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Toruń | 22nd International Festival “Nova Music And Architecture”


22nd International Festival “Nova Music And Architecture” will take place between June 22 and September 2, 2018 in Toruń.

The organizer of the "Nova Music and Architecture" festival is the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, and the artistic director is its conductor Mariusz Smolij. Thanks to the festival, music became an excuse to present the most beautiful monuments in Toruń. This year's edition will feature eminent artists from all over the world, presenting their skills in the most architecturally interesting spaces in Toruń. We will hear Jadwiga Rappé, Krzysztof Meisinger and Sinfonia Varsovia String Quintet, Mettis Quartet (Lithuania), Duo Vitare & Arto Järvelä (Finland), Göttinger Symphonie Orchester and Prairie View A & M University Concert Chorale (USA, Texas).

In order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the independence of our country, the program of the Festival will include a wide range of Polish music – from Chopin to contemporary rock bands. During the concert "Youthful interpretations", the Chamber Orchestra N-harmony will perform Serenade, Op. 2 by Mieczysław Karłowicz. Wojciech Waleczek and Acoustic Quartet will take part in the concert "Pearls of Polish Music", during which Oberek by Grażyna Bacewicz, Cracovienne fantastique by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and suite of film music themes by Wojciech Kilar will be performed. During the concert "Four pages of Europe", co-organized and co-financed as part of the program of the Institute of Music and Dance "Artist – resident", we will hear the Variations in B flat minor, Op. 3 by Karol Szymanowski in the interpretation of Michał Szymanowski.

Detailed programme available at: http://muz-arch.pl 

4th Małopolska Academy of Talents Music Festival

Małopolska Akademia Talentów

The forth edition of Malopolska Academy of Talents Festival will take place between June 26 and July 8, 2018.

On Tuesday, June 26, an accompanying concert for the end of the school year will be held in the performance hall in Łąck. On June 29, duo Fortecello will perform in the Town Hall Hall in Nowy Sącz. Polish cellist Anna Mikulska and French pianist Philippe Argenty will present works of Chopin, Debussy, Bartók and Servais. On July 1, summer music courses in Łąck will begin, and on Wednesday, July 4, for the third time, Archi in Chiesa concert  will take place in the parish of St. John the Baptist in Łąck, featuring Messages Quartet, Jan Kalinowski, Piotr Lato and course participants.

This year's festival will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence. On July 5 in the Limanowa Community Centre Messages Quartet composed of: Małgorzata Wasiucionek, Oriana Masternak (violin), Maria Dutka (viola) and Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska (cello) will perform works by Szymon Laks, Krzysztof Penderecki and Stanisław Moniuszko. The finale of the Małopolska Talent Academy will take place on July 7 in the concert hall of the Music School in Żegocin. Participants of music courses will perform along with with Bartłomiej Kominek, Gajusz Kęska and Marek Szlezer.

The festival and music courses will end on July 8 with a unique concert by the String Orchestra of the Małopolska Talent Academy under the direction of Jadwiga Bialic (violin) with the guest participation of Małgorzata Wasiucionek and Oriana Masternak in St. John the Baptist Parish in Łąck.

Admission free!

The partners of the 4th Małopolska Talent Academy are the Łącko Commune and the Limanowski Dom Kultury. Project implemented with the financial support of the Małopolska voivodship.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.mat.festiwalmuzyczny.com 


Warsaw | Concert of Laureates of the 12th Competition of 20th and 21st Century Music for Young Performers


Polish Radio Programme 2 and Polish Society for Contemporary Music invite you on June 27, 2018 at 7.30 pm to the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio for the concert of laureats of the 12th Competition of 20th and 21st Century Music for Young Performers.

The competition has been organized since 1992 by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music. Its subject is the performace of music written after 1920. The competition presents a wide range of styles of music of the twentieth and twenty-first century: from neoclassical music, through dodecaphony, punctualism, minimalism, to musical theater. The competition is open to students of 2nd degree music schools and music academies. This year's jury was composed of: Agata Kielar-Dlugosz, Dariusz Przybylski and Maciej Żółtowski.

During the Winners' Concert we will hear: Tamara Kurkiewicz (drums), Jakub Muras, Mateusz Warzecha, Karol Mastalerz (saxophone), Grzegorz  Bafeltowski (cello), Monika Łopuszyńska (vocals), Dawid Glowacki (clarinet), Maria Sterczyńska, Aleksander Płaczek, Igor Torbicki ( piano). Musicians will perform, among others, Speedcore for multipercussion and electronics by Sławomir Wojciechowski, Sonata in one movement for cello and piano by Jerzy Bauer, Typologis du Regard for piano and tape by Pierre Jodłowski, and Scene 6 "Mirror" – version for soprano, piano and tape from the opera Anonymous Rafał Ryterski.

Tickets are available online at http://sklep.polskieradio.pl/ and at the cash desk before the concert.

Detailed programme is available on the website of PTMW.

Wrocław | "Let’s Play Music" – final concert of the Choral Academy


The final concert of the Choral Academy will take place on June 24, 2018 at 4 pm in the National Forum of Music in Wrocław. It will feature Jan Krutul's suite for children's choir "Let's Play Music".

The Choral Academy is a programme designed to develop children’s and young people’s choirs at all stages of education: from primary school to professional choral training. The aim of the project is to spread the idea of singing through founding new school choirs and training those that already exist. This is done through tuition, financing and elaborating the curriculum of choral education as well as through establishing professional networks for choirmasters. The programme is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Additional information at: http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl

Szczecin | Bomsori Kim and Rafał Blechacz


On June 24, 2018 at 5.00 pm at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin, the stars of the biggest Polish music competitions – South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim and pianist Rafał Blechacz – will perform Sonata, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski.

The concert will be a great meeting of two musical personalities: the winner of the second prize at the 15th International Violin Competition in Poznań (2016) and the triumphant of the 15th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. The programme will include works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy and Karol Szymanowski.

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

Katowice | „Silesia a cappella”


"Silesia a cappella" is a cycle of four choral music concerts organized by the Institution for the Promotion and Disseminatio of Music "Silesia". The concerts will take place between June 24 – August 26, 2018 in Katowice.

Among the performers we will find: Cracow Singers (June 24), Chamber Choir 441 Hz (June 30), Cantores Minores Wratislavienses (August 18), and Contento Core vocal group (August 26). In reference to the title of the project, concert programmes will be largely filled with choral works by outstanding Silesian composers such as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Józef Świder and Adrian Robak.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.silesia.art.pl/ 

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Bydgoszcz | Yukio Yokoyama Piano Recital


A piano recital by Yukio Yokoyama on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the death of Ignacy Jan Paderewski will be held on June 23, 2018 at 6.00 pm at the I. J. Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz.

Yukio Yokoyama was born in Tokyo in 1971. At the age of 12, he started learning piano under Jun Date and composition under Masayuki Nagatomi. As a French government scholarship holder in 1987, he began to study at the Paris Conservatoire under the guidance of Jacques Rouvier, Vlad Perlmutter and others. In 1990 he graduated with honors, and in the same year he won the third prize (the first was not awarded) in the 12th Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. With this success, Yokoyama officially began concert activity around the world.

His Bydgoszcz Recital, organized in cooperation with the I. J. Paderewski Musical Society in Bydgoszcz, will be held as part of the "Independent" program under the patronage of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Governor Mikołaj Bogdanowicz. The pianist will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Fritz Kreisler, Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, as well as his own Hommage and Rachmaninov - Vocalise.

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

Krakow | 4. Sinfonietta Festival "Do Not Move The Capital to Krakow"


The summer festival of the Sinfonietta Cracovia starting on June 21, 2018 will bring us four unique concerts in the historic interiors of the famous Sukiennice and the beautiful gardens of the National Museum in Krakow plus a spectacular musical battle finale held in the Krakow Philharmonic.

The special guest of this year's edition will be the outstanding, charismatic Polish conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk who will lead the Sinfonia Varsovia during the musical duel with Sinfonietta Cracovia performing under the baton of Jurek Dybał, its director and the mastermind behind the Festival’s unique programming. The tongue-in-cheek battle of the leading Polish orchestras will be judged by Filip Jaślar from the Grupa MocArta ‒ a musician-turned-comedian, beloved by the audience for his exceptional sense of humor (25 June).

We will also hear Tomasz Konieczny ‒ a world-famous Polish singer regularly performing on such iconic scenes as Vienna State Opera, La Scala or Metropolitan Opera ‒ who will be the star of the concert comemorating the late composer Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (22 June). Chamber music enthusiasts will be delighted by the virtuoso duel of the Sinfonia Varsovia Quintet with the Sinfonietta Cracovia’s Chamber Musicians’ Quintet, which will inaugurate the festival (21 June).

The programme will also include two (!) free concerts for all Cracovians and Sinfonietta’s guests: the next edition of the innovative, highly popular Clubbing with chamber music (23 June) and an open-air cross-over concert Lutosławski, from Warsaw (June 24) with Magda Navarrete.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://sinfonietta.pl/sinfonietta-o_festiwalu/