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Winners of 12th International Competition for Young Pianists "Artur Rubinstein in memoriam" Announced!

RubinsteinThe jury of the 12th International Competition for Young Pianists "Artur Rubinstein in memoriam" in Bydgoszcz, after two stages of auditions and final concerts with the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra at the Pomeranian Philharmonic, announced its verdict.

The first prize went to Mateusz Krzyżowski (Poland) – PLN 30,000, financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The winner of the 2nd prize was Vladimir Acimovic (Serbia) – PLN 15,000, financed by the Centre for Artistic Education in Warsaw. The third prize – PLN 9,000, financed by the Bydgoszcz City Hall– went to Hyo Lee (Korea). Financial prizes were awarded to all finalists: 4th prize – PLN 8,000, financed by the Senator of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Kobiak – went to Yonghuan Zhong (China); 5th prize – 6,000 PLN, financed by the Marshal's Office of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship in Toruń – went to Krzysztof Wierciński (Poland); 6th prize – PLN 4,000, financed by Marlena and Waldemar Latoń, owners of Polimex-Profil in Solec Kujawski – went to Mateusz Dubiel (Poland).

The international jury chaired by Ewa Osińska included famous concert pianists: Beata Bilińska, Valentina Igoshina and Ian Hobson. The jury auditioned 29 pianists from 12 countries around the world.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Co-financed from the budget of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationwww.konkurs-rubinstein.bydgoszcz.pl 

Stanisławów, Dobre | Mińsk County's Art Festival

czas sztukiThe next concerts in the framework of the Mińsk County's Art Festival, organised by the "Czas Sztuki" Foundation, will take place on 10 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Stanisławów and on 12 December 2021 at 5.30 p.m. in the building of the Volunteer Fire Department in Dobre.

The music and poetry event in Stanisławów will be devoted to three outstanding Polish poets whose birth anniversaries fall in 2021: Cyprian Kamil Norwid, Tadeusz Różewicz and Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński. The famous actress Olga Bończyk will read selected poems to the accompaniment of music. Violin duo consisting of Maksymilian Grzesiak and Katarzyna Grzesiak will present compositions by Grażyna Bacewicz, Jean-Marie Leclair and the latest piece by Bartosz Kowalski, Dialogues for two violins.

czas sztukiThe event for families with children in Dobre will feature Miłosz Bembinow's mini-opera for children and adults Dzieciaki # 2022. The Amazing Solaris and Łukasiewicz. Based on the libretto by Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, the mini-opera tells the story of the outstanding Polish inventor and entrepreneur Ignacy Łukasiewicz and his kerosene lamp. The work will be performed by the soprano Anna Farysej and the string quartet The Time Quartet.

Admission to all festival events is free!

Co-financed from the budget of the Minsk Poviat and Mazowieckie Voivodeship. Sponsored by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.



"Polish Tears" Album Premiere – On the 40th Anniversary of the Introduction of Martial Law in Poland

Collegium CantorumSuffering has always been an integral part of Polish culture, including music. It resonates in the works of renowned 20th-century Polish composers which make up the new album of the Czestochowa Philharmonic Choir Collegium Cantorum Łzy polskie [Polish tears]. The album will premiere on 13 December 2021.

The date of the album premiere is a symbolic one. On the 40th anniversary of the introduction of martial law in Poland, let us focus on music that tries to understand suffering, bring relief and lead us to emotional catharsis.

Apart from presenting the music of prominent composers, the album touches a broad theme of suffering and its sources, so different for each artist and person. The list of composers is not accidental. Andrzej Nikodemowicz, Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, Edward Pałłasz and Wojciech Kilar – born at the beginning of the 20th century, they lived in Poland fighting for freedom and true independence, struggling with many adversities, sacrificing a lot – including their own security – to cultivate and promote Polish culture. Their work clearly shows the national spirit, love for the homeland and fundamental values ​​on which Polish culture is based.

The album also includes the first recording of a unique piece Orfeusz w lesie [Orpheus in the Forest] by Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz to the words of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński.

From 13 December, the CD will be available for sale on the publisher's website www.instytutsztuki.com. It will also be released in digital distribution (Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, Amazon).

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Musical Trace" programme, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | Concert to Commemorate 40th Anniversary of Pacification of "Wujek" Mine

FSThe Upper Silesian Pantheon and the Silesian Philharmonic organise a special event on 12 December 2021 at 7.00 at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Katowice. A symphonic concert, filled with extremely emotional and expressive music, will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the pacification of the "Wujek" mine.

On 16 December 1981, ZOMO units and the army carried out the bloodiest pacification during the martial law period – a massacre in the KWK "Wujek" coal mine, where about three thousand miners were on strike. The 40th anniversary of the pacification will be commemorated with a unique concert. The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yaroslav Shemet, together with the outstanding soloist Monika Sendrowska, will celebrate it with the music of Silesian composers. We will hear the most famous symphony by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, the extremely lyrical and meditative Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" and the premiere of a new piece by Adam Wesołowski, Songs of Angels for string orchestra, prepared especially for this occasion.

Górecki's Symphony No. 3 is a piece that touched the hearts of millions around the world. In three movements the composer used a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus, a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, and a Silesian folk song of a mother searching for her son killed by the Germans in the Silesian uprisings. Wesołowski's Songs of Angels is a piece inspired by the desire to take the listener into a world far from worldly problems. Symbolically, it refers to the light, God and the angelic choirs.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/katowice-archikatedra-sendrowska-shemet-orkiestra-symfoniczna/ 

Gdańsk | 12th Gdańsk Art of Accordion Music Interpretation

Gdańska Sztuka interpretacjiConcerts of the 12th edition of the Gdańsk Art of Accordion Music Interpretation will be held on 10-13 December 2021, presenting avant-garde works by contemporary composers, classical accordion literature and transcriptions.

The programme of this year's edition includes contemporary music workshops for children and youth, which will take place on 10 December at the Culture City Institue in Gdańsk. Classes will be led by members of the Zagan Acoustic ensemble: Joachim Łuczak (violin), Paweł Zagańczyk (accordion) and cellist Nikola Freda. Applications at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A concert of Polish accordion music performed by accordion virtuosos – lecturers of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music, Cezary Paciorek and Paweł Zagańczyk – will take place at the Baltic Sea Cultural Center on 13 December at 6 p.m. We will hear the premiere of works by Cezary Paciorek and Krzysztof Olczak. Andrzej Krzanowski's Autumn Impressions will be a rare opportunity to listen to bass accordion.

Co-financed by the City of Gdańsk.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Gdańsk | 15 Quartets for the 15th Anniversary of NeoQuartet

NeoquartetThe NeoArte Association and NeoQuartet are announcing a competition for a composition for string quartet with electronics (optionally with a video layer) as part of the project "15 Quartets for the 15th Anniversary of NeoQuartet". The deadline for submitting works is 28 November 2021.

The final of the project "15 Quartets for the 15th Anniversary of NeoQuartet" will be held on 9-12 December 2021 in Gdańsk. During the three days of concerts, NeoQuartet will perform 15 quartets written for the ensemble in 2021 by composers from around the world, including Poland, South Korea, Germany, Slovakia, Iran, Norway and Finland.

An integral part of the project is the international composition competition (for artists up to 35 years of age) to write an electro-acoustic string quartet. Three winning compositions will be performed on 9 December 2021 at 8.00 p.m. in the Artists' Colony in Gdańsk.

The competition is co-financed by the City of Gdansk and the Pomeranian Voivodeship.

More information: https://neoarte.pl/projekty/konkurs-kompozytorski/ 

Warsaw | 30th Portraits of Composers

PortretyThe 30th edition of "Portraits of Composers" will be held on 9-10 December 2021 at 6.30 p.m. at PROM Kultury Saska Kępa at 23 Brukselska St. in Warsaw.

The "Portraits of composers" festival have been organized by the Polish Composers' Union since 1988. Every year it presents chamber works by several contemporary composers. This year, the festival will feature works by Mateusz Ryczek and Tomasz Skweres, who will also perform in both concerts as a cellist.

Mateusz Ryczek is a winner of numerous composition competitions, his works are performed at concerts and festivals in Poland and abroad. The concert on 9 December will feature the premiere of his Fairy Tales for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, viola and piano. Tomasz Skweres is a composer living in Austria and Germany. He is also a winner of many composition competitions. He composes music commissioned by festivals and ensembles, both Austrian, German and Polish. The works by both composers will be performed by the excellent singer Joanna Freszel, cellist Tomasz Skweres and the Slovak ensemble QUASARS under the direction of Ivan Buffy.

"Portraits of composers" were financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. Admission to the concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programmehttps://www.zkp.org.pl/

Opole | Opera at Philharmonic: "The Haunted Manor"

FOAs part of its 70th anniversary season, the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic invites you on 10 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. and on 11 December 2021 at 6.00 p.m. to the concert performances Stanisław Moniuszko's The Haunted Manor.

The action of the four-act opera composed to the libretto by Jan Chęciński takes place in the first half of the 18th century. It tells the sotry about two brothers, Zbigniew and Stefan, who – after having finished their service in the army – return to their homeland with the intention to remain bachelors. The author of the work, despite the experience of studying and working abroad, made the decision to return to his homeland (which at that time did not exist on maps), and through his operas he criticized the society and illustrated social conflicts. The Haunted Manor, written at the beginning of the 1860s, became a patriotic manifesto, and for this reason it was banned by the censorship.

This legendary work will be performed by the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra and the Silesian Opera Choir under the baton of Tadeusz Kozłowski, who this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of his artistic activity. As soloists will perform: Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (Hanna), Monika Ledzion-Porczyńska (Jadwiga), Paweł Skałuba (Stefan), Adam Woźniak (Zbigniew), Anna Borucka (Cześnikowa), Leszek Skrla (Miecznik), Wołodymyr Pańkiw (Skołuba), Albert Memeti (Damazy), Stanisław Duda (Maciej), Iwona Noszczyk (Marta), Michał Bagniewski (Grześ), Jolanta Wyszkowska (Old Woman).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

Popko / Thieu-Quang at RDC Radio

Popko Popko / Thieu-Quang duo will perform on 9 December 2021 at 6.00 p.m. in the broadcasting studio of Radio dla Ciebie (RDC) as part of the "Kwarantanna w Hi-Fi" [Quatantine in Hi-Fi] project. All concerts in this series are broadcast on RDC radio, its website, mobile application and YouTube channel.

Pianist Paweł Popko and clarinetist Piotr Thieu-Quang will present works by Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Tadeusz Baird, Witold Lutosławski and Feliks Mendelssohn. At the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in 2021, the musicians received an honourable mention, as well as two special prizes: for the best performance of a composition written after 1945 and a special prize in the form of year-long patronage/media support – both sponsored by the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Pianist Paweł Popko graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. He also completed Postgraduate Studies in Cultural Management at the Warsaw School of Economics. Paweł Popko has won many awards at international competitions, including the 1st prize at the International Music Forum in Mäntta, Finland, and the 3rd prize at the 5th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in St. Petersburg. He frequently performs at festivals in Poland and abroad. Piotr Thieu-Quang is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. He is a winner of numerous national and international solo and chamber competitions, with the most important ones being the International Clarinet Competition in Warsaw (2016 – 1st prize in the chamber ensembles category), 8th West Pomeranian Clarinet Festival (2018 – 3rd prize), 17th Academic Clarinet Competition in Włoszakowice (2018 – 2nd prize and three special prizes), 12th National Competition of Chamber Ensembles of Wind Instruments in Warsaw (2019 – 1st prize). As a soloist and chamber musician, he has given concerts in Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Belgium and Portugal. In 2019 he toured South Africa promoting the music of Polish composers, including Paweł Mykietyn and Wojciech Chałupka.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.