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Łódź | International piano master classes for the second time at the Karol Poznański Palace

BISMABISMA Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy are master classes directed at musicians who want to expand their knowledge and develop skills in piano performance. The courses conducted by Michel Béroff, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Piotr Sałajczyk and Ilya Maximov will take place between 2 and 8 August 2020 in the historical building of the Academy of Music in Łódź. 25 pianists from all over the world will perform live-streamed concerts and take part in the Final Gala with audience participation.

This is the second edition of BISMA, courses organized by the Stretto Music Foundation and the Academy of Music in Łódź. Pianists from Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Romania, France, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Australia and Japan will work on their skills in performing wide piano repertoire. Eminent pianists from prestigious European universities will share their experience: Michel Béroff from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris (professor of Seong-Jin Cho, the winner of the last Chopin Competition in Warsaw) and Claudio Martinez Mehner from the Hochschule für Musik in Basel and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. They will be accompanied by artists of the younger generation: Ilya Maximov (Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg) and Piotr Sałajczyk (Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice).

The project includes four concerts by participants, which will be broadcast live on the Academy of Music in Łódź Facebook page. These will be: "Beethoven 2020", "Chopin & Friends" – a concert of representatives of the Polish team for the upcoming 18th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and "Pearls of piano music". The courses will end with the Final Gala, during which the four young pianists participating in the project will present their recitals, and the best of them will be awarded the International Grażyna Bacewicz Award. As the only event of this year's edition, the Final Gala will be open to the public. Due to the limited number of seats, the organisers ask all interested music lovers to arrive at least half an hour before the start. The ceremony will be also broadcast online.

In addition to concerts, this year's master classes will be broadcast live!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.bisma.pl/