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Michail Jurowski conducts Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra PDF Print E-mail

Emocjonalizm i potęga patosuPolish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of Michail Jurowski will give a special concert on February 11, 2016 in the Warsaw Philharmonic. It will be the conductor’s 1st performance with the Orchestra and the 1st appearance at the Warsaw Philharmonic’s stage.

The conductor grew up in a musically endowed family, surrounded by such great artists as David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pavel Kogan, Emil Gilels and Aram Khachaturian. One of his family’s close friends was Dmitri Shostakovich, who used to play four-hand piano pieces with Michail. It is not surprising, therefore, that today Michail Jurowski is one of the leading interpreters of Shostakovich’s music. In 2012, he was awarded the third International Shostakovich Prize by the "Shostakovich Gohrisch" Foundation.
Throughout his career, the artist successfully conducted both symphony and opera orchestras. He worked with the most acclaimed orchestras across Europe and all over the world, including the Bolshoi Theatre, Komische Oper Berlin, WDR Rundfunkorchester in Cologne, the Opera in Leipzig, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic and Staatskapelle Dresden, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the São Paulo Philharmonic Orchestra and Stavanger Philharmonic Orchestra.

Performers:
Konrad Skolarski – piano
Michail Jurowski – conductor
Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra

Programme:
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109

Tickets available on-line (www.filharmonia.pl, www.bilety24.pl) and at the Warsaw Philharmonic box office.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Sergei Nakariakov in Krakow Philharmonic PDF Print E-mail

Sergei NakariakovRussian trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov will perform Mieczysław Weinberg’s Trumpet Concerto in B flat major on February 12 and 13, 2016 in the Krakow Philharmonic.

Sergei Nakariakov, born in 1977, has broken through more than a few of the perceived boundaries framing the world of the trumpet in classical music. He was named the "Paganini of the trumpet" by the Finnish press after his performance at the Korsholm Festival when he was only 13 years old, and in 1997 "Caruso of the Trumpet" by Musik und Theater. His repertoire includes not only the entire range of original literature for the trumpet, but is continually expanding into broader territories. From the age of 10 the artist started to perform with orchestras in major concert halls of the Soviet Union. It became clear that in order to develop his carrier and to travel, he had to leave the country. His family made the decision to move to Israel in order to give him the liberty to travel. In 1991 he enjoyed great success at the Ivo Pogorelich Festival in Bad Wörishofen. Since then he has appeared in many of the worlds leading centers of music, including the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London.
(source: www.nariakov.com)

Performers:
Sergei Nakariakov – trumpet
Charles Olivieri-Munroe – conductor
Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra

Programme:
Elsana Gabaraeva - The Magic Pearl
Mieczysław Weinberg – Trumpet Concerto in B flat major, Op. 94
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"

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International Violin Festival in Toruń PDF Print E-mail

II Międzynarodowy Festiwal Skrzypiec2nd edition of the International Violin Festival will be held between February 14 and 28, 2016 in Toruń. The programme includes concerts of eminent violinists, competitions, exhibitions, lectures, film screenings and demonstrations of violin-making.

The opening concert on February 14, 2016 will be performed by Soyoung Yoon. The prize-winner of the 14th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition will present Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. The central event of the festival will be the 4th International Violin Competition held every 3 years. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka has accepted to be the chairman of the Jury, while Prof. Krzysztof Penderecki became the Honorary President of the Competition. The Festival’s organizers have also announced the 2nd National Composition Competition, as well as the Review’s Writing Contest.

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More information: www.violintorun.tos.art.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Songs and poems, or “ The Book of Love Songs” PDF Print E-mail

Śpiewnik miłosnyPolish Chamber Choir will present a performance entitled The Book of Love Songs on February 13, 2016 at 4.00 pm in the Old Town Hall in Gdańsk (33/35 Korzenna St).

The programme includes songs arranged for choir and compositions to the texts by Polish poets – Adam Mickiewicz, Julian Tuwim and Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, written by Maciej Małecki. The poems were selected by Anna Seniuk who was also the performance's author and supervisor.

Performers:
Dorota Kolak – recitation
Polish Chamber Choir
Jan Łukaszewski – conductor

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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”The Bird’s Gossips” – concerts for children PDF Print E-mail

Ptasie PlotkiConcerts for children entitled The Bird’s Gossips, organized as the fringe event of the Witold Lutosławski Festival Chain XIII, will be held on February 13, 2016 at 2.30 and 4.00 pm in the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra at 272 Grochowska St. in Warsaw.

The programme includes Witold Lutosławski's Songs to the texts by Julian Tuwim (The Bird’s Gossips, The Overdue Nightingale, Little Feather) and compositions by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (Dance of the Little Swans from ballet Swan Lake), Camille Saint-Saëns (The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods from the cycle The Carnival of the Animals), Richard Strauss and Heinrich Ignaz Biber.

Performers:
Justyna Stępień – soprano
Grzegorz Lalek – violin
Jacek Dziołak – clarinet, bass clarinet
Mirosław Feldgebel – piano
Tomasz Pokrzywiński – cello
Adriana Wdziękońska – introduction

Admission free (booking free ticket required - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

The concerts are co-organized by the Institute of Music and Dance and co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the City of Warsaw.

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Winners of "Musica Sacra Nova" 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Musica SacraOn February 6, 2016 the jury of the 12th International Composition Competition "Musica Sacra Nova" gathered in Cambridge to select winning works out of 30 submitted applications.

The prizes were awarded in 2 categories. All awarded compositions will be performed and recorded at the "Musica Sacra Nova" Festival in Brauweiler in Germany, and presented at the concerts in Cambridge, Vilnius and Gdańsk.

Choral category:
1st prize - Szymon Godziemba-Trytek (Poland) for Beatus vir
2nd prize - Aleksandra Chmielewska (Poland) for Veni Emmanuel
3rd prize - Francisco José Carbonell Matarredona (Spain/USA) for O magnum misterium

Organ category:
1st and 2nd prize - not awarded
3rd prize - Michał Malec (Poland) for Meditation sur la Croix

Jury: Marian Borkowski (Poland) – chairman, Andrea Angelini (Italy), Vaclovas Augustinas (Lithuania), Don Vincenzo de Gregorio (Italy), Stephen Layton (Great Britain), Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Finland), Jan Łukaszewski (Poland).

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2nd edition of the Polish Music Critics' Competition ”Kropka” PDF Print E-mail

KROPKA - Konkurs Polskich Krytyków MuzycznychMEAKULTURA Foundation announced the call for entries for the 2nd edition of the Polish Music Critics’ Competition "Kropka".

The competition is open to all music genres and styles. All publicists raising various musical issues are invited to participate in the contest - both professionals, publishing their articles in printed or electronic media and amateurs, debutants, as well as bloggers. Any form of expression is accepted - reviews, essays, columns or blog entries. However, criteria that will be specifically taken into account when assessing include value of the work and the quality of writing.

Apart from the 1st prize, the jury will give distinctions (for debutant and blogger), Special Award, Piotr Metz’s Award, Chief Editor of the PWM Edition Award and MEAKULTURA Award.
The winners will be announced on April 15, 2016, whereas the prize-giving ceremony will be held on May 12, 2016 at the PWM Edition in Warsaw.

Candidates should submit their entries via email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Submission deadline – February 22, 2016.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Prolonged registration for the International Cochran Piano e-Competition PDF Print E-mail

Cochran Piano e-Competition 2016The organizers of the International Cochran Piano e-Competition decided to extended the registration deadline until February 29, 2016.

Similarly to the previous edition, the formula of Competition will be semi-monographic – participants will be asked to present a recital featuring compositions by Julian Cochran and freely chosen pieces by other composers.The main prize for the winner of the International Cochran Piano e-Competition 2016 is the recording of a solo album. The laureate will receive 200 copies of the album and perform a series of concerts promoting the CD, as well as obtain professional support programme that includes strategy career planning (presentation and communication coaching sessions, assistance in creating personal branding identity adjusted to a winner needs and long term goals).

The Jury of the International Cochran Piano e-Competition 2016 will comprise of esteemed pianists, authorities on piano pedagogy, and outstanding musicians of international renown, including Krzysztof Jabłoński (Poland), Kevin Kenner (USA), Károly Mocsári (Hungary) and Gil Sullivan (Australia).

More information: www.cochranpianocompetition.com  

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Results of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Competition 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Yamaha 2016The results of the YMFE-Scholarship Competition in the "string instruments" category were announced on February 8, 2016. The event was hosted by the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.

The scholarships were granted to:
- Amelia Maszońska (violin), Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań;
- Maciej Kułakowski (cello), Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk;
- Sławomira Wilga (violin), Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź;
- Aleksander Daszkiewicz (violin), Academy of Music in Krakow.

The presentations of the candidates were evaluated by the jury:
Prof. Łukasz Błaszczyk (Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź),
Prof. Mariusz Derewecki (Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań), Prof. Zdzisław Łapiński (Academy of Music in Krakow), Prof. Piotr Reichert (Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw), Prof. Leszek Sokołowski (Białystok Campus of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw).

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