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


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 

Warsaw | 11th International Organ Concert Series 2020

Międzynarodowy Cykl Koncertów OrganowychThe 11th International Organ Concert Series in the Evangelical Reformed Parish in Warsaw will last until 20 December 2020. Traditionally, the concerts will be held on the fourth Sunday of each month at 7.00 p.m.

Organ music is inseparably connected with the interior of the church. The Warsaw reformed church fortunately survived the years of wars and now serves the Warsaw congregation not only during Sunday services, but also during cultural events. The historic organ installed in 1900 by the Schlag und Söhne company based in Świdnik is one of the oldest preserved and most valuable instruments of this kind in today's Warsaw. Thanks to the efforts of the Parish, the organ was thoroughly restored in the years 2004-2008 and now we can enjoy its beautiful and noble sound. The artistic director of the project is the organist Michał Markuszewski, PhD Habil., lecturer of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

This year's concert series will feature musicians from seven European countries: Romania, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Slovakia and Poland. The programme of their recitals will include works by representatives of various composition schools, among them outstanding Polish composers, such as Bolesław Szabelski.

The 11th International Organ Concert Series is co-financed by the Capital City of Warsaw. Admission to all concerts is free! Hand disinfection and the use of protective masks is mandatory.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://reformowani.org.pl/koncerty-organowe-all/2020 

County Review of Polish Music

Czas sztuki

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to a series of concerts "County Review of Polish Music". Three different concerts composed of the most beautiful pieces of Polish classical music will be held between 27 September and 8 November 2020.

The first concert will take place on 27 September in the Holy Trinity Church in Latowicz, after the church service at 1 p.m. The Time Quartet will perform chamber works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Grażyna Bacewicz and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The second concert will be held on the same day at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Mrozy at 5.00 p.m. Violinist Maksymilian Grzesiak and pianist Aleksandra Dallali will present virtuoso works by Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

During the last concert on 8 November at 12.00 p.m. in the Church of St. Adalbert the Bishop and Martyr in Jeruzal, soprano Katarzyna Wiwer and organist Zuzanna Bator will perform songs by Stanisław Moniuszko and Fryderyk Chopin.

Co-financed from the budget of the Mińsk County. Free admission!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczassztuki/ 

3rd "Masovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in Mińsk Mazowiecki and Cegłów

MMSBThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you on 26 and 27 September 2020 to the next events of this year's "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in Mińsk Mazowiecki and Cegłów.

MMSBKatarzyna Wiwer (soprano), Joanna Solecka (harpsichord) and Tomasz Ślusarczyk (baroque trumpet) will perform beautiful baroque compositions by Georg Friedrich Handel and Alessandro Scarlatti on 26 September at 7.00 p.m. at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Mińsk Mazowiecki.

The concert entitled "Great Polish Composers" will be held on 27 September at 7.00 p.m. at the 'Kulturoteka" Commune Public Library in Cegłów. The Time Quartet will present the most famous works of Polish composers: Stanisław Moniuszko, Fryderyk Chopin, Grażyna Bacewicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski as well as Polish folk songs arranged for string quartet

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Admission is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczassztuki/ 

Paweł Mykietyn received the second Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award


The winners of the 19th edition of the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award were announced on 24 September 2020 at 12.00 p.m. during an online conference.

The conference was attended by representatives of Masovian authorities and the chairman of the Norwid Chapter. In the "Music" category, nominations for the work or performance created in 2019 went to: Marta Boberska for the roles of Music and Eurydice in the premiere of Claudio Monteverdi's Orpheus (Polish Royal Opera), Paweł Łukaszewski for the work Ascensio Domini and Paweł Mykietyn.

In accordance with the decision of the Norwid Chapter, the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award in the "Music" category went to the composer and clarinetist Paweł Mykietyn for Concerto No. 2 for cello and symphony orchestra. Let us recall that the composer received this Award for the first time in 2017 for the opera The Magic Mountain.

The Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award is awarded annually to artists working in Masovia in four categories: literature, music, fine arts and theater for an outstanding work or performance created in the preceding year. Since 2005, the Self-Government of the Masovian Voivodeship has also awarded "The Lifetime Achievement" award to artists who work in the Masovian Voivodeship.

More information at: http://biuro-prasowe.mik.waw.pl/109805-laureaci-nagrody-im-norwida-2020 

Gdańsk | Contemporary and Classical Music

PFB"Contemporary and classical music" will constitute the programme of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic concert on 25 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. The Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by the Australian conductor Daniel Smith, winner of the Fitelberg Competition 2012, and the soloist will be the winner of the Wieniawski Competition 2006 – violinist Agata Szymczewska.

Does contemporary music have to be difficult? Mikołaj Górecki, son of the eminent Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, proves that it does not. His works combine delicate lyricism with moderately modern language and are always attractive for soloists. That is why so many of his concertos are very eagerly performed by leading Polish and foreign soloists. During the upcoming concert Agata Szymczewska will perform Mikołaj Górecki's Violin Concerto, Op. 13.

The concert will begin with the Overture to Gioacchino Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville. In the second part we will hear a masterpiece of all time – Symphony in C major No. 41 KV 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Overture to his opera Don Giovanni. These works provide an excellent opportunity for the orchestra to shine with full brilliance.

More information at: https://filharmonia.gda.pl/pl/ 

Lublin | "Time is Love": symphonic concert

FLThe last concert in the series "Time is love. In tribute to the Primate of the Millennium in the year of beatification", will take place at the Henryk Wieniawski Philharmonic in Lublin on 25 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m.

On 3 October 2019, Pope Francis approved a decree that opens the way to the beatification of the Primate of the Millennium. The ceremony was to take place in June this year, but due to the threat of the epidemic, the event was postponed to an unspecified date, so that many of the faithful from all over the world could join the celebration on the spot. The common experience of the Primate's beatification is currently continued in the spiritual dimension, through the art of music.

During the last cncert in the "Time is love" series, the Lublin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jerzy Swoboda will present works by Tomas Albinoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, Thomas Emanuel Cornelius – the first organist of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the main organ builder of Hamburg, who will also perform as a soloist, as well as Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 2 and Wojciech Kilar's Orawa, a symphonic poem for string orchestra which reflects the musical traditions of the Podhale region.

More information: https://filharmonialubelska.pl/ 

Katowice | Inauguration of the 76th artistic season of the Silesian Philharmonic

FSThe Silesian Chamber Orchestra and the Silesian Philharmonic Choir will open the 76th artistic season with a concert on 25 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m., featuring works by Polish composers of the 20th and 21st centuries as well as compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The programme of the concert will include two works of the same title – Three Pieces in Old Style for string orchestra written by the patron of the Silesian Philharmonic, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and by the deceased Krzysztof Penderecki.

The Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maciej Tomasiewicz, together with the outstanding soprano Bożena Bujnicka, will premiere Mikołaj Górecki's O dolce lume, a one-movement piece based on Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. The work was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The inaugural concert will also feature three compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony in C major KV 162, Laudate Dominum omnes gentes from Vesperae solennes de Confessore KV 339 and Mass in C major KV 317. The artists of the Silesian Philharmonic Choir will perform solo parts: Agata Piękosz-Pierszalik (alto), Tomasz Dziwisz (tenor) and Michał Schoppa (bass).

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

Warsaw | Musical Seasons – Autumn 2020


Polish Composers' Union – Warsaw Branch invites you to a concert in the series "Musical Seasons - Autumn", which will take place on 24 September 2020 at 5.00 p.m. at the PWM Edition office in Warsaw (8 Fredry St.).

Pianist Igor Torbicki, who specializes in contemporary music perfomance, will present pieces from the series Miniatures by Władysław Słowiński, Eclosion by Carlos E. Malcolm,Two Inscriptions for Witold Lutosławski by Jerzy Bauer, Etudes for piano by Artur Cieślak, and Hommage à J. S. Bach by Romuald Twardowski.

In addition, the pianist will premiere compositions by Paweł Kwapiński, Jan Oleszkowicz and Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska. Paweł Kwapiński's Espressioni is based on virtuoso techniques of playing the keyboard as well as inside the instrument. Thus, the work is a kind of synthesis of traditional and avant-garde virtuosity. Jan Oleszkowicz Genotypes cycle of miniatures for piano was written especially for the concert "Musical Seasons – Autumn". The sound material used in the miniatures is based on appropriately selected and processed scales and rhythmic permutations, creating specific sound "chains", characteristic for each of the miniatures. Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska's nAdAl was dedicated to the composer, improviser and pianist Ryszard Alzin (the title is a pun on the incipits of Anna and Alzin). The composition is about weaving... Shaping a narrative is making a digression on the margin of the "theme" (repetitive structure), and drawing consequences from this theme, migrating to other aesthetic regions.

Free admission (obligatory masks, limited number of places).

Co-financed from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The online broadcast of the concert will be available at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/uce2h6r9a9okgrsu2fuem0rw