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Agata Zubel's "Chamber Piano Concerto" at the International Piano Competition of Orléans

ZubelThe final auditions of the 14th International Piano Competition of Orléans will take place on 31 October 2020. Thanks to the fruitful cooperation of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Competition organisers, Chamber Piano Concerto by Agata Zubel is a compulsory piece in the final's repertoire.

The International Piano Competition of Orléans has been held since 1994. It remains the only piano competition in the world to focus on the contemporary repertoire. It brings the piano repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries to a consistently growing audience, reveals the talent of young artists and follows them from the beginning and throughout their carrier. Due to the uniqueness, the International Piano Competition of Orléans has developed a solid international reputation and is an affiliated member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC), Alink-Argerich Foundation, and Futurs Composés.

Chamber Piano Concerto is one of Agata Zubel's latest pieces. Its world premiere took place on 20 October 2018 during the Donaueschinger Musiktage festival. The composer has taken part in many projects of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, she has also written several works commissioned or co-commissioned by the Institute, including Fireworks (2018), for which she received the European Composer Award.

The three finalists of the French competition will be accompanied by the Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Simon Proust. One of the finalists will recceive the "Polska Music" award funded by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. An honourable mention worth EUR 2,000 will be awarded for the best performance of Agata Zubel's work.

Live broadcast of the competition final will be available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LQsHfw19_A 

Roman Czura won the 3rd prize in the 2nd Future Symphony Composition Competition in Vilnius


The latest orchestral piece by the Silesian composer Roman Czura, Rytmy w śnie zatopione [Rhythms drowned in dreams], was awarded the 3rd prize in the final of the second edition of the Future Symphony Composition Competition in Vilnius.

The final concert with the premiere of the seven nominated works took place on 17 September 2020 at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic. The Future Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Adomas Morkūnas-Budrys. The other finalists were Charles Philip Daniels Torres (Mexico) – the winner of the 1st prize, Jievaras Jasinskis (Lithuania) – the 2nd prize, Andrius Maslekovas (Lithuania) – the 3rd prize, as well as Apor Szüts (Hungary), Daniele Testa (Italy) and Miran Tsalikian (Greece).

Roman Czura is a winner of numerous composition competitions in Poland and abroad. He specializes in chamber and orchestral music. Currently he lectures at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.

The recording of the final concert has just been made available on the Internet. You can listen to the work Rhythms drowned in dreams online at: https://youtu.be/M6F3uD_ocEE?t=5715 

Composer's official website: www.romanczura.eu 

Przemysław Scheller won the New Note 2020 competition


Przemysław Scheller is the winner of the 9th International Composers Competition New Note 2020 in Samobor (Croatia).

His composition The Little Match Girl for string orchestra was selected as the best of the 30 submitted works from around the world. This is the only prize awarded. The winning composition will be performed by the Esperanza Ensemble chamber orchestra during the Samobor Music Festival 2021. The Little Match Girl was composed in 2019 and premiered by the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy conducted by Marek Moś during the Festival of Premieres organised by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

Przemysław Scheller is a composer from Gliwice, a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon in France. In 2018 he received the Doctor of Arts degree. Currently he works as an assistant professor at the University of Silesia in Katowice and teaches electronic music at his alma mater.

Cologne | "Deep Listening Deep Relaxation" Project Premiere


The "Deep Listening Deep Relaxation" music project, created by the Ensemble Garage, a renowned German ensemble specializing in modern music, and Monika Pasiecznik, a Polish curator and music critic, will be premiered on 16 September 2020 in Cologne (Germany) in Tanzfaktur, a picturesque post-industrial space housing the interdisciplinary art scene.

The project in the form of a multimedia concert with elements of video, performance, sound installation and music workshop explores the ancient tradition of psychosomatic sound impact and contemporary approaches to this tradition in the form of traditional musical pieces, but also sound meditation workshops, screaming workshops, sound massages and mindfulness installations.

The project will feature works by composers researching this subject, representing various generations and nationalities – from contemporary classics, such as the Americans Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Lucier, to the youngest composers, such as Korean Yiran Zhao, Australian Aviva Endean and German Neo Hülcker. Three pieces were commissioned especially for the project: Let me just by Neo Hülcker, Urschrei / Primal Scream by Kuba Krzewiński and Deep Relaxation vol. 7: TouchMe by Mikołaj Laskowski.

The project "Deep Listening Deep Relaxation" is part of the concert series "ACTS 'N SOUNDS" initiated by the Ensemble Garage in Cologne in 2019. The series includes avant-garde music concerts and performances of very different themes and forms, prepared by famous composers, dramatists and curators and presented by musicians in various unusual locations.

More information at: http://www.tanzfaktur.eu/event/eid/deep-listening-deep-relaxation/ 

Online premiere of "Roxanas' Song" directed by Krystian Lada

Piesn Roksany

The online premiere of the video performance Roxana's Song directed by Krystian Lada took place on 26 June 2020. The video was commissioned by the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (Royal Ballet of Flanders) as part of the #verbeeldingleeft (#imaginationisalive) project.

For Roxana's Song, Kystian Lada was inspired by the opera King Roger, in which the confrontation between mankind and nature is the main theme. Lada sees links between the story and the current pandemic. There are limits to man's unfettered ego, and he must aknowledge nature's superior power. For Lada, the future lies in a precious balance between ego and eco. The voice of the soprano is a force of nature that awakens an awareness in mankind – in this case, a dancer. The project featured Poilsh composer Katarzyna Głowicka and soprano Dagmara Dobrowolska as well as Australian dancer Aaron Shaw.

Opera Ballet Vlaanderen is the best opera company of the year 2019 according to the jury of the International Opera Awards. Due to the difficult situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the institution invited 15 international artists to create video performances in cooperation with their ballet group, choir and orchestra. As part of the alternative online season, a new video is presented every two weeks on the opera's website and social media. Krystian Lada was invited to the project next to leading international choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Alain Platel.

The video materials will be available until the end of the year on the opera's website and social media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKbMs5a12Kk&feature=emb_logo