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The Metropolitan Opera – live in HD: "Roméo et Juliette" by Charles Gounod

met Charles Gounod’s opera Roméo et Juliette will be broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera on January 21, 2017 in over 35 cinemas in Poland.

First performed at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris in 1867, Gounod’s opera was written to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré. Although its plot is based on The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, it provides a slight shift of focus away from the word games of the original play and a greater focus on the two lovers, who are given four duets, including a brief final reunion in the tomb scene that does not appear in the play. The Met’s production moves the action to the 18th century. The performance cast includes such artists as Diana Damrau (Juliette), Vittorio Grigolo (Roméo), Elliot Madore (Mercutio) and Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season, the 50th anniversary of its home at Lincoln Center, features 225 opera performances of 26 operas in a varied repertory that ranges from 18th century masterpieces to one of the most acclaimed operas in recent years. The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world, continues for its 11th season and includes the broadcast of 10 performances from the season.

More information: www.kinopraha.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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VIII Międzynarodowy Konkurs Gry na Instrumentach Dętych Blaszanych

kW dniach 2-6 maja 2017 roku w gdańskiej Akademii Muzycznej odbędzie się VIII Międzynarodowy Konkurs Gry na Instrumentach Dętych Blaszanych.

Konkurs organizowany jest co 3 lata i należy do największych tego rodzaju imprez w Europie. Skierowany jest do muzyków z całego świata, przede wszystkim do studentów uczelni muzycznych oraz artystów czynnych zawodowo, grających na instrumentach dętych blaszanych: trąbce, rogu, puzonie i tubie, których wiek w dniu rozpoczęcia konkursu nie przekracza 30 lat (tj. urodzonych po 2 maja 1987 roku).

Program konkursu wymaga od uczestników przygotowania utworów umożliwiających wszechstronną prezentację warsztatu wykonawczego i walorów osobowości artystycznej. Wśród kompozycji obowiązkowych znajdzie się między innymi Sonatina na puzon i fortepian Kazimierza Serockiego. W finale uczestnikom towarzyszy orkiestra symfoniczna, co dla większości z nich stwarza niepowtarzalną możliwość występu w charakterze solisty współpracującego z takim zespołem.

Międzynarodowy zasięg konkursu to możliwość konfrontacji dokonań wykonawczych w różnych ośrodkach kształcenia. Konkurs od początku był terenem, na którym spotykali się młodzi muzycy z Europy Zachodniej z wykonawcami z Rosji, Białorusi, Ukrainy, krajów bałtyckich oraz ostatnio USA, Japonii, Korei Płd., a nawet Mongolii. Ich produkcje ocenia międzynarodowe jury, w skład którego wchodzą najbardziej renomowani artyści i pedagodzy, głównie z krajów Unii Europejskiej. Konkurs jest też wydarzeniem artystycznym o dużym znaczeniu lokalnym. Otwarte przesłuchania oraz koncerty towarzyszące są liczącym się uzupełnieniem kalendarza imprez muzycznych w Gdańsku. Władze samorządowe, doceniając ten walor konkursu, były dotychczas zawsze fundatorem głównych nagród dla laureatów.

Powołane przez organizatorów jury przyzna nagrody:

Grand Prix w wysokości 20 000 PLN

I nagroda w wysokości 10 000 PLN

II nagroda w wysokości 7 000 PLN

III nagroda w wysokości 3 000 PLN

Przewiduje się także nagrody pozaregulaminowe ufundowane przez sponsorów. Wszyscy uczestnicy otrzymają dyplomy uczestnictwa.

Szczegółowy harmonogram Konkursu:

6.03.2017 – Termin zgłoszeń

20.03.2017 – kandydat zostanie powiadomiony pocztą elektroniczną o zakwalifikowaniu do Konkursu

2-3.05.2017 – Przesłuchania I etapu (Sala Koncertowa w budynku żółtym oraz - w przypadku dużej liczby zgłoszeń - Sala Kameralna w budynku czerwonym)

4-5.05.2017 – Przesłuchania II etapu; Koncert Jurorów (Sala Koncertowa w budynku żółtym)

6.05.2017 – Przesłuchania III etapu – finał z towarzyszeniem Orkiestry Symfonicznej Akademii Muzycznej im. Stanisława Moniuszki w Gdańsku pod dyr. Zygmunta Rycherta; Koncert laureatów (Sala Koncertowa w budynku żółtym)

Szczegółowe informacje dotyczące Konkursu, Regulamin oraz Formularz zgłoszeniowy znajdują się na jego oficjalnej stronie: http://ibic.amuz.gda.pl i na Facebooku: www.facebook.com/ibic2017

Patronat medialny nad Konkursem objęło Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

Włodzimierz Kotoński in memoriam - koncert w Uniwersytecie Muzycznym Fryderyka Chopina

u16 stycznia 2017 roku o godz. 19.00 odbędzie się koncert Studium Muzyki Nowej Uniwersytetu Muzycznego Fryderyka Chopina, poświęcony pamięci Włodzimierza Kotońskiego.

Włodzimierz Kotoński (1925–2014)– kompozytor i pedagog Uniwersytetu Muzycznego Fryderyka Chopina, twórca Etiudy konkretnej na jedno uderzenie w talerz, jeden z pionierów muzyki elektronicznej. Pracował w Studiu Eksperymentalnym Polskiego Radia, studiach w Kolonii, Sztokholmie, Freiburgu, Paryżu i Bourges. Jako profesor gościnny wykładał kompozycję i muzykę elektroniczną w Królewskiej Akademii Muzyki w Stockholmie, w State University of New York w Buffalo, w University of Southern California w Los Angeles, w Rubin Academy of Music w Jerozolimie i w Seulu. W latach 1974-76 był naczelnym redaktorem muzycznym Polskiego Radia oraz naczelnym dyrektorem muzycznym Polskiego Radia i Telewizji. W latach 1983-1989 pełnił funkcję prezesa Polskiego Towarzystwa Muzyki Współczesnej (polskiej sekcji ISCM/SIMC).

Podczas koncertu jego pamięci usłyszymy jeden z ostatnich utworów Kompozytora, Arietta e fiori na puzon i dźwięki elektroniczne (2014), a także Partitę na klawesyn solo, Bucolica na flet solo, Tierra caliente na taśmę, Trzy etiudy rytmiczne na fortepian, Tlaloc na klawesyn i perkusję. Wykonawcami wieczoru będą: Maciej Grzybowski (fortepian), Ewa Liebchen (flet), Olga Paciej (klawesyn), Leszek Lorent (perkusja) oraz Barbara Okoń-Makowska (projekcja dźwięku).

Patronat medialny nad koncertem objęło Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

The Metropolitan Opera – live in HD: "Nabucco" by Giuseppe Verdi

Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Nabucco will be broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera on January 7, 2017 at Kino Praha in Warsaw.

Verdi’s third opera had its world premiere in 1842 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. The success of the drama about the fall of ancient Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco) established the composer’s reputation worldwide. The work’s librettist Temistocle Solera based the text on biblical stories. In this New York production, the legendary Placido Domingo brings another baritone role under the baton of James Levine.

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season, the 50th anniversary of its home at Lincoln Center, features 225 opera performances of 26 operas in a varied repertory that ranges from 18th-century masterpieces to some of the most acclaimed operas in recent years. The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world, continues for its 11th season and includes the broadcast of 10 performances from the season.

More information: www.kinopraha.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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12th International Piano Forum "Bieszczady Without Borders"

b 12th International Piano Forum "Bieszczady Without Borders", organized by the Podkarpacka Foundation for the Development of Culture, will be held between February 5 and 10, 2017 in the Carpathian region.

The main theme of this year’s edition is From Bach to Penderecki. The event aims at presenting and discussing the full range of aspects that are important for young musicians: from music theory to practice, from health and rehabilitation activities to activities related to the promotion and basis of knowledge of the business world. Around 200 selected participants from Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Russia will take part in music academy and masterclasses, lectures, seminars, concerts and a competition. The list of invited guest artists includes Eugen Indjic (laureate of the 8th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition), Akiko Ebi (laureate of the 10th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition), Krzysztof Kobyliński, Kayah & Royal String Quartet, Accademia dell’Arco Chamber Orchestra (dir. by Paweł Radziński) and Lviv National Chamber Orchestra "Akademia" (dir. by Igor Pylatyuk).

The Podkarpacka Foundation was established in 2009. The main objective of its projects is to support education and development of young Polish pianists, maintain national tradition, cultivate and develop national and cultural consciousness as well as to promote international cooperation and integration, with particular attention to the Carpathian region and music culture of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine.

More information: www.forum.interpiano.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Turnau a cappella

m Next concert of the "Music +" cycle will be held on January 25, 2017 at 7.30 pm at the Youth Culture Centre in Krakow (House of the Scouts, 18 Reymonta Street).

The programme, which includes 12 songs from the repertoire of Grzegorz Turnau (arranged for choir a cappella by Andrzej Borzym), will be performed by Lege Artis Chamber Choir. The ensemble was founded in 2005 in Krakow by conductor Agnieszka Trela-Jochymek - graduate of the Academy of Music in Krakow and Bydgoszcz. The choir sings a wide repertoire, ranging from early sacral works to contemporary and popular music.

Admission free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Jerzy Maksymiuk conducts Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus

siPolish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus under Jerzy Maksymiuk will give a concert on January 14, 2017 at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw.

The repertoire chosen to be presented on this occasion includes Cello Concerto in A minor by Robert Schumann, Symphony No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich and Vers per archi by Jerzy Maksymiuk. When asked whether conducting one’s own pieces was an easy task, Maestro replied: "No, because conducting other people’s works is less stressful. And yes, because who would know the intention of a piece better than its composer?" (fragment of an interview with Jerzy Maksymiuk, meakultura.pl).

The solo part of Schumann's Cello Concerto will be interpreted by Bartosz Koziak - winner of the 3rd Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw, Prague Spring Festival, and the11th International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Krakow.

Source: www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

12th International Piano Forum "Bieszczady Without Borders"

b12th International Piano Forum "Bieszczady Without Borders", organized by the Podkarpacka Foundation for the Development of Culture, will be held between February 5 and 10, 2017 in the Carpathian region.

The main theme of this year’s edition is From Bach to Penderecki. The event exposes a full range of aspects, which are important for young musicians: from music theory to practice, from health and rehabilitation activities to activities related to the promotion and basis of knowledge of the business world. Around 200 selected participants from Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Russia will take part in music academy and masterclasses, lectures, seminars, concerts and a competition. The list of invited guest artists includes Eugen Indjic, Akiko Ebi, Krzysztof Kobyliński, Kayah, Accademia dell’Arco Chamber Orchestra (dir. by Michał Szymanowski) and Lviv National Chamber Orchestra "Akademia" (dir. by Igor Pylatyuk).

The Podkarpacka Foundation was established in 2009. The main objective of its projects is to support education and development of young Polish pianists, maintain national tradition, cultivate and develop national and cultural consciousness as well as to promote international cooperation and integration, with particular attention to the Carpathian region and music culture of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Deadline for application: December 31, 2016.

More information and application form available at: www.forum.interpiano.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

VI Mistrzowska Szkoła Pedagogiki Fortepianowej

kPodkarpacka Fundacja Rozwoju Kultury zaprasza do wzięcia udziału w VI Mistrzowskiej Szkole Pedagogiki Fortepianowej, która odbędzie się w dniach 5–10 lutego 2017 roku.

Projekt spełnia najwyższe wymagania profesjonalne, oferując wszechstronną wiedzę teoretyczną i praktyczną w oparciu o międzynarodowe standardy. MSPF adresowana jest do muzyków-nauczycieli szkół muzycznych wszystkich stopni oraz absolwentów uczelni muzycznych w Polsce. Celem MSPF jest doskonalenie metod nauczania oraz aktualizowanie wiedzy metodologicznej odnoszącej się do problemów wykonawczych. Absolwenci Mistrzowskiej Szkoły Pedagogiki Fortepianowej otrzymają certyfikat.

Program VI MSPF 2017 obejmuje lekcje pokazowe, wykłady, seminaria, konferencję naukową, koncerty edukacyjne, koncerty Festiwalu Forum, spektakl muzyczno-taneczny, udział w jury VIII Międzynarodowego Konkursu Pianistycznego „Młody Wirtuoz”, indywidualne konsultacje medyczne i ćwiczenia rehabilitacyjne.

Zgłoszenie udziału w przedsięwzięciu należy przesłać do dnia 31 grudnia 2016 roku drogą internetową poprzez aplikację zgłoszeniową, dostępną na stronie: http://pedagogikafortepianowa.interpiano.pl/pol/aplikacja/zgloszenie_mspf

Zajęcia prowadzone są przez uznanych pedagogów, takich jak Andrzej Jasiński, Jarosław Drzewiecki, Andrzej Tatarski, Janusz Ostrowski, Krzysztof Szczepaniak, Konstanty Wileński, Marzena Żylińska, Maxymilian Bylicki, Zofia Dramińska-Machowska, Akiko Ebi, Eugen Indijc, Martin Lysholm Jepsen, Viera Nosina, Aleksandra Žvirblytė.

Patronat medialny nad wydarzeniem objęło Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

Regulamin oraz szczegółowe informacje dostępne są na stronie: http://pedagogikafortepianowa.interpiano.pl/pol 

8th International Competition "Young Virtuoso"

m 8th edition of the International Competition "Young Virtuoso" will be held on February 6-7, 2017.

The Competition, addressed to young pianists, is part of the project International Piano Forum "Bieszczady without Boundaries" which is organized by the Podkarpacka Foundation for the Development of Culture. It is aimed at presenting the artistic achievements of music school students and motivating them for further work and development. The best performers will be awarded with the "Golden Virtuoso", "Silver Virtuoso" and "Brown Virtuoso" titles. The competition jury consists of the teaching staff (from the 1st- and 2nd degree music schools), gathered by the 4th Master School of Piano Pedagogy under the direction of Prof. Andrzej Tatarski.

Application deadline: December 31, 2016.

More information available at: www.konkurs.interpiano.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The Metropolitan Opera – live in HD: "L'Amour de Loin" by Kaija Saariaho

mKaija Saariaho’s opera L'Amour de Loin will be broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera on December 10, 2016 at Kino Praha in Warsaw.

The work by Finnish composer (libr. by Amin Maalouf) was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival and first staged in 2000. Set in 12th-century Aquitaine, it is a tale of love’s unfathomable nature. With a mixture of dissonance, electronic sounds and medieval troubadour songs, the opera is performed by a cast comprising Eric Owens, Tamara Mumford and Susanna Phillips and conducted by Susanna Mälkki (who makes her Met debut).

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season, the 50th anniversary of its home at Lincoln Center, features 225 opera performances of 26 operas in a varied repertory that ranges from 18th century masterpieces to one of the most acclaimed operas in recent years. The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world, continues for its 11th season and will include the broadcast of 10 performances from the season.

More information: www.kinopraha.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Super Sam + 1 – Kazuhisa Uchihashi / Jerzy Rogiewicz

k Next event of the "Super Sam + 1" cycle will be held on December 15, 2016 in Warsaw.

"Super Sam + 1" is a series of solo performances and duos, which are held between September and the end of 2016. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of artistic expression such as performance, multimedia or monodrama. Each event involves the participation of one Polish artist. All invited performers present their premiere works, as well as meet local artists and audience during the workshops.

Kazuhisa Uchihashi is a Berlin-based composer, electric guitar and daxophone player, and music producer. He experimented thoroughly with various machines and sound devices to expand the expression possibilities of the electric guitar. He also composed music for films, theatre plays and dance performances. He has been working with Japanese theatre group ISHINHA for more than 27 years. In the years 1996-2007 he organized the New Music Festival "Beyond Innocence".

Jerzy Rogiewicz is a percussionist, pianist and composer. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow, where he studied composition with Zbigniew Bujarski, Krzysztof Penderecki and Magdalena Długosz (computer music). He is a member of an independent Warsaw-based label Lado ABC. He has performed and recorded with numerous bands and artists, such as Levity, Pink Freud, Der Father, Futoma Ensemble, Marcin Masecki’s Sextet, Toshinori Kondo,Tomasz Duda, Dj Lenar, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Fred Frith.

More information: www.mozg.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

"Tell me a Story" - last workshops of 2016

omb Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites children and their parents to participate in the workshops "Tell Me a Story" held on December 10, 2016 in the Wilanów Culture Centre in Warsaw.

The workshops, designed for children aged 3-5 and 6-8, involve literature- and music-based improvisation, and will be led by composer Jarosław Siwiński and Izabela Kobylańska. Risto Gjorevski (Macedonian multiinstrumentalist) and Trillingen Duo (Iwona Jędruch - gongs, singins bowls, violin, white voice; and Małgorzata Kołcz - double bass) will be the guest performers.

Admission free, however booking free tickets is required (mobile: +48 790 395 228 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The project is co-financed by Wilanów District of the City of Warsaw and Society of Authors and Composers ZAiKS.

More information: Facebook event

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Concert in the Year of Feliks Nowowiejski

n A special concert commemorating Feliks Nowowiejski will be held on December 11, 2016 at 5.00 pm at the Adam Mickiewicz University Hall in Poznań.

2016 marks the 70th anniversary of Feliks Nowowiejski’s death. On this occasion, several institutions organize events devoted to him in order to honour the aritst as a composer, conductor, organist, pedagogue and organizer of musical life in Poland, while also using his biography as a prism focusing the complex political, historical and cultural change in Poland at the turn of the 19th and 20thcenturies.

The programme, featuring such works of Nowowiejski as Piano Concerto in D minor, Op. 60 "Slavonic" and Cello Concerto, Op. 55, will be performed by the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra under Jerzy Kosek, pianist Agnieszka Ufniarz and cellist Jan Czaja.

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

Admission free (booking free tickets required: +48 502 508 025, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

More information: programme

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Super Sam + 1 - Steve Buchanan / Qba Janicki

s Next event of the "Super Sam + 1" cycle will be held on December 1, 2016 in Warsaw.

”Super Sam + 1" is a series of solo performances and duos, which are held btween September and the end of 2016. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of artistic expression such as performance, multimedia or monodrama. Each event involves the participation of one Warsaw-based artist. All invited performers present their premiere works, as well as meet local artists and audience during the workshops.

Steve Buchanan, active since the 1970s, has become professionally successful in two fields - music and dance respectively. He has also been a performer of what is in current called „noise and improv music”. He plays alto sax and guitar and he invented the 2nd Line Tranz Danz Floor - a digital interface instrument on which he creates music by dancing, with which he has performed worldwide.

Qba Janicki graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow in the percussion class of Łukasz Żyta. As a stage musician he played hundreds of concerts and performed with artists such as: Jerzy Mazzoll, Sławek Janicki, Kris Wanders, Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Buchanan, Jacek Sienkiewicz, Bartłomiej Chmara, Risa Takita, Stefan Węgłowski, Tomasz Sroczyński and many symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles. At the moment, he is a member of Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Mazzoll/Janicki/Janicki, Bambuko, Hania Piosik/Qba Janicki and Kondensator Przepływu. He is also a music producer, co-owner of Mózg club in Bydgoszcz and Warsaw and co-founder of Mózg Foundation.

More information: www.mozg.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.