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Łódź | 60 years of the Chamber Music Department at the Łódź Academy of Music

Am Lódź

The Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź will host concerts on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Chamber Music Department on 14-15 October 2019.

The Chamber Music Department is the oldest academic unit in Poland that focuses on chamber music. Founded by Kiejstut Bacewicz – the patron of the Academy – it continued its artistic and pedagogical activity continuously for 60 years. Currently, it operates as an Institute of Chamber Music, headed by dr hab. Hanna Holeksa. On the occasion of the jubilee, the Institute's employees and associates invite you to two concerts and an academic conference that will be held at the Palace of the Academy of Music in Łódź at 32 Gdańska St.

The celebrations will start on 14 October with a concert at 6.15 p.m. performed by pedagogues and associates of the Chamber Music Institute. The programme will include works by Sergei Rachmaninov, George Gershwin, Russel Peterson, Karol Szymanowski and Leopold Godowski. "Chamber music yesterday and today" is the title of the academic conference during which the employees and guests of the Institute will deliver lectures (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). To end the celebrations, the Chamber Music Institute has prepared another concert, featuring compositions by Gustaw Mahler, Manuel de Falla, Paweł Klecki and Aleksander Tansman.

Admission to all events is free.

More information at: www.amuz.lodz.pl 

Warsaw | Match / Tabula Rasa

Scena muzyki nowej

Another performance in the "New Music Scene" series, organised by the Witold Lutosławski Society, will take place on 14 October 2019 at 7 p.m. in the New Theatre in Warsaw.

The concert will begin with two musical duels: in Mauricio Kagel's Match, already a classic of contemporary music, a drummer will act as a judge in a clash between two cellists, while in Maciej Jabłoński's Match, based on a fragment of Witold Gombrowicz's Ferdydurke, there will be a famous duel of grimaces between Miętus and Syfon. Emotions will be calmed, although not without some disruption, in the piece Strings in the Ground by Tomasz Sikorski, one of the most original characters of contemporary Polish music. The evening will end in the complete tranquillity of Tabula Rasa, the famous composition by Arvo Pärt.

More information at: https://nowyteatr.org/en/kalendarz/match-tabula-rasa

29th International Festival of Young Laureates of Music Competitions

The Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites you to the 29th International Festival of Young Laureates of Music Competitions, which will take place on 13-27 October 2019.

This year's edition will feature 32 concerts with the participation of young artists – soloists and chamber ensembles, who amaze with their musical maturity and passion for music art. There will be concert dedicated entirely to winner of selected competitions: 18th Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition in Nowy Sącz, 21st Imrich Godin International Vocal Competition IUVENTUS CANTI in Vrablach, 3rd International Competition for Sacred Vocal Music ARS ET GLORIA in Katowice, 5th International Chopin Competition in Rzeszów, Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk, and ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

In Katowice, the concerts will take place in the Concert Hall and the Bolesław Szabelski Auditorium at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, NOSPR Chamber Hall, Radio Katowice Concert Studio, Silesian Library, Mieczysław Karłowicz State Music School, and the Archdiocesan Museum. A real kaleidoscope of musical specialties and various concert programmes awaits music lovers in Słupsk, Sandomierz, Nowy Sącz, Zakopane, Brzesko, Kędzierzyn-Kozle, and even in Slovak Košice.

Thanks to the cooperation with the Institute of Music and Dance within the "Composing Commissions" programme, the Festival will premiere new works by Miłosz Bembinow and Wojciech Ziemowit Zych.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available athttps://www.silesia.art.pl/kalendarz 

Warsaw | Listenings – concerts to be toured: 3rd edition


The third edition of the "Listenings – concerts to be toured" series will take place between 10 October and 3 November 2019 in the Królikarnia Park in Warsaw. "Hearing, persevere and transference" are the key words of this year's edition, which will focus on the details of concerts and musical performances invisible to the naked eye: sound waves, time, human–instrument relationship.

The concert series will begin with a hypnotic audiovisual performance In My Own Wave. Moving images by Katarzyna Korzeniecka inspired by the ebru – a centuries-old paper decorating technique – combined with the meditative music by the star of Polish electronic music scene Jacek Sienkiewicz will invite audience to a synesthetic journey into audiovisual space. During the performance at Królikarnia, both sound and image will be generated live for the first time. Computers, synthesizers and speakers will be used to create the sound waves. On the screen we will see a close-up of the water wave modified with buckets, cuvettes, brushes and boxes as well as pigments and other mysterious substances.

Time is an indispensable companion of the musician and artist in his profession. Thanks to the sound installation Systematics of heterotrphic organisms (outline) by Michał Libera, the time that is given to the recipient to get acquainted with the work – usually very short during the concerts – will be extended to allow the recipient to familiarize himself with work several times. The sound installation filling six museum rooms was created based on the novels by Franz Kafka.

The series will also premiere a DVD Incorporate released by BÓŁT publishing house, featuring works by Kuba Krzewiński and Rafał Zapała.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.krolikarnia.mnw.art.pl/aktualnosci/sluchy-koncerty-do-zwiedzania-edycja-3,44.html 

Kraków | 3rd edition of the "Gradus ad Parnassum" Piano Master Academy

Gradus ad Parnassum

The Association of Polish Chamber Musicians invites you to participate in the third edition of the "Gradus ad Parnassum" Piano Master Academy, which will take place at the Włądysław Żeleński Secondary State Music School in Krakow on 11-13 October 2019.

One of the largest piano meetings in the country lasts for three days and combines the themes of traditional piano education, initial education, piano chamber music, improvisation, sight-reading, as well as preparing pianists to function in professional life. Every year the project gathers over 300 pianists from all over Poland. Among this year's guests will be professors Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Ewa Bukojemska, Paweł Zawadzki, Krystyna Borucińska-Żarnecka, and Charles Owen.

The Academy will feature a recital of the laureate of international piano competitions Jakub Kuszlik, a chamber concert with the participation of lecturers of the Music Academy in Kraków and Bydgoszcz – dr Maria Sławek (violin) and prof. dr hab. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń (piano), and a final concert performed by Maria Sławek (violin), Marcin Zdunik (cello), Anna Maria Staśkiewicz (violin) and Marcin Dońc (viola).

The Academy has long been heading towards expanding the didactic repertoire of Polish composers. On 12 October at 3 p.m., there will be a premiere of Kaleidoscope. Four-hand miniatures by Marta Mołodyńska-Wheeler, commissioned by the Association of Polish Chamber Musicians. The event will also promote a selection of 4 hands sheet music for piano published by PWM Edition, including works by Polish composers.

Admission to all events is free.

More information at: http://www.spmk.com.pl/ and https://web.facebook.com/stowarzyszeniekameralistow 

Gorzów | 7th Wojciech Kilar Contemporary Music Festival


The 7th Wojciech Kilar Contemporary Music Festival will be held on 11-25 October 2019 in Gorzów. This year's motto is "Polish sequences".

The symphonic concerts will feature works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki and Wojciech Kilar, including the mystical Missa pro pace. The festival will present excellent chamber music and Marcin Wyrostek's project POLACC, which is full of Polish contexts. Polka with the music by Zbigniew Kozub – one of the most interesting proposals of contemporary dance scene in recent years – will be staged at the Gorzów Philharmonic. On the penultimate day of the Festival, there will be a acreening of the movie Wojciech Kilar – between avant-garde and Hollywood directed by Violetta Rotter-Kozera, which was awarded at the 13th FilmAt Festival and received the Maciej Łukasiewicz Award.

During the inaugural concert, Polish pianist permanently living in the US – Marek Żebrowski – and the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Monika Wolińska will perform a well-structured and colorfully orchestrated one-part Piano Concerto by Henryk Wars, whose 40th death anniversary falls this year. The last concert of the Kilar Festival performed by the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra and the Poznań Chamber Choir conducted by Maciej Sztor will be a compilation of the most beautiful musical themes of Polish film music composers such as Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, Andrzej Korzyński, Zygmunt Konieczny, Bartosz Chajdecki, Zbigniew Preisner and Michał Lorenc.

Full programme available at: http://www.festiwalmuzykiwspolczesnej.pl/ 

Warsaw | 14th International Improvised Music Festival "Ad Libitum"

Ad Libitum

The theme of the 14th International Festival of Improvised Music "Ad Libitum", which will be held at the Center for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle on 10-12 October 2019, is improvisation in the dynamically expanding world of electronic media, such as sound synthesizers, processors, modulators, generators of electronic sounds and their interactions with acoustic instruments.

Elektro "Ad Libitum" will host pioneers – the legendary formation Musica Elettronica Viva and the famous Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, who will both perform in Poland for the first time. Polish live electronics scene will be represented by the duo of Krzysztof Knittel and Marek Chołoniewski together with Joanna Duda, who they invited to joint improvisation. As every year, young Polish improvisers will take part in the workshops led by festival resident Thomas Lehn – German virtuoso of analog synthesizer, to perform with him at one of the concerts.

The "Ad Libitum" festival is a presentation of the most interesting phenomena of the world and Polish improvised music scene. It creates a platform for concert and workshop cooperation between Polish musicians and the most outstanding artistic personalities in this field, leading to subsequent world premieres. "Ad Libitum" is more than just a festival, it is a living laboratory. In place of the 'finished products', concerts and performances already presented in the world, the festival creates new artistic situations, bringing together artists from around the world.

Full programme available at: https://www.ad-libitum.pl/ 

Elias David Moncado wins the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition Toruń 2019

Konkurs Lipinskiego

The final auditions of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition took place on 12 October 2019 in the Concert Hall of the CKK Jordanki Cultural and Congress Center in Toruń.

Six violinists qualified to the third stage of the Competition were judged d by the international jury composed of: prof. Ilya Kaler – Chairman, prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, prof. Boris Kuschnir, prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky, dr Jakub Jakowicz and dr Mariusz Smolij.

By the decision of the jury of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition, the first prize of € 20,000 was awarded to Elias David Moncado (Germany), the second prize of € 15,000 was awarded to Robert Łaguniak (Poland), and the third prize of € 10,000 was awarded to Yumiko Yumiba (Japan). Honorable mentions of € 2,000 went to: Eimi Wakui (Japan), Mao Konishi (Japan) and Maya Levy (Belgium).

The Concert of Laureates took place on 13 October at the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall. The Grand Prix, the Nicolaus Copernicus Astrolabe made of silver, was handed to the first prize winner. The concert also premiered Paweł Riess's composition Essay for solo violin and string orchestra, awarded in the composers' competition in 2016. The work was performed by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra and violinist Adam Siebers under the baton of Maestro Mariusz Smolij.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://lipinski-competition.com/ 

Szczecin | Concert marking the 70th birthday and 50th anniversary of Piotr Moss's creative work

Piotr Moss

On 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m., the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin will host a concert to celebrate the 70th birthday and the 50th anniversary of creative work of the composer Piotr Moss.

Although his studies (with Grażyna Bacewicz, Piotr Perkowski and Nadia Boulanger) were influenced by the neoclassical trend, the composer himself is referred to as a neo-romantic. Searching for an individual style is not visible in form but in his musical expression. Piotr Moss is a versatile composer as he has written orchestral, sacral, chamber and solo pieces, but he also composed music for theatre along with wit jazz, literary and popular songs. He has won several dozen awards at composer competitions throughout Europe. He lives permanently in Paris, where in 2002 he was honoured with the Order of Arts and Letters.

During the upcoming concert, French clarinetist Jean-Marc Fessard and the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anna Duczmal-Mróz will perform a concert for clarinet and orchestra D'un silence ... by Piotr Moss as well as the Symphony in C major by Paul Dukas.

Information on tickets at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl