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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 

Katowice | Silesian Chamber Orchestra and Szymon Nehring


Pianist Szymon Nehring will perform on 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Silesian Philharmonic. The programme will include woks by Aleksander Lasoń, Fryderyk Chopin and Richard Strauss. 

The Silesian Chamber Orchestra will open the concert with Hymn and Aria for string orchestra by Aleksander Lasoń. The composer is strongly associated with Silesia and belongs to the so-called Generations '51, next to Eugeniusz Knapik and Andrzej Krzanowski. Lasoń dedicated Hymn and aria to his father Zygmunt, violinist. This work is a kind of dialogue between the two title parts – the hymn begins and ends the work, while the aria introduces a violin cantilena.

The programme will also include Richard Strauss' Metamorphosis for 23 string instruments TrV 290 and Piano Concerto in F minor Op. 21 by Frydeyrk Chopin. The soloist of the evening will be Szymon Nehring, winner of the most important piano competitions in the world – the International Chopin Piano Competition and the International Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Lublin | Symphonic Concert


The symphony concert on 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Lublin Philharmonic will feature Karol Szymanowski's Etude in B flat minor, Op. 4 No. 3 in the instrumentation by Grzegorz Fitelberg.

Hailed as the greatest Polish composer after Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski is an artist whose music is recognized throughout Europe. As a teenager, he composed four piano études, which mainly referred to the achievements of Frederic Chopin and Alexander Skriabin. Etude in B flat minor No. 3 has become particularly popular – often performed Igancy Jan Paderewski during recitals – characterized by a serious and dramatic expression. A few years later, this work was orchestrated by Grzegorz Fitelberg.

Of the 25 piano concertos of Wolfgang Amadeus ​​Mozart, XXII Piano concert in E flat major KV 482 refers to the general patterns of this genre developed by the composer. What is characteristic of Mozart's work in this area is the shape of the melody of the main theme – noble and decorative, musically "objective". During the upcoming concert, Elżbieta Karaś-Krasztel will perform as a soloist. The programme will be complemented by Symphony No. 4 in D minor by Robert Schumann, master of romantic cantilena. The Lublin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be directed by Piotr Wijatkowski.

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

Warsaw | Concert on the 25. Anniversary of Witold Lutosławski’s Death


The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra wants to pay tribute to Witold Lutosławski on the 25th anniversary of his death with a concert featuring two of his pieces from different periods of his life on 10 October 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio.

Witold Lutosławski is one of the most outstanding Warsaw-based composers of the 20th century. He was born in 1913 in the heart of the city, in Moniuszki Street (next to the Philharmonic), and lived in Marszałkowska Street, Langiewicza Street, Zwycięzców Street, and, finally, in a villa in the district of Żoliborz, in Śmiała Street. Graduate of Warsaw schools, University student, graduate of the Conservatory. In Warsaw, he used to perform at secret concerts during the occupation, took an active part in the reconstruction of musical life after the war, was a prominent figure at the prestigious “Warsaw Autumn” festival, and when he gained international fame, he hosted concerts of his own pieces, performed by the finest soloists. Warsaw is where he died (1994) and was buried. His body lies at the Powązki cemetery.

The programme will include the Small Suite from the beginning of the 1950s, when the composer successfully attempted at keeping his creative autonomy against the expectations of Communist authorities, creating music that was frequently based on “folk motifs”, but still retained the highest artistic level, and the late Piano Concerto, which combined all of the elements of Lutosławski’s technique with profound and extremely communicative expression. It should be emphasized that the soloist of the Concerto, internationally recognised Paweł Kowalski, is the first (after Krystian Zimmerman) performer of the piece, which he presented in 1989 in Warsaw, under the composer’s baton, and performed with great success a number of times later in Poland and abroad. The audience will also listen to Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird suite. The concert will be hosted by Marek Wroniszewski.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Warsaw | Erdödy Chamber Orchestra Anniversary Concert


The entire jubilee concert marking the 25th anniversary of the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra will be devoted to the Hungarian and Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The event will take place on 10 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Philharmonic as part of the "Orchestras of the World" series.

Miklós Rózsa, representing the generation that came after Bartók and Kodály, towards the end of the 1930s started to collaborate with film studios and in 1940 he settled in the United States. It was here that he wrote his famous sound tracks to such movies as The Jungle Book, The Thief of Bagdad, and Ben-Hur. In 1943, he composed his Concerto for String Orchestra, which contained allusions – in both form and character – to the Baroque concerto grosso with the added spice of Hungarian folk tropes.

The works of Rezső Sugára remain virtually unknown outside of Hungary. During the concert we will have an opportunity to listen to his neoclassical Divertimento from 1948. György Orbán is known mainly for his polystylistic choral music. His 2014 three-movement Sopra canti diversi, conceived especially for the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra, abounds in original chords and brings to the fore the sonic potential of the string orchestra.

The concert programme opens and ends with two works by Polish composers that have become permanent fixtures in the Orchestra’s repertoire: Szymon Laks’ colourful neoclassical Sinfonietta and Wojciech Kilar’s spectacular Orawa.

Piotr Maculewicz

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