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Gdańsk | 11th Euro Chamber Music Festival


The 11th Euro Chamber Music Festival Gdańsk – the largest international festival of chamber music in northern Poland – will run from 16 October to 22 November 2020.

The Festival received the prestigious EFFE (Europe For Festivals Festivals For Europe) label for 2019-2020, awarded by the European Festival Association for the most interesting festival events in Europe. It has hosted such famous artists as Leszek Możdżer, Apollon Musagète Quartett, MoCarta Group, Janusz Wawrowski, Jerzy and Maciej Stuhr, Krystyna Janda, Wiktor Zborowski, Kayah & Royal String Quartet, and Władysław Gudonis Komendarek.

This year's edition will feature recognized domestic and foreign chamber musicians, including Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Jozef Luptàk, Quatuor Adastra, Split Guitar Quartet, Petra & Patrik Jablonsk, as well as young laureates of international music competitions and outstanding instrumentalists of the young generation in the Polish Rising Music Stars series. We will hear masterpieces of European composers and Polish contemporary music, including works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Krzysztof Penderecki. The key event of the Festival will be a performance of Daniel Olbrychski and Duo del Gesù with letters and music by this year's great jubilarian, Ludwig van Beethoven. The festival will also include the 6th Baltic String Duo Competition.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eurochambermusicfestival.com 

Cultural institutions closed to the public. There will be additional support for the sector

MKiDNDue to the second wave of the pandemic and decisive steps to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Government Crisis Management Team decided to close cultural institutions to the public until 29 November 2020.

The temporary closure of cultural institutions, philharmonics, operas, operettas, theatres, museums, cinemas, cultural centres, libraries, art galleries from 7 to 29 November 2020 means that organising events with the participation of the public will not be allowed. However, this does not exclude activities related to conducting rehearsals and preparing artistic events, remote work and online events.

Due to the closure of cultural institutions to the public, support mechanisms will be introduced for entities operating in the field of culture, institutions, non-governmental organisations, entrepreneurs as well as creators and artists working on civil law contracts. New support programmes has been established for studio cinemas, film producers and distributors with an initial budget of up to PLN 157 mln, and the budget of the Film Production programme was increased by approximately PLN 40 mln.

Next meeting of the Anti-Crisis Team at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is planned for Friday, 6 November.

More information athttps://www.gov.pl/web/kultura/instytucje-kultury-zamkniete-dla-publicznosci-bedzie-dodatkowe-wsparcie-dla-sektora 

Results of the H.M. Górecki International Composers' Competition

FS2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. In order to commemorate the composer and give young artists the opportunity to premiere and promote their works, the Silesian Philharmonic announced a composition competition named after its Patron, connected with this year's 8th edition of the International Days of H.M. Górecki.

37 compositions were submitted to the competition and all of them met the competition conditions. After analyzing all the submitted works, the Jury awarded the following prizes.

The second prize in the form of the premiere performance of the piece during the International Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Days with professional audiovisual recording was awarded to Piotr Pudełko for Pater Noster for mixed choir a cappella. The third prize, ex aequo, was awarded to Hubert Żmudzki for Je est un autre for mixed choir a cappella and Adrianna Kubica-Cypek for L'été to words by Victor Hugo for mixed choir a cappella or 16 solo voices.

The first prize and honourable mentions were not awarded.

The jury was composed of: Eugeniusz Knapik, Mikołaj Piotr Górecki, Jerzy Kornowicz, Jarosław Wolanin and Adam Wesołowski.

Media patronage: Pollish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Kraków | For 4 and 6 hands – grand finale of the concert series "Faces of pianism"

SPMKThe Association of Polish Chamber Musicians is organizing the grand finale of the concert series "Faces of pianism", which presented pianists, graduates of prof. Stefan Wojtas and invited guests. During the last concert, we will hear amazing compositions for 4 and 6 hands and 3 premieres. The event will take place on 6 November 2020 at 6.00 p.m. in the concert hall of the Władysław Żeleński State Secondary School of Music in Kraków.

The "Faces of pianism" project is a two-year concert series presenting various faces of piano music – from solo pieces to chamber works for various ensembles. The finale of the series will be an unprecedented event, featuring performances of the Extra Sounds Ensemble conducted by Grzegorz Brajner and pianists Ireneusz Boczek, Anna Duda, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Dominika Grzybacz, Beata Koniuszy, Grzegorz Mania, Marta Mołodyńska-Wheeler, Agnieszka Plata, and Piotr Różański. The programme will include works by Alfred Schnittke, Franz Schubert, Mike Cornick, Ludwig van Beethoven, William Gillock and Xaver Scharwenka.

The concert will also premiere a cycle for piano 4 hands by Marta Mołodyńska-Wheeler, miniatures for 6 hands by Ireneusz Boczek and Marta Mołodyńska-Wheeler, as well as a composition for piano 4 hands and string orchestra by Michał Pawełek, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Free passes are available at: https://app.evenea.pl/event/4i6rak/

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://spmk.com.pl/ and https://www.facebook.com/stowarzyszeniekameralistow 

Olsztyn | Stage for Polish Music: Piotr Sałajczyk

FWMOutstanding pianist Piotr Sałajczyk will perform works by Franciszek Lessel, Juliusz Zarębski, Władysław Żeleński, Mieczysław Weinberg and Władysław Szpilman on 5 November 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Feliks Nowoieski Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic in Olsztyn as part of the "Stage for Polish music" series.

All the mentioned composers, representing different periods and styles, have one thing in common – they lived and created in difficult times for Poland, from the partitions to World War II.

Juliusz Zarębski, an extremely talented pianist who performed successfully on stages all over Europe, is remembered mainly as the author of the Piano Quintet in G minor, but also the impressive Grand Polonaise, Op. 6, dedicated to his teacher Franz Liszt. Piano Sonata, Op. 1 No. 2 by Franciszek Lessel, who studied for nine years with Joseph Haydn, shows the influence of the Viennese classics. The music of Władysław Żeleński, composer active in Warsaw and Kraków, was permeated with neo-romantic character, including his picturesque piano miniatures, e.g. Variations in B minor, Op. 62. The work of the composer in exile Mieczysław Weinberg was greatly appreciated by his friend Dmitri Shostakovich, whose musical style influenced Weinberg's impressive Piano Sonata, Op. 8 No. 2. Władysław Szpilman is remembered today mainly for the film The Pianist. His youthful piano suite Life of Machines, created under the influence of French neoclassicism, reflects a futuristic fascination with technology and the accelerating pace of city life.

The concert is co-organized as part of the "Stage for Polish music" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/ 

2nd Scientific Conference "Polish chamber music of the 20th and 21st century" and an online concert

POlska Muzyka KameralnaInstitute of Chamber Music of the G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź invites you on 4 and 5  November 2020 to the 2nd Scientific Conference "Polish chamber music of the 20th and 21st century". Lectures and a concert of Polish music will be held in the Academy's Chamber Hall and will be streamed online.

Lectures by outstanding pedagogues – Ewa Skardowska (PhD Habil.), Ewa Guz-Seroka (PhD) and Wojciech Świętoński (PhD) from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and Robert Kwiatkowski (PhD Habil.) from the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk – will focus on important issues in the work of such Polish composers as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Szymon Laks, Grzegorz Fitelberg and Paweł Łukaszewski.

The programme of the Polish music concert scheduled for the second day of the conference will be dominated by songs for voice and piano, including pieces by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (performed by Urszula Kryger and Ewa Guz-Seroka), Henryk Czyż, Romuald Twardowski (performed by Bartosz Szulc and Mikołaj Pacholczyk), Aleksander Tansman (performed by Patrycja Krzeszowska-Kubit and Marcin Kawczyński), Paweł Łukaszewski (performed by Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział and Wojciech Świętoński). Pianists Hanna Holeksa and Marcin Kawczyński will also play pieces for two pianos by Romuald Twardowski and Roman Maciejewski, Małgorzata Wasiucionek and Sylwia Michalik-Bednarczyk will present three compositions for violin and piano by Artur Malawski, and Franciszek Bawoł, Agata Niewiadoma and Jakub Nowak will perform Romuald Twardowski's Piano Trio. Moreover, Agnieszka Przybylska and Agnieszka Kołodziej will premiere Jolanta Smolska's Concept for piano and cello.


Warsaw | Special Choral Music Concert on the 100th birth anniversary of Pope John Paul II

FNThe Warsaw Philharmonic Choir accompanied by the musicians of the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra will be offering an interesting and original vista of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries during a special concert on 4 November 2020 at 7.00 p.m. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II.

The concert will open with the solemn Coronation Te Deum by William Walton, heard for the first time during Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey in 1953. The programme also features an important event on this year’s musical calendar – the world premiere of Paweł Łukaszewski’s Mass, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II. Łukaszewski, whose works have often been performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, is one of the most outstanding and recognized Polish authors of choral and church music. Underpinning his musical idiom is a profound simplicity, a rich vein of tradition, masterfully structured form and an immersion in the sacred, all of which promises to make this extraordinary musical experience.

Norbert Palej is a composer whose works are not often heard in the concert halls in Poland. Born in 1977 in Poland and raised in Germany, Palej cut his teeth on composing in the United States. He is currently based in Canada, where he teaches composing at the University of Toronto. His work Weronika for solo violin, chamber orchestra and reciting voice will serve as an instrumental interlude for the evening. Lili Boulanger, the younger sister of the famous Nadia, was a talented composer whose career was cut short by her premature passing at the tender age of 24. Psalm No. 24 (together with two other psalms) penned in 1916, two years before her untimely death, is an evocative and poignant testimony to a budding talent that never had a chance to come into full bloom.

Live online streaming on YouTube.

More information at: http://filharmonia.pl/ 

Skarby w piszczałkach zaklęte odkrywane na nowo

Skarby_w_piszczalkach"Skarby w piszczałkach zaklęte odkrywane na nowo" ["Treasures enchanted in pipes rediscovered"] is a series of five films presenting the possibilities of the king of all instruments. The authors invite you to discover the treasures hidden in organ pipes – the premiere is coming on Friday, 30 October 2020.

Each episode was recorded on a different organ, which comes from a various period and has a distinctive sound style. However, they all have one thing in common – they are real pearls in the field of organ-building craftsmanship. Each instrument is distinguished by exceptional sound qualities, making them the title 'treasures', not only on the country scale. We will discover these treasures by listening to a stylistically diverse repertoire, including works by contemporary Polish composers, performed by outstanding Polish organists: Krzysztof Urbaniak – Hanas Hummel's organ (1616) in the St Andrew's Church in Olkusz; Jarosław Wróblewski – Andreas Hildebrandt's organ (1719) in the St Bartholomew's Church in Pasłęk; Małgorzata Trzaskalik-Wyrwa – baroque organ in the Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Marianskie Porzecze; Marek Pilch – Dominik Biernacki's organ in the Siedlce Cathedral, and Ireneusz Wyrwa – Mühleisen organ in the Church of St Casimir in Nowy Sącz.

Małgorzata Trzaskalik-Wyrwa, PhD Habil., president of the board of the Pro Musica Organa Association, will be our guide through the nooks and crannies of the magical world of the organ. All recordings were made by Studio Ars Sonora, which guarantees the highest quality of audio and video.

The materials will be available on the Studio Ars Sonora YouTube channel and on the Pro Musica Organa Association website

The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Winners of the 13th Competition of 20th- and 21st-century Music for Young Performers

PTMWThe jury of the 13th Competition of 20th- and 21st-century Music for Young Performers, organised by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, announced the winners of this year's edition.

In the category of secondary music school students, three equal Prizes of PLN 2,700 each, divided in half between the laureates and their teachers, went to: Hanxiang Chen (cello), a student of Anna Banaś at the Complex of Silesian International Schools; Maciej Kasperek (flute), a student of Beata Kierzkowska at the Zenon Brzewski Secondary Music School in Warsaw; Kacper Puczko (saxophone), a student of Paweł Gusnar and Alicja Wołyńczyk-Raniszewska at the Zenon Brzewski Secondary Music School in Warsaw.

In the category of music academy students, three equal Prizes of PLN 5,000 each, divided between the laureates and their teachers, were awarded to: Łukasz Dyczko (saxophone), a student of Paweł Gusnar at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw; Tomasz Herisz (drums), a student of Wojciech Herzyk at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice; Jagoda Krzemińska (flute), a student of William Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In the category of music academy students one Honorable mention of PLN 2,400, shared between the laureate and his teacher, was awarded to Wojciech Chałupka (saxophone), a student of Paweł Gusnar at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

The PWM Edition Prize for the best performance of a piece from the publisher's catalog – a voucher of PLN 500 for the purchase of PWM publications to be used in the online bookstore – went to Tomasz Herisz (drums), Tomasz Herisz (drums), a student of Wojciech Herzyk at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, for the performance of Bogusław Schaeffer's Constructions.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://ptmw.art.pl/wyniki-xiii-konkursu-muzyki-xx-i-xxi-wieku-dla-mlodych-wykonawcow-2020/