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Katowice | Open your ears: concert of the New Music Orchestra in NOSPR

Event date: 2024-05-19

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"Korvat auki", or "Open your ears", is the name of an artistic association that cares for the dissemination of contemporary music in Finland and a title of the concert of the New Music Orchestra, which specializes in performing and promoting contemporary music. It will present works by artists from Poland, Ukraine, Finland and France on the 19th of May 2024 at 6 p.m. The soloist will be harpsichordist Gośka Isphording.

She will perform the composition 'A l'île de Gorée' by Iannis Xenakis, which today belongs to the iron repertoire of harpsichord music; it was written for perhaps the most famous harpsichordist of the 20th century - Elżbieta Chojnacka.

Details: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/orkiestra-muzyki-nowej-kolomyjki 

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Warsaw | "Tell me a fairy tale": downtown improvisation workshops for children

Event date: 2024-05-18

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The downtown improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a fairy tale", organized by the Polish Society of Contemporary Music, will take place at the Sto Pociech Foundation in Warsaw (Freta 20/24a) on the 18th of May, 2024 at 10:30. Participation is free of charge. Children aged 3-8 with their parents will be able to take part in unique activities full of music, improvisation and fun.

During the classes you will be able to learn more about contemporary music and hear, among others: what an octopus on a walk, frogs in a pond or tools in a workshop sound like. Thanks to the integration of various forms of art, children during this type of workshops learn expression, cooperation in a group, and develop their own artistic voice.

The workshops will be led by the creators of these workshops - improvisers: composer and pianist Jarosław Siwiński and double bassist Małgorzata Kołcz, and their musical guest - drummer Leszek Lorent.

Details: www.ptmw.art.pl oraz https://fb.me/e/4UN6XrOWI 

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Warsaw | Tree of Life in Hashtag Lab

Event date: 2024-05-16

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Every spring, the Hashtag Lab hosts an evening which programme is dedicated to the memory of Polish Jews. On the 81st anniversary of the destruction of the Great Synagogue in Tłomackie on the 16th of May at 7:00 p.m. Artur Zagajewski's work Tree of Life with words by Chava Rosenfarb will be performed.

Tree of Life is a piece commissioned by the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź and was written to the poems of the Yiddish poet Chava Rosenfarb. Chava survived the ghetto and eventually emigrated to Canada, where she died. Her life's work is the extensive, autobiographical novel The Tree of Life, which was recently translated into Polish.

Ticket information: https://hashtaglab.pl/event/drzewo-zycia/ 

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Zielona Góra | Annual concert of contemporary music 'Barwy – Cienie – Wersy'

Event date: 2024-05-14

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The annual contemporary music concert organized by the Institute of Music of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Zielona Góra has already become our tradition. This time we will present works of contemporary composers who represent Zielona Góra, Poznań and Szczecin. The composers are lecturers of the University of Zielona Góra, the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań and the Szczecin Art Academy.

The concert program encompasses instrumental works for cello and piano, for piano solo, as well as songs based on poems by Cyprian Kamil Norwid. The titles of the compositions refer to colours, shadows and poetic inspirations. The performers also represent all the centres:  Milena Palkaj – piano (Szczecin), Wojciech Kaszuba – cello, Maria Koszewska-Wajdzik – piano (Poznań), Maciej Straburzyński – bass-baritone and Monika Hanus-Kobus – piano (Zielona Góra).

Institute's website: https://imu.uz.zgora.pl/
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Warsaw | 24th "Sinfonia Varsovia To Its City" Festival - music tournée across Warsaw

Event date: 2024-05-13

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Between the 13th of May and the 9th of June, 2024, Sinfonia Varsovia musicians will tour Warsaw, performing as part of the 24th "Sinfonia Varsovia To Its City" Festival together with invited guests on six stages of the capital.

The programme includes premieres, symphonic and chamber concerts, events for the youngest audience, and new music formats. Cellist Jakob Kullberg, violinist Jakub Haufa and singers Iwona Sobotka, Agnieszka Rehlis, Tadeusz Szlenkier and Tomasz Konieczny will perform. The orchestra will be conducted by Henrik Nánási, Christopher Austin, Daniel Mieczkowski and Joolz Gale.

Press release

More: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

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Winners of the 3rd SAXandVILLAS International Composition Competition announced!

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The theme of the 3rd SAXandVILLAS International Composition Competition, organized by Villa Lentz in Poland, Villa la Padula in Italy and Escola Artística Do Conservatório De Música Calouste Gulbenkian, was works for chamber ensembles with saxophone. After careful analysis of the submitted scores, the jury selected three winners: A Pole and two Italians.

First place went to Damian Dziweńka for his piece 'In the name of land', (pseudonym: Naard). 
Second place went to Michele Allegro for his composition 'New York Tales', (pseudonym: Irese90). 
Roberto Maria Cipollina became third for the track 'Apparuit', (alias: YKN22).

Additional information: https://willa-lentza.pl/strona/365-SAXandVILLAS_2024_ 

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Laureates of the 12th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition announced!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

KonkursLutoslawskiego 11 5 24The names of the winners of one of the most prestigious competitions for young cellists under the age of 30 have been announced! Following the final auditions of the 12th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition, organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance, 4 main prizes, 2 special regulation prizes and 1 special mention were awarded on the 11th of May 2024. The award gala will also take place at the Warsaw Philharmonic on the 12th of May at 6 p.m. Admission is ticketed.

Here are the names of the winners who will attend the Gala:

1st Prize - Tae-Yeon Kim (South Korea)
2nd Prize - Maria Leszczynska-Thieu (Poland)
3rd Prize - Antoni Wrona (Poland)
4th Prize - Gustaw Bafeltowski (Poland)
Distinction - Esteban Jiménez Suárez (Spain).

Competition website: https://www.lutoslawski-cello.art.pl/ 

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Annual Awards of the Polish Composers' Union 2024 announced!

DoroczneNagrody 24On the 9th of May 2024 the Jury, consisting of: Krzysztof Baculewski (chairman), Agnieszka Draus, Monika Kędziora, Mieczysław Kominek and Jerzy Stankiewicz, awarded the 2024 Annual Awards of the Polish Composers' Union.

 

 

The award winners are:


Marcel Chyrzyński - for his outstanding work as a composer recognized in musical circles in Europe, Asia and the Americas; for his artistic and organisational direction of the Cracow International Composers' Festival; and for his many years of activity and camaraderie in the Polish Composers' Union.

Katarzyna Dadak-Kozicka - for her long-standing inspiration of the musicological and composer community to joint activities for the benefit of Polish music at home and abroad, reconstruction of the history of the Polish Composers' Union in the book Defenders of the Entrusted Good, renewal of the union's scientific journals: "Polish Yearbook of Musicology" and "Musicology Today".

Violetta Przech - for her fundamental monograph on the life and work of Zbigniew Bargielski, to which she devoted many years of her work and professional life.

Information and photo: Marta Skotnicka-Karska
ZKP Office director
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Warsaw | st Interschool Knowledge Competition "Zoom on Polish music"

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On the 13th of May, 2024, the 1st Interschool Knowledge Competition "Zoom on Polish music" will be held. This year, the heroine of the Competition will be Maria Szymanowska (in connection with the 235th anniversary of her birth).

Competition, organized by the Karol Kurpiński State Music School of the 1st degree No. 4. in Warsaw, is addressed to students of first-cycle music schools from all over Poland. As part of the Competition, participants will take part in a theoretical test devoted to the life and work of Maria Szymanowska and an auditory test checking their knowledge of her works.

The competition will be based on a book about Maria Szymanowska from the series Małe Monografie (PWM) and the biography of Maria Szymanowska from the Polish Music Portal (NIFC).

Rules and regulations available on the website: https://www.gov.pl/web/psm4warszawa/i-miedzyszkolny-konkurs-wiedzy-zoom-na-muzyke-polska 

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