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4th "Patri Patriae" Composers' Competition

Patri Patriae The Wojciech Kilar State Music School Complex in Katowice announces the 4th "Patri Patriae" Composers' Competition for a piece dedicated to the memory of the Holy Father John Paul II for high school and university students and young composers. The deadline for submitting applications is 31 March 2022.

The "Patri Patriae" Composers' Competition was first announced on 16 October 1991 by the then Karol Szymanowski State Secondary Music School in Katowice to commemorate the pontificate of Pope John Paul II – "Father of the Homeland". Its founder and main organiser for 30 years has been Felicja Bieganek, who with this initiative has launched the careers of many of today’s recognised composers. The co-organizer of the competition is the Art Education Centre in Warsaw, the Polish Composers' Union – Katowice Branch, the Association of Alumni and Supporters of the Music High School in Katowice and the New Music Orchestra. The honorary patrons of the competition are the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodship, the Mayor of Katowice, the Archbishop of Katowice and the Rector of the Academy of Music in Katowice.

The aim of the competition is to promote outstanding young musical personalities, as well as to familiarize them with the values advocated by the Holy Father. The subject of the 8th edition of the competition is: a) a piece for any solo instrument (except organ); b) a piece for female choir a cappella with the possible use of one or two solo voices; c) a piece for chamber orchestra.

Three financial awards as well as honourable mentions will be awarded in each age group. The winners of the competition will receive the "Lyre" statuettes. The awarded works will be performed at the Winners Concert on 15 October 2022.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The competition rules are available athttp://2st.zpsm.edu.pl/konkursy/patri-patriae 

Adam Mickiewicz Institute: Popularising Mieczysław Weinberg's Works


The Adam Mickiewicz Institute continues its mission to popularize the achievements of Mieczysław Weinberg around the world. 2021 sees the release of the first monograph on the life and work of the composer written in Russian, as well as the album with his chamber works Light in darkness: Mieczysław Weinberg. The premiere will take place on 8 December 2021, on the composer's birth anniversary.

WajnbergWeinberg left 153 opus pieces, including 22 symphonies, 70 chamber pieces and almost 30 song cycles. The first monograph on him in Russian by Danuta Gwizdalanka presents the entire complexity of Weinberg's biography, which was marked by the turbulent history of the 20th century. The book was published by the famous Petersburg music publishing house "Kompozytor". The project was coordinated by Andrei Ustinov, editor-in-chief of the magazine "Muzykalnoje Obozrienije". The monograph is available in the Falanster bookstore in Moscow. It is also presented at the Non Fiction book fair and disseminated during concerts and significant musical events in all over Russia.

Book review: https://muzobozrenie.ru/novaya-kniga-o-mechislave-vajnberge/ 

Another publication released in 2021 with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute is the album Light in darkness: Mieczysław Weinberg. The CD released by the Belgian publishing house Evil Penguin Classic contains several chamber works by Weinberg performed by renowned musicians: Linus Roth, Jose Gallardo, Danjulo Ishizak and Janusz Wawrowski. The album was presented internationally at the Chopin Competition 2021, as well as during Linus Roth's concerts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is available in the Empik store chain, as well as on the foreign market and on the Spotify platform: https://open.spotify.com/album/0r1y0fKuAlkFnukiPfpd9k

The releases are part of the international cultural programme coordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, carried out as part of the Niepodległa Multiannual Program 2017–2022.

Bydgoszcz | 12th International Competition for Young Pianists "Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam"

Rubionstein12th International Competition for Young Pianists „Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam” will be held from 7 to 13 December 2021 in Bydgoszcz – in a city known as the „City of Music”, with great cultural and artistic traditions.

The competition programme is extremely demanding and includes pieces that Artur Rubinstein had in his piano repertoire. In addition to the six main financial prizes, the winners receive the Chopin Prize, the Special Prize for the best performance of a piece by Karol Szymanowski, the Special "Ruby" Prize for the youngest laureate of the competition, the Special Prize for the artistic personality of the competition, the Award of the Director of the Competition Ewa Stąporek-Pospiech for the best performance of a concert with orchestra, as well as awards in the form of concerts and scholarships. The final performances of the pianists will be held at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic (11-12 December) with the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra.

On 7 December Szymon Nehring will perform the opening recital, presenting music by Chopin and Szymanowski.

International Competition for Young Pianists „Artur Rubinstein in memoriam” is one of the most important music competitions for young pianists. The honorary chairman of the Competition is Ewa Rubinstein - the daughter of the great pianist. The competition has been organized since 1993 by the State Music School Complex Artur Rubinstein in Bydgoszcz and the Mozart Society in Bydgoszcz with the participation of: the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport in Warsaw, the Marshal’s Office of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship in Toruń, the City Hall of Bydgoszcz. The competition is recommended by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sports. In 2000, the competition was entered into the European Association of Music Competitions for Young People (EMCY).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Rules and regulations: www.konkurs-rubinstein.bydgoszcz.pl 

Warsaw | 3rd Eufonie International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe: Concert of Olga and Natalia Pasiecznik

EufonieAn evening for soprano and piano at the 3rd Eufonie Festival is still ahead of us – Olga and Natalia Pasiecznik will perform a special vocal recital in the Ballroom of the Royal Castle in Warsaw on 5 December 2021 at 7.30 p.m. (postponed from 21 November).

The idea of the festival is to popularize the cultural heritage of most countries known today as Central and Eastern Europe: from the Balkans, through Romania and Austria, the Visegrad Group countries, Ukraine and Belarus, to the Baltic States. This area is an extremely interesting melting pot whose complexity can be discovered through the variety of the presented compositions and artists. The honorary patrons of this year's festival are ambassadors of thirteen countries of the region: Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. The director of the festival is Prof. Rafał Wiśniewski, and the chairman of the Programme Council – Dr Mieczysław Kominek, president of the Polish Composers' Union.

The Pasiecznik sisters do not need to be introduced to the admirers of contemporary music. It was with Olga in mind that Paweł Szymański composed his two-act opera Qudsja Zaher; Krzysztof Knittel writes especially for her. She has sung on the stages of the most prestigious opera houses in the world and has recorded over 50 albums. She performs in a repertoire comprising pieces from various eras, from the Renaissance to the present day, as well as in recitals with Russian and Ukrainian songs, accompanied by her sister Natalia on the piano. At the Eufonie Festival, the Pasiecznik sisters will perform songs by Jean Sibelius and Ukrainian composers, Viktor Kosenko and Mykola Lysenko.

The Eufonie International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe is organized by the National Centre for Culture with funds of the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Programme: http://eufonie.pl/ 

Łódź | 78th Musica Moderna Session

AMOn 5-9 December 2021 the Department of Composition of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź and the Polish Composers' Union will host the 78th Musica Moderna session – a celebration of contemporary music in Łódź.

The programme of this year's session included a symphonic concert, a performance of Anna Kwiatkowska / Mikołaj Pałosz duo, the final concert of the 6th "Moja (mi)nuta" Youth Composition Competition, an evening with electronic and electroacoustic music, and a traditional concert "Young Composers, Young Performers", presenting new works by composition students of the Academy of Music in Łódź. The four days event will feature pieces by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Anahita Abbasi, Matthias Pintscher, Mathias Spahlinger, Zdzisław Szostak, Artur Zagajewski, Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, Olga Hans and Maciej Kabza, and others.

Tickets for the inaugural concert are available for purchase at the ticket office of the Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Łódź, admission to other events is free.

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

Programme: https://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/78-sesja-musica-moderna 

Warsaw | Gala Concert of Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020

WWECCThe Warsaw Wind Music Association invites you to the Gala Concert of the International Composition Contest for  Wind Orchestra – Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020, which will take place on Sunday, 5 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the "Alternatywy" Culture Centre in Ursynów in Warsaw (9 I. Gandhi St.). The concert will feature the premiere of works by the Competition Winners in the international and Polish categories, as well as distinguished works.

Compositions awarded in the 1st (international) Competition category will be performed by the Concert Orchestra of the Representative Artistic Ensemble of the Polish Army under the baton of Lt. Marcin Ślązak. Compositions awarded in the 2nd (Polish) Competition category will be performed by the Representative Orchestra of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences under the baton of Chris David Westover (USA) – the winner of the Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2019. Among the awarded composers from Poland are: Marcin Molski (1st place), Krzysztof Falkowski (2nd place), Wojciech Zwierniak (3rd place), Tomasz Labuń, Piotr Sarnecki and Bartłomiej Szułakiewicz (distinctions).

The event will be combined with the Gala Concert of the International Competition for Conductors of Brass Orchestras – Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2021. The concert will feature the winners of the Competition, the final stage of which will take place on the same day from 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the "Alternatyty" Culture Centre in Ursynów. The event will be open to the public and broadcast online on the Competition website and on social media. The gala will be available on the YouTube channel of the Warsaw Wind Music Association.

The event is organized by the Warsaw Wind Music Association, PWM Edition and the "Alternatywy" Culture Centre in Ursynów. Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme, carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | "Generation '51 on their 70th birthday": Silesian Quartet, Piotr Lato & Piotr Sałajczyk

KwartetThe Generation ‘51 composers began a current in Polish music which Andrzej Chłopecki called neoromanticism. The next concert of the Silesian Quartet in the series "Generation '51 for their 70th birthday" on 4 December 2021 at 6.00 p.m. in the NOSPR Chamber Hall will be an opportunity to verify this statement.

The instruments featured in Eugeniusz Knapik’s Trio for violin, clarinet and piano provide a connection with Béla Bartók’s Contrasts, but also with Darius Milhaud’s and Alexander Arutiunian’s suites, Stravinsky’s Soldier's Tale and Khachaturian’s Trio, written for the same type of ensemble. Yet, it was not referencing history that mattered for the composer. It was the sum of timbres offered by such an ensemble and reaching for the essence of the trio genre. The piece, commissioned by Walter Verdehr in 2003, premiered at the “Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music.

Can performers provide inspiration for the composer? Two years ago, the Silesian Quartet performed Bettina Skrzypczak’s String Quartet No. 4 and Mieczysław Weinberg’s Piano Quintet in one concert in Bern. It was after the concert, at which the composer was present, that the idea of writing a new piece for the same classical type of ensemble, piano and string quartet, burdened with a long tradition, yet also letting one’s sonic-timbre imagination wander freely. Bettina Skrzypczak's Piano Quintet will be premiered by the Silesian Quartet and Piotr Sałajczyk.

Bettina Skrzypczak's piece was co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://nospr.org.pl/

"Classics Across Poland": Książek Piano Duo

NIMiTKsiążek Piano Duo, composed of Agnieszka Zahaczewska-Książek and Krzysztof Książek, will have a three-day concert tour around Greater Poland on 2-4 December 2021 as part of the Polish Music Management.

The artists will visit three places: on 2 December at 5.00 p.m. they will perform in the Concert Hall of the Apolinary Szeluto Music School Complex in Słupca, on 3 December at 5.00 p.m. at the Stanisław Moniuszko Primary Music School in Zbąszyń, and on 4 December at 5 p.m. at the Jankowice Palace.

The talented musicians will perform works by Władysława Markiewiczówna, Witold Lutosławski, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninoff for four hands and two pianos. The concerts will take place as part of the "Classics Across Poland" series financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The aim of the project is to reach smaller community centres, cities, towns and villages with music programmes of the highest artistic level performed by outstanding Polish artists. So far, two editions included 96 concerts in 11 provinces across the country.

Admission to the events is free, but prior reservation is required.

More informationhttps://nimit.pl/wydarzenia/ksiazek-piano-duo-z-klasyka-przez-polske/ 

Kraków | 54th Organ Music Days

KrakowThe 54th Organ Music Days –  one of the oldest organ festivals in Poland, established at the Krakow Philharmonic in 1966 on the initiative of prof. Eugenia Umińska and Henryk Czyż – will be held in Krakow on 1-5 December 2021. The concerts of this year's edition, due to the conservation of the philharmonic organ, will be held primarily in Krakow's churches.

The first concert will take place on Wednesday, 1 December at 8.00 p.m. in the Saint Michael the Archangel and Saint Stanislaus the Bishop and Martyr Basilica. The Italian organist Eugenio Maria Fagiani will perform works from Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, to Wilhelm Rust, Gaetano Donizetti and Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck. The second concert will be held on Friday, 3 December at 7.30 p.m. in the Church of Of Our Lady Queen of Poland. Julian Gembalski, an outstanding Polish organist, will present works by Georg Muffat, Piotr Drusiński and Johann Sebastian Bach and his own pieces –Two Advent Hymn Preludes, as well as improvisations on Advent songs.

A day later, on Saturday, 4 December at 6.00 p.m., the Krakow Philharmonic will host a special oratorio concert to celebrate the 625th anniversary of the establishment of the Faculty of Theology and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow. The Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the direction of Tomasz Tokarczyk will perform works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – Beatus Vir, Wojciech Kilar – Victoria, and fragments of the opera about John Paul II – Totus Tuus by Paweł Sydor. Stanislav Kuflyuk (baritone), Adrian Domarecki (tenor), Sylwia Ziółkowska (soprano), Dawid Roy (baritone), Grzegorz Królak (bass), mezzo-sopranos – Agnieszka Karpińska and Klaudyna Nitkiewicz and Karol Bonawentura Mieliński (baritone) will perform as soloists.

The last concert of the 54th Organ Music Days will be held on Sunday, 5 December at 6.00 p.m. at the Sanctuary of Saint John Paul II. Bogdan Narloch on the organ and Roman Gryń on the trumpet will present compositions by Clarke, Stanley, Bach, Chopin, Wawiłow, Czerniewicz, Dubois and Bédard. Admission to all concerts outside the Krakow Philharmonic is free!

More information: www.filharmonia.krakow.pl