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Zygmunt Krauze received the French Critics Award for the best premiere of the 2019/20 season

Krauze

The French Critics Association of Theater, Music and Dance (Le Syndicat Professionnel de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse) awarded this year's Prize for the best premiere of the 2019/20 season (Meilleure Création Musicale) to Zygmunt Krauze for his Piano Concerto No.3 "Fragments of Memory".

The Critics Association Award (Prix du Syndicat de la Critique) has been awarded since 1963 and is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of performing arts in France.

The work, commissioned by the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Orchester National de Metz and the National Philharmonic in Warsaw as part of the "Polish Music" and "POLSKA 100" programmes, had its world premiere at the inaugural concert of last year's "Warsaw Autumn", with the composer as soloist and the National Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Wilson Hermanto. The French premiere of the work took place in January 2020 in L'Arsenal Metz with the Orchester National de Metz, also with Zygmunt Krauze and Wilson Hermanto. Thee partners of the project were also the Polish Institute in Paris and the French Institute in Warsaw. The orchestra in Piano Concerto No. 3 included four Veme – new percussion instruments designed by French musician and composer Dominique Delahoche, created in cooperation between the Orchester National de Metz and the Arts et Métiers Metz Polytechnic.

"It is a great pleasure for me to be awarded by French critics with this prize for the second time. I am glad that my works are still valued in France, with which an important part of my creative path is connected" – said Zygmunt Krauze. The composer received the French critics prize for the first time for the opera Polieukt in the 2011/2012 season. Krauze lived in Paris for over a decade, where he both wrote his compositions and actively influenced the formation of the Paris music scene. In the 1970s, Pierre Boulez invited him to act as artistic adviser to the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique Musique (IRCAM).

The recording of the premiere will be available on the 62nd "Warsaw Autumn" Chronicle. A studio recording of the work is also planned.

More information at: https://associationcritiquetmd.com 

Jakub Polaczyk won the American Prize in Composition 2020

PolaczykJakub Polaczyk, New York City based Polish composer, received the American Prize in Composition 2020 in the instrumental chamber music professional division for the work OJIBBEWAY.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the classical arts. The American Prize is nonprofit, unique in scope and structure, and is designed to evaluate, recognize and reward the best performers, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. There is no live competition. The American Prize recognizing and rewarding American excellence in the performing arts since 2010.

On 9 June 2020, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge of the American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, announced the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Composition, 2019-20, instrumental chamber music division. The first prize in professional division went to Jakub Polaczyk for the work OJIBBEWAY for flute, accordion and piano. The composition, inspired by paintings of Georg Catlinwas, was first performed in Poland during the 31st International Festival of Krakow Composers in 2019 by a trio composed of: Andrea Biagini, Cesare Chiacciaretta and Fausto Bongelli.

Jakub Polaczyk is a winner of numerous awards and stipends. He is currently teaching at the New York Conservatory of Music and since 2018 he has been also appointed a New Music Director of the Chopin and Friends Festival in New York where he is directing the “New Vision International Composition Competition” and since 2018 associated with IMONY organization as a composer and orchestrator. He graduated from the Carnegie Mellon University, PA and Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland.

Chicago | US Premiere of Paderewski's Suite in G for Strings

Paderewski

The Chicago Chopin Society invites you to a Gala Concert “If Chopin Met Paderewski…” followed by a banquet, which will be held on 7 March 2020 at 6:30 p.n. at the Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore (5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, Illinois).

The Chicago Chopin Society has established a vibrant tradition of partnership with American Music Festivals, presenting performances by the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra in a variety of venues throughout Chicagoland. They share a mission of promoting cultural exchange and working together have focused on exploring Polish classical repertoire and folk traditions. Their concerts feature Polish American performers, with a commitment to new music with a respect for artistic heritage.

Many of their unique programs are given to commemorate important historical events, reaching new audiences from diverse backgrounds to learn about Polish culture. The organizations co-presented the 2017-18 International Cultural Exchange Festival in Chicago, a four-concert series showcasing the beauty and influence of Polish music. In September of 2018 they joined with Save St. Adalbert Church for a fundraising concert at the Church, celebrating Poland's 100th Anniversary of Independence. They have also performed together on concerts at the Taste of Polonia Festival (Poland's Great Composers, Kosciuszko Memorial, and Old Traditions - New Frontiers) and two Christmas Spectaculars at the Copernicus Center. With "If Chopin met Paderewski..." the Chicago Chopin Society and American Music Festivals continue to show artistic leadership in the community, proudly presenting the United States premiere of Paderewski's Suite in G for Strings.

We warmly acknowledge Conrad Miczko, the generous co-sponsor of the event, as well as Barbara Mirecki, Thaddeus Mirecki and Drs. Barbara and Waldemar Niklinski who facilitated this premiere performance of the Paderewski composition in the USA.

More information athttps://www.americanmusicfestivals.org/

Representatives of the Regional Initiative of Excellence in New York

AM Bydgoszcz

The Regional Initiative of Excellence, a new project of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, established cooperation with the Manhattan School of Music. On 3-6 March 2020, representatives of the Bydgoszcz music community will perform in New York.

Professor Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń will lead the masterclass, and Professor Ewa Pobłocka and Adam Kośmieja, PhD will perform solo recitals at the Mikowsky Recital Hall. The programme will include excellent works by Polish composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, among others A piacere and Sonata by Kazimierz Serocki, Zerstreutes Hinausschauen by Tomasz Sikorski, Coma Berenices by Jerzy Kornowicz, and Three miniatures for piano by Agata Zubel.

Professor Solomon Mikowski from the Manhattan School of Music will take part in the Forum.Beethoven in Bydgoszcz in December 2020. The pianist will lead a seminar for students of the Bydgoszcz Academy.

Heidelberger Komponistinnenpreis 2020 for Bettina Skrzypczak!

Bettina

The famous Polish composer Bettina Skrzypczak received the "Heidelberger Komponistinnenpreis 2020" award. This prestigious distinction has been granted since 1987 only to women-composers. This is the only such award in the world.

In the recent years the award granted at the request of a specially appointed Chapter of the City of Heidelberg went to such composers as: Zofia Gubajdulina, Galina Ustwolskaja, Adrian Hölszky, Kaija Saariaho and Olga Neuwirth.

The recommendation of the Heidelberg City Chapter of the work of Bettina Skrzypczak stated: "Care for structural details and thoughtful dramaturgy of the form are combined in her works with respect for the laws of perception, which is reflected in the sound processes of extraordinary intensity. [...] Through the visceral expressiveness and emotional suggestibility her music strongly affects the listener. [...] The composer also devotes attention to other fields of knowledge: from aesthetics, through philosophy, to exact sciences. "

The award ceremony will take place on 19 February 2020 during a concert with the Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg orchestra conducted by Joseph Bastian, who will perform Betina Skrzypczak's Initial for symphony orchestra (2005). This composition, premiered in 2007 in La Chaux-de-Fonds by the Orchester de Chambre de Lausanne (dir. Marco Angius), was performed in Poland the same year during the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music performed by SWR Symphonieorchester (dir.Rupert Huber).