suite by Ignatz Waghalter reconstructed by Alexander Walker. Waghlater was a Polish-German composer and conductor of Jewish origin who emigrated to the United States before World War II. Similar to other less known Polish-Jewish composer Karol Rathaus, he found refuge in New York.The concert will also include Poznań premiere of Rathaus' Piano Concerto performed by Daniel Wnukowski. The Orchestra of the Poznań Philharmonic will be conducted by Ariel Zuckermann.

The Poznań concert will be recorded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and retransmitted on May 28 at 8.00 pm.

The event is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://www.filharmoniapoznanska.pl/ 

Gdańsk Music Festival 2019


The Gdańsk Music Festival, organized by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre and Radio Gdańsk, will be held on May 18-25, 2019.

The festival is a continuation of a project that started in 2008. The programme of each edition is defined by a leading theme or a figure of the Artist in Residence. The festival also celebrates important anniversaries. The 2019 edition is dominated by both contemporary and historical pianos.

The soloist of the inauguration concert will be an excellent German pianist nominated for the Grammy Award and the winner of the Gramophone Award – Joseph Moog. The Artur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Paweł Przytocki will perform among others Overture in E flat major, Op. 115 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski. On May 22, there will be a chamber "Polish Concert" featuring works by Andrzej Panufnik and Ludomir Różycki. Gidon Kremer TRIO will present works by Mieczysław Weinberg on May 23.The soloist of the symphonic concert on May 24 will be a world-famous pianist from Finland – Juho Pohjonen, who will perform with the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra. The final concert will feature Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz and Korean violinist Bomsori Kim who will perform among others Sonata in D minor for violin and piano, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski.

The Festival will exhibit historical Pleyel and Erard pianos. Krzysztof Książek, the winner of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, and Tobias Koch, a juror of this competition, will play on these instruments Polish romantic repertoire.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.gdanskifestiwal.pl 

Results of the 5th Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers' Competition

Sopot Classic

We know the results of the 5th Krzysztof Penderecki International Composer's Competition The subject of this year's Competition was a piece for string orchestra.

The Competition was organized as part of the 9th NDI Sopot Classic Festival. The jury composed of Krzysztof Meyer (chairman), Daniel Cichy, Jerzy Kornowicz, Paweł Łukaszewski and Monika Cybulska (secretary of the competition), after getting acquainted with all the compositions submitted for the Competition, decided to award:

First prize to Andrzej Ojczenasz for Tech-uniques, 2nd prize to Krystian Neścior for Nello sfondo Della Vita..., 3rd prize to Klaudia Rabiega for Music for 16 string instruments. Honorable mentions were awarded to Aleksandra Chmielewska for SISYPHUS and Roman Czura for Color. Darkness. Light.

The awards gala will take place during the Polish Music Concert on August 2, 2019 at 7.30 pm in the church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Star of the Sea in Sopot.

More information at: http://sopotclassic.pl/ 

Winners of the 10th Moniuszko Competition


Jury of the 10th Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition awarded 9 statutory prizes and 28 special prizes!

The first prize of the jubilee edition of the competition went to Maria Motolygina from Russia. The winners of the competition were also Slávká Zamečníková, Long Long, Ruslana Koval, Gihoon Kim and Piotr Buszewski. Slávká Zamečníková was invited to participate in the upcoming Festival of Polish Music in Krakow. Tenor from China Long Long was also honored with the Polish Radio Award (invitation to record with the Polish Radio Orchestra) and the Maria Fołtyn Award for the best performance of a piece by Moniuszko.

A great number of awards went to the Polish singer Piotr Buszewski: the Polish Television Prize, an invitation to participate in the 24th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, the Audience Prize, the Bogusław Kaczyński Prize for the best Polish singer, and the Jerzy Semkow Sinfonia Iuventus Prize. Together with Monika Buczkowska, he also received the Karol Namysłowski Symphony Orchestra Prize and the Stanisław Moniuszko Koszalin Philharmonic Prize. Monika Buczkowska was also awarded the Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Prize for the most promising Polish voice and she was invited to participate in the Krakow Chamber Opera performance.

Other Polish finalists also received special prizes. Hubert Zapiór received the prestigious "Presto" Magazine Prize (one year’s PR services) and the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Prize; Jan Żądło – the award for the best performance of Mieczysław Weinberg's song; Alina Adamski – the PWM Edition Prize for the most beautiful performance of a Polish song from the 20th/21st century; Aleksandra Nowakowski – the invitation to participate in the International Opera Gala ending the Moniuszko Inspiration! Festival); Paweł Trojak – the invitation to participate in the Moscow Festival "New Opera World 2019".

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://teatrwielki.pl/dzialalnosc/konkurs-moniuszkowski/laureaci-x-konkursu/ 

Zbigniew Rudziński has passed away

Rudziński Zbigniew

Polish composer Zbigniew Rudziński – a great pedagouge, a long-time lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and a member of the Polish Composers' Union, died on 9th May 2019.

Zbigniew Rudziński was a student of Piotr Perkowski and Nadia Boulanger. He began his career as director of the music department at the Warsaw Documentary Film Studio, where he worked in 1962-68. Since 1973, he has taught composition at the Warsaw Academy of Music (from 1975 – as an associate professor, from 1989 – as a professor). In 1980-81, he was also a dean of the Faculty of Composition, while in 1981-84, he was a vice-rector of the Warsaw university. He has given lectures at the International Conference on New Musical Notation at State University Ghent in Belgium (1974), International Seminar for Composers in Ohrid, Yugoslavia (1975), International Summer Composition Courses (1977 – Venice, 1978 – Olsztyn, 1979 – Kazimierz), Internationales Jugend Festspieltreffen in Bayreuth, Germany (1983-89), Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki (1987), Royal Academy of Music in London (1990), and Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea (1993, 1996, 2000-2005). Between 1983 and 1989, he was a director of Composer's Workshop in Bayreuth. He was a guest lecturer at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (1987), the Royal Academy of Music in London (1990) and in Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea (1993, 1996, 2000-2005). His works were performed in Poland and abroad, including Prague, London, Stockholm, Helsinki, Bonn, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, and Seoul.

In 1962, he joined the Polish Composers' Union. In 1968-80, he was a member of its Board of Directors, in 1981-82 – the treasurer, and in 1985-86 – the general secretary of the union. 

In recognition of his achievements in composition, Zbigniew Rudziński has received many awards, among others, the Silver Cross of Merit (1975), the Award of the Ministry of Culture and Art for his achievements in pedagogy (1979, 1985), and the Prime Minister’s Award for his works for children and youth (1986).

Zbigniew Rudziński's funeral will take place on 15th May (Wednesday) at 1.00 p.m. in the Saint Karol Boromeusz Church at the Old Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw.

Lublin | 23rd Witold Lutosławski Forum


The 23rd Witold Lutosławski Forum of Contemporary Art will take place on May 13-19, 2019 at the Henryk Wieniawski Philharmonicin Lublin.

Seven concerts are planned as part of the Forum (two solo, four chamber and one symphonic), referring to the death anniversaries of the outstanding Polish composers: the 25th anniversary of Witold Lutosławski, the 15th anniversary of Marek Stachowski and the 170th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin. This year is also the 105th birth anniversary of Andrzej Panufnik, the 60th birthday of Mariusz Dubaj and Jerzy Kornowicz, composers associated with Lublin, the 70th anniversary of the Lublin Miracle in the Lublin Archcathedral, and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Lublin Branch of the Polish Composers' Union.

The Forum will be inaugurated by a concert "Contemporary music of Lublin composers", featuring music by Andrzej Nikodemowicz, Krzesimir Dębski, Jerzy Kornowicz as well as premiers of works by Mieczysław Mazurek and Mariusz Dubaj. The programme of the lectures – concerts for children and teenagers "Music and art – two daughters of one God" on May 15 will include works by Mariusz Dubaj inspired by paintings by Joanna Brześcińska-Riccio, as well as compositions by Mariusz Drzewiński and Krzysztof Szymanowicz.

A special event will be the symphony concert on May 17, "Masterpieces of Contemporary Symphonic Music". The Symphony Orchestra of the Lublin Philharmonic under the baton of Jerzy Swoboda will present Sinfonia sacra by Andrzej Panufnik, Choreia by Marek Stachowski (first performance in Lublin), Symphony No. 4 by Witold Lutosławski, and Piano Concerto by Stefan Kisielewski with the solo part performed by a world-famous pianist Marek Drewnowski.

The new competition of this year's Lublin Forum is the First Lublin Composers Composing Competition for Children and Youth directed at students of music schools in Lublin and the Lublin region. A concert of the winners of the Competition will take place on May 19.

Full programme available at: http://filharmonialubelska.pl/pl,0,s284,forum_witolda_lutoslawskiego_most.html