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La Folle Journée in Poland

Szalone Dni Muzyki 2015

La Folle Journée / Szalone Dni Muzyki

Passions of Heart and Soul

Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera
1 Theatre Square, Warsaw
September 35th-27th, 2015
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Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2015 – names of the nominees have been announced

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Nominees for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2015 award
have been elected at the Institute of Music and Dance
Programming Board for Music meeting on 14th September 2015
in the following categories:

Personality of the Year,

Event of the Year and

Honorary Award.

Out of the total of 115 candidates, the Programme Board has selected five nominees in each category:

Personality of the Year
• Paweł Gusnar
• Nikola Kołodziejczyk
• Paweł Mykietyn
• Marcin Stańczyk
• Anna Szostak-Myrczek

Event of the Year
• Folk Requiem concert and album performed by Adam Strug and Ensemble Kwadrofonik, produced by Polish Radio Programme 2
• Opening of the new seat of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, together with the Opening Festival
• Production of G. F. Handel’s Agrippina at the Stanisławowski Theatre in the Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw, prepared by the “Dramma per musica” Society of Baroque Art Lovers
• Spectacles presented by the Grand Theatre – National Opera: Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bela Bartók’s Bluebeard's Castle directed by Mariusz Treliński – at the Metropolitan Opera in New York
• Viktoria Nowak as winner of Eurovision Young Dancers 2015 at the New Theatre in Plzeň, Czech Republic

Honorary Award
Owing to the special character of the Honorary Award, the name of its recipient will only be announced at the award ceremony.

These nominations will now be considered by the Electoral College, consisting of vice-chancellors of music academies and universities, directors of institutes of musicology, presidents of artists’ unions, journalists and the recipients of the Award from previous years.

The award gala will be held on 11th November 2015 at 7.30 pm at the Polish Radio Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio in Warsaw.

The recipients of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music awards are authors, performers, musicologists, critics, journalists, human 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 in three categories: Personality of the Year, Event of the Year and Honorary Award. In 2014, Włodek Pawlik was elected Personality of the Year, and Krystian Zimerman’s concert during the 56th “Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music was named Event of the Year. Prof. Mieczysław Tomaszewski received the Honorary Award for his entire output. 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 candidates can be submitted by all those involved in Polish music life. Last year, more than 160 entries were registered. The Coryphaeus of Polish Music 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 from previous years, regardless of the category.

The award operator is the Institute of Music and Dance. Award regulations and details can be found at this address: www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

The event takes place under the media patronage of the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Musical Seasons – Autumn 2015

Concert from the series Musical Seasons – Autumn 2015
Warsaw Autumn Fringe Event

September 22nd, 2015, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
PWM Edition, Chamber Hall,
8 Fredry Street, Warsaw

Alicja Gronau Lapidaria 
Miłosz Bembinow Cantus Harmonicus
Benedykt Konowalski Lost Atlantis (world premiere) 
Dariusz Przybylski Elleipsis
Bartosz Kowalski In affecto
Krzysztof Baculewski Suite de cheminée
Rafał Stradomski Capriccio
Jerzy Bauer Three Stylisations
Zbigniew Bagiński Accor-dance
Edward Sielicki Rapido (world premiere) 

Paweł Janas, accordion
Iwo Jedynecki, accordion
Karolina Mikołajczyk, violin
Wojciech Psiuk, saxophone

Organiser: Polish Composers’ Union Warsaw Branch

Co-financed by:
the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage within the framework of its “Artistic Events” programme
the ZAiKS Authors’ Association.

Admission free

Lutosławski in Notes

Lutosławski w zapiskach
Meeting: Lutosławski in Notes

Warsaw Autumn Fringe Event

September 23rd, 2015, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Austrian Cultural Forum, Warsaw, 7/9 Próżna Street
Prof. Zbigniew Skowron, University of Warsaw, Institute of Musicology, author of the collection Notes—Witold Lutosławski
Marcin Bogusławski, architect, Witold Lutosławski’s stepson
Jerzy Kisielewski
What was Witold Lutosławski like?
What were his everyday priorities?
How did he plan his schedule?
Where did he get inspiration from?
Should his music be approached by performers purely intellectually, or does it call for intense expression?
During the meeting, we will attempt to answer these and other questions. The event continues the idea of the EXPLORATION (POSZUKIWANIE) project, carried out in 2013 on the occasion of the composer’s centenary. The discussion will be illustrated with fragments from films and animations telling the story of Witold Lutosławski’s life and work.
Organised by History Meeting House
Co-organised by Austrian Cultural Forum

The Witold Lutosławski Society
University of Warsaw Press

Results of the 5th Grażyna Bacewicz International Composers Competition Łódź 2015

V Międzynarodowy Konkurs Kompozytorski im. Grażyny Bacewicz 2015 

5th Grażyna Bacewicz
International Composers Competition
Łódź 2015
Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź
The results:
First Prize:
Manuel Martinez Burgos (Spain)
Second Prize:
Farangis Nurulla-Khoja
Third Prize:
John Weeks (United Kingdom)
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Celebrating Tadeusz Strugała's 80th birthday at the 50th Wratislavia Cantans


Tadeusz Strugała
Special concert celebrating Tadeusz Strugała's 80th birthday

September 16th (Wednesday), 7 p.m.
National Forum of Music, Main Hall, Wrocław
during the 50. Wratislavia Cantans
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50th International Festival "Wratislavia Cantans"
September 6th-19th, 2015

The special jubilee edition of the International Festival “Wratislavia Cantans” is taking place between 6th and 19th September 2015. For the last half a century, the “Wratislavia Cantans” has enjoyed the position of the most important classical music festival in this part of Europe. For years it was the only chance for audiences behind the “Iron Curtain” to meet world class artists. Today eminent conductors, instrumentalists and singers flock to Wrocław in order to give concerts with the ensembles of the National Forum of Music (NFM), the Festival organiser. This year, for the first time in the “Wratislavia” Festival’s history, the audience and the musicians have at their disposal a concert hall designed and built to the highest world standards. The NFM concert hall offers a space that allows vocal and instrumental works to reveal their full acoustic beauty.

This modern hall is also an ideal space for Mahler’s monumental symphonies. The first guest orchestra to perform in the new prestigious venue is the legendary Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which – under the baton of one of the greatest living conductors, Zubin Mehta – will present Mahler’s 9th. The great final gala concert of the 50th “Wratislavia” features a performance of the Symphony of a Thousand – Mahler’s only work which met with an enthusiastic reception already during his lifetime. The symphony’s name comes from the imposing performing forces that it calls for: the audience will hear the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, three NFM choirs, as well as soloists, all conducted by a master of great symphonic forms: Jacek Kaspszyk.

Reconstructions of concerts from the 1st “Wratislavia Cantans” are a special attraction of this year’s Festival. The inaugural concert is an exact repetition of the programme with which the magnificent history of the Festival once began. Though today the presence of contemporary music may surprise part of the Festival audience, performances of most recent works were one of the key ideas introduced by the founder of the Festival, Andrzej Markowski, and so the opening programme on 14th August 1966 featured works composed from only a few to a dozen years before: Andrzej Koszewski’s La espero,Konstanty Regamey’s L’alerte, La sécurité, L’a_aire se complique and La môme néant from Cinq poèmes de Jean Tardieu, Olivier Messiaen’s Cinq rechants, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Psalms of David, as well as Artur Malawski’s David and The Peaks. Also as during the 1st festival edition, the audience will hear Mozart’s finest piece of liturgical music: the Mass in C Minor (in the interpretation of the brilliant Il Giardino Armonico) as well as a concert of works by Polish Baroque masters: Marcin Mielczewski and Bartłomiej Pękiel.

Among the guests of this year’s Festival there is Ensemble Organum with its leader Marcel Pérès – the man who changed the meaning and sound of Gregorian chant, which met with both admiration and sharp criticism. The famous Tasto Solo ensemble will revive music from 15th-century manuscripts.

Giovanni Antonini, the Festival’s artistic director, aims to present at the “Wratislavia” also vocal music from less familiar traditions, different from the West European choral repertoire. Thus, Russian Orthodox church music will return to the Festival in the interpretation of the Russian Patriarchate Choir of Moscow, admired throughout the world. On the other hand, Antonini wants the “Wratislavia” to remain young and curious about the world. This is why he has invited the “born madmen” – the multiple Grammy-winning eighth blackbird ensemble, as well as Agata Zubel.

Another element of the Festival’s jubilee is a concert led by Tadeusz Strugała, the longest-serving director of the “Wratislavia Cantans”, who celebrates his 80th birthday and 60 years of artistic work. He will conduct the NFM Symphony Orchestra, which has its 70th anniversary this year.

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DYNAMISTATICS - 58th Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music

Warszawska Jesień 2015

The defining term of the programme of the 58th “Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music, held between 18th and 26th September 2015, is DYNAMISTATICS.

“This neologism hints at the ambiguity of the crucial musical notion of dynamics. In music, pure dynamics or statics cannot be abstracted: one seamlessly leads into the other; music can be static and dynamic at the same time,” explains Tadeusz Wielecki, Director of the Festival.

The Festival programme includes installations (Chorus by Ray Lee – hypnotic music produced by unique “musical” windmills – as well as all of Włodzimierz Kotoński’s compositions for tape, presented in the carefully arranged space of an empty historical tenement.), concerts and performances (e.g. Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee, La Monte Young’s The Second Dream of the High-Tension Line Stepdown Transformer, Kasper T. Toeplitz’s Inoculate?, Jagoda Szmytka’s LOST, Simon Steen-Andersen’s Studies for String Instrument #1-3, and Johannes Kreidler’s Beginning lessness).

The 5th “Little Warsaw Autumn”, specially designed for children, will feature, among others, works and installations by Zygmunt Krauze, Krzysztof Penderecki and Krzysztof Knittel, presented in the Królikarnia, Zachęta Gallery and the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio.

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Zelis et Valcourou Bonaparte au Caire by Michał Kleofas Ogiński - new season of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra

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Chopin - Paderewski - Górecki - Penderecki - European Heritage - 53. Bydgoszcz Music Festival

Chopin - Paderewski - Górecki - Penderecki czyli 53. Bydgoski Festiwal Muzyczny

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