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Space for young composers – H.M. Górecki International Composers' Competition

Filharmonia Slaska

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's death. To commemorate the composer and give young artists an opportunity to present and promote their works, the Silesian Philharmonic is launching a composing competition named after its patron, combined with this year's 8th edition of the International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

The subject of the H.M. Górecki International Composers' Competition is a piece for a cappella choir with a duration of 5 to 10 minutes. The participants of the Competition shall be under 40 years of age. The deadline for submitting entries is 1 October 2020. The works will be judged by a jury composed of recognized artists: Eugeniusz Knapik, Mikołaj Górecki, Paweł Mykietyn, Jarosław Wolanin and Adam Wesołowski.

The prize in the competition will be the premiere performance and professional audiovisual recording of the winning composition during the International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, organized annually by the Silesian Philharmonic.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the competition: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/projekty/konkurs-kompozytorski/ 

"Musique est une femme" video competition


TAK Foundation opens a video competition that is part of the European project "Musique est une femme" co-financed by the Creative Europe programme and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The deadline for sending applications is 5 April 2020.

Although women have been writing music for centuries, their output has always been considered less important. Till recently, they have never had the same professional opportunities as their male peers. Nowadays at last, more and more women composers are becoming part of the history of music and feature regularly in concert programmes.

Musique est une femme is a project which aims to reinforce this process. It is a joint initiative by the foundation TAK-Temat Aktualny Kultura /Poland, Handelsbeurs Concert Hall/Belgium, Molyvos International Music Festival/Greece, and the Cēsis Concert Hall/Latvia. The first step is to launch a short video competition. Express your opinion in the form of a short video, or just a meme. It can be a look at the stereotypes, or you could give your impressions upon discovering a great female composer, or you might focus on some interesting details of her life. Decide on your own form and content. The only condition is that the topic must be the heritage of women composers and/or stereotypes around the composing capabilities of women.

The following prizes are available:

  • the public prize 650 € (the winner will be selected in the online voting)
  • the first prize 550 €
  • the second prize 450 €
  • the third prize 350 €

The deadline for submission is 5 April 2020. On 9 April 2020 videos and memes will be uploaded onto the portal with the option of online voting. People will have time until 8 May 2020 to vote for their favourite.

Musique est une femme is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information at: https://fundacjatak.pl/ 

SEE: Competition's Trailer

62nd Tadeusz Baird Young Composers Competition 2020


Polish Composers' Union announces the 62nd Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers 2020. The competition is organized thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the ZAiKS Association of Authors. It is open to Polish composers (with Polish citizenship or a Polish Card) who are under 35 years of age.

The Competition aims at inspiring young artists to refer in their chamber pieces to the values ​​present in the works of Tadeusz Baird. By choosing a creative attitude inspired by Baird's output, one can reach more or less directly to his composing ideas.

The subject of the Competition in 2020 is a piece for four instrument of the sime kind: 4 violins or 4 clarinets (in B) or 4 trumpets (in B). Duration: 8'-15'.

The competition has two stages. In the first stage, which results will be announced by 28 February 2021, the jury will select works to be performed during a public presentation. The announcement of the results of the second stage will follow the public presentation of qualified works, which will take place in June 2021.

The Tadeusz Baird prize is PLN 10,000. In addition, the jury will award two honorable mentions (accomodation and subscription to all concerts of the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music) funded by the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union.

The Jury of the Competition will be chaired by Olga Hans.

The scores with the emblem should be sent by e-mail by 30 November 2020 to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

DOWNLOAD: Competition Rules

Warsaw | 11th "The New Epiphanies" Interdisciplinary Festival


Tickets for the events of the eleventh edition of "The New Epiphanies" Interdisciplinary Festival, organized by the Centre for the Thought of John Paul II, are now available for sale. The festival will start in Warsaw on 26 February and will last for forty days, until 5 April 2020. The programme will include works by Szymon Godziemba-Trytek and Paweł Łukaszewski.

The main goal of "The New Epiphanies" Festival is to search for new, contemporary epiphanies of beauty and to initiate creative dialogue between artists and traditional religious art in the spirit of the "Letter to Artists" by John Paul II. The programme of the 11th edition of the Festival focuses on Maria Magdalena. We don't learn much about her from canonical gospels. They leave room for speculation, but also space for artistic images. This year's music programme of the Festival will be an opportunity to experience religious delight. The concerts of Graindelavoix, Adam Strug, Polish Monody, Qvint Essençia, Carine Tinney, Lucas Henning, Dziczka and Catalina Vicens, choirs of the Centre for the Thought of John Paul II and VRC – will lift even the most resistant listeners.

The "Lontano" concert on 28 March will premiere the work written especially for the festival by Szymon Godziemba-Trytek – Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita for white voice, mixed choir, chamber ensemble and dancer, inspired by the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. The concert will take place in an unusual arrangement of the hall – the audience will be placed on the platforms on both sides of the stage and the fragments of the composition will be sung by two chamber choirs from behind the audience, which voices will be heard lontano, i.e. from afar.

On 31 March we will listen to the Paweł Łukaszewski's mass in tribute to John Paul II on his 15th death anniversary – Missa de Maria a Magdala for soprano, baritone, mixed choir, organ and orchestra. The composition's text is a compilation of liturgical texts (Vespers of Mary Magdalene, Easter sequence) and fragments of the New and Old Testaments – both the Apocalypse and Gospel, as well as the Song of Songs. Łukaszewski's monumental work, based on the form of the mass cycle, introduces the listeners into the composer's characteristic musical sacrum space, stretched between Middle Eastern motifs and contemporary harmony and expression.

Detailed festival programme and information on tickets: https://noweepifanie.pl/

Coronavirus: Suspension of cultural and artistic education institutions

MKiDNDue to the decisive steps taken by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage to stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the Crisis Staff together with the Minister of Culture and National Heritage decided to temporarily close cultural institutions, philharmonics, operas, operettas, theaters, museums, cinemas, cultural centres, libraries, art galleries as well as schools, universities and artistic education institutions effective from 12 March 2020.

Detailed informationhttps://www.gov.pl/web/kultura/zawieszenie-dzialalnosci-instytucji-kultury-i-placowek-szkolnictwa-artystycznego

Zielona Góra | Music Days on the Oder 2020


Between 28 February and 5 April 2020 the Tadeusz Baird Philharmonic in Zielona Góra will host the International 'Days of Music on the Oder River' Festival. This special event is an outcome of the good neighborly relations between Lubusz Voivodeship and Brandenburg State.

The festival is organized by the Zielona Góra Philharmonic in cooperation with Messe und Veranstaltungs GmbH Frankfurt (Oder) and Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt. The artistic director of the Festival is Prof. PhD Habil. Czesław Grabowski.

This year's festival will feature excellent artists from all over Europe, the winners of international competitions, among others pianist Szymon Nehring, soloists of the Lviv Opera, Ukrainian saxophonist Andriy Ukrainets and German oboist Mathilde Major, Wind Quintet of the University of Music, Theater and Media from Hannover, Latvian pianist Paulius Andersson, Armonia Quartett ensemble of the Musical Theater in Cottbus. The Symphony Orchestra of the Zielona Góra Philharmonic and the Singakademie Choir from Frankfurt (Oder) will perform under the baton of Polish conductors Czesław Grabowski and Piotr Wacławik, as well as Constantin Adrian Grigory from Romania and maestro Rudolf Tiersch from Germany.

The Festival will also include a concert of the Leoš Janáček Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Josef Javora. During this special event, the orchestra will perform Janáček's pieces as welll as the most famous work written for string orchestra by Wojciech Kilar – Orawa – and his less often performed Choralvorspiel für Kammerorchester.

In addition, the 7th International Forum of Young Conductors will be held as part of the Festival.

Full programme available at: http://filharmoniazg.pl/dni-muzyki-nad-odra-2020/ 

Białystok | 3rd "Choral music – achievements, perspectives: choral music of the 20th and 21st century" conference


The Chair of Choir Studies and Artistic Education of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music – Białystok Branch invites you to the 3rd National Academic and Artistic Conference "Choral music – achievements, perspectives: choral music of the 20th and 21st century", which will take place on 6-7 April 2020 in Białystok.

Among the topics to be discussed during this year's conference are: "The directions of development of contemporary choral music," "Performance practice and contemporary compositional techniques in choral music," "Music of the 20th and 21st centuries as didactic material for choral groups," "Confrontation of composer's intentions with the practice of choral ensemble," "Promotion of contemporary Polish music," "First performance of choral composition – practical notes".

The organizers invite conductors, choir masters, as well as composers, musicologists, theoreticians and all people interested in contemporary choral music and its artistic and teaching values ​​to participate in the conference.

The paper subject should be sent by 18 March 2020 to the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The conference fee is 300 PLN.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

DOWNLOAD: Full schedule of the Conference

Warsaw | James Carter at the Sinfonia Varsovia's Birthday Concert


James Carter, considered to be one of the greatest jazz saxophonists in the world, a protégée of legendary Lester Bowie, will perform at the Sinfonia Varsovia's Birthday Concert on 15 March 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Theater – National Opera. The musicians under the Serbian conductor Aleksandar Marković will present the Polish premiere of Robert Sierra's Concert for saxophones and orchestra.

Robert Sierra's Concert for saxophones and orchestra (2002), combining jazz with classical and Latin music, will highlight the orchestra's long-standing cooperation with the jazz environment. The orchestra first met jazzman James Carter in 2009, when they recorded Sierra's Concerto at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw. The result of the collaboration of Sinfonia Varsovia and the American saxophone virtuoso was the Caribbean Rhapsody album, entirely filled with music by the composer from Puerto Rico. Released in 2011 by the prestigious Universal Music Group, it aroused the enthusiasm of foreign and native music critics.

The programme of the Sinfonia Varsovia's Birthday Concert will also include Krzysztof Penderecki's The Awakening of Jacob, which appeared in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, and the Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Piotr Tchaikovsky.

Tickets available online at: https://butik.teatrwielki.pl/ 

More information at: http://sinfoniavarsovia.org/pl/ 

Warsaw | "Stage for Polish Music": proMODERN vocal sextet


The proMODERN vocal sextet will present rarely performed works by famous contemporary Polish composers on 11 March 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

The programme of the concert will feature 3 Sonnets by Stanisław Moryto, 2 motets by Roman Padlewski, 10 Polish folk songs on soldier themes and Lord Tennyson Song by Witold Lutosławski, Song to the Virgin Mary by Andrzej Panufnik, Orpheus in the forest by Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz and songs by Tadeusz Baird.

The “Stage for Polish Music” is a new project of the Institute of Music and Dance aimed at Polish music performers and organised in collaboration with the Warsaw Philharmonic and arts institutions in Poland. Programmes featuring Polish music, selected on the basis of a competition, will be presented at the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Hall and then repeated in other cities in Poland.

Information on tickets at: http://filharmonia.pl/