The final concert of the 60th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition will be held on 25 June 2019 (Tuesday) at 7pm in the PWM Edition Concert Hall at 8 Aleksandra Fredry Street in Warsaw.
Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition (formerly called the Youth Competition of the Polish Composers' Union) has been organized annually since 1958. Its aim is to enable young Polish composers to start their professional life and encourage them to work independently. The main prize – the Tadeusz Baird Award – in the amount of $ 2,500 for further compositional studies is funded by Alina Sawicka-Baird, wife of the Composer. In this edition, the main prize was funded by Marta Ptaszyńska. Honorable mentions are funded by the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union. Since 1990, the Tadeusz Baird Competition is open to all Polish composers who has not turned 35 years (previously it was intended only for graduates of the composition classes of the state music high schools). The subject of the competition is different each year.
Since 2003, the competition has two stages. The works that have been qualified to the 2nd stage are performed during a public concert, after which the final verdict is announced and the names of the winners are revealed. Such a concert will take place for the sixteenth time. The programme will include: Magic Squares (emblem Triangle), Une saison dans rêve (emblem Rimarth), Singing at the end of the day (emblem Chestnut 12), Sublimation (emblem TBQ), String Quartet Shapes (emblem Maple leave). The works will be performed by POLONIKA string quartet: Paulina Kusa – I violin, Anna Szalińska-Zaziębło – II violin, Magdalena Małecka-Wippich – viola, Krystyna Wiśniewska – cello.
The jury of this year's competition is composed of: Eugeniusz Knapik – chairman, Krzysztof Baculewski, Miłosz Bembinow, Arkadiusz Kubica and Hanna Kulenty.
The concert is organized by the Polish Composers' Union in cooperation with the PWM Edition and ZAiKS Authors' Association with funds from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme.