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"Stars with Sinfonietta" – John Axelrod

John Axelrod i Sinfonietta CracoviaSinfonietta Cracovia under the baton of John Axelrod will perform compositions by Stravinsky, Kilar, Lutosławski and Kodály on February 5, 2016 in the Siemiradzki Hall of the Gallery of 19th-century Polish Art at Sukiennice in Krakow.

John Axelrod was Sinfonietta’s conductor-in-residence during the years 2001-2009. Under his baton the orchestra together with Camerata Silesia participated in the recording session of the BBC programme Holocaust; A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz, having documented the performance of fragments of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Symphony No. 3 given in the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The programme received the International Emmy Award in 2005.
At present John Axelrod is the artistic director of the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla and principal conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.

Igor Stravinsky - Apollon musagète
Zoltán Kodály - Dances of Galánta
Witold Lutosławski - Dance Preludes
Wojciech Kilar - Orawa

More information: www.sinfonietta.pl

Marcin Świątkiewicz received Polityka’s ”Passport” Award

Marcin ŚwiątkiewiczHarpsichordist Marcin Świątkiewicz received Polityka’s ”Passport” Award 2015 at the ceremony held on January 12, 2016 in the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw.

Other artists nominated in the "classical music" category were singer Barbara Kinga Majewska and pianist Krzysztof Książek.

"Passport" is an annual award granted by the weekly magazine Polityka since 1993. It is presented in 7 categories: literature, film, theatre, classical music, visual arts, scene, and creator of culture.

Carillon Music Composition Competition

Carillon w Kościele św. Katarzyny w GdańskuA new Composition Competition for solo carillon work has been announced.

The composition in question, meant to serve as musical illustration for Hevelius Fountain in Gdańsk, should last around 12 minutes and 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: Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, GIWK (Gdańsk Water and Wastewater Infrastructure), Historical Museum of the City of Gdańsk and Polish Carillon Society.

St. Catherine’s Church (Museum of Tower Clocks) as well as the Moniuszko Academy of Music will also host carillon workshops led by Monika Kaźmierczak on January 20, 2016.


Read more: Carillon Music Composition Competition

2nd edition of the Polish Music Critics' Competition ”Kropka”

KROPKA - Konkurs Polskich Krytyków MuzycznychMEAKULTURA Foundation announced the call for entries for the 2nd edition of the Polish Music Critics’ Competition "Kropka".

The competition is open to all music genres and styles. All publicists raising various musical issues are invited to participate in the contest - both professionals, publishing their articles in printed or electronic media and amateurs, debutants, as well as bloggers. Any form of expression is accepted - reviews, essays, columns or blog entries. However, criteria that will be specifically taken into account when assessing include value of the work and the quality of writing.

Apart from the 1st prize, the jury will give distinctions (for debutant and blogger), Special Award, Piotr Metz’s Award, Chief Editor of the PWM Edition Award and MEAKULTURA Award.
The winners will be announced on April 15, 2016, whereas the prize-giving ceremony will be held on May 12, 2016 at the PWM Edition in Warsaw.

Candidates should submit their entries via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Submission deadline – February 22, 2016.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

”1050 Years of Music”

Polski Chór KameralnyThe concert of the Polish Chamber Choir directed by Jan Łukaszewski on January 24, 2016 in the Royal Castle in Warsaw will open a new concert cycle "1050 Years of Music".

By presenting the selection of compositions written by Polish composers over the last 1000 years, the artsits will refer to the anniversary of the Baptism of Poland. The programme includes works by Mikołaj Gomółka, Wacław z Szamotuł, Mikołaj Zieleński, Andrzej Hakenberger’s Baroque motets, and contemporary compositions by Augustyn BlochPaweł Łukaszewski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Witold Lutosławski Festival ”Chain XIII”

Łańcuch XIIIThe 13th edition of the Witold Lutosławski Festival "Chain" will be held between January 31 and February 13, 2016 in the Warsaw Philharmonic and Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw.

The programme includes compositions by Witold Lutosławski, Henri Dutilleux, Luigi Dallapiccola, Włodzimierz Kotoński, Konstanty Regamey, Béla Bartók, Andrzej Panufnik, and Jan Krenz, performed by National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Gautier Capuçon directed by Alexander Liebreich, AUKSO Chamber Orchestra and Maciej Kułakowski under Mare Moś, Chain Ensemble directed by Andrzej Bauer and Sinfonia Varsovia Orchstra with Jakub Jakowicz under Jerzy Maksymiuk.

Tickets available on-line at: www.filharmonia.pl, www.sklep.polskieradio.pl and in the venues’ box offices.

More information: www.lutoslawski.org.pl

Operas on Screen

Z Kamerą wśród operNational Audiovisual Institute (3/5 Wałbrzyska Str.) in Warsaw will screen selected opera productions. The series will start with the screening of Elżbieta Sikora’s Madame Curie on January 20, 2016 at 6.00 pm.

The operas present various musical styles. Each screening will be followed by discussion with the production’s creators – composers, directors, librettists and scenopgraphers.

January 20 – Elżbieta Sikora Madame Curie (Baltic Opera; dir. Marek Weiss)

February 3 – Christoph Willibald Gluck Orpheus and Eurydice (Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera; dir. Mariusz Treliński)

February 17 - Georg Friedrich Händel Agrippina (dir. Natalia Kozłowska)

March 2 – Karol Szymanowski King Roger (Wrocław Opera; dir. Mariusz Treliński)

March 16 - Georg Friedrich Händel Orlando (dir. Natalia Kozłowska)

Admission free.

More information: www.nina.gov.pl

Lutosławski Quartet’s album nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award

Lutosławski Quartet - BacewiczAlbum Bacewicz: String Quartets Nos 1, 3, 6 & 7 recorded by the Lutosławski Quartet and released by Naxos received the nomination to the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards in the "Chamber Music" category.

Out of over 1,200 recordings reviewed in the magazine during 2015, 21 albums have been deemed the very finest by the specially assembled jury of critics and magazine editorial staff. From Schubert performed by András Schiff to dramatic Smetana played by the Pavel Haas Quartet, the nominations represent an incredible year for the classical music record industry.

By heading to awards.classical-music.com, it is possible to listen to the recordings' excerpts and vote for the favourite ones. Everyone who votes will be able to enter a prize draw to win one of two copies of each of the 21 nominations. Voting closes February 19. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 5 April at Kings Place, and in the May issue of BBC Music Magazine.

Lutosławski Quartet, formed in 2007, performs mainly music of the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on Polish repertoire, including works by Witold Lutosławski, Karol Szymanowski, and Paweł Mykietyn. The quartet is one of the resident ensembles of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.