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Polish Composers' Union Annual Awards 2019


On 24 April 2019, the Jury composed of Krzysztof Baculewski, Mieczysław Kominek, Tadeusz Wielecki and Sławomira Żerańska-Kominek awarded the Annual Prizes of the Polish Composers' Union for 2019.

The Polish Composers' Union Annual Award has been granted since 1949: until 1991 for honoring artists and performers for their outstanding achievements in the field of music, and since 1991 – "Polish composers, performers, musicologists, pedagogues and organizers of musical life for outstanding achievements".

This year's laureates are Stanisław Krupowicz and Teresa Malecka. Professor Stanisław Krupowicz was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award underlining the importance of his compositions for the Polish electroacoustic and computer music scene as well as organizational and promotional activities in this field. Professor Teresa Malecka received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of musicology and theory of music, with particular emphasis on her contribution to the foundation of the Krakow School of the Theory of Music.

The award ceremony will take place in September at the 62nd International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn".

Warsaw | Concert on the occasion of Piotr Moss' birthday and creative work anniversary


Polish Radio Programme 2 and Polish Radio Orchestra invite you on April 28, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. to the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio for a symphonic concert on the occasion of Piotr Moss' 70th birthday and 50th anniversary of creative work.

After composition studies at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw in the class of Piotr Perkowski (he also studied under Grażyna Bacewicz and Krzysztof Penderecki), Piotr Moss went to France, where he perfected his compositional skills under the direction of Nadia Boulanger. He currently lives and works in Paris. Piotr Moss is a laureate of numerous intrernational composing competitions. In 2000, Piotr Moss was appointed Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, in 2007 he received an award of the French Académie des Beaux Arts, and in 2009, on the occasion of the 60th birthday and 40th anniversary of creative work, he received a special award from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. He was also awarded with the Medal for Merit to Polish Culture. In 2016 he received a title of Officier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

On April 28, the Polish Radio Orchestra under the baton of Michał Klauza and actor Krzysztof Gosztyła will perform Piotr Moss' melodrama Ugui for reciting voice and orchestra. The concert will start with Stanisław Moniuszko's Overture to the opera Verbum Nobile. The programme will also include Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in D major for the left hand, performed by French pianist Hélène Tysman – a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire and music schools in Hamburg and Weimar.

More information at: http://studianagran.com.pl/koncerty/sala-witolda-lutoslawskiego/ 

Elbląg | Musical Spring According to EOK


"Vive la Gioacchino Rossini!" – under this slogan a spring concert of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will take place on and April 28, 2019 in the Concert Hall of the Elbląg City Hall.

Although Gioacchino Rossini is known primarily as the author of operas, his sonatas are no less worthy of interest. Elbląg Chamber Orchestra along with the conductor and violinist Jan Stanienda will perform a special concerts of Rossini's sonatas for the Elbląg music lovers. The programme of the evenieng will be complemented by chamber music of Mieczysław Karłowicz and Andrzej Panufnik. The concert will be hosted by Jarosław Praszczałek.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting performances of Polish music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/dwa-akty-sonatowej-maestrii 

Warsaw | The Young to the Younger! A concert by the most talented young artists


During the concert on April 27, 2019 at 7.00 p.m., young talnted musicians of the secondary music schools will present themselves in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The performance with also a young but fully professional orchestra of graduates of music academies is a proof of recognition for their talent and work, but also a test of their skills.

It is worth coming to this concert and supporting the virtuosos, soon to be invited to perform on prestigious Polish and foreign stages! An additional incentive is a very attractive and diverse programme. Two bassoon concerts – Concerto B Major KV 191 written by 18-years-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Basson Concrto by Michał Spisak, popular among Polish bassonists – will be performed by young musicians. We will also listen to Concerto for trombone and orchestra by French composer Henri Tomasi, and the last of Antonín Dvořák's solo concerts – Concerto for cello and orchestra in B minor, Op. 4.

The concert will be led by Marek Wroniszewski, a talented conductor of the young generation, judged by the jury of the 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition in Katowice (2017) to be the best Polish participant of the contest. He is currently a deputy director of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Gdańsk | Film Music Concerts and Debuts of Young Artists

AM Gdansk

The Artistic and Academic Circle of the Department of Conducting, Composition and Theory of Music at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk invites to the concerts of film music, which will take place on 27 and 28 April 2019 at 6.00 p.m.

The programme of the concert will include film and theater music works performed by students of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and accompanied by screenings of films, animations and paintings. The authors of the graphic visualizations are students of the "Animation" specialization at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. The Project Symphony Orchestra, composed of students of the Music Academy and students of nearby music schools, will perform under the direction of Aneta Pawlik, Krzysztof Falkowski and Roman Niczyparuk.

We will listen to works by Adam Diesner, Joanna Złotkowska, Ewa Miriam Saczko, Artur Samul, Maksym Kalinowski, Krzysztof Falkowski, Michał Edward Krzemiński, Magdalena Garbeck, Kaja Czabańska, Krzysztof Tomasz Jurczak, Miłosz Kowalewski and Anna Janowicz.

Admission free; free tickets available to download at the event website.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.amuz.gda.pl/events/koncert-muzyki-filmowej-4/ 

3rd Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival

Kwidzynska Wiosna

On April 24-28, 2019, the Kwidzyn Castle will host the third edition of the Kwidzyn Music Spring International Festival. All concerts will take place in the dormitory, famous for its excellent acoustics.

The festival was founded on the initiative of Dr Iwona Glinka, a flutist and educator from Kwidzyn who works with various European music schools. One of the aspects of her activity is the promotion of classical music among the residents of Kwidzyn city and county. The main idea of ​​the Kwidzyn Music Spring is the presentation of the most interesting interpretations of music from different periods, as well as portaying artistic phenomena inspired by music.

The programme will feature Kwartet Gdański and Bartosz Paprot in exquisite works for guitar. The Whoop Group will present popular classical music pieces and new compositions for saxophone quartet. We will also listen to the Evolution of classical music written by saxophonist and composer Krzysztof Koszowski. The festival will end on April 28 with a performance of the Progress Chamber Orchestra and soloists Iwona Glinka and Mirosław Pachowicz under the baton of Szymon Morus. It will also feature a premiere of new transcriptions of Fryderyk Chopin's works for flute and string orchestra, written by the founder of the Phasma-Music foundation and an award-winning composer Michail Travlos.

The "Kwidzyn has talent" Music and Children Competition and the "Blind for the Blind" charity concert for Magdalena Mucha will be held as part of the festival.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.phasma-music.com/projects/kwidzyn-music-spring/iii-kwidzyn-music-spring-international-festival-iii-miedzynarodowy-festiwal-kwidzynska-wiosna-muzyczna?pli=1

Kraków | 3rd International Piano Duo Festival"Duettissimo!"


The Academy of Music in Kraków invites you to the 3rd International Piano Duos Festival "Duettissimo!" which will take place on April 23-27, 2019, featuring nine concert and an academic session.

Piano duos are often perceived as a non-demanding offshoot of chamber music, even though the truth is that playing as a duet – whether for four hands or on two pianos – is incredibly challenging: the performers must come together to create a single musical entity to achieve perfect sound. The diversity and beauty of the form will be explored during the 3rd International Piano Duo Festival “Duettissimo!”, organised by the Academy of Music in Kraków and hosted at the Academy and the Kraków Philharmonic. The initiator of the event is dr hab. Bartlomiej Kominek – the Artistic Director of the Festival.

The programme will include classical works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninov, contemporary compositions by Charles Camilleri, Derek Charke and Anne Louise-Turgeon as well as works by Polish composers. Ravel Piano Duo (Agnieszka Kozło and Katarzyna Ewa Sokołowska) will perform Five Waltzes by Ignacy Friedman, Sonatina by Roman Palester, Lullaby by Roman Maciejewski and Divertimento in Three Pieces by Jerzy Bauer. Chopin Piano Duo (Anna Boczar and Bartłomiej Kominek) will present Album form the Tatra Mountains by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Negro Spirituals by Roman Maciejewski and the Grand Duo Concertant by Fryderyk Chopin. Among the performers there will also be acclaimed Duo Turgeon, lecturers and students of the Academy of Music in Kraków and winners of the International Piano Duo Competition in Białystok. The festival will be accompanied by an academic session discussing the role of piano duet repertoire in music education.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

SEE: Festival Website

Rzeszów | Film Music Concert

Dębski Krzesimir

A concert of film music will take place on April 28, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Artur Malawski Philharmonic in Rzeszów.

The programme will feature fragments of the most famous Polish and foreign soundtracks, hits from iconic Polish series, works composed for film, but also those that are associated with film and were written as concert pieces. The String Orchestra of the Artur Malawski Philharmonic conducted by Stefan Gąsieniec will perform compositions by George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Carlos Gardel, as well as Fryderyk Chopin, Wojciech Kilar, Władysław Szpilman, Krzesimir Dębski (in the photo), Waldemar Kazanecki, Włodzimierz Korcz and Mirosław Gąsieniec.

The concert will be led by Tomasz Stockinger – one of the most recognized Polish actors. Stefan Gąsieniec, an excellent jazz pianist, composer and arranger, will play the piano.

Information on tickets at: http://www.filharmonia.rzeszow.pl/repertuar/dzien,28-04-2019.html 

Olsztyn | Concert in cooperation with the 8th Zdzisław Skwara National Vocal Competition in Mława


The finalists and winners of the 8th Zdzisław Skwara National Vocal Competition will perform at the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic in Olsztyn on April 26, 2019 at 7.00 p.m.

The competition organized by the Andrzej Krzanowski State Music School Complex in Mława is attended by young opera singers and vocalists from many parts of Poland. As in previous years, the competition will have two stages. First, the participants will perform in Mława with piano accompaniment, then the finalists will perform in Olsztyn accompanied by the symphony orchestra of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic under the direction of Jerzy Kosek.

The programme of the evening will consist of arias from selected operas of such composers as: Gaetano Donizetti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Georges Bizet, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Stanisław Moniuszko, and Feliks Nowowiejski. Jerzy Kosek, who will lead the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonics, worked the majority of symphony and chamber orchestras in Poland, as well as in Germany, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Hungary, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Venezuela, Israel, Portugal, China, USA (including Carnegie Hall in New York). His portfolio includes sixteen CDs, music for movies, music for radio and Polish, Israeli and American television.

More information at: https://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/