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5th "TRZY-CZTE-RY. Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" Music Festival


The Przypływ Kultury Foundation and artistic director Maciej Grzybowski invite you to the 5th "TRZY-CZTE-RY. Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" Music Festival, composed of 13 concerts broadcast live on the Internet between 3 and 26 July 2020.

"TRZY-CZTE-RY. Contexts. Contrasts. Confrontations" Music Festival is a unique event that combines elements of timelessness and contemporaneity. Presented works are sometimes contrasted with each other, but the main idea is to confront listeners with new artistic visions and open their perception to new contexts.

This year's Festival is dedicated to one of the greatest musical geniuses, Ludwig van Beethoven, whose 250th birth anniversary falls in 2020. We will also hear works by 20th-century composers, Béla Bartók and Anton Webern, whose 75th death anniversaries fall the same year. Sinfonia Varsovia will perform with well-known Polish violinist Jakub Jakowicz.

The real confrontations will be four piano recitals by top Polish young pianists, inluding Aleksandra Świgut, the 1st prize winner in the International Chopin Piano Competition on Historical Instruments (2018), and Jan Krzysztof Broja. The festival will also feature violilnist Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, winner of the 13th Henryk Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists (2006), as well as leading Polish string quartets and AUKSO chamber orchestra conducted by Marek Moś. The last-mentioned will present works by such Polish composers as Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Mieczysław Weinberg, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrzej Panufnik, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Hanna Kulenty, Paweł Szymański, Cezary Duchnowski and Andrzej Karałow.

The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.festiwaltrzycztery.pl/ 

3rd Polish Rising Music Stars Workshops Online

Polish Rising

The 3rd Polish Rising Music Stars Workshops and Competition will be held online on 27 June – 4 July 2020. Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf's original project consists of one-to-one online workshops with prominent Polish and foreign professors directed to the most outstanding Polish pupils, students and graduates.

The annual event is a part of the "Save the Music" social campaign, of which Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf is an ambassador. The programme aims at promoting the most talented artists of the young generation and becoming a platform introducing rising stars of Polish classical music to music lovers and concert agents. Participants of the project present their skills during the competition and final concert.

The registration process is free and takes place online. Participants of the third edition of the programme will be selected on the basis of audio and video materials sent by their teachers in three specialties: violin, viola and cello. The deadline for applications is 25 June 2020. 

The workshops will be conducted by Agata Szymczewska and Elena Denisova (violin), Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf, Irena Albrecht and György Gulyás Nagy (viola), Tilmann Wick and Anna Wróbel (cello). In addition, there will be classes devoted to chamber music (Arnaud Śmigiel-Kaminski and Anna Wróbel), analysis and interpretation of musical notation (Marek Czerniewicz), physical and mental preparation for musical performance (Jadwiga Zabawchalska) and self-presentation in the media (Marlena Wieczorek).

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the funds of the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Wigry | 2nd "Camaldolese Wigry" Chamber and Organ Music Festival

Kamedulskie Wigry

The JAX Association and the Wigry Pro Foundation invite you to the 2nd "Camaldolese Wigry" Chamber and Organ Music Festival, which will run from 28 June to 23 August 2020 in the Post-Camaldolese Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The "Camaldolese Wigry" Chamber and Organ Music Festival refers to the history and tradition of the post-Camaldolese Wigry church, which over the centuries has witnessed many cultural and artistic events. The concerts are characterized by an unusual variety of styles and musical genres, presenting a rich repertoire: from early music to the 21st century.

The second edition of the Festival features five concerts which will be held in Wigry on selected Sundays in June, July and August at 1.00 p.m. (after mass at 12.00 p.m.). The audience will have a chance to hear, among others, a combination of organ with harmonica, saxophone, trumpet, flute and violin. The programme will include works by Jan Podbielski, Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Kurpiński, Władysław Żeleński, Emil Młynarski, as well as improvisations by Jan Kieszkowski, Paweł Głowiński, Maciej Sikała and Bogusław Grabowski.

The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at:https://festiwal.wigry.pro/ 

Katowice | Last concert of the season – online and in the concert hall!


On 19 June 2020 at 7.00 p.m., the Silesian Philharmonic will be filled with music and joy of experiencing it together. After the pandemic break, the long-awaited final concert of the season will be open to public.

The concert will be inaugurated by a unique work, which was co-created by five composers and hundreds of music lovers through online voting as part of the project #stayathomeandcreate, organized by the Silesian Philharmonic and PWM Edition. The project coincided with the sad news about the death of one of the most important and outstanding composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, Krzysztof Penderecki. The artists agreed to devote a joint work to the deceased Master. Suite in Memoriam Krzysztof Penderecki consists of five parts that differ in subject, character, form, harmonics and style. Each of them was created by Facebook users with a different composer, including: Mikołaj Górecki, Enjott Schneider, Adam Wesołowski, Marcel Chyrzyński and Jerzy Kornowicz. The composition is therefore a kind of review of the paths followed by contemporary artists, it illustrates how different are their approaches to composing and how these approaches can be combined by a common mission.

The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk will also present two works by Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture "Coriolan" and Symphony No. 4 in B flat major.

The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://bit.ly/3eVy7ns 

Andrzej Karałow's metaopera "De invitatione mortis” – album premiere


The premiere of Andrzej Karałow's album De invitatione mortis, published by the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music – Chopin University Press will take place on 10 June 2020.

In De invitatione mortis we are dealing with a text that is related to the values and philosophy of the Christian religion. Death, around which the main theme revolves, is not presented as the evil awaiting the man at the end of his life. It is only a symbolic transition to another, new world. The metaopera De invitatione mortis aims to show a different approach to the genre of opera by combining different stylistic and technical influences. It is a kind of a “desktop” opera, devoid of stage action: It adopts the form of a mystery play, in many aspects of an ascetic music drama, in which the voice acts as the communicator of the libretto’s content and its message. The mystery play character of De invitatione mortis concerns primarily the creation of a sound environment whose centre is occupied by the word, leading the course of the entire metaopera, which can be perceived as a ritual. One can say that De invitatione mortis is a mystery play in which the sound and word, dominating the whole structure, create a new, alien world based on synesthetic and abstract references. De invitatione mortis is also an attempt to address the issue of merging various genres from the borderline of classical, improvised, and electronic music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://andrzejkaralow.pl/2-8/de_invitatione_mortis/ 

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75th anniversary of the Silesian Philharmonic online!


The Silesian Philharmonic is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Despite the current difficult situation, the institution invites you to celebrate it with its musicians without leaving home. On 26 May 2020, exactly on the 75th anniversary of the first concert held in the philharmonic hall, you will be able to participate in a great online event. 

Live broadcasts on Facebook and YouTube will ba available almost the whole day. The Silesian Philharmonic invites viewers to have a guided tour of its building and learn about its history through various stories,  anecdotes and memories of world-renowned musicians. During live conversations, music lovers will be able to respond and ask questions. Although the Great Anniversary Gala is postponed, the artists who were supposed to perform – Leszek Możdżer, Katarzyna Hołysz, Małgorzata Walewska, Andrzej Lampert and Aleksander Teliga– will also appear on Facebook to celebrate the anniversary

The Philharmonic will also present fragments of concerts of its orchestras and choir. Additionally, at 7:00 p.m., there will be an online concert with the premiere recordings of works by Witold Friemann, Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. Especially for this occasion, Adam Wesołowski – director of the Silesian Philharmonic – composed a 75-second fanfare, which premiere will begin the final concert of the day.

During the time spent together, viewers will learn a bit of history, immerse themselves in memories and learn something about what will happen in the future – because the 76th artistic season is just around the corner!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/jubileusz-75-lecia-filharmonii-slaskiej-on-line/ 

Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020

Warsaw WindThe PWM Edition and Warsaw Wind Music Association announce the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra – Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020.

The Contest is open to composers of all nationalities who are at least 18 years old before 30 September 2020. It will be organised in two categories: international and Polish. The Final Gala will take place on 28 November 2020 in Warsaw. The prize pool include publication of the winning composition in the PWM series 'Biblioteka Orkiestr Dętych' ('The Wind Orchestras Library'), first performance of the winning composition at the Final Gala and material prizes. The winner in the Polish category will receive an additional cash prize in the amount of PLN 4,000 funded by the PWM Edition.

Applications may be submitted by 30 September 2020 (23:59, UTC+2).

Compositions will be judged by a Jury composed of: Alicja Gronau – chairwoman of the jury, Chris David Westover, Ryan Latimer, Eunho Chang, Adam Czajkowski, Daniel Cichy, Jakub Nikiel, Mariusz Dziubek, Jarosław Praszczałek.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.warsawwinds.pl.

"Sinfonietkowe e-przedszkole" – online music classes with Ms Sinfonietka


"Sinfonietkowe e-przedszkole" ("Sinfonietka e-nursery school)" is another initiative of the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra addressed to young music lovers as part of the free artistic and educational offer "Smash the virus with music!".

"Sinfonietkowe e-przedszkole" are online music classes that refer to the popular series of concerts for children "Sinfonietka". Children who are not attending nursery shools for the time being will have a chance to spend interesting time with Ms Sinfonietka. The classes will be conducted by Danuta Augustyn, beloved by young music lovers – a valued violinist of Sinfonietta Cracovia, a member of the DAFO quartet and an academic teacher. Children will learn songs, have fun and play homemade instruments. Sinfonietka Karaoke Songs will also provide a lot of laughter, music and fun. Let's show that children at home are not bored!

Classes will be held individually or in small groups via an instant messenger. Caregivers will be informed by e-mail about their dates and details before each class. Applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfonietta.pl/e-przedszkole/ 

4th Theodor Leschetizky International Piano Competition


4th Theodor Leschetizky International Piano Competition will be held at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater on 22-27 August 2020.

The competition is organised by the Theodor Leschetizky Music Society in Warsaw in cooperation with the Hamburg University of Music and Theater and aims at promoting Polish music, which is compulsory in the programme. 

Jury chaired by prof. Hubert Rutkowski will grant Main Prizes in the total amount of € 12.500 and Special Awards: Chopin Prize (€ 2.000) awarded by Chopin Gesellschaft Hamburg & Sachsenwald and Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Hamburg for the best interpretation of Fryderyk Chopin’s works; Carl Bechstein Prize (€ 1.000) for the best interpretation of works by following composers: Hans von Bülow, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy or Alexander Skrjabin; Concert Prize: Recital at the Paderewski Festival in Raleigh, USA; Concert Prize: Recital at the Silesian Beethoven Festival in Głogówek, Poland;  Four Cultural Prizes: cultural travel in Poland. Warsaw, Żelazowa Wola (Birthplace of Chopin), Cracow, Zakopane (Szymanowski Museum)

Admitted to participate are students of music universities, academies and conservatories from all countries.
Application deadline: 15 June 2020.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.leschetizky.eu 

6th International Composition Compteition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki"

SC The Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow – Sinfonietta Cracovia announces the 6th International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki", dedicated to the memory of Maestro associated with the Orchestra from the very beginning of its existence.

Competition is aimed to promote young composers and to broaden the repertoire for string orchestra. The subject of the Competition is an original piece entitled Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki for a string orchestra and percussion (max. ensemble formation 6-5-4-4-1 / perk. 3). Duration of the piece must be from 7 to 12 minutes. Entry into the competition is open to all composers under 40 years of age. Each participant can submit no more than two compositions.

Materials for the Competition in the form of digital files should be sent via the online Application Form, which is available at: http://tiny.cc/sinfonietta. Sending any materials / documents in paper form is neighter required nor allowed. Application deadline is 30 June 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

The function of the Honorary Chairwoman of the Competition's Jury is held by Mrs. Elżbieta Penderecka. The Competition's jury consists of recognized experts in the field of composition: Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Eugeniusz Knapik, Marcel Chyrzyński and Jurek Dybał.

The Competition's prize consist of a premiere performance of the winning composition Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki during the Sinfonietta Festival in Kraków, including its professional audio-video recording and other performances of the piece during the 2020/2021 concert season. Due to pandemic of the coronavirus the Organizer reserves the right to change the form of the Competition's prize.

Information about the winners and prize-awarded compositions will be published on the Organizer's website: www.sinfonietta.pl no later than 7 July 2020.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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2nd Polish Brass Band Conference online


The 2nd Polish Brass Band Conference – Poland Band Clinic RADOM will be held online on 27-29 March 2020.

The topics of the conference will concern the world of brass bands: both organizing and conducting orchestras, personal development of conductors as well as creating an orchestra community and cooperation platform. Conductors, brass band musicians, musicologists and equipment manufacturers will take part in the conference. The organisers will also present the concept of the 1st Polish Brass Band Championships which will take place in Radom in July 2020.

OKOD 2020 presentations will be held in the form of a teleconference with free access to everyone: on 27 March from 5 to 9 p.m.; on 28 March from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; on 29 March from 5 to 8 p.m. Please remember that you have to register before participating in OKOD online. People registering after 4 p.m. on a given day will not receive access to the broadcast. The number of places is limited to 250. The participants will receive a link to the conference broadcast to the e-mail address provided in the registration form (the message will be sent around 4:15 p.m. on a given day).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Conference's website: https://www.okod.pl/ 

Link to the registration form: https://forms.gle/Pw5BUhnbLeMUeMCt5 

#stayathome and sing with us – online educational project of the Silesian Philharmonic


The Silesian Philharmonic invites all children who miss the joy of singing together to participate in the online classes "#stayathome and sing with us!", which will be held every Sunday at 11.00 a.m. both on Facebook and on the Silesian Philharmonic YouTube channel. The first meeting will take place on 26 April 2020.

The Silesian Philharmonic Choir, Barbara Badura and Adam Żaak as amazing Bimsala Tralalala will take children and their parents on a musical journey. During the meeting, participants will learn about the secrets of working in a choir, they will learn how to properly prepare for singing and they will perform a song with the choir – all without leaving home.

Project "#stayathome and sing with us" is directed at children from 3 to 10 years old. Great fun will not only allow you to spend a pleasant time, but also develop creativity, skills, and maybe ... awaken a new passion?

Dear parents, we encourage you to introduce your children to the magical world of music! Regardless of whether it will be your first adventure with the Silesian Philharmonic, or you have already participated in the "Academy of Musical Taste" programmes, you can join the Philharmonic on Sunday mornings!

To not forget about any classes, subscribe to the Facebook event today, which will remind you of the upcoming meetings: https://www.facebook.com/events/155697979217194/

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/zostanwdomu-i-zaspiewaj-z-nami/ 

"Smash the Virus with Music!" – Sinfonietta Cracovia's artistic and education offer


Due to the suspension of concert activity related to the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, Sinfonietta Cracovia presents a free artistic and educational offer for adults and young music lovers through its media channels. The "Smash the Virus wiith Music!" project consists of three modules.

"Virtual concert" is a musical journey in time. Every second day Sinfonietta will publish (premiere!) concert recordings with particular emphasis on the works of Ludwig van Beethoven – on his 250th birth anniversary – and the music of Polish artists. Every other day at 7:00 p.m. Sinfonietta invites you to its Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/user/SinfoniettaCracovia 

"Sinfonietka's karaoke", a project dedicated to children, will feature songs in the karaoke version with the possibility of singing and playing together. Every second day at 12:00 p.m. a new song by a Polish composer – from Wasowski to Penderecki – recorded by Sinfonietta in cooperation with the Children's Sinfonietta Choir will be published on the Orchestra's media channels.

"Virtual Master Courses" with Sinfonietta musicians are directed at pupils and students, as well as amateurs, who can register for individual violin, viola, cello and double bass lessons via instant messengers. All you have to do is send an application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a note on which instrument you play.

And also "Sinfonietka's competitions"! The best artworks inspired by Sinfonietta songs and the best video clips of karaoke performances will be posted on the Orchestra's media channels.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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#stayathome and create!


A new unique piece of music is being created at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice by composers from Poland and abroad. It will be dedicated to the memory of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki. Music lovers themselves will be able to decide on the final shape of the composition.

The premiere performance will take place as soon as the musicians return to the concert hall, although an online version will also be released. A group of outstanding Polish and foreign composers joined the original action, undertaking new artistic activities in the time of isolation. This group include Enjott Schneider, Mikołaj Piotr Górecki, Marcel Chyrzyński, and Paweł Mykietyn. This is not a complete list, because there will be some surprises. The innovative composition will be published by PWM Edition, which is a co-organizer of the action. "Ruch Muzyczny" magazine is a partner of the project.

The rule is simple. Each day, two alternative fragments of a new work will be presented on the Silesian Philharmonic Facebook profile. By online voting, everyone will be able to contribute to the decision: which one will be included in the final composition. Each subsequent week will belong to a different composer. The project will last until 16 May 2020.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/zostanwdomu-i-tworz/  and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/filharmonia.slaska 

Łódź | Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy 2020


BISMA Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy are master classes directed at musicians who want to expand their knowledge and develop skills in piano playing. The courses will take place between 2 and 8 August 2020 in the buildings of the Academy of Music in Łódź.

This year's classes will be led by the most outstanding pianists from prestigious music academies: Michel Béroff (professor of Seong-Jin Cho, the winner of the 17th Chopin Piano Competition) and Claudio Martinez Mehner as well as artists of the young generation: Alexej Gorlatch and Ilya Maximov. There will be several concerts broadcast live on the Internet.

The summer courses will culminate in a gala concert during which the Grażyna Bacewicz International Prize of 1,000 € will be granted to the best participant.

The application deadline is 8 June 2020. The entry fee is 50 € (participants from Poland are exempt from the entry fee). The cost of participation in the course is 520 €.

The director of BISMA is the Polish pianist Julia Kociuban.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.bisma.pl