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Poznań | "4 x piano" Anniversary Concert of the Piano Department

Am Poznań"4 x piano" is the title of a concert performed by all teachers of the Piano Department of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, which will take place on 9 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m.

Outstanding pianists will present solo pieces, works for four hands and two pianos as well as compositions for three pianos with percussion and for four pianos with orchestra, written especially for this occasion.

Alicja Kledzik, Joanna Marcinkowska, Anna Organiszczak, Małgorzata Sajna-Mataczyńska, Łukasz Byrde, Jacek Kortus, Bogumił Nowicki, Maciej Pabich, Cyprian Sekrecki, Piotr Szychowski, Przemysław Witek and Piotr Żukowski will perform works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Aleksander Areński and Franz Liszt.

The concert will premiere two works by Polish composers: Leafless for three pianos and three percussions by Artur Kroschel and Ballad, Op. 9 for four pianos and orchestra by Adam Domurat. The group of performers will also include percussionists Piotr Sołkowicz, Piotr Szulc and Bartek Miler, as well as the CoOperate Orchestra conducted by Adam Domurat. The evening will be hosted by Piotr Niewiedział.

More information at: https://amuz.edu.pl/ 

Kielce | Opening of the 2020/2012 season of the Oskar Kolberg Philharmonic

FSwThe Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic will inaugurate the 2020/2021 season on 9 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. with one of the most outstanding Polish violinists, called a "violin great-grandson" of Henryk Wieniawski – Krzysztof Jakowicz.

The Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jacek Rogala will open the concert with beautiful Lullaby by Emil Młynarski, the co-founder and first director of the Warsaw Philharmonic. Krzysztof Jakowicz will present one of the most frequently performed violin concertos, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Violin Concerto in A major KV 219. The evening will end with joyous Symphony No. 4 in B-major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The concert will be accompanied by the Color and Sound exhibition prepared by Roman Gruszecki – a painter who runs the Kolor Gallery in Kazimierz Dolny.

Information on tickets at: http://filharmonia.kielce.pl/ 

Competition for doctoral dissertations on Polish music

IMiTThe Institute of Music and Dance invites you to take part in the competition for doctoral dissertations on Polish music. The aim of the competition is to promote and popularize scientific achievements in Polish music, as well as to encourage research related to Polish music in academic circles.

Doctoral dissertations defended in the period from 1 January 2010 to the date of application deadline may be submitted to the competition. All works have to meet the following criteria:

• their subject is Polish music;

• they do not concern music performance issues;

• they are consistent with the methodology of scientific research in the humanities.

Works should be sent to the address of the Institute of Music and Dance (8 Aleksandra Fredry Street, 00-097 Warsaw). The submission deadline is 30 November 2020.

Details about the competition as well as application forms are available at: https://imit.org.pl/programy/departament-muzyki/4458 

Nominees for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award 2020 have been announced

IMiTTVP Kultura will announce the winners of the tenth edition of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award on 7 November 2020. Artists nominated by the Polish music community will receive statuettes in the following categories: "Personality of the year", "Event of the year", "Honorary award" and "Discovery of the year". Online voting ends on 9 October.

During the session on 30 September, the Music Programme Board of the Institute of Music and Dance selected nominees in all categories from among 187 submitted applications.

The following artists will compete for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2020 in the "Personality of the year" category: Adam Bałdych; Łukasz Długosz; Anna Szostak-Myrczek; Adam Sztaba; Lutosławski Piano Duo.

Chances of becoming the "Event of the year" have: the Stanisław Moniuszko Sacred Music Festival; the Kromer Biecz Festival; the musical Letter from Warsaw from the repertoire of the Warsaw Chamber Opera; the premiere of the album Gismondo, Re di Polonia with a recording of Leonardo Vinci's opera performed by the {oh!} Historical Orchestra; the premiere of the opera Drach by Aleksander Nowak at the AUKSODRONE Festival.

The nominees for the "Discovery of the Year" award are: Maniucha Bikont; Aleksandra Olczyk; Tomasz Skweres; Dominik Wania; Polish Violin Duo.

Due to the nature of the "Honorary Award", the name of the laureate will not be announced until the awards gala, but the candidates will be voted on by the Electoral College.

The audience can vote in the "Discovery of the Year" category on the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl until 9 October. The winners in the other three categories will be selected in a secret ballot of the Electoral College.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Nominees' profiles and events' descriptions are available on the website: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

2nd International Józef Madeja Festival

Festiwal Madei

The 2nd edition of the International Józef Madeja Festival will take place on 9–26 October 2020, featuring concerts, master classes and meetings with exceptional artists from Poland and abroad.

The festival is organized by the Józef Madeja Association, based in Poznań and operating throughout Poland, as well as cooperating with cultural institutions abroad. This year, the Association invited the world-famous German clarinetist Dirk Altmann to conduct master classes and perform at a concert at the Jankowice Palace on 10 October. That evening we will also hear the Festival Clarinet Orchestra made up of students of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań and the Local Government Primary Music School in Tarnowo Podgórne conducted by prof. Zdzisław Nowak. The list of festival's foreign guests will also include violist Esther Alba López.

The programme of the Festival consists of exceptional chamber music works by composers such as Józef Madeja, Henryk Czyż, Ignacy Friedman, Claude Debussy, Robert Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. The inaugural concert will premiere a new piece by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, a lecturer of the Academy of Music in Poznań. A concert on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth, celebrated around the world, will take place on 18 October at the Academy of Music in Poznań. The final concert will be held in the Ballroom of the Rydzyna Castle on 26 October.

Admission to all concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Online Conference Young Arts. Music & Education 3.0

NCK"Young Arts. Music & Education 3.0 ”– a conference devoted to remote music teaching will be held on 7 October 2020. The event will be attended by representatives of the most important cultural institutions in Poland and experts experienced in online teaching. The conference will also inaugurate the Young Arts Kids – a new educational platform that connects students and music teachers all over Poland.

The entire event will be held live in the form of thematic webinars. The conference is addressed to the directors of primary and secondary music schools and to string instrument teachers. The event will open with a discussion panel entitled "Moral Changes in the World of Music. Challenges and Opportunities for Online Learning in Culture”, featuring representatives of the most important cultural institutions in Poland. The programme will include lectures on techniques of online music teaching, methods of shaping the correct posture, psychological challenges posed by remote contact with students, practical skills of speaking on camera and the use of appropriate technologies. The lectures will be given by, among others, violinist Agata Szymczewska, musicians' trainer Jadwiga Śmieszchalska, psychologist Jarosław Mirkiewicz, and journalist Jarosław Kuźniar.

The Young Arts Kids educational platform for students and music instrument teachers will be presented during the conference. The mission of the project is to facilitate access to music education for all who want to develop their skills under the supervision of outstanding teachers and to support continuous education in the period of pandemic restrictions.

The Young Arts Kids project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture in the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Participation in the event is free of charge. Registration for participants is available at www.yakids.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Festival Paweł Mykietyn – Contexts

MykietynThe Paweł Mykietyn – Contexts festival is a unique chance to get closer to the work of this exceptional composer-visionary. The event will run between 7 and 11 October 2020 at the Nowy Theatre in Warsaw.

It is rare for such phenomenal comets to appear in the firmament of contemporary music, hypnotising us with their beauty and dramaturgically accomplished narration, using clearly polished and precise means. Nevertheless, these same qualities apply to the works of another composer, older by a single generation, someone Mykietyn chose at the outset of his career to be his main point of reference – Paweł Szymański. This is why his music is here the counterpoint to the main Mykietyn theme.

These four concerts are a chance to hear both early compositions as well as Mykietyn's newest works, the whole festival allowing us to engage with the newest histories of Polish music and its fascinating genetic threads. The Festival closes with a concert of electronic music, with iconic masterpieces created for the tape by Paweł Mykietyn, Paweł Szymański, Adam Falkiewicz and a pioneer of Polish electronic music – Włodzimierz Kotoński, who taught these three genius composers, together representing three separate generations.

Outstanding artists were invited to participate in the event, including: Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by the charismatic Bassem Akiki, Jadwiga Rappe (alto), Michał Sławecki (countertenor), Lutosławski String Quartet and the Royal String Quartet, as well as the energetic harpsichordist Małgorzata Sarbak and the percussionist Miłosz Pękala

The festival was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme is available at: https://nowyteatr.org/pl/kalendarz/festiwal-pawel-mykietyn-konteksty 

Łódź | Premiere of "Three Imaginary Dances" by Krzysztof Grzeszczak


The first chamber concert of the new season at the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź on 6 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. will premiere Krzysztof Grzeszczak'sThree Imaginary Dances for chamber orchestra.

Krzysztof Grzeszczak (PhD, Habil.) has been teaching at the Academy of Music in Łódź since 1999. In 2001 he became a member of the Polish Composers' Union. He is a laureate of composition competitions in Poland and abroad. He has received the Rector's Award of the Academy of Music in Łódź for his compositional output and was awarded the Bronze Cross of Merit. For many years, he has been organist and organiser of choral, organ and chamber music concerts in churches in Łódź and co-organizer of the Musica Moderna Session. His latest work will be premiere by the PRIMUZ Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Łukasz Błaszczyk.

The concert will also feature renowned soprano Olga Pasiecznik. The artist performs on the world's best stages. For many years she was associated with the Warsaw Chamber Opera, currently she is a soloist of the Polish Royal Opera in Warsaw. Her repertoire includes mainly romantic and impressionist songs as well as contemporary music. In Łódź, the artist will perform Benjamin Britten's Illuminations, composed in 1939 to words by Arthur Rimbaud. Moreover, the programme will include Zdzisław Szostak's Agnus Dei in the version for soprano, violin and chamber orchestra. The violin part will be performed by Dominika Sznajder.

Information on tickets at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-kameralny-19 

Warsaw | 16th Kwartesencja Festival


The 16th Kwartesencja Festival, organised by the Royal String Quartet, will run from 6 October to 11 December 2020. Three concerts will take place in Królikarnia, Nowy Teatr and the Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw. All events will be broadcast live on the Internet.

The 2020 edition will be inaugurated by Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, written by the composer while a prisoner of war in German captivity and first performed by his fellow prisoners of the concentration camp in Görlitz (Zgorzelec) in 1941. The programme will also include string octets by George Enescu and Reinhold Glier – performed together with the Silesian Quartet, three quartets by Krzysztof Penderecki and String Quartet No. 2 by Paweł Mykietyn. The last concert will premiere Aleksander Nowak's String Quartet No. 3.

Since its creation in 2004, Kwartesencja Festival has been not only the synonym of the essence of the most beautiful, intimate chamber music-making, but also the answer to the question about the sound of the modern world. It gives a splendid opportunity to recall or discover well-known and less famous, yet significant, works of the last decades, and timeless masterpieces of the chamber music literature. It offers an opportunity to look at oneself in the mirror of sounds, which the Royal String Quartet and their guests place in front of us.

Free admission to all concerts, although the number of places is limited.

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