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Orient, Piano and Scheherazade

Arcydzieła na fortepianOriental influences in Karol Szymanowski’s ouvre will become the main theme of another concert of the cycle "Piano Masterpieces". On February 4, 2016 Kaja Kosowska will perform his Masks in the Mazovia Culture Institute in Warsaw.

In 1914 Karol Szymanowski made a journey to North Africa, which proved very important for his artistic development as some of his later works were influenced by exotic cultures. The first part of the Masks cycle titled Scheherazade gave an impulse to present the subject, as a result of which Prof. Katarzyna Pachniak (head of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Warsaw) will give a lecture on famous collection One Thousand and One Nights.

More information: www.mik.waw.pl

Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe - Scholarship Competition 2016

Konkurs YAMAHA 2016The final selection for the YMFE-Scholarship Competition in the "string instruments" category will be held on February 8, 2016 in the Stefan Stuligrosz Hall at the Academy of Music in Poznań (10.00 am-12.30 pm and 1.30-3.45 pm). The results will be announced at 5.00 pm, while the laureates’ concert will begin at 6.00 pm.

Presentations of the pre-selected candidates will be evaluated by the jury:
Prof. Łukasz Błaszczyk (Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź)
Prof. Mariusz Derewecki (Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań)
Prof. Zdzisław Łapiński (Academy of Music in Krakow)
Prof. Piotr Reichert (Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw)
Prof. Leszek Sokołowski (Białystok Campus of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw).

The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe (YMFE) is a European non-profit making charity that – above all – is dedicated to supporting talented music students in Europe. Since 1990, YMFE has awarded scholarships worth more than 1 million EUR to over 900 outstanding young musicians all over Europe in various disciplines including brass and/or woodwind, piano, strings, percussion and vocal.

The YMFE-Scholarship Competition is open to full-time music students of any nationality not older than 25 years at the time of the application. Each Scholarship has a value of 1.000,00 EUR to 2.000,00 EUR, depending on the country where the applicant is studying. The Scholarship covers one year and the money may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of studies. The basis for this evaluation is an initial round from a recorded performance, followed by a live performance at the final selection. Selection Committees comprising senior figures from the world of music will select the most suitable applicants.

Source: www.europe.yamaha.com

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Stravinsky, Bach, Mykietyn

Benjamin ShwartzNFM Symphony Orchestra will perform compositions by Paweł Mykietyn, Johann Sebastian Bach and Igor Stravinsky on January 29, 2016 at 7.30 pm in the Warsaw Philharmonic.

Igor Stravinsky - Le chant du rossignol
Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV 1041
Johann Sebastian Bach - Ricercar from Musikalisches Opfer BWV 1079 (arr. A. Webern)
Paweł Mykietyn - Symphony No. 2

Henning Kraggerud - violin
Benjamin Shwartz - conductor
NFM Symphony Orchestra

Tickets available at: www.filharmonia.pl

Teresa Żylis-Gara’s Birthday Concert

Pracownia prof. M. KoniecznegoA special concert organized on the occasion of Teresa Żylis-Gara’s birthday will be held on January 30, 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Radziejowice Palace.

Polish operatic soprano, whose career reached international fame from the 1950s through the 1990s, became known mostly for her performances in roles written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, and Giuseppe Verdi. She performed in several prestigious venues, including Covent Garden, La Scala, and Metropolitan Opera. For many years she has been active as a teacher and organizer of the vocal masterclass in Radziejowice.

The concert will be performed by the masterclass’ participants and a special guest – pianist Janusz Olejniczak.

Christmas Carol Concert in the Warsaw Rising Museum

Muzyka pod liberatorem"Musica Sacra" Warsaw-Praga Cathedral Choir conducted by Paweł Łukaszwski will give a concert on January 27, 2016 at 7.00 in the Warsaw Rising Museum.

The artists will present carols and religious compositions arranged for female choir by Paweł Łukaszewski, including Ave Maria, gratia plena (2011), Missa brevis (2015), In Paradisum, Pie Jesu (2014), Laudate Dominum (2009) and other works. The organ part will be performed by Łukasz Farcinkiewicz.

Organizers: Warsaw Rising Museum, Polish Radio Programme 2 and PWM Edition.

Admission free.

Festival ”Chopin and his Europe” 2016

12. Festiwal The Chopin Institute, organizer of "Chopin and his Europe", revealed the programme of this year’s edition of the Festival entitled From Italy to Poland: From Mozart to Bellini, which will be held in August 15-31, 2016.

The 12th edition of the Festival is the next in a series of confrontations between the music of Chopin and that of the composers closest to his heart – Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Bellini, Jírovec; it also traces the various influences on Chopin’s music, as well as that of Chopin’s music on the works of other composers; it features Chopin’s favorite musical genres – opera, art song, concerto, chamber music; finally, it showcases a phenomenon popular in the 19th century, consisting of arrangements, paraphrases and variations on the themes of the best-known works from that era. A great wealth of various performances styles – especially of music by the festival’s patron – will be heard in the interpretations of laureates of the most recent Chopin Competition, both on Steinways and Yamahas, and on Erards, Pleyels and Broadwoods.

The ticket sale will start on February 1, 2016.
Tickets available at: www.bilety.nifc.pl and the Chopin Museum’s box offices.

Source: www.chopin.nifc.pl 
See: Festival’s programme

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Premiere of Marcin Gumiela’s composition

SacrofilmConcerto for Accordion and Orchestra by Marcin Gumiela will be premiered at the opening of the 21st Days of Religious Film "Sacrofilm" on January 30, 2016 in the Film Culture Centre "Stylowy" in Zamość.

The new composition, as well as music (performed live) to Robert Wichrowski’s documentary film Ostatnia Droga (The Last Road), will be presented by the Karol Namysłowski Symphony Orchestra under Tadeusz Wicherek. Accordionist Stanisław Miłek will perform concerto’s solo part.

The concert is co-organized and co-financed by the Institute of Music and Dance (programme ”Conductor-in-residence” and ”Composer-in-residence”)

Admission free (booking free tickets required).

Michail Jurowski conducts Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra

Emocjonalizm i potęga patosuPolish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of Michail Jurowski will give a special concert on February 11, 2016 in the Warsaw Philharmonic. It will be the conductor’s 1st performance with the Orchestra and the 1st appearance at the Warsaw Philharmonic’s stage.

The conductor grew up in a musically endowed family, surrounded by such great artists as David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pavel Kogan, Emil Gilels and Aram Khachaturian. One of his family’s close friends was Dmitri Shostakovich, who used to play four-hand piano pieces with Michail. It is not surprising, therefore, that today Michail Jurowski is one of the leading interpreters of Shostakovich’s music. In 2012, he was awarded the third International Shostakovich Prize by the "Shostakovich Gohrisch" Foundation.
Throughout his career, the artist successfully conducted both symphony and opera orchestras. He worked with the most acclaimed orchestras across Europe and all over the world, including the Bolshoi Theatre, Komische Oper Berlin, WDR Rundfunkorchester in Cologne, the Opera in Leipzig, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic and Staatskapelle Dresden, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the São Paulo Philharmonic Orchestra and Stavanger Philharmonic Orchestra.

Konrad Skolarski – piano
Michail Jurowski – conductor
Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109

Tickets available on-line (www.filharmonia.pl, www.bilety24.pl) and at the Warsaw Philharmonic box office.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Antoni Wit conducts NOSPR

Anotni WitAntoni Wit, director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in 1983-2000, after a long break will reunite with the Orchestra on stage during the concert on January 22, 2016 in Katowice.

Richard Wagner – Ouverture to Tannhäuser
Mieczysław Karłowicz – Stanisław and Anna Oświecimowie, Op. 12
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherezade, Op. 35

The violin solo part will be performed by Piotr Tarcholik - the orchestra’s concertmaster.

Live broadcast will be available at Polish Radio Programme 2.