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Gdańsk | 9th NEO ARTE Synthesizer of Arts

NeoarteNEO ARTE Synthesizer of Arts is an international festival presenting the most interesting trends in contemporary music and art. It works as a platform connecting artists from various cultural backgrounds and realms of art. The organiser of the Fstival, which will take place on 22-25 October 2020 in Gdańsk, is NeoQuartet ensemble based in Tri-city.

The audience of the 9th edition of NeoArte Synthesizer of Arts Festival will have an opportunity to take part in 10 concerts, 2 art installations and several art performances – all this in just four days. Students of composition will have a chance to take part in composing workshops held by Hanna Kulenty – this-year festival’s Patron and Composer-in-Residence. Each concert is planned as a multidisciplinary spectacle where audience is an active component of artistic process.

During an inauguration of the festival NeoQuartet will present one-hour multimedia spectacle devoted to renowned Polish composer – Hanna Kulenty. Next day, the festival will host Ensemble Mosaik from Berlin – one of the finest contemporary music chamber ensembles in the world and also Swiss duo reConvert presenting an interactive music installation created in collaboration with composer – Fabrizio di Salvo. Third day of NeoArte Synthesizer of Art Festival will include: afternoon concert, art performance, workshops inspired by oeuvres of Alvin Lucier and finally an evening Concert of Premieres with world premieres of compositions written for NeoQuartet by composers from Japan, Russia, and Poland. The last day of the festival will traditionally be a scene of music marathon with an excellent lineup of chamber music ensembles specializing in performance of new music. The ASP foyer in Gdańsk will host: Hashtag Ensemble (Poland), Śniedź Duo (Poland), reConvert (Switzerland), Cikada Ensemble (Norway), Liebchen-Kwiatkowska-Pałosz Trio (Poland) and NeoQuartet in multimedia performance with Gdańsk artist – Piotr Wyrzykowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.neoarte.pl 

Gdańsk | 11th Euro Chamber Music Festival

ECMF

The 11th Euro Chamber Music Festival Gdańsk – the largest international festival of chamber music in northern Poland – will run from 16 October to 22 November 2020.

The Festival received the prestigious EFFE (Europe For Festivals Festivals For Europe) label for 2019-2020, awarded by the European Festival Association for the most interesting festival events in Europe. It has hosted such famous artists as Leszek Możdżer, Apollon Musagète Quartett, MoCarta Group, Janusz Wawrowski, Jerzy and Maciej Stuhr, Krystyna Janda, Wiktor Zborowski, Kayah & Royal String Quartet, and Władysław Gudonis Komendarek.

This year's edition will feature recognized domestic and foreign chamber musicians, including Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Jozef Luptàk, Quatuor Adastra, Split Guitar Quartet, Petra & Patrik Jablonsk, as well as young laureates of international music competitions and outstanding instrumentalists of the young generation in the Polish Rising Music Stars series. We will hear masterpieces of European composers and Polish contemporary music, including works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Krzysztof Penderecki. The key event of the Festival will be a performance of Daniel Olbrychski and Duo del Gesù with letters and music by this year's great jubilarian, Ludwig van Beethoven. The festival will also include the 6th Baltic String Duo Competition.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eurochambermusicfestival.com 

Poznań | 49th Poznań Music Spring

PWMThis year's 49th "Poznań Music Spring" will be exceptional because it will take place in autumn, on 19-23 October 2020. The festival will feature famous artists from Poland, England, Austria and Slovenia.

The "Poznań Music Spring" is a special festival on the map of contemporary music. Its first edition took place in 1961, and its originator and founder was one of the leading composers of the time – Tadeusz Szeligowski. The festival popularises new music among a wide audience, but also meets the high expectations of modern music connoisseurs, which create the unique character of the Festival. For many years, "Poznań Music Spring" has presented a wide spectrum of the contemporary music scene, presenting music of artists from both Poland and the world. The organisers of the festival are Polish Composers' Union – Poznań Branch and More Than One Production.

Despite the adversities caused by the pandemic, 12 festival concerts will take place in October. We will hear premieres of works by Polish and Slovenian composers, including Piotr Tabakiernik's intavolatura, commissioned by the Festival as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance, and Nikolet Burzyńska's Deeper, co-financed by the Creativity Promotion Fund of the ZAiKS Society of Authors.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available athttp://2020.wiosnamuzyczna.pl/event/poznanka-wiosna-muzyczna-2019/ 

Kraków | 32nd Krakow International Festival of Composers

KMFKThe Polish Composers' Union – Krakow Branch invites you to the 32nd Krakow International Festival of Composers, which will be held on 17-25 October 2020. We will hear 16 world premieres and 3 Polish premieres.

During this year’s 32nd Festival, traditionally the output of the composers from Kraków in the context of the international music will be presented. The repertoire will be enriched by the compositions inspired by nature, such as: Wyspy (Islands) by Eugeniusz Knapik, Warkocz Bereniki (Coma Berenices) by Jerzy Kornowicz, Sounds of Forest by Sofia Gubaidulina or Le merle noir (Blackbird) by Olivier Messiaen.

During the inaugural concert, we will hear the composition by Krzysztof Penderecki: Ciaccona in memoria del Giovanni Paolo II, performed by Sinfonietta Cracovia under the baton of Jurek Dybał. It will be a special event commemorating our Master from Kraków who passed away this year as well as the 100th birth anniversary of the Polish Pope. During this concert, the orchestra will also premiere e.g. the newest pieces of Wojciech Widłak and Kamil Kruk (the part of musical saw played by the composer himself). The tradition of the festival is the annual concert of the Studio of Electroacoustic Music at the Academy of Music in Kraków. This year, at the concert titled “Electronic Cocktail”, the newest works by the music composition students will be presented, most of them being at the same time the world premieres.

The important element of the programme of the 32nd Festival is the 3rd Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers, inaugurated on his 85th birth anniversary. This year’s jury awarded the Main Prize to the piece Streams… contacts for flute and piano, the author of which is Austrian composer Otto Wanke (b. 1989).

The festival will be complemented by the musicological session “Music and nature”, during which the speeches will be given by theoreticians from the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Institute of Musicology of the Jagiellonian University.

Due to the dynamically developing pandemic of Covid-19 in Krakow, all festival concerts will unfortunately take place without the audience. Live broadcasts of the concerts will be available on our festival websites: http://festiwal.zkp.krakow.pl; http://facebook.com/festiwalkompozytorow

Marcel Chyrzyński, General and Artistic Director

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: http://festiwal.zkp.krakow.pl/ 

Kraków | 4th International Piano Duo Festival "Duettissimo"

DuettissimoThe Chamber Music Department of the Academy of Music in Kraków invites you on 17-28 October 2020 to the 4th International Piano Duo Festival "Duettissimo!".

This international festival is a unique event devoted solely and exclusively to music for piano duo. Participation of world-renowned artists confirms its growing importance on a global scale. The festival aims at reintroducing piano duo to pianists and to concert life as well as popularizing piano duo repertoire. The artistic director of the project is Bartłomiej Kominek, PhD Habil. – head of the Department of Chamber Music.

The "Duettissimo" Festival 2020 will take place in a limited form and will be partially transferred to the digital space. The group of performers will traditionally include both students of the Academy of Music in Kraków and its lecturers, as well as winners of international piano duo competitions. The Festival will host one of the best duets of the Slovak Republic – Jordana Palovičová and Zuzana Biščáková. The inaugural concert will be held under the honorary patronage of the Consul of the Slovak Republic in Krakow. The programme will also feature Polish music, including works by Juliusz Zarębski and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

Admission to festival concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centr POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/duettissimo/ 

Poznań | Światłodźwięki Audiovisual Art Festival

ŚwiatłodźwiękiŚwiatłodźwięki 2020 is the fifth edition of the audiovisual art festival which aims to present the most important productions of the European and Polish artistic environment that work to fuse the visual and musical areas of art into one integral aesthetic experience. The festival will take place on 16-17 October 2020 in the newly renovated Zamek Culture Centre in Poznań.

The organizers underline that the impressions that the audience will be prone to perceive is "the synesthetic experience of experimental music and visualizations." It is vital that all the interdisciplinary art presented during the festival is created entirely live, based on new conceptions, and is founded on the presumption that both light and sound influence the other element in real time.

Światłodźwięki is concerts, a jam session and lecture-presentations, during which visual artists and musician-scientists will tell the public about the newest trends in European art and about the ever-growing connections between art, IT and architecture; new paths towards which art never ceases to push mankind will be presented. This year, the artists sharing their insights will be the Slovakian composer Marián Zavarský and the Spanish media artist, Marti Guillem Ciscar. The concerts will feature excellent performers and composers, including saxophonist and composer Michał Fetler, composer and percussionist Rafał Gorzycki, clarinetist and improviser Piotr Mełech and composer and pianist Jakub Królikowski – artistic director of the Festival, winner of the Main Prize at the Marek Stachowski Competition for Young Composers (2018).

All the events are free to attend, and do not require a reservation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: http://www.swiatlodzwieki.pl/ 

Music Coach. Children's chamber music online and at home

SPMK

The Association of Polish Chamber Musicians – Kraków Branch, as part of the "Culture on the web" programme of the National Centre for Cultre, has implemented an innovative project "Children's chamber music online and at home" covering about 1100 minutes of recordings of Polish chamber music. Starting from 14 October 2020, the materials will be available in the new con.sol.la mobile application and on the YouTube channel of PWM Edition, which is a partner of the project.

"Children's chamber music online and at home" includes recordings of individual parts of children's instrumental duets published by PWM Edition, enabling ensemble playing at home, remote learning and social isolation. The project consists of over 375 audio and audio-video recordings of duet pieces.

Among them there are compositions by outstanding contemporary composers, such as Hanna Kulenty, Grażyna Bacewicz, Janina Garścia and Romuald Twardowski. For each work, recordings of individual parts were prepared in two different tempos to enable ensemble playing by students of various education levels, and to encourage amateur musicians. Model versions were also prepared for each piece.

The recordings at BBrecords Studio were performed by excellent musicians: Ravel Piano Duo, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz (violin), Joanna Konarzewska (violin), Julia Samojło (piano), Piotr Gach (cello), Michał Panasiuk (cello), Maria Sławek (violin) and Anna Kuk (violin).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Project website: http://spmk.com.pl/ 

Free Improvisation Workshops for Children "Tell me a story"

PTMWFree improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a story", organized by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, will be held on 15-17 October 2020 in the Culture Centre in Krajenka, the  Eugeniusz Paukszta City and Commune Public Library in Skoki and the Culture Center in Środa Wielkopolska.

This time, the classes will be conducted by vocalist Iza Kowalewska, double bass player Małgorzata Kołcz and composer Jarosław Siwiński. The adventure with improvisation will be guided by actor and director of plays for children, Grzegorz Ociepka. During the classes, children aged 3-5 and 6-8 will learn, play and improvise in the company of their parents, great musicians and amazing books.

The main idea of ​​the project is to trigger graphic-inspired improvisations. Children will create their own stories based on picture books. The improvised fairy tales will be then "translated" into musical language under the guidance of class teachers. Improvisation is the most basic, primary and joyful form of music performance, which is why the workshops combine children's creativity and imagination with books and contemporary music. In addition to improvising and playing with books, children will learn various techniques of producing sound, which expose its color and dynamic values, and will also have a chance to play percussion instruments on their own.

Classes last about 90 minutes with a short break. Participation in the workshops is free – due to the limited number of places prior registration is required.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/ptmw1923 

Elbląg | White and red melodies in the strings

EOKThe Elbląg Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jakub Chrenowicz will premiere Mikołaj Majkusiak's Concerto in G on 11 October 2020 at 6.00 p.m. in the concert hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg.

The programme of concert will include works by Polish masters. In the first part, we will hear Mikołaj Piotr Górecki's Divertimento for string orchestra and Concerto-Notturno for violin and string orchestra. The son of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki successfully continues the family tradition and is recognized on both sides of the Atlantic (currently he lives in the USA). The solo part in Concerto-Notturno will be performed by the son of another outstanding musician – violinist Jakub Jakowicz. The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will also present Wojciech Kilar's Orawa and – for the first time – Mikołaj Majkusiak's Concerto in G for string orchestra. The piece was written as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The concert is under the patronage of PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performance of Polish music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: https://eok.elblag.eu/ 

Kraków | Stars with Sinfonietta: Ingolf Wunder

SCThe audience's favourite, the second prize winner at the 2010 Chopin Piano Competition, Ingolf Wunder will perform on 10 October 2020 at 11.00 a.m. in the anniversary repertoire together with Sinfonietta Cracovia under the baton of its director Jurek Dybał on the newly renowated stage of the Kraków Philharmonic.

2020 is not only a year of extraordinary circumstances, it is above all a Beethoven year. It also marks the 210th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin's birth. Sinfonietta Cracovia will celebrate both anniversaries during a Beethoven concert tour to the adopted homeland of the famous Viennese classic, which will be inaugurated in Kraków.

Kraków audience will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the bucolic Symphony No. 4 and the lively phrases of the String Quartet No. 11 "Serioso" by Ludwig van Beethoven. Ingolf Wunder will present his skills in Fryderyk Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 written in the brillant style.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Sanok | 1st Organ and Chamber Music Festival

Festiwal SanokThe Organ and Chamber Music Festival will be held on 16-18 October 2020 as part of the 1st Organ Music Days in Sanok, initiated by Łukasz Kot – chairman of the Pro Artis Association based in Sanok. The aim of the festival is to popularize organ and chamber music in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship and to present works of early and contemporary composers.

The event will feature famous artists from different parts of Poland: organists Piotr Rojek, artistic director of the Festival (Wrocław), Roman Perucki (Gdańsk), Henryk Jan Botor (Tychy – Kraków), flautists Łukasz Długosz and Agata Kielar-Długosz (Gdańsk). The programme will include works by Jakub Sowa, Feliks Nowowiejski, Henryk Jan Botor, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Handel, Henri Mull, Felix Mendelssohn, Gabriel Fauré, Louis Vierny. We will also hear organ improvisations on themes suggested by the audience.

Free concerts will take place in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sanok. In addition, Improvisation Master Course for students of secondary music schools will be held at the Wanda Kossakowa Primary and Secondary State Music School in Sanok.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Mińsk Mazowiecki | Mińsk Musical Meetings Without Barriers

Czas sztukiA new concert series "Mińsk Musical Meetings without Barriers" in Mińsk Mazowiecki, organised by the "Czas Sztuki" Foundation, will last until 8 November  2020. The next concert will take place on 11 October at 4 p.m. at the Museum of the Land of Mińsk.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation focuses on organising free concerts in historical churches and cultural institutions in the Mińsk district in the Mrozy commune, where the Foundation is based. The members of the Foundation are musicians of The Time Quartet. The quartet is made up of graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. During several years of artistic work, the ensemble has performed over 350 concerts in Poland and abroad, and has collaborated with many outstanding ensembles and artists, including Andrzej Jagodziński Trio, Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra, 'Mazowsze' Folk Song and Dance Ensemble and Trifonidis Downtown Sextet. The quartet's musicians are the founders of the Melanidis Orchestra studio orchestra, with which they recorded music for six Polish and foreign films.

The next concert of the "Minsk Musical Meetings without Barriers" series will feature an excellent duo composed of cellist Anna Wróbel and pianist Małgorzata Marczyk. The programme will include compositions by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Feliks Nowowiejski, Karol Skarżyński and Piotr Wróbel.

Admission to the concert is free, however, seat reservation is required (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Nominees for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award 2020 have been announced

IMiTTVP Kultura will announce the winners of the tenth edition of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award on 7 November 2020. Artists nominated by the Polish music community will receive statuettes in the following categories: "Personality of the year", "Event of the year", "Honorary award" and "Discovery of the year". Online voting ends on 9 October.

During the session on 30 September, the Music Programme Board of the Institute of Music and Dance selected nominees in all categories from among 187 submitted applications.

The following artists will compete for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2020 in the "Personality of the year" category: Adam Bałdych; Łukasz Długosz; Anna Szostak-Myrczek; Adam Sztaba; Lutosławski Piano Duo.

Chances of becoming the "Event of the year" have: the Stanisław Moniuszko Sacred Music Festival; the Kromer Biecz Festival; the musical Letter from Warsaw from the repertoire of the Warsaw Chamber Opera; the premiere of the album Gismondo, Re di Polonia with a recording of Leonardo Vinci's opera performed by the {oh!} Historical Orchestra; the premiere of the opera Drach by Aleksander Nowak at the AUKSODRONE Festival.

The nominees for the "Discovery of the Year" award are: Maniucha Bikont; Aleksandra Olczyk; Tomasz Skweres; Dominik Wania; Polish Violin Duo.

Due to the nature of the "Honorary Award", the name of the laureate will not be announced until the awards gala, but the candidates will be voted on by the Electoral College.

The audience can vote in the "Discovery of the Year" category on the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl until 9 October. The winners in the other three categories will be selected in a secret ballot of the Electoral College.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Nominees' profiles and events' descriptions are available on the website: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

Warsaw | 5th "Super Sam +1": Chris Jarrett & Franek Pospieszalski

MózgChris Jarrett and Franek Pospieszalski will perform together on 8 October 2020 at 8 p.m. at the DZiK club in Warsaw as part of the 5th edition of the "SuperSam + 1 series" of master performances.

"Super" in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. "Sam" (in 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. The 2020 edition of “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative.

American pianist and composer Chris Jarret studied at the renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, where he taught from 1988 to 1989. He writes chamber and symphony music and toures all over the world as a pianist, playing his own compositions with influences from classical music and jazz improvisation. He regularly performs in a duo with drummer Erwin Ditzner and leads the quartet Four Free.

Double-bassist Franek Pospieszalski is a graduate of the Jazz Department at the Academy of Music in Katowice as well as the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. He is a musician and composer, who is active in many international and local bands as a sideman as well as a leader of his own projects. In 2017 he released his first original album 1st level with his sextet, and in 2019 he released his second album Accumulated Thoughts with his trio. He was invited to perform in Asia with his band Franciszek Pospieszalski Trio as part of the award at the Jazz Juniors Festival 2019. He also received "The Golden Double Bass" inidividual award funded by the Andrzej Cudzich Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra online – Haydn, Beethoven & Mendelssohn

POSIA concert of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra on 10 October 2020 at 8.00 p.m will be broadcast live from the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio. The orchestra conducted by outstanding Antoni Wit will perform symphonies by Joseph Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn as well as Piano Concerto No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven with Krzysztof Książek as a soloist.

Joseph Haydn thanked the citizens of London for their extremely warm welcome during his two visits to this city (1791–1792 and 1794–1795) with a monumental cycle of twelve symphonic masterpieces called the "London Symphonies". The 95th Symphony in C minor (the only minor one in the cycle) represents the essence of musical Classicism as a style characterised by excellent balance of all the elements of the work’s technique and expression.

In Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15 elements characteristic for Beethoven are hidden behind musical convention typical for a virtuosic piece that was to appeal to everyone. However, there is a number of newer elements; the pathos and power of “military” motifs in the 1st part also exceeds convention. The elegant and lyrical 2nd part contrasts with the merry and humorous (sometimes even plebeian and ribald) rondo in the finale.

Felix Mendelssohn started writing his 4th Symphony in Venice, and, in a letter sent from Rome to his sister, wrote: "This is the merriest piece I have ever composed, especially the finale." The piece is devoid of a coherent literary scheme. Its Italian spirit is merely conventional, although, obviously, the name suggested by the author himself provoked various interpretations. The most obvious “Italian” element is a very fast finale in the rhythm of saltarello, a dance typical for central Italy.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Concert will be broadcast online on YouTube and on the website https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/