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Katowice | Piano-Tężnia Festival

pianoThe 2nd and 3rd editions of the Piano-Tężnia Festival, which was canceled last year due to a pandemic, will be held between 11 July and 22 August 2021. The idea of the festival, financed from the Civic Budget of the City of Katowice, is to combine the health-promoting properties of the Brine Graduation Tower in the Zadole Park in Katowice and music interpreted by outstanding pianists. Admission free!

This year, piano recitals will take place in the park’s Amphitheatre near the Brine Graduation Tower. The first of this year’s editions of the festival (11 July –1 August) is organised by the Municipal Cultural Centre "Ligota" in Katowice. On the next 4 Sundays at 5 p.m., there will be performances by: Anna Górecka, Piotr Sałajczyk, Beata Bilińska and Szczepan Kończal. The next edition (8–22 August ), organised by the Katowice City of Gardens – Krystyna Bochenek Institution of Culture, will include recitals by Andrzej Wierciński, Michał Dziewior, Mateusz Tomica and Paweł Tomaszewski (the last two concerts will take place on 22 August at 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.).

The artists will present a diverse repertoire, which will include piano masterpieces – sonatas by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergei Prokofiev, miniatures by Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, as well as Polish music: two recitals will be composed exclusively of Fryderyk Chopin’s pieces. There will also be works by Władysław Żeleński, Juliusz Zarębski, Bolesław Woytowicz, Grażyna Bacewicz and Ludomir Różycki, as well as Paweł Tomaszewski’s original program for the finale.

On 5 consecutive Sundays (11 July–8 August), immediately after the recitals of the Piano-Tężnia Festival, at 6.30 p.m., there will be workshops organised by MCC "Ligota" called "Breathing by singing", during which invited artists and vocal groups will sing popular songs with the audience.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

SEE: Festival Programme

Kraków | 7th Sinfonietta Festival at the National Museum

SCOn 1 July 2021, Sinfonietta Cracovia will inaugurate the 7th Sinfonietta Festival with an interdisciplinary concert "Musical antibodies – music and immunology", which will be graced by a multimedia lecture by distinguished guests associated with the Medical University of Vienna: Prof. Maria Sibilia and Prof. Manfred Hecking, co-authors of the very popular Viennese series of "science concerts" Sounds and Science.

Together with the excellent guests of the Festival, the audience will have the opportunity to go on a musical journey through immunology and learn the medical history of some of the greatest composers. The concert programme will also include the most outstanding compositions inspired by mathematics and other sciences, including works by Aleksander Borodin, Anton Webern, Witold Lutosławski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

"Chamber clubbing" in the branches and gardens of the National Museum in Kraków is a proposal that combines the form of a traditional concert with the spirit of clubbing: five concerts by outstanding Polish chamber ensembles held simultaneously in various locations will end with the open-air finale with the participation of Massimo Mercelli – an outstanding Italian flutist, who will perform the Polish premiere of Michael Nyman's Two pieces dedicated to him.

During the final concert of the Sinfonietta Festival in Sukiennice, entitled "Density. The Physical Phenomenon of Sound" Massimo Mercelli will perform the famous piece Density 21.5 for solo flute by Edgar Varèse – composed for the concert premiere of his platinum flute. In addition, Sinfonietta Cracovia will premiere the winning piece of the 7th International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" for string orchestra and theremin obbligato.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about tickets: http://sinfonietta.pl 

Wrocław | Glass Pyramids

NFMLutosławski Quartet will perform at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław on 24 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. We will hear works that have entered the canon of contemporary classical music, as well as premieres of two pieces by Polish artists.

The concert will premiere works by the Lutosławski Quartet musicians: String Quartet No. 5 by Marcin Markowicz, co-founder and second violinist of the ensemble, as well as On Difficulties in Building Pyramids  a script for string quartet by Marcin Młodawski, the quartet's cellist and concertmaster of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic.

The programme will also include compositions by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, which are among the most popular and most frequently performed works of the present day. His Summa from 1977, which will open the concert, was written for choir to the text of Credo, but later the composer developed different instrumental versions. The concert will end with another composition originally intended for choir and later arranged for other ensembles, Da pacem Domine from 2004. It was commissioned by Jordi Savall, who wanted to add splendour to a concert for peace in Barcelona by performing this beautiful, meditative work. We will also listen to Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 3 ‘Mishima’ written in 1985.

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

"Impresjowizacja" – Project Inauguration

ChmielewskaThe inauguration of the project "Impresjowizacja", supervised by Polish composer Aleksandra Chmielewska, will take place on 23 June 2021 on the Julian Cochran Foundation's Instagram account. The institution, which has been popularizing classical music since 2016, has prepared an innovative challenge for its followers – the first Polish interactive piece written specifically for Instagram!

Aleksandra Chmielewska is a young composer, improviser, author of youth literature, president of the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union, member of the ZAiKS Authors' Association and the CIAM International Council of Artists executive committee. In her music, she focuses on developing emotional relationship with the listener.

For three days (23-25 June), the followers of the Julian Cochran Foundation's Instagram will have the opportunity to listen to Aleksandra's improvised composition in 3 parts which will be uploaded to IG TV. Then, each follower will be able to share 15 second fragments of the work in the configuration of their choice (#123 #132 #213 #321 #231 #312) on their Insta Story. Each of the participants of this innovative action will be a co-creator of a new interactive piece.

What will the 45 second composition for Instagram sound like? Will a popular form of contemporary music seduce the users of this famous social networking site? We will find out on Friday.

The project partner is Hałas Studio.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.


Wrocław | Organ Summer at NFM

NFMOn summer evenings, between 7 July and 18 August 2021, the National Forum of Music invites you to the Main Hall to listen to organ recitals by Józef Serafin, Elżbieta Karolak, Julian Gembalski and Roman Perucki. The concerts will be an opportunity to get to know a very wide spectrum of organ literature written over the centuries (from Baroque, through Romanticism, to our times).

In recent months, Wrocław music lovers did not have many opportunities to listen to organ concerts at the NFM. It is the pandemic that has played "first fiddle", making it impossible to share the beautiful sound of this instrument. The upcoming recitals will feature music of various eras, including improvisations by Julian Gembalski and works by Feliks Nowowiejski. The audience, partly seated on the stage, will also have the opportunity to see the work of the organist, as well as the mechanics and working principles of this largest instrument ever invented!

The pipe organ at the National Forum of Music outclasses a symphony orchestra in terms of volume, sound and timbre. The instrument was designed and made by organ builders from the Orgelbau Klais Bonn workshop, which boasts over one hundred years of tradition and experience. Its regal sound  perfectly match the acclaimed NFM acoustic. The wonderful organ repertoire of the past centuries will be brought to life at the NFM, and the opportunity to play contemporary organ works will open the way to getting acquainted with new compositions. 

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme is availabe athttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/organy 

Warsaw | 6th SuperSam + 1: Tony Buck & Krzysztof Ostrowski

SuperSamThe 6th edition of the SuperSam + 1 series of performances will begin on 24 June 2021 at the SPATiF club in Warsaw at 8.00 p.m. It will be inaugurated by Tony Buck and Krzysztof Ostrowski.

“SUPER” in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. “SAM” (from Polish, means „alone”, "by himself/herself") refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness. “+ 1” in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time.

Tony Buck is regarded as one of Australia's most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. After his studies, he spent two years in Japan, where he formed PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki. He moved to Europe in the mid-nineties. Some of the more high profile projects he has been involved with, aside from The Necks, include the band Kletka Red, The EX, and The Exiles. He performs solo pieces that often including video and installation elements.

Krzysztof “Freeze” Ostrowski is a musician, producer and instrumentalist from Bydgoszcz, most frequently associated with a broadly defined electronic scene. His extended set of instruments and broad artistic imagination are the characteristic of an artist who often leans toward experimental solutions. He performs solo, in an audio-visual duo Soundscape Mirror (with Tom Skof), and in many other configurations usually related with Bydgoszcz-founded alternative scene at Mózg club. 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://supersam.mozg.pl 

Korzkiew | Summer Music Festival „Muzyczna Korzkiew”

Muzyczna KorzkiewThe Summer Music Festival „Muzyczna Korzkiew” is a series of artistic events that play an important role in the cultural life in the region of Kraków-Częstochowa Jura. Weekly concerts, as well as meetings with artists and culture animators, will take place every Sunday between 27 June and 29 Autust 2021 at 5:15 p.m. in the historic Nativity of St. John the Baptist Church in Korzkiew, which is famous for its unique acoustics.

After a break in 2020, when cultural life was practically stopped, the Festival returns in 2021 with hope for the better. The festival has been organized since 2011 by the "Muzyczna Korzkiew" Association, whose activity is based on enabling closer contact with high-class music, as well as the promotion of young artists and music and cultural animation in the nearby area.

This year's edition of the Festival will feature outstanding works by world-class composers, including those from Poland: Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Sonatas, selected piano works by Fryderyk Chopin – including the Piano Concerto in E minor with the accompaniment of a string quartet, Piano Trios by Józef Haydn, Franciszek Lessel, Andrzej Panufnik, Sergiusz Rachmaninow and Ludomir Różycki, works for wind quintet by Wojciech Kilar, Jacques Ibert and Malcolm Arnold, song cycles by Modest Musorgski and Ralph Vaughan-Williams, as well as original compositions for solo piano by Dominik Wania.

During the upcoming edition of the Festival, there will be performances by artsists such as: Cracow Golden Quintet, Farve Ensemble, Daniel Stabrawa, Mirosław Herbowski and Jacek Ozimkowski, Mariola Cieniawa Puchała with Ewa Miecznikowska and Kazimierz Olechowski, Aleksandra Dąbek and Mateusz Dubiel, Sławomir Cierpik and Piotr Bylica, Katarzyna Vernet with Krzysztof Katana and Krzysztof Sadłowski, as well as young Polish winners of significant music competitions.

Admission to all concerts is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Center POLMIC.

Detailed programme of the Festival is available at: www.festiwalkorzkiew.pl 

Toruń | 25th International Nova Music and Architecture Festival

TOSThe main idea of ​​the 25th International Nova Music and Architecture Festival, which will take place in Toruń on 20 June – 4 September, 2021, is to present the most beautiful music in the historic interiors of Toruń. This year's edition consists of 21 events, including symphonic and chamber concerts, recitals, film screenings (Maksymiuk. Concerto for Two, Chopin's Effect) and an exhibition of photos on the occasion of the festival's anniversary.

Top-class artists as well as musicians of the young generation and students of music academies will perform at the CKK Jordanki, the Artus Court, the Old Town Hall, the Centrum Cinema, the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, the Church of St. Jacob, the Filmar Hotel, in the Town Hall Courtyard and on the stage in the Old Town Square.

The festival will feature a concert of Marcin Wyrostek, one of the best accordionists in Poland, winner of the second edition of Polish "Got Talent" TV show. Together with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam Banaszak, he will perform works by Astor Piazzolla and his own compositions. We will also hear the winner of the 3rd prize in the 5th International Karol Lipiński Violin Competition – Japanese Yumiko Yumiba will perform the most famous pieces of violin literature with piano accompaniment.

The Toruń Symphony Orchestra will perform fragments of musicals, film music, popular music (the most famous pieces by Niemen, Zaucha, Nalepa and Czerwone Gitary), and classical music (including pieces by Henryk Wieniawski, Józef Surzyński, Andrzej Panufnik and Mikołaj Górecki). The anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising will be celebrated with works by Fryderyk Chopin. The finale of the festival will feature arias from the most famous operas and operettas performed by Lithuanian soloists Ieva and Vytautas Juozapaitis, accompanied by TSO musicians conducted by Dainius Pavilionis.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Program Festiwalu – na stronie https://www.muz-arch.pl/ 

Krakow | "Marathon of Serenades": a sprint towards normality

SCTwo days, two programmes, four concerts – this is the musical sprint of Jurek Dybał and Sinfonietta Cracovia towards normality. After months of training, it is finally time to take off without sparing your strength and make up the remaining distance! On 23 and 24 June 2021, the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Krakow will be filled with live music, and two separate programmes will feature the most beautiful serenades – from Tchaikovsky to Penderecki.

Each day, the programme will be repeated at 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m., so that the Krakow audience, thirsty for sensations, could enjoy the music while maintaining the required physical "distance" and without having to race for seats in the concert hall.

The orchestra will perform Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 2, Leoš Janáček's Suite for string orchestra, Edward Elgar's Serenade in E minor, Op. 20, Krzysztof Penderecki's Serenade as well as Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Souvenir d'un lieu cher for violin and orchestra, Op. 42, and Méditation and Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 48. Violinist Maciej Lulek will perform as the soloist.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Częstochowa | "Music in the Temples"

Collegium Cantorum"Muzyka w świątyniach" ("Music in the Temples") is a unique, mystical journey through time, accompanied by to the soothing sounds of sacred choral music. The concert on 22 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Sanctuary of St. Anthony of Padua will be performed by the Collegium Cantorum Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic under the direction of maestro Janusz Siadlak.

The musicians will present works by Juliusz Łuciuk and Andrzej Koszewski. The choir will perform for the first time in front of the audience the pieces included in their two albums, which premiere is scheduled after the summer holidays.

Traditionally, music will be accompanied by a background story – about the parish, its past, and important events in the Częstochowa region. Dr Juliusz Sętowski, head of the History of Częstochowa Documentation Centre, will guide the participants through the meanders of history. Specially designed lighting will create a mystical atmosphere and emphasize the architectural details of the temple.

The project is co-financed by the Częstochowa City Hall and the Polish History Museum as part of the "Patriotism of Tomorrow" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://www.instytutsztuki.com/muzyka-w-swiatyniach/

Winners' Concert of the 2nd Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition

Konkurs CofalikaThe Winners' Concert of the 2nd Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition will be broadcast on 11 June 2021 at 5.00 p.m. on the YouTube channel of the Oskar Kolberg Primary Music School in Czasław.

The 2nd Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition, organised by Oskar Kolberg Primary Music School in Czasław, was held on 4-6 June 2021 in Sułkowice. The auditions took place in the Concert Hall in Sułkowice, where a branch of the school is located. 108 participants from 59 music schools from all over Poland applied to participate in the competition.

The aim of ​​the Competition is to promote young talented students, popularize violin music and the work of Prof. Antoni Cofalik, a distinguished educator and author of numerous works for children and youth. The jury composed of: Prof. Antoni Cofalik – chairman, Prof. Małgorzata Skorupa and Małgorzata Giza-Piątek, awarded 69 prizes and honourable mentions. Thanks to the Sponsors and Partners, the total amount of prizes exceeded PLN 20,000. Each participant received a diploma and gifts.

iTV Myślenice – South Region recorded the Winners' Concert, featuring performances of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in individual categories and the Grand Prix winner. The winners were also granted the prize funded by PWM Edition in the form of a master class with Daniel Stabrawa as part of the 18th edition of Music Education Days organised by PWM (November 2021). The concert's special guest was an outstanding violinist Stanisław Słowiński, who improvised on the three pieces from Antoni Cofalik's Aviary series.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://www.smczaslaw.pl/ 

Łańcut | 60th Music Festival in Łańcut

FRzFor the sixtieth time, outstanding artists will share their work with the audience at the Music Festival in Łańcut. From 20 June to 2 July 2021, eight festival concerts will be held both in the Ballroom of the Łańcut Castle Museum and in the Concert Hall of the Subcarpathian Philharmonic, as well as outdoors, at the Municipal Cultural Center in Łańcut.

Artists of international renown will present mainly Romantic repertoire. However, there will also be music of contemporary artists, including Krzysztof Penderecki, and the masters of early and classical music.

The highlight of the Festival will be Ivo Pogorelic's recital. The concert of the Jussen Brothers piano duo and the performance of the opera Siła małżeństwa (The Power of Marriage) composed by Marcello di Capua, who lived in the castle in Łańcut, also promises to be interesting. An hour before most of the concerts, the "Da Camera" Wind Instrument Group will perform promenade concerts. The ensemble is made up of members of the Subcarphatian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and the repertoire prepared for this year's musical celebration can be included in the category of garden music, perfect for hot summer evenings.

As emphasized by Marta Wierzbieniec (director of the Subcarpathian Philharmonic in Rzeszów and the Music Festival in Łańcut), the musical feast will "turn the time of anxiety and uncertainty into evenings filled with the joy of spending time together in spaces of art, which is also created to make the world better and more beautiful".

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programmehttp://festiwallancut.pl/ 

Toruń | Piano weekend with TOS – 50th death anniversary of Igor Stravinsky

TOSAs part of this year's long-term project "Great Composers – Great Anniversaries", the idea of ​​which is to honour the memory of brilliant artists, the second weekend of June will be devoted to Igor Stravinsky.

This year marks the 50th death anniversary of the Russian composer, author of such groundbreaking works as The Rite of Spring and Firebird. On this occasion, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra has prepared four different events. You will be able to attend a symphonic concert preceded by an introductory meeting led by Andrzej Sułek, piano recitals, meetings with artists as well as to watch Michał Szymanowski's lecture on Piano Work by Igor Stravinsky on the orchestra's YouTube channel.

The programme of the events on 11-13 June 2021 includes not only the works of the "composer of a thousand and one styles". We will also hear pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Zygmunt Stojowski, Karol Szymanowski and Marek Tomaszewski. They will be perfromed by outstanding soloists, winners of prestigious music competitions – piano virtuosos Krzysztof Książek and Michał Szymanowski. Fragments of Stravinsky's ballets and Mike Oldfield's film music will be presented in extremely interesting arrangements by Marek Tomaszewski. The concert on 11 June, "Fireworks," will also mark the end of the 42nd artistic season of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, which will perform under the baton of maestro Dainius Pavilionis.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme: https://tos.art.pl 

Gdańsk | 10th Euro Chamber Music Festival

Euro ChamberThe 10th Euro Chamber Music Festival will be held in Gdańsk on 21 June – 23 July 2021. The festival received the international prestigious EFFE (Europe For Festivals Festivals For Europe) label for 2019-2021, awarded by the European Festival Association to the most interesting art festivals in Europe.

From the first edition, the festival hosted renowned foreign chamber musicians, as well as winners of international music competitions at the beginning of their careers and outstanding instrumentalists of the young generation associated with Gdańsk. The 10th anniversary edition will feature performances by, among others, The Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jan Lewtak, Split Guitar Quartet, Cracow Duo, Franck Leblois, Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf, Arnaud Kaminski, Arthashes and Sarah Stamboltsyan. The programme will be composed of musical masterpieces of various eras, including works by Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Ludomir Różycki and Feliks Nowowiejski.

On 29 June, there will be an evening of poetry by Cyprian Kamil Norwid and Charles Baudelaire on the occasion of their 200th birth anniversary. The performance of one of the greatest Polish actors, Jan Englert, will be accompanied by the French-Polish string ensemble Duo del Gesù.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationwww.eurochambermusicfestival.com 

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Katowice | Are you waiting for the Chopin Competition? Listen to the young pianists before they take part in the big tournament

NOSPRThe qualifying rounds for the long-awaited 18th International Chopin Piano Competition will start soon. Therefore, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra invites you to "Saturday with Chopin"! A concert of four outstanding Polish pianists, who will compete for participation in the great competition in just a few weeks, will be held on 12 June 2021 between 3.30 and 9.30 p.m. The programme will also include interactive events for the whole family.

Who knows if this group of four promising pianists does not include the future laureate of the Competition? The chances are high as the artists, despite their young age, have already won numerous competitions. Aleksandra Świgut received, among others, the second place award at the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments. Andrzej Wierciński missed only three tenths of a point during the previous edition of the Chopin Competition to reach the final. The youngest participants, Mateusz Tomica and Joanna Goranko, are both students of the Academy of Music in Katowice, which has educated many competition winners.

The pianists will perform during the two-part concert, which will last from 6.00 to 9.00 p.m. For those who want to watch only the second part of the concert marathon, tickets will be available during the break, scheduled for around 7.30 p.m. Before the concert, at 5.00 p.m., the journalist Andrzej Sułek will talk about the Competition in the PNRSO foyer. Before the evening series of recitals begins, at 3.30 p.m., families with children will be able to take part in an interactive concert performed by Michał Dziewior. After the concert, around 4:45-5:30 pm, children are invited to participate in the workshops “Painting with sound. Around Chopin”. From 5.45 to 7.30 p.m., a common room will be available for children whose parents are at the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.nospr.org.pl