Department of String Instruments of the G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź invites cello students from Polish music academies to the 1st Polish National Dominik Połoński Cello Competition, which will be held remotely based on the sent recordings on 26-28 March 2021.
The competition is dedicated to the memory of the outstanding Polish cellist Dominik Połoński, who was associated with the Łódź Music Academy. He was awarded with the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture "Gloria Artis", the "Polityka's" Passport, the Polish Academy of Sciences Award, the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship Award and the Eureka Award for outstanding achievements in the field of culture. The idea of the competition is to promote talented instrumentalists of the young generation, who, like Dominik Połoński, are distinguished by outstanding charisma and musical intuition, natural sharpness in interpretation and high skill in playing the cello.
The organisers invited cello students from Polish music academies to participate in the competition. The programme of the competition will consist of 30-minute recitals, composed of freely selected pieces for solo cello or cello with piano accompaniment. The winner of the main prize will be awarded the title of "Cello Individuality 2021". Playback of the uploaded recordings will be possible only on 26-28 March through the link posted on the Academy's website in the competition programme section, next to each Candidate's name. The jury will delibarate at the Academy of Music in Łódź.
The competition will be inaugurated by a concert dedicated to the memory of Dominik Połoński, performed by students and graduates from the class of the deceased cellist. Official competition events will be preceded by the Polish National Scientific and Artistic Conference "Cello – The Past and The Present" with two lecture panels and a meeting "Memories of Dominik Połoński" with the participation of Izabela Połońska and the artist's friends. The course of the events will be broadcast live on the YouTube channel of the Academy of Music in Łódź.