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7th Summer Festival "At the Gothic Route"

Na gotyckim szlaku Academy of Early Music Foundation is the organizer of the 7th Wandering Summer Festival "At the Gothic Route – Music at the West Pomeranian Monuments", held between August 13 and September 17, 2016.

The event renders into practice the idea of interdisciplinary presentation and popularisation of places associated with the European Route of Brick Gothic in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in a broad cultural context. The schedule combines a series of concerts (relating in their programme to the history and identity of the selected sites) and exhibitions with a presentation of touristic routes. The audience members are given an opportunity to participate in several meetings and guided tours, as well as become familiar with local attractions. The festival is addressed both to organized groups of tourists and local communities of Szczecin, Stargard, Chojna, Trzebiatów, Goleniów, etc.

The list of artists invited to perform at this year’s edition of the festival includes Katarzyna Wiwer (soprano), Aldona Bartnik (soprano), Bogumiła Tarasiewicz (alto), Nazar Tatsyshyn (tenor), Jarosław Bręk (bass), Henryk Kasperczak (lute), Agniculis Vocal Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble Miraculis, Szczecin Vocal Project, Consortium Sedinum and Famd.pl Orchestra.

More information: www.famd.pl  

14th "Music in Paradise" Festival

Muzyka w raju This year in August 12-21, Gościkowo-Paradyż will host the "Music in Paradise" Festival for the 14th time.

The event programme covers 26 concerts devoted mostly to Medieval and Baroque music, however some performers will also present Reneissance music. The list of invited artsits includes Kore Orchestra, Michał Gondko, La Morra ensemble, Nevermind Quartet, singers: Viva Biffi, Yukie Sato, Marc Mauillon, Reinoud van Mechelen, and Enea Sorini, violinists: Anna Maria Lehtipuu, Davide Monti, Louis Creac’h, harpsichordists: Marianna Henriksson, Jean Rondeau, Pierre Gallon, flutists Anna Besson and Corina Marti, as well as viola da gamba player Robin Pharo.

The festival is organized by the Canor Early Music Foundation, the Cistercian monastery in Goscikowo-Paradyz and the Zielona Góra and Gorzów Seminary. The concerts will be recorded and broadcast in the Polish Radio Programme 2, Radio Zachód and foreign radio stations associated in the European Broadcasting Union.

More information: www.muzykawraju.pl

12th "Chopin and His Europe" Festival

12. Festiwal 2016 edition of the "Chopin and His Europe" Festival will be held in August 15-31 in Warsaw.

The 12th edition is the next one in a series of confrontations between the music of Chopin and of the composers closest to his heart – Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Bellini, Jírovec. It also traces the various influences on Chopin’s music, as well as of Chopin’s music in the works of other composers. It features Chopin’s favorite musical genres – opera, art song, concerto, chamber music. Finally, it showcases a phenomenon popular in the 19th century, consisting of arrangements, paraphrases and variations on the themes of the best-known works from that era. It also undertakes daring – though risky, and thereby provocative as well – transformations of Chopin’s masterpieces into another type sound. All of this in masterful renditions on both contemporary and historical instruments. Various performance styles – especially of music by the festival’s patron – will be heard in the interpretations of laureates of the most recent Chopin Competition, both on Steinways and Yamahas, and on Erards, Pleyels and Broadwoods.

Artistic director: Stanisław Leszczyński

Organizer: Fryderyk Chopin Institute

The Festival is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the City of Warsaw, and co-organized by the Warsaw Philharmonic and Polish Radio Programme 2.

Tickets available on-line at www.tickets.nifc.pl and at the Fryderyk Chopin Museum box office.

Source: www.festiwal.nifc.pl

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August of Talents 2016

Sierpień Talentów 2016 12th National Promotional Festival "August of Talents" will held from August 21-31, 2016 in Katowice.

The event, organized by the Institution for Promotion and Popularisation of Music "Silesia", is devoted to promoting young talented artists. The programme of the 2016 edition includes, among others, performances of Polish violinists, contestants of the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition which will be held in October in Poznań - Maciej Burdzy, Celina Kotz, Robert Łaguniak, Anna Malesza, Amelia Maszońska, Jan Mazur, and Maja Syrnicka. On Augst 31, the Concert Hall of the Karol Szyymanowski Academy of Music will also host cellist Bartosz Koziak and Lutosławski Youth Orchestra under the baton of Adrián Varela.

More information: programme

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2016 – 6th edition

Koryfeusz The Coryphaeus of Polish Music will be presented this year for the 6th time. The awards will be granted in four categories: Personality of the Year, Event of the Year, Honorary Award, and – for the first time – the Debut of the Year.

The recipients of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music awards are authors, performers, musicologists, critics, journalists, scientists, researchers, event animators, culture promoters and managers, artistic groups, as well as institutions, artistic events and various projects related to promotion of music culture, education and community outreach. The awards are granted by an Electoral College, consisting of vice-chancellors of music academies and universities, directors of institutes of musicology, journalists from music-related media, representatives of unions and organisations active in the Polish music world, as well as all the recipients of the award of previous editions, regardless of the category. The winner of the "Debut of the Year" title will be selected though online voting (September 19-22, 2016).

In 2015, more than 115 entries were registered and the awards were handed to Paweł Mykietyn (Personality of the Year), Opening of the new concert venue of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (Event of the Year) and Stanisław Skrowaczewski (Honorary Award). The winners received commemorative statuettes designed by Prof. Adam Myjak, while the financial rewards were funded by ZAiKS Authors’ Association (Polish Society of Authors and Composers) and by STOART Union of Performing Artists.

Names of the candidates may be submitted by September 10, 2016 at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl. The winners will be announced at a special gala held on October 1, 2016 at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw.

Organizer: Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Regulations and detailed information available at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl  

Music by Polish Female Composers

Koncert Kompozytorek On August 20, 2016 at 6.00 pm, the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio will host a concert, during which new works by Polish female composers will be presented.

Chamber vocal compositions written by Alicja Gronau, Iwona Kisiel, Olga Hans, Monika Kędziora and Aleksandra Garbal will be interpreted by Lilianna Zalesińska (mezzosoprano) and Piotr Szymanowicz (piano).

The concert is organized by the Polish Composers’ Union and Polish Radio Programme 2.

Tickets available on-line at: www.sklep.polskieradio.pl and at the venue’s box office.

Details: programme

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Workshops for children "Tell Me a Story" in Kłodzko and Międzylesie

Opowiedz mi bajkęPolish Society for Contemporary Music invites children and their parents to participate in the workshops "Tell Me a Story", which will be held in the Fryderyk Chopin State Music School in Kłodzko and Cultural Centre in Międzylesie (Lower Silesia) once a month between September and November 2016.

The workshops, designed for children aged 3-5 and 6-8, involve literature- and music-based improvisation, and will be led by the project initiators - double-bassist Małgorzata Kołcz and composer Jarosław Siwiński. Soprano Justyna Stępień and tenor Rafał Grozdew will be the guest performers during the first workshops on September 3.

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 the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Society of Authors and Composers ZAiKS.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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ARTELIER Chamber Music Festival in Szczecin

7. edycja festiwalu muzyki kameralnej ARTELIER 7th edition of the ARTELIER Chamber Music Festival will be held in August 12-14, 2016 at the Kana Theatre in Szczecin.

The main goal of the event is promoting chamber music, patricularly the works written by Polish composers. Apart from the concerts, the festival's programme includes chamber music workshops organized by the Feliks Nowowiejski State Music School Complex in Szczecin. The programmed repertoire will be performed by such artists as violinists Cezary Gójski, Gustaw and Gwidon Cieżarek, violist Dawid Pajdzik, cellist Wojciech Sławiński, double bassist Mateusz Rzytka, trumpeter Tomasz Woźniak, accordionist Krzysztof Szczerbuk and many others.

The final concert (August 14) will feature the premiere performance of Aldona Nawrocka’s composition Dialoghi - omaggio a J.K. for trumpet, piano, string quintet and electronic, commissioned as a part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute or Music and Dance.

More information: www.artelier.org.pl

Royal Arcades of Art 2016

Królewskie Arkady Sztuki 2016 7th edition of the Royal Arcades of Art will be held at the Royal Castle in Warsaw in August 5-27, 2016. Over 100 artists will present their skills in the course of 8 evenings.

Each event of the festival will take place in the unusual scenery of the Kubicki Arcades, located next to the Royal Castle gardens by the banks of the Vistula river. The musical core of the project, meant as a natural reference to the tradition of concerts held at the Polish kings’ courts, is a selection of instrumental, vocal, chamber and solo concerts. The artists will perform music composed in different eras - original compositions, improvisations, transcriptions and paraphrases, including the works by Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Béla Bartók (interpreted by Warsaw Camerata under the baton of Paweł Kos-Nowicki), Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (Sinfonia Viva conducted by Tomasz Radziwonowicz), as well as Jimi Hendrix and Czesław Niemen (Artur Dutkiewicz Trio & Jorgos Skolias). The festival constitutes a platform of interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange of artistic experiences and ideas.

More information: www.zamek-krolewski.pl