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Częstochowa | 3rd Wanda Wiłkomirska Violin Competition of Polish Music

WiłkomirskaThe 3rd Wanda Wiłkomirska Violin Competition of Polish Music will be held in the auditorium of the Music School Complex in Częstochowa on 11-14 November 2021. The results will be announced and the awards will be officially presented at the Winners' Concert on 14 November. All concerts and auditions will be broadcast by the Film and Television Academy and will be available online to the general public.

Wanda Wiłkomirska, considered one of the leading violinists of the twentieth century, enjoying well-deserved fame and recognition around the world, also as a teacher, died on 1 May 2018. Her desire was to create a competition for young musicians that would develop their skills and promote Polish music. Before her death, she passed her idea on to Aleksandra Szwejkowska-Belica, one of her pupils, who has been teaching the violin at the Music School Complex in Częstochowa for many years. By initiating the Wanda Wiłkomirska Competition and by taking on its leadership, Aleksandra Szwejkowska-Belica remains convinced that Wanda Wiłkomirska's achievements will be a model for young violinists.

This year's competition was open to young musicians from all over Poland, studying in 1st and 2nd degree music schools as well as first year students of higher education institutions. A total of 104 signed up participants will present exclusively Polish music. In this way, the organizers want to encourage young people to discover the repertoire of native composers.

The participants will be judged by a Jury composed of internationally renowned violinists, including soloists, chamber musicians, teachers, and above all – persons associated with Wanda Wiłkomirska: Aleksandra Szwejkowska-Belica – competition director, Kazimierz Skowronek (K. Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice) – chairman of the Jury, Wojciech Rodek – artistic director of the Lublin Philharmonic, and Ewa Andruszkiewicz – concertmaster of the Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

After the Competition, further concerts of the best participants will be organised at Polish philharmonics, at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and at different festivals.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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