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Polish-Norwegian Concert in Łódź

Koncert muzyków z Polski i NorwegiiRector of the Academy of Music in Łódź, Prof. Cezary Sanecki, as well as the Academy’s teachers and students joined by Norwegian musicians will give a performance on February 17, 2016 in the Concert Hall at 2a Żubardzka St. in Łódź.

Performers:
Cezary Sanecki – piano
Bogumiła Dowlasz – violin I
Dominika Przech – violin II
Dorota Stanisławska – viola
Ole Eirik Ree – cello
String Orchestra PRIMUZ
Telemark Chamber Orchestra
Lars-Erik ter Jung – conductor

Programme:
Grażyna BacewiczPiano Quintet No. 1
Jerzy BauerIntroduction and 3 Prayers for Peace
Jan Erik Mikalsen – Lied for string ensemble
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy– String Symphony in B flat minor, No. 10

Admission free.

Polish-Norwegian concert is one of the events promoting the project "Creating modern concert space and preserving historical and cultural heritage of Łódź by renovation works of Karol Poznański’s Palace", which is being implemented by the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź as part of the programme "Preservation and Revitalisation of Cultural Heritage" Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014 and Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 (www.amuzlodz-eog.pl).
 

Premiere of "Elegy" by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska

Ewa Fabiańska-JelińskaEwa Fabiańska-Jelińska’s Elegy for viola solo will be premiered at the concert of the cycle "Pianists at Paderewski’s" on February 26, 2016 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.

Performers:
Stefan Kamasa – viola
Ewa Guzowska – viola
Małgorzata Sajna-Mataczyńska – piano

Programme:
Ewa Fabiańska-JelińskaElegy for viola solo
Johannes Brahms – Viola Sonata in F minor, Op.120 No. 1; Viola Sonata in E flat major, Op.120 No. 2; 2 Songs for alto, viola and piano, Op. 91 (arr. for 2 violas by S. Kamasa)

Kaja Danczowska and Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Krakow

Jeszcze polska muzykaViolinist Kaja Danczowska and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra will give a concert on February 23, 2016 in the Krakow Philharmonic, which will open the 7th edition of the concert series entitled Polish Music Still Alive…

Performers:
Kaja Danczowska - violin
Beethoven Academy Orchestra
Stanisław Krawczyński - conductor

Programme:
Stanisław Moniuszko - Ouverture The Fairy Tale
Henryk Jan Botor - Violin Concerto
Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

The concert series Jeszcze polska muzyka… (Polish Music Still Alive…), designed to promote forgotten Polish music, is held under the patronage of the Małopolskie Province and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
The next concert will take place on March 9, 2016 in the Małopolskie Culture Centre "Sokół" in Nowy Sącz. The soloist of the evening will be Charles Richard-Hamelin, winner of the 2nd prize at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.

Tickets available on-line at: www.filharmonia.krakow.pl

More information:
www.akademiabeethovenowska.pl

"Torpore" by Artur Kroschel performed in Poznań

Sepia Ensemble - Jan WierzbaArtur Kroschel’s Torpore for 11 performers will be premiered on February 20, 2016 in Aula Nova at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.

Apart from the new composition, Sepia Ensemble under Jan Wierzba will perform Gib uns lange Lachen im kurzen Sommer (2005) by Estonian composer Mari Vihmand and Ondas de Memória (2011) by Portuguese artist Diogo Novo Carvalho.

The concert is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage ("Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance).

Musica Electronica Nova 2016 - Ticket Presale

Musica Electronica Nova 20167th Musica Electronica Nova will be held in Wrocław in May 19-22, 2016. The ticket sale started on February 12, 2016.

Musica Electronica Nova (MEN) in an unusual edition entitled Growing inscribes itself into the motto of Wrocław European Capital of Culture 2016 – Spaces for Beauty. For the first time, the MEN festival will be held in the new halls of the National Forum of Music.

The programme is themed around the idea of breeding and coming into existence, so unequivocally communicated in the installation of Jean-Luc Hervé, changing a part of the concrete square in front of the NFM into verdure growing with music. The installation is related to a concert by the most famous ensemble specialising in contemporary music, Ensemble Intercontemporain, founded in 1972 in Paris by Pierre Boulez. The artists, on their only second visit to Poland, will perform the world premiere of Agata Zubel’s work commissioned by them. On Friday, May 20, the audience will listen to the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic under Michał Klauza in a repertoire combining electronics with the sound of big symphony orchestra. MEN 2016 will also offer a series of events of Sound Cinema, the project accompanying the festival for several editions now. As part of ECC Wrocław 2016, composers from many parts of Europe have been invited to create city soundscapes.

More information: www.nfm.wroclaw.pl

100th anniversary of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Łódź

100 lat Orkiestry Symfonicznej Filharmonii ŁódzkiejIn February, the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The final concerts will be held on February 16, 17 and 19, 2016, during which Mikołaj Górecki’s Fanfare for organ and symphony orchestra will have its premiere.

The programme of the concerts includes also Canzona di Barocco by Henryk Czyż, Piano Concerto in E minor, Op. 11 by Fryderyk Chopin, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss, Symphony No. 4 by Witold Lutosławski, and Mass in C major, Op. 86 by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by the Arthur Rubinstein Symphony Orchestra and Choir under the baton on José Maria Florêncio (February 16 and 17) and Kai Bumann (February 19). The solo parts will be interpreted by Adam Tański (organ), Seong-Jin Cho (piano), Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Małgorzata Pańko (alto), Tomasz Zagórski (tenor) and Wojciech Gierlach (bass).

1915, specifically February 17, is the beginning of the history of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic, the second oldest symphony orchestra in Poland. On that very day, the ensemble, which was soon to be named the Łódź Symphony Orchestra, the predecessor of the current philharmonic orchestra, played its first concert.

Results of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Competition 2016

Yamaha 2016The results of the YMFE-Scholarship Competition in the "string instruments" category were announced on February 8, 2016. The event was hosted by the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.

The scholarships were granted to:
- Amelia Maszońska (violin), Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań;
- Maciej Kułakowski (cello), Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk;
- Sławomira Wilga (violin), Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź;
- Aleksander Daszkiewicz (violin), Academy of Music in Krakow.

The presentations of the candidates were 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).

Winners of "Musica Sacra Nova" 2016

Musica SacraOn February 6, 2016 the jury of the 12th International Composition Competition "Musica Sacra Nova" gathered in Cambridge to select winning works out of 30 submitted applications.

The prizes were awarded in 2 categories. All awarded compositions will be performed and recorded at the "Musica Sacra Nova" Festival in Brauweiler in Germany, and presented at the concerts in Cambridge, Vilnius and Gdańsk.

Choral category:
1st prize - Szymon Godziemba-Trytek (Poland) for Beatus vir
2nd prize - Aleksandra Chmielewska (Poland) for Veni Emmanuel
3rd prize - Francisco José Carbonell Matarredona (Spain/USA) for O magnum misterium

Organ category:
1st and 2nd prize - not awarded
3rd prize - Michał Malec (Poland) for Meditation sur la Croix

Jury: Marian Borkowski (Poland) – chairman, Andrea Angelini (Italy), Vaclovas Augustinas (Lithuania), Don Vincenzo de Gregorio (Italy), Stephen Layton (Great Britain), Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Finland), Jan Łukaszewski (Poland).

Virtuoso Fantasy

Katarzyna Budnik-GałązkaKatarzyna Budnik-Gałązka (violin, viola) and Zuzanna Elster (harp) will perform a concert entitled Virtuoso Fantasy on February 23, 2016 in the Chamber Hall at the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce.

The programme includes Fantasy Sonata for harp and viola by Arnold Bax, Solo VI for viola by Piotr Moss, Fantasy for violin and harp, Op. 124 by Camille Saint-Saëns, Cadenza for viola solo by Krzysztof Penderecki, 4 Songs from the cycle Seven Songs for Viola and Harp (El pano moruno, Asturiana, Nana, Polo) by Manuel de Falla, and Sonata per la Grand` Viola (arr. for viola and harp) by Niccolo Paganini.

Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where she studied violin with Mirosław Ławrynowicz, Andrzej Gębski and Janusz Wawrowski, as well as viola with Piotr Reichert. Since February 2014, she has been the principal viola at the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. In September 2013, Budnik-Gałązka won the 3rd prize at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich and a month later she released a solo album, for which she received the 2014 Fryderyk Award.
She is the artist-in-residence at the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce in the 2015/16 season. The residence is co-organized and co-financed by the Institute of Music and Dance as part of its "Artist in Residence" programme.