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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.

Sergei Nakariakov in Krakow Philharmonic

Sergei NakariakovRussian trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov will perform Mieczysław Weinberg’s Trumpet Concerto in B flat major on February 12 and 13, 2016 in the Krakow Philharmonic.

Sergei Nakariakov, born in 1977, has broken through more than a few of the perceived boundaries framing the world of the trumpet in classical music. He was named the "Paganini of the trumpet" by the Finnish press after his performance at the Korsholm Festival when he was only 13 years old, and in 1997 "Caruso of the Trumpet" by Musik und Theater. His repertoire includes not only the entire range of original literature for the trumpet, but is continually expanding into broader territories. From the age of 10 the artist started to perform with orchestras in major concert halls of the Soviet Union. It became clear that in order to develop his carrier and to travel, he had to leave the country. His family made the decision to move to Israel in order to give him the liberty to travel. In 1991 he enjoyed great success at the Ivo Pogorelich Festival in Bad Wörishofen. Since then he has appeared in many of the worlds leading centers of music, including the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London.
(source: www.nariakov.com)

Sergei Nakariakov – trumpet
Charles Olivieri-Munroe – conductor
Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra

Elsana Gabaraeva - The Magic Pearl
Mieczysław Weinberg – Trumpet Concerto in B flat major, Op. 94
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"

Songs and poems, or “The Book of Love Songs”

Śpiewnik miłosnyPolish Chamber Choir will present a performance entitled The Book of Love Songs on February 13, 2016 at 4.00 pm in the Old Town Hall in Gdańsk (33/35 Korzenna St).

The programme includes songs arranged for choir and compositions to the texts by Polish poets – Adam Mickiewicz, Julian Tuwim and Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, written by Maciej Małecki. The poems were selected by Anna Seniuk who was also the performance's author and supervisor.

Dorota Kolak – recitation
Polish Chamber Choir
Jan Łukaszewski – conductor

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

11th International Piano Forum “Bieszczady Without Borders”

XI Forum Pianistyczne Bieszczady bez granic11th International Piano Forum "Bieszczady Without Borders", organized by the Podkarpacka Foundation for the Development of Culture, will be held between February 7 and 12, 2016 in Sanok.

"Bieszczady Without Borders" combines the full range of knowledge necessary for young musicians: from music theory to practice, from health and rehabilitation activities to activities concerned with the promotion and basis of knowledge of the business world. Around 150 selected active and passive participants from Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Russia will take part in music academy, piano course, international music festival and competition for the most interesting pianistic personality. The main theme of this year’s edition is 3xB, or Bach, Beethoven, Brahms. The event will include also the 7th International Piano Competition "Young Virtuoso" and 5th Master School of Piano Pedagogy.

The Podkarpacka Foundation was established in 2009. The major objective of its projects is to support education and development of young Polish pianists, maintain national tradition, cultivate and develop national and cultural consciousness as well as to promote international cooperation and integration, with particular attention to the Carpathian region and music culture of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine.

More information: www.interpiano.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice Kultura Natura Festival 2016

Katowice Kultura NaturaThis year’s edition of the Katowice Kultura Natura Festival, programmed under a theme "Spirituality", will be held on May 13-22, 2016. The opening concert will feature the performance of Olivier Messiaen’sTurangalîla-Symphonie for piano, ondes Martenot and orchestra.

The Festival was organized for the 1st time in 2015 by the Katowice Kultura Natura Association and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Modern concert halls of Katowice will be filled with music (both classical and contemporary) performed by excellent musicians from Poland and abroad.
The event was initiated by Alexander Liebreich, artistic director of NOSPR, and Prof. Eugeniusz Knapik, rector of the Academy of Music in Katowice in 2002-2008 and chairman of the Katowice Kultura Natura Association.

The ticket sale will start on February 3, 2016.

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Carillon Workshops in Gdańsk

Fontannie bije ten dzwonOrganizers of the Composition Competition for solo carillon work invite both musicians and amateurs to participate in the 2nd carillon workshops led by Monika Kaźmierczak on February 6, 2016 at 1.30 pm in St. Catherine’s Church (Museum of Tower Clocks, 10 Wielkie Młyny St.) in Gdańsk.

Admission is free, however making a reservation is required (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; deadline: February 4, 2016).

The workshops are the fringe event of the Composition Competition for solo carillon work which will serve as musical illustration for Hevelius Fountain in Gdańsk and should be suitable for performance on carillon at St. Catherine’s Church in Gdańsk (both for manual and automatic play). The competition is open to Polish composers. Applicants may enter more than one composition. Closing date: March 21, 2016

Organizers: City of Gdańsk, Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, GIWK (Gdańsk Water and Wastewater Infrastructure), Historical Museum of the City of Gdańsk and Polish Carillon Society.

Media patronage: ISAK.pl

Premiere of "Kolberg Symphony" by Marek Sewen

Marek SewenŚwiętokrzyska Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Łukasz Borowicz will premiere Marek Sewen's Kolberg Symphony on February 19, 2016 in the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce.

Igor Pikayzen (Russia/USA) - violin
Świętokrzyska Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Łukasz Borowicz - conductor

Zygmunt Noskowski - Ouverture The Eye of the Sea
Henryk Wieniawski - Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22
Marek Sewen - Kolberg Symphony (premiere)

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