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Jan Krenz has died...

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Maestro Jan Krenz, an outstanding conductor and composer, honorary member of the Polish Composers' Union, died on 15 September 2020 at the age of 94.

Jan Krenz was a student of Zbigniew Drzewiecki (piano), Kazimierz Sikorski (composition) and Kazimierz Wiłkomirski (conducting). In 1947-49 he worked at the Poznań Philharmonic. In 1949 he became associated with the Polish Radio Grand Symphony Orchestra (WOSPR) in Katowice, in which he worked till 1951 under Grzegorz Fitelberg. After the latter's death in 1953, he became the pincipal conductor and director of the orchestra. In 1968-73 he was the artistic director of the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. Simultaneously, he conducted the Danmarks Radio Orchestra in Kopenhagen, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, as well as appearing as a guest conductor with such orchestras as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leningrad Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. In 1979-82 he held the post of Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Bonn, where he conducted the Beethovenhalle orchestra. In 1983-85 he was associated with the Dutch Radio in Hilversum. In 2005-2008 he was the artistic director and first conductor of the Kraków Philharmonic.

He regularly participated in the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music (receiving twice – in 1969 and 1974 – the "Orpheus" award for performances of Polish music) as well as festivals in Edinburgh, Bergen, Prague, Montreux, Osaka and Vienna.

Jan Krenz received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Gold Cross of Merit (1952), State Award, 2nd Class (1955), The Music Award of the City of Katowice (1957), the Award of the Polish Composers' Union (twice: in 1968 and 1996), State Award, 1st Class (1972), the "Diamond Baton" Award for the 70th anniversary of the Polish Radio (1995), Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Gold Medal for Merit to Culture "Gloria Artis" (2005) and numerous international awards for his records.

"New Sounds" Original Vlog on Avant-Garde Performance Techniques

Nowe brzmienia

Original vlog for composers and performers of contemporary music "Nowe Brzmienia" ["New Sounds"] @ModernViola consists of seven full presentations with discussions and examples of new performance techniques of contemporary classical music presented on the viola and relevant to the whole group of string instruments.

The aim of the vlog is to supplement the practical knowledge of the adepts of musical art, which so far required personal consultations between composers and performers. The original vlog was prepared by Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska, doctor of musical arts, member of the Hashtag Ensemble.

Each presentation/lecture is divided into two parts: addressed to composers and to performers (violinists, violists and cellists). It contains a review of the most up-to-date music notation types and performace techniques of the 21st-century music. The examples come from works by Polish composers, including artists of the young generation.

The project is carried out as part of the "Culture on the network" scholarship programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

New lectures will be posted every Thursday from 17 September to 29 October 2020 on the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/aleksandrademowskamadejska 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Polish Viola Symposium online – free workshops!

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The "Zdolni do wszystego" Artists' Association invites you to participate in the Polish Viola Symposium on 1-7 October 2020. Young musicians will have an opportunity to meet online with world-renowned violinists as well as gain inspiration and knowledge for their future creative projects.

Free workshops will be conducted by such famous artists as Paul Neubauer (The Juilliard School, USA), Maxim Rysanov (Great Britain / Ukraine), Isabel Villanueva (La Escuela Superior de Música de Alto Rendimiento / ESMAR /, Spain), Irena Albrecht (former teacher of the Gdańsk Academy of Music), Lech Bałaban (Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz), Ewa Guzowska (Academy of Music in Poznań), Piotr Furmańczyk (graduate of Hochschule für Musik Detmold), Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf and composer Kamil Cieślik (Academy of Music in Gdańsk). Recruitment and registration are obligatory only for workshop candidates.

The programme of the project also includes lectures, talks, Q&A and a concert of participants, featuring the world premiere of a piece composed by Kamil Cieślik especially for this event.

The deadline for applications is 29 September 2020 at 11.59 p.m.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Recruitment and registration at: https://polishviolasymposium.pl/ 

Warsaw | 10th Little Warsaw Autumn

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We celebrate the 10th anniversary of Little Warsaw Autumn on 18-27 September 2020 in unusual circumstances.

Since the beginning of our festival, direct contact with audience has always been central to what we do. We have always prepared events thinking of how to draw children into the world of contemporary music, how to engage them, give a chance to experience the music, ask questions, and improvise. These are obvious fundamentals for all those who work with children and for children. This year, this approach has been put into question, and Little Warsaw Autumn has faced the challenge of featuring online events. We have composed our programme to also allow our audiences to experience live music.

We hope to see you at the Sculpture Park in Królikarnia and the Museum of Warsaw. This year, music at our festival will come to the help of teachers, too. We shall feature gymnastics at our musical performance Musical Olympics by the Kwartludium ensemble, outdoors in the Królikarnia Park. Exhibits at the Museum of Warsaw and the unusual instruments from the Little Instruments collection will merge into Paweł Romańczuk’s Exhibitones. The Museum of Warsaw’s “Siren” cinema will feature a show of riddles, based on the book Basements. Mysteries from under the floor published by Dwie Siostry Editions. Book author Aleksandra Cieślak and composer Edward Sielicki have worked with musicians, sound engineers, and animators to create an extraordinary radio feature opera, with an important role played by sign language. At every moment, you can take a break and pop into the Królikarnia to play (safely, with social distancing and other precautions) table football in sound: this is Michał Silski’s Trambambula, based on the idea of one little Kazik, who has followed Little Warsaw Autumn since its beginnings.

This year, we also meet online: for Kwartludium ensemble’s warmups, a web version of the radio feature opera Basements. Mysteries from under the floor and the Exhibitones concert.

Paulina Celińska

Full programme is available at: http://warszawska-jesien.art.pl/2020/mala-wj 

Cologne | "Deep Listening Deep Relaxation" Project Premiere

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The "Deep Listening Deep Relaxation" music project, created by the Ensemble Garage, a renowned German ensemble specializing in modern music, and Monika Pasiecznik, a Polish curator and music critic, will be premiered on 16 September 2020 in Cologne (Germany) in Tanzfaktur, a picturesque post-industrial space housing the interdisciplinary art scene.

The project in the form of a multimedia concert with elements of video, performance, sound installation and music workshop explores the ancient tradition of psychosomatic sound impact and contemporary approaches to this tradition in the form of traditional musical pieces, but also sound meditation workshops, screaming workshops, sound massages and mindfulness installations.

The project will feature works by composers researching this subject, representing various generations and nationalities – from contemporary classics, such as the Americans Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Lucier, to the youngest composers, such as Korean Yiran Zhao, Australian Aviva Endean and German Neo Hülcker. Three pieces were commissioned especially for the project: Let me just by Neo Hülcker, Urschrei / Primal Scream by Kuba Krzewiński and Deep Relaxation vol. 7: TouchMe by Mikołaj Laskowski.

The project "Deep Listening Deep Relaxation" is part of the concert series "ACTS 'N SOUNDS" initiated by the Ensemble Garage in Cologne in 2019. The series includes avant-garde music concerts and performances of very different themes and forms, prepared by famous composers, dramatists and curators and presented by musicians in various unusual locations.

More information at: http://www.tanzfaktur.eu/event/eid/deep-listening-deep-relaxation/ 

"Music Network for Youth" Online Project

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The "Music Network for Youth" project aims to reach students from both music schools and general education schools by organizing various, interesting events. 10 lectures, 10 workshops, 4 concerts and 5 meetings with artists will be held between 12 and 27 September 2020 and made available online for free on the project's YouTube channel.

Individual events will be prepared by lecturers of the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań – famous artists representing various specialties and generations. The aim of the project is to encourage young people to develop their skills under the guidance of experts in a given musical field and to promote music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Young people will be able to participate in one-to-one workshops led by artists such as Krzysztof Stencel (French horn), Joanna Horodko (soprano), Magdalena Jakubska-Szymiec (saxophone), Piotr Banyś (jazz trombone), Mikołaj Zgółka (violin, baroque viola), Marcin Suszycki (violin), Ewa Guzowska (viola), Szymon Guzowski (double bass), Jacek Kortus (piano), Łukasz Kuropaczewski (guitar), Zbigniew Kozub, Artur Kroschel (composition), and Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, project coordinator. All participants have to register online by filling in the application form (parents must do it on behalf of minors).

The lectures on 14 and 15 September will be given by Marcin Sompoliński (conducting), Małgorzata Pawłowska (music theory), Mariola Bryła (harpsichord), Maciej Łakomy (trombone), Kinga Ceynowa (rhythmics), Krzysztof Przybyłowicz (percussion), Sławomir Kamiński (organ), Katarzyna Polonek (cello), Monika Kędziora and Katarzyna Taborowska-Kaszuba (composition). On 13, 14, 16 and 27 September there will be concerts with the participation of Anna Budzyńska (soprano), Laura Sobolewska (piano), Bartłomiej Miller (drums), Apeiron Trio and Sepia Ensemble.

The schedule of workshops is available on the project's Fanpage.

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

10th Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2020 – submit your nomination!

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The 10th edition of the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award of the Polish music community has officially started. Nomination forms for candidates can be submitted until 21 September 2020 through the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl in the categories: "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award", as well as in the "Discovery of the Year" category for debuting artists.

Since 2011, the Polish music community has awarded the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award to its most prominent representatives. The event is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. "Coryphaeus" is a distinction for people, groups of artists and institutions operating in the area of ​​Polish music. The award is granted for achievements in the last artistic season, with the exception of the "Honorary Award", which is awarded for overall activity. Applications can be submitted by members of the community.

The winners in the categories "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award" are selected in a secret ballot by the Electoral College. It consists of rectors of music academies and universities, directors of musicology and music institutes, music journalists, representatives of unions and organizations, as well as all winners who have been awarded in all categories. The award in the "Discovery of the Year" category is granted based on the results of open voting from the audience, which will take place between 1 and 6 October at www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

The winners will be announced on 7 November 2020. They will be presented with statuettes designed by Professor Adam Myjak.

The rules and regulations are available at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

Mińsk Mazowiecki | Musical Meetings with the poetry of John Paul II

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The series of concerts 'Musical Meetings with the poetry of John Paul II' will begin on 13 September 2020 in Mińsk Mazowiecki on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Pope's birth. The first concert will take place at 11.30 a.m. in the Church of St. John the Baptist.

The concert series is organised by the 'Czas Sztuki' Foundation, which focuses its activities on organising free concerts in picturesque rural towns, in historical churches and cultural institutions in the Mińsk district in the Mrozy commune, where the Foundation is based. The members of the Foundation are musicians of The Time Quartet. The quartet is made up of graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. During several years of artistic work, the ensemble has performed over 350 concerts in Poland and abroad, and has collaborated with many outstanding ensembles and artists, including Andrzej Jagodziński Trio, Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra, 'Mazowsze' Folk Song and Dance Ensemble and Trifonidis Downtown Sextet. The quartet's musicians are the founders of the Melanidis Orchestra studio orchestra, with which they recorded music for six Polish and foreign films.

The guest of the Sunday concert of The Time Quartet will be Krzysztof Szczepaniak, an excellent actor of the young generation. During this musical meeting, we will hear works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jules Massenet, César Franck, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and selected poems by Pope John Paul II.

Co-financed from the budget of the City of Mińsk Mazowiecki. Admission to the concert is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.minsk-maz.pl/1102,aktualnosci-wrzesien-2020?tresc=19937 

Multigenerational musical meetings are back!

MAM

The Association of Polish Chamber Musicians – Kraków Branch returns with a unique music and artistic university of the third century. The "Intergenerational Academy of Music: Kraków / Dobczyce" will be held on 13 September – 14 December 2020 at Villa Decius in Kraków and the Mayor M. Pawlak Regional Educational and Sports Centre in Dobczyce.

The project involves a series of four artistic and educational meetings in each town, including classical music recitals, lectures and meetings with artists. The idea of ​​the project is to present chamber music that derives from home and salon music making. In addition, the concept of the series refers to the tradition of musical societies. The assumption is that the repertoire should be both ambitious and attractive, engaging for a multigenerational audience (grandparents and grandchildren), and presented by the best performers, who will also meet with the listeners and talk about their interpretations of musical works.

Each concert will take place in two venues: Villa Decius in Krakóww and Mayor M. Pawlak Regional Educational and Sports Centre in Dobczyce. The list of performers will include outstanding Polish artists: pianists Julia Samojło, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Wioletta Fluda-Tkaczyk, violinist Maria Sławek, clarinetist Piotr Lato, and the Extra Sounds Ensemble led by Alicja Śmietana. We will hear pieces by Roman Ryterband, Stefan Kisielewski, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Full programme is available at: https://www.facebook.com/stowarzyszeniekameralistow