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The winners of the 12th Michał Spisak International Music Competition


The competition began on September 14, the day of Michał Spisak's birthday. This year, among the participants were contrabassists, hornists and bassooners. We already know the winners!

In the first two stages, the musicians presented their skills in a chamber repertoire from baroque to contemporary music. In the third stage, the finalists had to face a bigger form, performing with the Symphony Orchestra of the Zabrze Philharmonic under the baton of Sławomir Chrzanowski. Depending on the specialty, they performed works by: M. Spisak, J. N. Hummel, R. Glier, G. Bottesini and R. Strauss.

International Jury chaired by prof. Wiesława Grochowski decided to award the following prizes: Double bass: 1st Prizes were not awarded, 2nd Prize – Marcin Bobak, 3rd Prize – Wiktoria Czyżewska and Jędrzej Kacprzyk; distinction – Mio Tamayama (Japan) and Klaudia Baca. Bassoon: 1st Prize – Szymon Michalik, 2nd Prize – Giovanni Epasto (Italy), 3rd Prize – Marcin Orliński and Grzegorz Popławski. Horn: 1st Prize – Paweł Cal, 2nd Prize – Ludmila Kubičková (Czech Republic), 3rd Prize – Monika Całus, distinction – Sytske Pas (Norway). The award of the Zabrze Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra was given to double bass player Jędrzej Kacprzyk.

Cash prizes and statuettes designed by Marek Grabowski were presented on September 23 at the Zagłębie Palace of Culture in Dąbrowa Górnicza, during the Laureates' Concert with the participation of the Zabrze Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.spisakkonkurs.pl

Wrocław | International Clarinet Festival Clarimania 2018

ClarimaniaOn September 27-29, 2018, the Karol Lipińskiego Academy of Music in Wrocław will host the Clarinet International Festival Clarimania 2018.

Clarimania is one of the largest Polish festivals devoted to wooden wind instruments. Several September days will abound in concerts (every day, at 7.00 pm, Academy of Music Concert Hall, free admission!), master classes, lectures with the most outstanding musicians, and exhibitions.

During the opening gala we will hear works by the New Romantic composers: Beniamin Baczewski, Łukasz Woś, Dawid Pajdzik, and Ales Pavlorka. A special event will be the Polish Day, which programme assumes the presentation of the achievements of the Polish Clarinet School and its most outstanding representatives, with a special focus on the promotion of Polish brass literature – still unknown to a wider audience and not present in the programmes of the concert halls.

On the last day of the festival, Wonkak Kim (South Korea), Riccardo Crocilla (Italy), Maureen Hurd (USA), Nicholas Cox (Great Britain) and Wesley Ferreira (Canada) will perform for the first time in Poland. The festival will be closed by Pierre Genisson, one of the most outstanding clarinettists of the younger generation, who will be accompanied by the Zemlinsky Quartet.

More information at: www.clarimania.pl 

Bydgoszcz | Music in Blumwe Villa


The "Music in Blumwe Villa" festival will take place on September 27 – December 13, 2018 in Bydgoszcz.

The historical name of the building currently occupied by the Polish Radio PiK in Bydgoszcz  Wilhelm Blumwe Villa  inspired to give its name to the festival. The historical, educational and informational value of the headquarters of the Polish Radio in Bydgoszcz will also have its influence on the implementation of the project. All concerts will be recorded and retransmitted on Mondays after concerts of the "Classical Salon" broadcast by Polish Radio PiK.

The festival will cover five concerts. During the Inauguration, the New Music Quartet will perform works by Polish composers: Karol Szymanowski, Andrzej Panufnik and Krzysztof Penderecki. In October, we will hear violinist Joanna Kreft and the early music ensemble from Bydgoszcz. On November 11, Turkish pianist Ferhat Çan Büyük will present works by Fryderyk Chopin. On November 24, Herbert Piano Trio and Sextet "Sigma" will perform the latest work by Szymon Godziemba-Trytek –  Elegy for the Departure of Pen Ink and Lamp to the words by Zbigniew Herbert. The premiere will take place due to the programme "Composition Commission" of the Institute of Music and Dance and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. During the final concert on December 13, Kamila Abrahamowicz-Szlempo and Michał Szlempo will perform carols in original jazz arrangements.

The event is organized by the Piotr Orawski Foundation and co-financed by the city of Bydgoszcz and the Institute of Music and Dance. The partner is the Polish Radio PiK in Bydgoszcz and the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

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Warsaw | Electro/Impro Night

WJPolish Composers’ Union – Youth Circle invites you to the Electro/Impro Night concerts, which accompany the 61st International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn".

The events will take place on September 26 at 10.30 p.m. in the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music Concert Hall , and on September 28 at 10.30 in the Józef Elsner Concert Hall of the "Dziekanka" student house.

The repertoire will cover music of the young generation artists, such as Monika Szpyrka, Michał Janocha, Paweł Malinowski, Tomasz Bauć, Julian Gołosz, Mateusz Śmigasiewicz, Rafał Ryterski, Michał Lazar, Przemek Kunda, Piotr Bednarczyk, Grzegorz Łapiński, Paweł Kwapiński and Izabela Smelczyńska. The concerts will also feature works awarded in the Zygmunt Mycielski Composers Competition: Stream 11 by Tomasz Baucia and The Piano Dance by Paweł Kwapiński.

Full programme of the Festival available at: http://www.warszawska-jesien.art.pl/

Białystok | Polish Dance Theatre


The Polish Dance Theater from Poznań will perform at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic on September 26, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. The ensemble will present a dance performance Let the living bury the dead.

The performance is the result of cooperation between two artists: choreographer Prof. Aleksandra Dziurosz, originator and director of the Warsaw Dance Theater, director of Warsaw Dance Days, currently deputy director of the Institute of Music and Dance, and theater director Tomasz Szczepanek. The author of the electronic music which accompanies the performance is Aldona Nawrocka, composer, improviser and pianist.

The work is inspired by the Romantic tradition, primarily by Adam Mickiewicz's Dziady. All dancers will appear on stage wearing black and white costumes, then one will disappear. The performers and the audience will face questions about our attitudes towards the final end. How do we deal with the fact of death on an emotional, religious or moral level? What are the rituals of mourning? How to keep the dead in memory while allowing them to leave? How to overcome the pain after losing someone and find support in the living?

The performance was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Project implemented in cooperation with the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the "Dance Stage 2018" programme.

Information on tickets at: https://oifp.eu

Warsaw | The Phonograph's Birthday


On September 25-26, 2018 at the Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw, 28 Długa St.) will hold an academic session entitled "Phonography for music and science: history, relations, and present."

The event, held on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the invention of the phonograph, is organized by the Independent Academic Circle of Musicologists at the Main Board of the Association of Polish Musicians, the Sound Library Section of the Association of Polish Librarians and the Phonographic Collections of the Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Papers will be delivered by such musicologists as prof. dr hab. Irena Poniatowska (Fryderyk Chopin National Institute), Dr. Weronika Grozdew-Kołacińska (deputy head of the Department of Musicology at the Polish Academy of Sciences), Jacek Jackowski (head of the IS PAN Phonographic Collection), dr Arleta Nawrocka-Wysocka (IS PANt), dr Katarzyna Janczewska- Sołomko (Association of Polish Musicians), Jan Popis (Main Board of the Association of Polish Musicians), dr Mariusz Pucia (Opole University), dr Kinga Strycharz-Bogacz (Catholic University of Lublin), dr Marcin Konik (NIFC), dr Małgorzata Polańska (DUX Recording Producers) and dr Mieczysław Kominek, president of the Polish Composers' Union.

During the session there will be a presentation of phonographs from the Jerzy Gogacz collection.

Full programme available at: http://www.ispan.pl/pl/fonografia-dla-muzyki-i-nauki 

Lublin | 7th International Festival – „Andrzej Nikodemowicz – time and sound"


Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society invites to the 12th edition of the International Festival "Andrzej Nikodemowicz – time and sound", which will be held between September 22 and October 6, 2018 in Lublin.

The festival presents works of Andrzej Nikodemowicz, one of the greatest contemporary composers of sacred music, within the rich context of music of all time. The event promotes Polish and world cultural heritage, social education "towards art", spiritual formation and good traditions.

This year's edition will include: inaugural special piano recital by Mei Yi Foo, violin recital by Marta Magdalena Lelek, special piano recital by Marek Szlezer on the 75th anniversary of Krzysztof Meyer's birth, vocal and instrumental concert "Sacrum and profanum" in the Holy Family Church with the participation of the Lublin Philharmonic String Ensemble, the Philharmonic Choir and the "Lutnia Lubelska" Choir, two chamber concerts and the final concert performed by the Henryk Wieniawski Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Zygmunt Rychert. The concerts will feature works by Polish composer such as Krzysztof Meyer, Krzysztof Penderecki and Karol Szymanowski. The host of the festival events will be Teresa Księska-Falger.

Full programme available at: https://wieniawski.lublin.pl/vi-miedzynarodowy-festiwal/ 

Częstochowa | 12th Bronislaw Huberman Violin Festival


The 74th artistic season of the Częstochowa Philharmonic begins with the 12th Bronisław Huberman Violin Festival, which will be held on September 22-28, 2018.

The festival, initiated in 1997, is the synthesis and continuation of two Częstochowa festivals: Jeunesses Musicales and Grażyna Bacewicz Violin Festival, and at the same time it promotes Częstochowa as the birthplace of one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century – Bronisław Huberman, founder and patron of the National Philharmonic of Israel. The event includes master recitals, chamber and symphonic concerts. The festival enables the presentation of great works performed by recognized artists and also promotes young talented musicians.

The 12th edition of the festival includes seven diverse concerts. During the inaugural and final evening we will hear world-famous violinists, Shlomo Mintz and Roby Lakatos, who will perform with the Symphony Orchestra of the Częstochowa Philharmonic. On September 24, Aleksandra Szwejkowska will perform Polish violin music by Szymanowski,  Bacewicz, Laks, Kaszuba, Palester, Łuciuk, and Twardowski, promoting the album Pieśń o Ziemi. On September 27, Diverso String Quartet and Huberman Piano Trio will present compositions by Padlewski, Tansman, Chopin (in Huberman's transcription) and Panufnik.

Full programme available at: https://www.filharmonia.com.pl

61. Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music


The 61st "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music will be held on September 21-29, 2018. The program is already available on the Festival website.

On the 100th anniversary of Polish independence, the Warsaw Autumn Festival explores the relationship between modern music and the reality it addresses. The programme of this year’s Warsaw Autumn is framed by the words of Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Józef Piłsudski in Rafał Augustyn and Cezary Duchnowski’s text-and-sound composition, which will open the Festival, and Louis Andriessen’s De Staat (The Republic), a legendary treatise on statehood and power, with texts from Plato’s Republic, which will closure Warsaw Autumn.

Musical works, stage music, music theatre, intermedia, electronics, traditional and new instruments, improvisation, installations, and film. The third edition of Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club and the eighth of Little Warsaw Autumn. Plus the traditional meetings with composers, and the second edition of workshops for young composers and internet radio broadcasts. The Festrival feature many first performances and "Warsaw Autumn" commissions, including works by from Michał Nejtek, Aleksander Nowak, Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz, Rafał Ryterski, Krzysztof Wołek, Wojciech Błażejczyk, Mateusz Ryczek, Zbigniew Bargielski and Piotr Tabakiernik. Special features will include Stefan Prins, Bernhard Lang, Trond Reinholdtsen and Agata Zubel.

The performers this year will include the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk, the Polish National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Katowice led by Etienne Siebens, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra led by Wiktor Kociuban, Klangforum Wien under Titus Engel, the EWCM with Rüdiger Bohn, the New Music Orchestra with Szymon Bywalec, Ensemble Recherche, Black Page Orchestra, Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble, Kwartludium, proMODERN, as well as soloists such as Gareth Davies (bass clarinet), Kakushin Nishihara (biwa), Stephane Ginsburg (piano and multimedia) i Frederike Möller (piano).

More information at: http://www.warszawska-jesien.art.pl