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Gdańsk | 2nd National Competition of Duets with Piano

Between the 11th and 13th of April 2022 at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, the 2nd National Competition of Duets with Piano will take place, organized by the Accompaniment Department of the Academy.

The competition is aimed at secondary schools as well as students and graduates of universities in Poland. This is the third edition of this event.

The one-stage competition is conducted in two age categories. It gives the opportunity to present duets, the composition of which must include a pianist together with another instrumentalist (the participation of piano duets for four hands or two pianos is excluded) or a vocalist. The auditions are open to the public and at the end of the event the Winners' Concert for the winners of the first prizes will be held.

The competition will be held under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the President of the City of Gdańsk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, the President of the City of Gdynia Wojciech Szczurek and the Rector of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk Prof. Ryszard Minkiewicz. Yamaha Europe is the event's partner. The sponsorship was provided by ARPI Reklamy.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Center POLMIC.

Detailed information: https://amuz.gda.pl/wydarzenia/ii-ogolnopolski-konkurs-duetow-z-fortepianem,674

Katowice | 'Generation 51 for 70th Birthday’: Silesian Quartet and Artur Rozmysłowicz

On the 9th of April 2022 at 6 p.m. at the invitation of the Silesian Quartet, Artur Rozmysłowicz, leader of the viola section of the the Witold Lutosławski National Forum of Music Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Lutosławski Quartet, will perform at the concert belonging to the the ‘Generation '51 for the 70th Borthday’ series.

String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Relief IX ‘Scotch’ by Andrzej Krzanowski for string quartet and tape will be performed in the concert hall of the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Informatin Centre

Ticket information: https://nospr.org.pl/ 

57th Andrzej Markowski International Wratislavia Cantans Festival

Dangerous Liaisons - this is the motto for the concerts of the 57th edition of the Andrzej Markowski International Wratislavia Cantans Festival which will take place between the 9th and 18th of September 2022. We already know the programme of the Festival in Wrocław.

Wratislavia Cantans was founded as an oratorio festival, which is why oratorios will be performed during the first and last concert. Oratorios by 17th century composer Emilio de 'Cavalieri, San Giovanni Battista by Alessandro Stradella, as well as an oratorio of the Ukrainian composer Oleksandr Szymko Wyraj will be performed at the Festival.

This year's festival is traditionally also about premiere perfomances. We will hear the Symphony No. 8 by Paweł Łukaszewski, one of the most popular living Polish composers.. The commission of Łukaszewski's work was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the ‘Composers’Commissions’ programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Ticket sales have just begun: www.bilety.nfm.wroclaw.pl 

Detailed programme www.wratislaviacantans.pl 

 

Less than 100 days remain until the start of scores enrollment for the Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition in the Composition category!

Less than 100 days remain until the start of scores enrollment for the Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition in the Composition category. Composers will be able to submit their composition from the 1st of July until the 30th of September 2022.

The winning compositions will be included in the repertoire of the performance competition, published by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne and recorded. Prize pool is € 27,000.

The works will be assessed in two stages. In the first stage the scores will be assessed by a selection committee composed of composers and performers. In the second stage a jury consisting of the Italian composer and organist Francesco Filidea (chair) Agata Zubel, Daniel Cichy, Dutch composer and poet Rozalie Hirs and Yann Robin from France will make the final selection of the submitted compositions.

The competition is open to artists from all over the world who are under 40 years of age. Works can be submitted in one of four disciplines: piano, violin (solo or with piano), voice (solo or with piano) or string quartet. Each participant can submit more than one piece, increasing their chances of winning. Works intended for voice may use text in any language chosen by the composer.

Applications for the competition may be submitted from the 1st of July to the 30th of September 2022 via the online recruitment form that will be launched on the website www.szymanowski-competition.com 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Dvořák, Vanhal and Skoryk

The conductor of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra concert on the 9th of April 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio will be Wojciech Rajski, who in 2022 celebrates the 50th anniversary of his artistic work. The Hungarian double bass player Zsolt Fejérvári, the leader of the bass group at the Budapest Festival Orchestra and at the Orchester de la Suisse Romande, will be concert soloist.

The double bass is an instrument that is indispensable in the orchestra, as it creates the fondamento (the bass line in baroque scores) for the sounds of the string quintet. The instrument was rarely the centre of musical solos until the wide spectrum of its possibilities was recognised by the 19th century virtuosos. Original double bass concertos however were written even earlier by composers including Jan Křtitel Vaňhal (Johann Baptist Wanhal) His Concerto in E-flat major will be performed by the Hungarian artist.

Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 (1889) is a work filled with joy, optimism and references to national music, but remains devoid of an extra-musical narrative. Composed during a summer vacation in Vysoká u Příbramě, the work seems to reflect the bliss and the idyllic mood of time spent amidst the beauty of nature. Ouverture Carnival from the trilogy Nature, Life and Love of the Chech composer will also sound at the concert.

In the tragic days of war inflicted by Russia the concert will start with Ukraine’s national anthem, Ще не вмерла України ні слава, ні воля (“Ukraine has not yet died, nor her glory, nor her freedom”), the lyrics of which (written by Pavlo Chubynsky) are an intended reference to the incipit of Dąbrowski’s Mazurka. Melody in A minor of Myrosław Skoryk will also be performed this evening.

Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

After Piotr Maculewicz's note

More: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Katowice | 'Solidarity with Ukraine': harp recital of Veronika Lemishenko

Another ‘Solidarity with Ukraine’ concert of the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra took place on the 26th of March 2022 at 8 p.m. in Katowice.

Ukrainian harpist Veronika Lemishenko performed in the chamber hall of the Silesian Philharmonic.

The concert was combined with fundraising for the victims of the war in Ukraine organized by volunteers of the Generation Association in Katowice.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

More: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/recital-harfowy-veroniki-lemishenko-solidarni-z-ukraina/ 

Opole | Laureates of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition

On the 29th and 30th of March 2022 at 7 p.m. award winners of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition - Aimi Kobayashi, Martín García García, Kyōhei Sorita and Alexander Gadjiev - will perform in the Opole Philharmonic together with the Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Przemysław Neumann.

Two evenings will be filled by music of Fryderyk Chopin; each of his two piano concertos (Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor and Piano Concerto no. 2 in F minor) will be performed twice by the artists.

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Ticket information: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Beethoven, Skoryk, Bacewicz i Haydn

On the 26th of March 2022 at 7 p.m. the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Ukrainian Victoria Zhadko, first award winner at the Grzegorz Fitelberg conducting competition in Katowice will perform together with violinist Karolina Nowotczyńska, at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University Concert Hall.

The concert will begin with the composition We are, a paraphrase of the melody of the national anthem of Ukraine, Ще не вмерла України ні слава, ні воля (‘Ukraine has not yet died, nor her glory, nor her freedom’).
Myroslav Skoryk, born in 1938, was a prominent figure in Ukraine’s musical environment as a composer and musicologist, as well as an artistic director of the Kyiv Opera. His moving, romantic Melody in A minor became popular in a number of arrangements. It was also performed during the funeral ceremonies for the victims of the pro-European Maidan Uprising in 2013/2014, murdered by Russians and forces favourable to puppet leader Viktor Yanukovych.

Two cycles of six pieces, known as the London Symphonies (No. 93-104), provide a symphonic summary of Joseph Haydn’s work. Several of them contain musical “extravagances” and the jokes for which Haydn was famous. One of these appears in the next to last of the London Symphonies, No. 103. Symphony in E flat major, which begins with a mysterious “drumroll” on the timpani from which the piece received its well-known nickname.

This simple rhythm of timpani percussion is also featured at the beginning of one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s violin concertos; The solo part will be performed by Karolina Nowotczyńska, the concertmistress and Director of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra. Nowotczyńska graduated with honours from the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, where she studied under Prof. Krystyna Jurecka. The winner of many prestigious international competitions, she is an active performer (including as a chamber musician) and pedagogue.

Grażyna Bacewicz’s appealing Concerto for String Orchestra from 1948 with its three-part structure in the arrangement of the “fast-slow-fast” parts and an evolutionary motif refer to the Baroque era. Stefan Kisielewski wrote about it jokingly: ‘such a modern Brandenburg Concert.

There will be free tickets available for the refugees from Ukraine and their hosts who may help to spread this information as well as assist with reaching the concert.

After Piotr Maculewicz's note

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

More: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Katowice | Premiere of the Milo Kurtis' project in NOSPR

NOSPR‘Sefardic Music’ is a new project by Milo Kurtis with the participation of the MILO Ensemble and distinguished guests: Leszek Możdżer, Dave Douglas, Kayah, Wojciech Waglewski and Tayeb Emamghola, a virtuoso of the daf instrument. ‘Sefardic Music’ will premiere in the NOSPR concert hall on the 24th of March 2022 at 8.30 p.m.

For fifty years Milo Kurtis has been one of the most colorful figures on the Polish independent scene, associated with the avant-garde, improvised music, world music and free jazz. He was one of the first artists who opened to Polish audiences the infinite richness of world music. Milo Kurtis decided to re-arrange the music of Sephardic Jews in his own style - he combined it with other musical traditions. He mixed up the languages ​​- the songs will be performed in Greek, Hebrew and in Ladino which comes from the medieval Spanish dialect and is used by the Sephardi Jews.

Dave Douglas a trumpet player nominated many times for a Grammy award also joined the project. The concert features as well Tayeb Emamgholi, a virtuoso of the daf instrument. At the event Kurtis will be accompanied by his MILO Ensemble, an ensemble formed by musicians from different continents. Thanks to them, instruments such as darabuka, riqq, daf, oud, saz or santur will sound from the stage.

Project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

More information: https://bit.ly/3CPQsQm 

Łódź | Leonora Armellini - Inaugurating concert of the 21st Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition

On the 3rd of April 2022 at 6 p.m. an inaugurating concert of the 21st Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition will take place at the Music Academy in Łódź. Laureate of the 5th award at the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition Leonora Armellini will perform Piano Quintet in E flat major Op. 44 of Robert Schumann and Piano Concerto in F minor Op. 21 by Fryderyk Chopin.

The Italian pianist, award winner and pedagogue will perform together with Sławomir Wilga (violin), Dominika Przech (violin), Nela Zaforemska (viola), Agata Nowak (cello) and Michał Sobuś (double bass).

The Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź is the oldest chamber music competition in Poland founded in 1961. Members of the jury will be: Łukasz Błaszczyk, Massimiliano Caldi, Michał Drewnowski, Alexander Hintchev, Agata Igras, Yair Kless, Włodzimierz Zalewski and Sylwia Michalik

Musicians from almost 20 countries, 77 chamber music groups altogether will take part in the 1st stage of the competition. Auditions will be held between 4th and 7th of April.

The event is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Italian Cultural Institute and Artists Performers Union STOART.

After the note of Aleksandra Bęben

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

More: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/koncerty-i-wydarzenia-zapowiedzi/kwiecien-2022/156536-xxi-miedzynarodowy-konkurs-muzyki-kameralnej-im-kiejstuta-bacewicza-w-lodzi-koncert-inauguracyjny 

Opole | Music of Peace

‘Music of Peace’ concert will take place on the 25th of March 2022 at 7 p.m. in Opole Philharmonic. It also expresses a wish that music is not only a word of solidarity but also a real input in the world peace.

Concert ouverture ‘Campana’ by Ukrainian composer Mykhailo Shveda written in 2021 will open the evening. Next in the programme will be Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 7 of Clara Schumann and Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major of Franz Liszt.

Symphony No. 3 in C minor Op. 14 by Witold Maliszewski from 1907 will close the concert.

Opole Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Przemysław Neumann will perform at the event together with Georgian pianist Mariam Batsashvili.

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Ticket information: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

Wrocław | 8th Edition of the Polish Duo Competition

Another edition of Polish Duo Competition associates as many as eight music academies. This year’s edition is organized by the Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław. Auditions for instrumental duets will take place between 25th and 26th of March while auditions for vocal duets between 27th and 28th of March. The event will be broadcasted online on YouTube AMKL.

The competition is aimed solely at students. The jury will comprise of experts from the most important music centres in Poland.

Promotion of Polish music plays a significant role in the Competition. In the previous editions of the Competition pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Ludomir Różycki, Feliks Nowowiejski, Władysław Żeleński, Jan Gall and Zygmunt Noskowski (each year respectively) were to be performed by the vocal duets. In this year’s edition one of the obligatory pieces of the programme will be vocal compositions of Mieczysław Wajnberg.

As part of the event masterclasses for contestants will also take place, this year lead by Tobias Koch. Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as Lower Silesia Voivodeship Marshall and President of the city of Wrocław will be event’s patrons.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

More: https://amuz.wroc.pl/viii-polski-konkurs-duetow-7112/?date=2022-03-25

Wrocław | Equinox

This concert programme featuring the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra includes works by less recognizable composers, but nonetheless worth the attention of the audience. The premiere of Rudi de Bouw’s Piano Concerto “Equinox” directed by the composer will be a great attraction. The event will take place on the 26th of March 2022 at 6 p.m.

The concert will begin with Myroslav Skoryk’s Melody. This short, melancholic piece is the leitmotif of the 1982 war drama Vysokyy pereval. Then we will listen to the Piano Concerto “Equinox” by Rudi de Bouw. He was born in 1970 and was educated in Luxembourg and Liège. His oeuvre includes piano, chamber works and works intended for larger ensembles, including for strings. The artist often appears in Wrocław to direct the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, and the premiere of his latest work will be a great attraction of this concert.

Silent Music for strings is a composition by Valentin Silvestrov, a Ukrainian composer born in the 1930s, belonging to the same generation as Skoryk. It is delicate, very subtle music in which the Silvestrov engages in a dialogue with the past. The last piece in the programme is the Austrian Suite op. 51 by Sergei Bortkiewicz. This composer of Polish origin, born in 1877 in Kharkiv, settled in Vienna in 1922. Austria became his second home, and his sympathy for this country is reflected in the eclectic suite from 1939, a tribute to Austrian culture.

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl 

Katowice | '51 Generation for 70th Birthday’: Silesian Quartet and Aleksandra Świgut

On the 19th of March 2022 at 6 p.m. pianist Aleksandra Świgut will perform together with Silesian Quartet at the concert cycle ’51 Generation for 70th Birthday’. At the NOSPR premises Polish music by Juliusz Zarębski, Andrzej Krzanowski and Aleksander Lasoń will be performed.

Two of the pieces to be performed at the concert were composed for the Silesian Quartet specifically: Andrzej Krzanowski’s String Quartet No. 2, dedicated to the Quartet and Aleksander Lasoń’s String Quartet No. 4 ‘Tarnogórski’.

The last piece of the concert Juliusz Zarębski’s Piano Quintet in G minor is undoubtedly the supreme chamber piece of Polish 19th-century music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Ticket information: https://nospr.org.pl/ 

Wrocław | Songs of a Princess

The great attraction of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic concert on the 25th of March 2022 at 7 p.m. conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero will be the Polish premiere of the new version of Six Songs of a Fairy Tale Princess by Karol Szymanowski. The solo part will be sung by Iwona Sobotka, one of the most respected and recognizable Polish singers of our time.

The concert will begin with the performance of Interludium – a short, late work by Witold Lutosławski, which was supposed to go between two other pieces: Chain II and Partita. It is devoid of any contrasts and maintains quiet dynamics and a slow pace. The fantastic, oneiric mood created in it makes it considered one of the best pieces in Lutosławski’s oeuvre.
Six Songs of a Fairy Tale Princess by Szymanowski, was written in 1915 to texts by the composer’s sister, Zofia. Long, arabesque vocalizations of the solo voice create an unreal, fairy-tale and exotic atmosphere. The individual movements received the following titles: Lonely Moon, Nightingale, Golden Shoes, Dance, Song of the Wave and Feast. From among these miniatures, Szymanowski composed the first, second and fourth for voice and orchestra in 1933. The third, fifth and sixth have not been orchestrated until modern times – they were prepared by the Italian composer Bruno Dozza.

We will also listen to Sieben frühe Lieder, by Alban Berg and Symphonic Metamorphoses on the theme of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre

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