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Results of the 5th Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers' Competition

Sopot Classic

We know the results of the 5th Krzysztof Penderecki International Composer's Competition The subject of this year's Competition was a piece for string orchestra.

The Competition was organized as part of the 9th NDI Sopot Classic Festival. The jury composed of Krzysztof Meyer (chairman), Daniel Cichy, Jerzy Kornowicz, Paweł Łukaszewski and Monika Cybulska (secretary of the competition), after getting acquainted with all the compositions submitted for the Competition, decided to award:

First prize to Andrzej Ojczenasz for Tech-uniques, 2nd prize to Krystian Neścior for Nello sfondo Della Vita..., 3rd prize to Klaudia Rabiega for Music for 16 string instruments. Honorable mentions were awarded to Aleksandra Chmielewska for SISYPHUS and Roman Czura for Color. Darkness. Light.

The awards gala will take place during the Polish Music Concert on August 2, 2019 at 7.30 pm in the church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Star of the Sea in Sopot.

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

Winners of the 10th Moniuszko Competition


Jury of the 10th Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition awarded 9 statutory prizes and 28 special prizes!

The first prize of the jubilee edition of the competition went to Maria Motolygina from Russia. The winners of the competition were also Slávká Zamečníková, Long Long, Ruslana Koval, Gihoon Kim and Piotr Buszewski. Slávká Zamečníková was invited to participate in the upcoming Festival of Polish Music in Krakow. Tenor from China Long Long was also honored with the Polish Radio Award (invitation to record with the Polish Radio Orchestra) and the Maria Fołtyn Award for the best performance of a piece by Moniuszko.

A great number of awards went to the Polish singer Piotr Buszewski: the Polish Television Prize, an invitation to participate in the 24th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, the Audience Prize, the Bogusław Kaczyński Prize for the best Polish singer, and the Jerzy Semkow Sinfonia Iuventus Prize. Together with Monika Buczkowska, he also received the Karol Namysłowski Symphony Orchestra Prize and the Stanisław Moniuszko Koszalin Philharmonic Prize. Monika Buczkowska was also awarded the Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Prize for the most promising Polish voice and she was invited to participate in the Krakow Chamber Opera performance.

Other Polish finalists also received special prizes. Hubert Zapiór received the prestigious "Presto" Magazine Prize (one year’s PR services) and the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Prize; Jan Żądło – the award for the best performance of Mieczysław Weinberg's song; Alina Adamski – the PWM Edition Prize for the most beautiful performance of a Polish song from the 20th/21st century; Aleksandra Nowakowski – the invitation to participate in the International Opera Gala ending the Moniuszko Inspiration! Festival); Paweł Trojak – the invitation to participate in the Moscow Festival "New Opera World 2019".

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://teatrwielki.pl/dzialalnosc/konkurs-moniuszkowski/laureaci-x-konkursu/ 

Zbigniew Rudziński has passed away

Rudziński Zbigniew

Polish composer Zbigniew Rudziński – a great pedagouge, a long-time lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and a member of the Polish Composers' Union, died on 9th May 2019.

Zbigniew Rudziński was a student of Piotr Perkowski and Nadia Boulanger. He began his career as director of the music department at the Warsaw Documentary Film Studio, where he worked in 1962-68. Since 1973, he has taught composition at the Warsaw Academy of Music (from 1975 – as an associate professor, from 1989 – as a professor). In 1980-81, he was also a dean of the Faculty of Composition, while in 1981-84, he was a vice-rector of the Warsaw university. He has given lectures at the International Conference on New Musical Notation at State University Ghent in Belgium (1974), International Seminar for Composers in Ohrid, Yugoslavia (1975), International Summer Composition Courses (1977 – Venice, 1978 – Olsztyn, 1979 – Kazimierz), Internationales Jugend Festspieltreffen in Bayreuth, Germany (1983-89), Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki (1987), Royal Academy of Music in London (1990), and Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea (1993, 1996, 2000-2005). Between 1983 and 1989, he was a director of Composer's Workshop in Bayreuth. He was a guest lecturer at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (1987), the Royal Academy of Music in London (1990) and in Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea (1993, 1996, 2000-2005). His works were performed in Poland and abroad, including Prague, London, Stockholm, Helsinki, Bonn, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, and Seoul.

In 1962, he joined the Polish Composers' Union. In 1968-80, he was a member of its Board of Directors, in 1981-82 – the treasurer, and in 1985-86 – the general secretary of the union. 

In recognition of his achievements in composition, Zbigniew Rudziński has received many awards, among others, the Silver Cross of Merit (1975), the Award of the Ministry of Culture and Art for his achievements in pedagogy (1979, 1985), and the Prime Minister’s Award for his works for children and youth (1986).

Zbigniew Rudziński's funeral will take place on 15th May (Wednesday) at 1.00 p.m. in the Saint Karol Boromeusz Church at the Old Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw.

Lublin | 23rd Witold Lutosławski Forum


The 23rd Witold Lutosławski Forum of Contemporary Art will take place on May 13-19, 2019 at the Henryk Wieniawski Philharmonicin Lublin.

Seven concerts are planned as part of the Forum (two solo, four chamber and one symphonic), referring to the death anniversaries of the outstanding Polish composers: the 25th anniversary of Witold Lutosławski, the 15th anniversary of Marek Stachowski and the 170th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin. This year is also the 105th birth anniversary of Andrzej Panufnik, the 60th birthday of Mariusz Dubaj and Jerzy Kornowicz, composers associated with Lublin, the 70th anniversary of the Lublin Miracle in the Lublin Archcathedral, and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Lublin Branch of the Polish Composers' Union.

The Forum will be inaugurated by a concert "Contemporary music of Lublin composers", featuring music by Andrzej Nikodemowicz, Krzesimir Dębski, Jerzy Kornowicz as well as premiers of works by Mieczysław Mazurek and Mariusz Dubaj. The programme of the lectures – concerts for children and teenagers "Music and art – two daughters of one God" on May 15 will include works by Mariusz Dubaj inspired by paintings by Joanna Brześcińska-Riccio, as well as compositions by Mariusz Drzewiński and Krzysztof Szymanowicz.

A special event will be the symphony concert on May 17, "Masterpieces of Contemporary Symphonic Music". The Symphony Orchestra of the Lublin Philharmonic under the baton of Jerzy Swoboda will present Sinfonia sacra by Andrzej Panufnik, Choreia by Marek Stachowski (first performance in Lublin), Symphony No. 4 by Witold Lutosławski, and Piano Concerto by Stefan Kisielewski with the solo part performed by a world-famous pianist Marek Drewnowski.

The new competition of this year's Lublin Forum is the First Lublin Composers Composing Competition for Children and Youth directed at students of music schools in Lublin and the Lublin region. A concert of the winners of the Competition will take place on May 19.

Full programme available at: http://filharmonialubelska.pl/pl,0,s284,forum_witolda_lutoslawskiego_most.html 

Warsaw | Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Letters. Promotional meeting


A meeting with the editors of the book Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Letters to Father and Helena Górska (1872-1924) will take place on May 13, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum. During the event, Grzegorz Damięcki will read excerpts from the composer's letters and Michał Dziewior will give a piano recital.

"Helenka, burn these letters," wrote Ignacy Jan Paderewski to his future wife. Despite the request, Helena Górska decided to keep them and the correspondence has survived to our times. After over a hundred years, almost 300 letters written by the piano master was brought from the United States to Poland by the efforts of the musicologist from Kraków, Małgorzata Perkowska-Waszek. Edited by her, and later by Justyna Szombara and Małgorzata Sułek, they were published by the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute in a book entitled Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Letters to Father and Helena Górska (1872-1924).

The composer's correspondence is a testimony of his bright intellect and extraordinary personality. On the pages of the letters, the artist reported, among others the course of his composition studies and creative work, which is why they are often the only source of information on previously unknown or unpreserved compositions. The content of the artist's letters also reveals many interesting facts about his contemporaries, including outstanding musicians, composers, performers and educators.

SEE: Facebook Event.

Katowice | 4th "Musical Evenings at the Basilica"


The 4th festival "Musical Evenings at the Basilica", organized by the St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Katowice – Bogucice together with MDK "Bogucice - Zawodzie", will take place on May 12-26, 2019.

It is a musical event centered around the Basilica of St. Stephen and Our Lady of Bogucka, which has become a permanent cultural event that contributes to the development of Katowice and the region and promotes accesibility to culture. The first edition took place in May 2016 successfully fit in the broad cultural strategy of Katowice – UNESCO City of Music. The artistic director of the festival is prof. dr hab. Roman Widaszek.

The fourth edition of the festival consists of three different concerts, showing music as an extremely diversified form of art. The inaugural "Family Concert" is a proposition for children, parents and seniors. It will feature music from fairytales and films interspersed with poems by Jan Brzechwa, read by the excellent actress Małgorzata Kożuchowska.The second concert, "Masterpieces of early masters", is an evening with ClavDuo, Messages Quartet and Julian Gembalski who will perform concertos for two harpsichords by J.S. Bach and organ concerto by G.F. Haendel. The third musical evening entitled "La Pasion del Acordeon" will be performed by Marcin Wyrostek & Corazon ensemble. The artists will present their own works as well as outstanding classical music pieces, including Three Pieces in Old Style by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Mazurka in A major by Karol Szymanowski and Mazurka in A minor by Wojciech Kilar.

SEE: Facebook Website.

58th Music Festival in Lancut


The 58th Music Festival in Lancut, organised by the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszow, will be held on May 11-26, 2019.

The castle in Lancut – one of the most beautiful magnate residences in Europe – resounded with music in the first decades of the 18th century thanks to the owners of the Castle from the Lubomirski family and later the Potocki family. The concerts of this year's Festival will take place in the Ballroom of the Castle Museum, the Concert Hall of the Podkarpacka Philharmonic and in the Hall of the Hotel Sokol. Open-air concerts will take place at the Courtyard of the Castle in Krasiczyn and in the Bernardine Monastery in Lezajsk.

Participation in the festival will be: The King's Singers, Krzysztof Jabłoński and Rita Shen, Andrzej Jagodziński Trio and Agnieszka Wilczyńska, artists of the Solomiya Kruszelnicka Lviv State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Mara Dobresco and Andrei Kivu, Vincezo Capezzuto and Soqquadro Italiano, Bartłomiej Nizioł and Michał Francuz, as well as Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Krzysztof Meisinger under the direction of Michael Maciaszczyk.During the open-air concert in Krasiczyn, dedicated to the 200th birth anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko, the Symphony Orchestra of the Podkarpacka Philharmonic conducted by Jiri Petrdlika will perform with such famous soloists as Urszula Kryger, Rafał Bartmiński, Adam Zdunikowski and Marcin Bronikowski. The concert in the Bernardine Monastery in Lezajsk will take place with the participation of the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra under the baton of Andrzej Kosendiak and the choir of the National Forum of Music. The 58th Music Festival in Lancut will be concluded with the concert of an outstanding opera soloist Piotr Beczała who, in the company of the Polish Chamber Orchestra under Wojciech Rajski, will perform the most beautiful tenor arias of Stanisław Moniuszko, Georges Bizet, Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini.

The programme of the Festival also includes works by Henryk Melcer, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Zygmunt Stojowski and Władysław Żeleński.

Full programme available at: http://festiwallancut.pl/ 

Bydgoszcz | 7th International Festival of Contemporary Music "New Music" 2019

Nowa Muzyka

On May 10-14, 2019, the 7th edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Music "New Music" will take place in Bydgoszcz.

The "New Music" Festival is a joint venture between the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union and the Municipal Cultural Center in Bydgoszcz. The idea of ​​this annual undertaking is to create new artistic qualities by combining different disciplines: music, image, word, multimedia. Thus, the festival promotes new works and inspires composers, musicians, artists and writers to co-create culture. The main aim of the festival is present innovative non-commercial artistic phenomena from Poland and abroad.

This year's edition will present music from Australia, Serbia and Poland. There will be a concert of students of the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, a concert of composers of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, a concert of Gdańsk composers, a screening of short films and animations by students and the lecturers at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń combined with presentation of works by students of the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz. This year's programme includes world premieres of works by Aleksandra Brejza, Sławomir Czarnecki, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Piotr A. Komorowski, Artur Kroschel, Marcin Molski, Bohdan Riemer, Paulina Zujewska, as well as Kirsten Milenko's Lux Aeterna for solo drums – a work dedicated to the memory of the President of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.nowamuzyka.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

5th Festival „Katowice – Culture – Nature: Woman”


The Mayor of the City of Katowice Marcin Krupa and the General and Programme Director of NOSPR Ewa Bogusz-Moore would like to invite you to the fifth edition of the Festival "Katowice Culture Nature: Woman", which will take place on 10-19 May 2019. Tickets for the concerts available at the box office and in the online sales system from 1 March 2019.

Every year, the programme of the Festival is open to all musical periods and genres and bound to host world-class ensembles and soloists who are certain to deliver performances on the highest level.

Traditionally, the Festival will open with a subscription concert of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Alexander Liebreich. They will present a rarely performed piece by Arthur Honegger, Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher, devoted to one of the most famous women in world history. NOSPR will also perform on 16th May. Together with special guest Zbigniew Zamachowski, they will present pieces by Tchaikovsky and Berlioz, as well as Stravinsky’s Oedipus rex. In two concerts, on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May, the Festival will feature one of the best Austrian orchestras: Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and its artistic director Riccardo Minasi. During the Saturday concert, the orchestra will perform with Luisa Imorde, a renowned pianist. 12th May will see the performance of one of the best Russian pianists, Nikolai Lugansky. On Tuesday 14th May, the highlight of the Festival’s liederabend will be the performance of a world-famous British vocalist, Dame Sarah Connolly accompanied by Joseph Middleton. 19th May will see another of the Festival’s highlights – the concert of the famous London Philharmonia Orchestra led by the wonderful Alondra de la Parra. The evening will feature Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47 performed by an absolute world star of the violin, Viktoria Mullova.

As it was the case with previous editions, the Festival will also play host to jazz concerts. On 11th May, a rising star of global jazz vocal scene, Youn Sun Nah from Korea, will perform in the concert hall. On 13th May, there will also be an occasion to listen to chamber music performed by the Silesian Chamber Orchestra led by Robert Kabara. The programme will include works by Hanna Kulenty, Eugeniusz Knapik, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/en/series/24/katowice-kultura-natura-festival