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Annual Awards of the Polish Composers' Union 2022


On the 9th of May 2022 the Jury composed of: Zygmunt Krauze (chairman), Rafał Augustyn, Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, Mieczysław Kominek, Tadeusz Wielecki and Małgorzata Woźna-Stankiewicz awarded the Annual Awards of the Polish Composers' Union for 2022.

The winners of the Awards are:

Jerzy Kornowicz - for outstanding artistic creativity and extraordinary activity for the benefit of the ZKP community and the entire Polish culture.

Dorota Kozińska - for rich critical, essay and translation work, covering vast areas of music, with particular emphasis on music theater.

Congratulations to the winners!

The annual Polish Composers' Union Prize has been awarded since 1949 - to 1991 to honor authors and performers for their outstanding achievements in the field of music and since 1991 - to ‘Polish composers, performers, musicologists, educators and organizers of musical life for outstanding achievements’. The award ceremony is planned for September during the 65th Warsaw Autumn Festival.

Warsaw | Night of Museums 2022: premiere perfomances of Aleksandra Chmielewska's works

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

POLMICOn the 14th of May 2022 Jaga Hupało Born To Create studio invites you to an artistic and fashion journey on both sides of the Vistula river: at Burakowska street 5/7 , to the Old Lace Factory and at Kłopotowskiego street 11, to the Former Factory of Machines and Mill Stones.

This year's edition of the Night of Museums theme, organized by the Pracownia Jagi Hupało, is ‘Persistence’. Great Masters, young talents, artists of many generations from various fields of art will present their interpretation of the concept of durability. Tradition will be shown using modern means of expression.

The premiere of two pieces by Aleksandra Chmielewska, Czerwone jabłuszko and Cichy zapada zmrok for guitar, piano, voice and cello will take place. The pieces will be performed by Walicki Popiołek Duo and the band Julia Topolanek-Pacan & Bartłomiej Pacan.

The programme will also include a ballet performance by the Oberemok duo, a performance by Kasia Korus in combination with the music of Miss God, a concert by Rafał Betlejewski's ‘Gorgeous’ band, Łukasz Błażejewski and Patryk Kaczanowski's Oath performance, an audiovisual show by Ari Dykier and Marta Mulawa's ‘Korowód hearts’.

Detailes: https://www.facebook.com/events/3186888654919303 

Wrocław | Sound Gallery

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NFMThe ‘Sound Gallery’ project will be presented at the National Forum of Music as part of the Night of Museums on the 14th of May 2022.

It is a special event of the Musica Polonica Nova Festival. In the foyer of the NFM Paweł Romańczuk's Internal Visit installation and installations by students and graduates of the Multimedia Activities Studio of the Design Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice will be presented.

LutosAir Quintet will perform Hanna Kulenty's new composition Alias
commissioned as part of the 'Composers' commissions' programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Read more: Wrocław | Sound Gallery

Wrocław | 10th anniversary of the Polish Cello Quartet concert

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The concert of the Wrocław Philharmonic at the National Forum of Music lead by the Georgian conductor George Tchitchinadze will take place on the 13th of May 2022 at 19.00. The programme will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Krzysztof Meyer and Richard Strauss, and the highlight of the concert will be the premiere of Mikołaj Górecki's Sinfonia concertante.

The piece was commissioned by the National Forum of Music and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic and will be performed by the NFM Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Cello Quartet and Tomasz Strahl.
In the second part of the concert we will hear Krzysztof Meyer's Caro Luigi for four cellos and strings.

More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/8863 

Katowice | Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic , Yaroslav Shemet and Beata Bilińska

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

On the 13th of May 2022 at 19.00 pianist Beata Bilińska will perform the Piano Concerto No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven with the accompaniment of the Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic conducted by Yaroslav Shemet.

Adam Wesołowski's work Anioły i Demony  (Angels and Demons) and Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra will also be performed during the evening.

More: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/beethoven-v-koncert-fortepianowy-bilinska-shemet-orkiestra-symfoniczna/ 

Opole | 'Star Zone': Heroins

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Moldavian violinist Alexandra Conunova as well as the overture and two symphonies will be the highlights of the Opole Philharmonic's "Star Zone" concert series. On the 13th of May 2022 at 19.00 the Opole Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Michał Klauza will perform works by Andrzej Panufnik, Édouard Lalo and Ludwig van Beethoven.

‘The idea of composing the Heroic Overture, with a triumphant ending, came to my mind in September 1939, when the first attack of the Nazi invaders on Warsaw met with the heroic resistance of the Polish nation’ recalled Andrzej Panufnik years later. In the early 1950s the theme abandoned years before returned to the composer. A few minutes long Heroic Overture was performed for the first time by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Witold Rowicki.

Édouard Lalo wrote his Spanish Symphony with its first performer, the Spanish violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate in mind. The work is, in fact, a concert symphony. Beethoven's famous ‘Eroica’ Symphony No. 3 will be presented in the final part of the concert.

Opole Philharmonic press release

Ticket information: www.filharmonia.opole.pl 

Cracow | 'Stars with Sinfonietta’: Lee Reynolds

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The third concert of the 2022 concert series ‘Stars with Sinfonietta’ will be the performance of the Orchestra conducted by Lee Reynolds on the 13th of May 2022 at 19.30 at the Karol Szymanowski Cracow Philharmonic with Ben Goldscheider playing horn as a soloist.

After Ramón Ortze Quero and Josep Vicenta, Sinfonietta Cracovia invites another recognized artist. Lee Reynolds is a winner of the Sky Arts Awards working with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as well as with such renowned orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

The concert’s repertoire will combine various images of the 20th century music namely Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 by Benjamin Britten, Malcolm Arnold's French Horn Concerto No. 2 and Richard Strauss's Metamorphoses.

The concert was prepared as part of the ‘Musical Bridges’ project connecting Cracow cultural institutions.

Press release

Ticket information: https://www.sinfonietta.pl/koncerty/lee-reynolds-ben-goldscheider 

Polish Music Since 1900. Research Network: participation in the inauguration of the project welcome


The conference inaugurating the project ‘Polish Music Since 1900. Research Network' will be held online on the 6th of June 2022 from 6:00 PM. The discussion with the participation of scientists from around the world will be devoted to the study of Polish music from 1900 to the present day.

The organizers announce an online poster session. Proposed topics: music in Poland; Polish musical performance; Polish musicians abroad; music cultures related to Poland; and any other issues that may broaden the view on Polish music.

The conference and discussions will be chaired by James Savage-Hanford, Andrea Bohlman, Beata Bolesławska and Stephen Downes.

Participation is free of charge. You can submit topics for the conference until the end of the month by sending an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In response, conference and discussion participants will receive a link to the meeting (Zoom).

You can also follow the group's activities on Twitter (@ PolMus1900).

Polish Composers' Union Awards 2022


The Board of the Polish Composers' Union awarded this year's ZKP Honorary Award to Jerzy Maksymiuk for the promotion of Polish music and ZKP Award in the field of music education to Małgorzata Kołcz.

Maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk received the Honorary Award ‘for his tireless, passionate and committed work for the benefit of Polish music’.

The seventh ever Polish Composers' Union Award in the field of music education was awarded to Małgorzata Kołcz ‘for her extraordinary creativity and commitment in shaping the attitudes of future recipients of high culture’.

The award ceremony is planned during the 65th ‘Warsaw Autumn’ International Festival of Contemporary Music at the Szymanowski Hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music on the 21st of September at Okólnik 2 street.