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Winners of the 7th Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers announced

7. Międzynarodowy Konkurs dla Młodych Kompozytorów im. Krzysztofa Pendereckiego

The jury of the 7th Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers, after reviewing 14 scores, decided to award Main Prize and two distinctions.

15 scores from 9 countries were submitted to the competition: Austria (1), China (1), France (1), Hong Kong/West, Britain (1), Kosovo (1), Poland (6), Sweden (1), Ukraine (1), USA (2).

The jury was composed of: Marcel Chyrzyński (chairman), Zbigniew Bargielski, Ivan Buffa (Slovakia), Federico Gardella (Italy), Gośka Isphording (Poland/Germany) and Wojciech Widłak. The secretary of the competition was Aleksandra Patalas.

The Main Prize of USD 1,000 was awarded to the work Musical clicks, whistles and knocks (emblem: Star).

Moreover, the Jury decided to award 2 honorary distinctions for the works: October-abschied (emblem: Nysewalk) and Breathings (emblem: 211289).

The winner of the Main Prize was Ylli Daklani from Kosovo.

The distinctions went to Filip Gołdanowski from Poland (emblem: Nysewalk) and Otto Wanke from Austria (emblem: 211289).

Competition website: http://festiwal.zkp.krakow.pl/konkurs/ 

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Warsaw | Sinfonia Viva - 25-year-long music journey through Poland, the world and the Space!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

SinfoniaViva 10 2 24A unique event will take place on the 10th of February, 2024 at 7.00 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio.

The Witold Lutosławski Festival will be an opportunity to celebrate together the rich history of the Sinfonia Viva orchestra and to enjoy extraordinary music. During the concert on the occasion of the orchestra's 25th anniversary, the 2nd Violin Concerto by Tomasz Radziwonowicz will be premiered conducted by the composer, general director and artistic director of the Orchestra. The violinist Gabriela Balcerek (Royal College of Music) - the youngest scholarship holder of the "Young Poland" programme - will perform as a soloist.

More on the Orchestra's website www.sinfoniaviva.com 

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Białystok | Premiere of Wojciech Chałupka's Concerto for accordion and orchestra: Klaudiusz Baran and Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic

Chalupka 9 2 24Wojciech Chałupka's Concerto for accordion and orchestra will be performed for the first time at the Music School Complex Concert Hall in Białystok on the 9th of February 9, 2024 at 7 p.m. Recognized accordionist Klaudiusz Baran will perform, to whom the composer dedicated this work. The artist will be accompanied by the orchestra of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, conducted by Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk.

Chałupka's work presents various faces of the accordion and its wide possibilities. The three-part composition is full of contrasts, starting with the majestic and energetic first movement, through the melodious and delicate second, to the lively finale: classic form and innovative sounds!

During the concert, we will also hear Fuga y Misterio by Astor Piazzolla, an orchestral suite from the musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Porgy and Bess - A symphonic Picture by George Gershwin - a collection of the most famous songs from the opera Porgy and Bess, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett.

Ticket information: https://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/koncert-na-zakonczenie-karnawalu 

Katowice | NOSPR: Marin Alsop and Gabriela Montero

NOSPR 9 2 24Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Piano in a masterful way! Gabriela Montero - Venezuelan pianist and composer, winner of the third prize at the 13th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in 1995, will perform as a soloist in Katowice on the 9th of February, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. She will be accompanied by the NOSPR conducted by Marin Alsop.

The first to be presented will be Allegro de Voiron, a neoclassical gem for orchestra by Michal Spisak. This will be followed by the Venezuelan artist's performance of her Concerto No. 1, "Latino" dedicated to Montero's homeland. The second part of the concert will be filled with Richard Strauss' Life of a Hero. The NOSPR invites you on a journey: from France, to Venezuela, to the secret realms where the time of heroes takes place.

Ticket information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/nospr-alsop-montero 
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Sanok | 19th International Piano Forum "Bieszczady without Borders"

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Bieszczady bez 24During the 19th International Piano Forum "Bieszczady without Borders" on February 3-9, 2024 in Sanok, masters and young pianists will play 20 top-class instruments. This year's theme will be "Time in Music".

The programme includes symphonic concerts and recitals, a comedy show performed by Ireneusz Krosny, an exhibition of works by Barbara Porczyńska, the 13th Master School of Piano Pedagogy and the 15th International Piano Competition "Young Virtuoso". Performances include, among others, Elena Margolina-Hait, Alexander Gadijev, Anahit Nersesyan, Ekaterina Drzewiecka, the Anna Geniušienė and Lukas Geniušas duo, as well as the Lviv Chamber Orchestra "Akademia" conducted by Igor Pylatyuk and the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Michał Szymanowski.

Website of the project: https://interpiano.pl/ 

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Thanks to Mrs. Małgorzata Małaszko-Stasiewicz

Dear Mrs. Małgorzata,

due to your resignation from the position of Director - Editor-in-Chief of Programme 2 of the Polish Radio, submitted in dramatic circumstances, we would like to thank you for many years of cooperation with the Polish Composers' Union. It took various turns, but we are convinced that ultimately it brought positive results for Polish music and musical life in Poland and for the entire Polish culture. We wish you all the best in your further work in the field of music and culture, and we hope for many more musical meetings.

Mieczysław Kominek
President of the Polish Composers' Union

Musicologist Leon Markiewicz passed away...

Leon Markiewicz

Prof. Leon Markiewicz, a long-time member of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union (since 1964), passed away on the 4th of February at the age of 95. The funeral ceremony will take place on Saturday, 10th of February, at 12:00 p.m. in the Cemetery Chapel in the Francuska Street in Katowice.

Leon Markiewicz was associated with the State Higher School of Music in Katowice (then the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music) since 1955. He held the following positions at the academy: in 1968-70 - head of the Department of Music Theory, in 1972-76 - head of the Department of Problems of Music Education, as well as pro-rector in 1975 and rector in 1979-81. In 1981-04 he was head of the Department of Music Education. Also associated with the Higher School of Pedagogy in Częstochowa, in 1978-91 he was head of the Department of Music Education, and from 1985 - director of the Institute of Artistic Education.

In 1966-76 he served as Vice-Chairman of the SPAM Main Board. From 1975, he was also vice-chairman of the General Board of the Music Education Association (Polish section of ISME). For many years he was a member and then an expert on music theory at the Council for Higher Artistic Education.
He was honored for his activities with many awards and decorations. He received, among others: Gold Badge of SPAM (1970); Award of the Minister of Culture and Art, second degree (1975, 1982), first degree (1980, 1988); Gold Badge of the Polish Section of ISME (1979); Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1979); Team Award of the Prime Minister (1985); Team Award of the Minister of Culture and Art, first degree (1987); Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1997).

May he rest in peace!

Requiescat in Pace.

Ceremonia pogrzebowa odbędzie się w sobotę, 10 lutego, o godz. 12.00 w Kaplicy Cmentarnej przy ul. Francuskiej w Katowicach.

Mieczysław Kominek
Prezes Związku Kompozytorów Polskich

Kondolencje po śmierci Romualda Twardowskiego

Kondolencje TwardowskiSzanowni Państwo,

Narodowy Związek Kompozytorów Ukrainy przekazuje szczere wyrazy współczucia w związku ze śmiercią wybitnego polskiego kompozytora Pana Romualda Twardowskiego.

Pan Twardowski był wielkim przyjacielem Ukrainy, Jego utwory stale rozbrzmiewały w wykonaniu naszych zespołów i cieszyły się dużym powodzeniem u publiczności. Jakiś czas temu, na 2-3 lata przed wojną, odbył się wielki koncert symfoniczny z utworami Kompozytora i odniósł wielki sukces.

Składamy szczere kondolencje całej polskiej muzycznej społeczności, Jego krewnym, miłośnikom Jego wybitnego talentu, i sądzimy, że odejście kompozytora takiej rangi odbije się na światowej kulturze muzycznej.

Pogrążeni w smutku

Sekretarz Narodowego Związku Kompozytorów Ukrainy, Artystka Ludowa Ukrainy, laureat Narodowej Nagrody Ukrainy im. T. Szewczenki, członek korespondent Narodowej Akademii Sztuki Ukrainy, profesor Łesia Dyczko

Prezes Narodowego Związku Kompozytorów Ukrainy, Zasłużony Działacz Sztuk Ukrainy, laureat Narodowej Nagrody Ukrainy im. T. Szewczenki, członek korespondent Narodowej Akademii Sztuki Ukrainy, profesor Igor Szczerbakow

Michał Zieliński passed away...

Michał Zieliński, kompozytor

Michał Zieliński was the co-founder, vocalist and artistic director of the early music ensemble Collegium Vocale Bydgoszcz. In the years 1992-2017, the ensemble gave over 300 concerts in Poland and abroad, recorded several radio and television broadcasts and 12 studio CD albums. For their debut album, Wacław z Szamotuł, Marcin Leopolita - Collegium Vocale (DUX), the ensemble received the "Fryderyk" award of the Polish Phonographic Academy in the "Album of the Year - Early Music" category (2001).

Zieliński's composition output was also dominated by choral works and works for vocal ensembles. He used early instruments in his chamber works (e.g. Na fraszki Jana z Czarnolasu - suite for vocal quartet, flauto traverso, 3 viola da gamba and lute).

He received a number of awards for his versatile activities: Award of the Marshal of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship "for creative presence, multiplying the beauty and richness of the musical life of the Region" (2010), Award of the Mayor of Bydgoszcz (2012), Individual Award of the 2nd degree of the Rector of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (2012 ), Medal of the Starosta of Bydgoszcz "For services to the district" (2014) and the Award of the Marshal of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (2017).

May he rest in peace!