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2nd International Organ and Chamber Music Festival in Sanok

Festiwal SanokThe 2nd International Festival of Organ and Chamber Music will be held in Sanok on 11-16 May 2021, accompanied by the 1st National Competition for Young Organists.

The event is organised by the Pro Artis Association operating in the Subcarpathian Voivodeship. This year's edition will include 6 solo and chamber concerts in Sanok churches as well as the 1st National Competition for Young Organists, featuring 22 participants from all over the country.

At the opening concert, Piotr Rojek will perform organ works by contemporary Polish composers: Krystian Kiełb, Katarzyna Dzięwiątkowska, Mateusz Ryczek i Anna Porzyc. The festival programme will also include original arrangements of works for trumpet and organ, violin and organ, flute and organ. The final concert will feature string quartets of Józef Elsner i Stanisław Moniuszko performed by the Żeleński String Quartet.

The concerts will be broadcast live on the Ars Sonora TV YouTube channel.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttp://pro-artis.pl/ 

Composer's Concert "sky is the limit..." in the "Musical Tuesday" series

AMKLThe Academy of Music in Wrocław invites you to Ignacy Wojciechowski's monographic concert "sky is the limit ..." as part of the "Musical Tuesday" series on 11 May 2021 at 6.00 p.m.

A young talented artist Ignacy Wojciechowski is a composition student of Prof. Krystian Kiełb. His monographic concert will be performed by students of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław and the composer himself. The programme will include chamber pieces arranged for string instruments, harp, piano and computer. The introduction will be delivered by an outstanding composer from Wrocław and the head of the Department of Composition of the Academy of Music in Wrocław, Prof. Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil.

The concert will be broadcast on the Academy's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Full programme is available at: http://amuz.wroc.pl/1695-wtorek-muzyczny-im-marii-jedrzejewskiej-w-ramach-cyklu-galeria-mlodych-tworcow-6523 

A concert on the 20th anniversary of the Wind Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź

AMuz ŁódźLast year, the Wind Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź celebrated its 20th anniversary. However, the musical celebration takes place a year later. During the anniversary concert, students under the baton of Artur Czereszewski will present a rich program, including the premiere of Grzegorz Duchnowski's Hocki-klocki. The concert will be broadcast on 9 May 2021 at 6.00 p.m. on the YouTube channel of the Academy of Music in Łódź.

The orchestra will welcome the audience with James Barnes' Fantasy Variations, based on the theme of the famous Caprice, Op. 24 by Niccolò Paganini. We will also hear works by Adam Gorb, Alfred Reed and Toshiro Mayuzumi. The concert will feature soloists: pianist Krzysztof Suwald in George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, trumpeter Igor Cecocho and trombonist Robert Żelazko in Joseph Turrin's Fandango. Grzegorz Duchnowski's Hocki-klocki for oboe solo and orchestra will be premiered by Agata Piotrowska-Bartoszek. The concert will be hosted by Piotr Mika.

The Classic Wind Orchestra was established in the academic year 1999/2000 on the initiative of the longtime head of the Department of Wind Instruments, Prof. Józef Ciepłucha. The orchestra worked under the direction of, among others, Prof. Krzysztof Kamiński and Marcin Radwański, and currently (since 2011) it is run by Artur Czereszewski. Since autumn 2013, the ensemble performs regularly in the Academy's new Concert Hall at Żubardzka St. It also takes part in educational concerts in the "Akademia Pełna Dźwięku" ("Academy Full of Sound") series.

More information: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/ 

Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra online: Zygmunt Stojowski

POSIMaestro Antoni Wit is one of the most valued conductors of his generation admired on stages all around the world, and a devoted promoter of Polish music. This music, represented by compositions by a single composer and rendered in a neo-romantic expressive spirit, will fill the entire programme of the monographic concert on 8 May 2021 at 8 p.m.

Its protagonist is the now somewhat forgotten yet outstanding Polish composer Zygmunt Stojowski (this year marks the 75th anniversary of his death). After a short period of tuition from Władysław Żeleński in Warsaw, he continued his compositional studies in Paris and took piano master classes with Paderewski, with whom he developed a long-lasting friendship cemented by a common fate on emigration. The most successful time for Stojowski as a composer, pianist and, above all, a greatly valued pedagogue was the four decades he spent in the United States (from 1905 until his death in 1946).

Symphonic Rhapsody for piano and orchestra was created in 1898–1900. After its successful premiere in Berlin in 1900, it became a part of Stojowski’s and other pianists’ repertoire for many years. The piece, featuring references to national music, impresses with the opulence of changing moods, colourful orchestration and brilliant virtuosity of the solo part, which will be performed by Krzysztof Książek, winner of the 3rd prize and a special award for the best performance of mazurkas in the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments.

The slightly earlier Symphony in D minor is full of dramatic gravity and strong emotion. This oeuvre, composed by the twenty-seven-year-old composer, won First Prize in the orchestral works category of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Composition Competition in Leipzig a year after it was composed.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Broadcast on YouTube channel and www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

Organ Concert – Premieres

AmuzLodzThe Composition and Music Theory Student Research Group of the Academy of Music in Łódź invites you on 8 May 2021 at 6.00 p.m. for the concert of organ premieres. New works will be performed by the members of the Organ Student Research Group of the Academy of Music in Łódź. The concert will be broadcast on the Academy's YouTube channel.

The Composition and Music Theory Student Research Group, supervised by Artur Zagajewski and Maciej Kabza, focuses mainly on theoretical-musical research and compositional pursuits. Students of composition, music theory, film music composition and music in the media organiser, among others, meetings dedicated to the works of particular composers, currents and phenomena of the 20th- and 21st-century music, as well as concerts presenting compositions written by young composers belonging to the Group. What makes an annual tradition is "The (theoretically) Compositional Concert”, during which works written at counterpoint and harmony classes are performed.

The upcoming concert will feature Martyna Nowak's Multipreludium, Krzysztof Sadecki's Mirror, Piotr Grzelak's Adagio e allegro, Grzegorz Żyłka's Swell Potente, Piotr Mika's orghanella, Jakub Jung's CoeXisT, Tymoteusz Karaś-Tęcza's par-ti-ta, Kosma Szust's Double Fugue. The event will be hosted by Piotr Mika, secretary of the Scientific Society for Composition and Theory of Music.

The works will be performed on the Rieger (Jägerndorf) organ of the Evangelical-Augsburg church of St Matthew in Łódź.

More information: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/ 

Silesian Quartet at "House Party with Dwójka" – 20th and 21st-century music

Domowka"We will perform works by Weinberg, Shostakovich, Lasocki, Penderecki and Knapik," announces Szymon Krzeszowiec, leader of the Silesian Quartet, who will perform at the next "House Party with Dwójka". Live broadcast on 8 May 2021 at 7.00 p.m. on the Polish Radio Channel 2 (Dwójka), the station's website, Facebook and YouTube.

The Silesian String Quartet has existed continuously since 1978. Today, the ensemble enjoys international renown, performing on concert stages in the majority of European countries as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China and South Korea. The Quartet’s repertoire consists of over 400 chamber pieces, with around 300 of them representing works from the musical canon of the 20th and 21st-centuries. The chamber musicians of Silesia have premiered over 100 string quartets by Polish and foreign composers, with a significant number of  works dedicated to them. They have recorded music from many eras, with special emphasis on Polish music from the last three decades. Their recordings can be found on over 60 albums. Seven of them have been singled out for Fryderyk Awards of the Polish Phonographic Industry. In 2017, the multi-award-winning ensemble received one of the most prestigious awards in the world of classical music – Gramophone Classical Music Awards in the chamber music category for an album with works by Grażyna Bacewicz.

Members of the Silesian Quartet: Szymon Krzeszowiec – 1st violin, Arkadiusz Kubica – 2nd violin, Łukasz Syrnicki – viola, Piotr Janosik – cello.

More information: https://www.polskieradio.pl/8,Dwojka 

9th "New Music" Festival

Nowa MuzykaThe 9th "New Music" Festival, organised by the Kujavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union in Bydgoszcz, the Municipal Cultural Centre in Bydgoszcz and the Department of Music Education of the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, will be held on 7-16 May 2021. The rich programme of the festival will include over a dozen world premieres. All concerts will be available online.

The festival will start with a concert of electroacoustic music with harpsichord at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Bydgoszcz. Subsequent events – chamber music concerts, an evening of songs and a concert of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Mariusz Kończal, will take place in the Copernicanum Hall of the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz on 8, 9, 10, 11 and 16 May at 5.00 p.m.

We will hear the latest works by Paulina Zujewska, Angelika Iżykowska, Sławomir Opaliński, Magdalena Kurdziel, Marcin Kopczyński, Marcin Gumiela, Aleksandra Brejza, Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, Artur Kroschel, and Piotr A. Komorowski. The list of performers will include many great musicians who specialize in the performance of contemporary music: soprano Kornelia Wojnarowska, violists Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf and Lech Bałaban, cellists Filip Syska and Agnieszka Bałaban, harpsichordist Dorota Zimna, accordionist Stanisław Miłek, violinists Jan Bałaban and Michał Szałach, and pianists Marcin Kopczyński, Rafał Tworek, Maciej Gański, Małgorzata Furche-Jurczyk, Witold Kawalec, and Krzysztof Sowiński.

All concerts will be broadcast on the "New Music Festival in Bydgoszcz" YouTube channel.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: http://www.nowamuzyka.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

5th International Piano Duo Festival "Duettissimo!"

DuettissimoThe Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow invites you on 25 April – 11 May 2021 to the 5th International Piano Duo Festival "Duettissimo!".

As Bartłomiej Kominek, artistic director of the Festival, points out: "This year's 5th edition of the Duettissimo Festival, due to the epidemic threat, is held in a limited form. This year, instead of 19 concerts, workshops and courses, there will be 7 events. As artistic life in concert halls has almost completely died down, Duettissimo will also hit the internet. From 1 June, you will be able to hear all this year's performers on the website www.amuz.krakow.pl/akademiawsieci and on the Festival's YouTube channel. Among them: Lutosławski Piano Duo, Chopin Piano Duo, Novi Piano Duo, Maciej Pikulski and Lech Napierała, and others.

The programme of the 5th Duettissimo is extremely interesting. Apart from outstanding and well-known works for piano duo by Bach, Mozart, Debussy and Lutosławski, you will be able to hear equally beautiful, although less known and rarely performed pieces. We will hear works by Gershwin, Zarębski, and Johannes Brahms' Liebeslieder performed in the Redoubt Rooms of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. The icing on the cake will be the Concerto for two pianos by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, performed at the Krakow Philharmonic by Michał Dziad and Agnieszka Przemyk-Bryła with the Symphony Orchestra of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow."

More information at: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/ 

16th International Piano Forum "Bieszczady Without Borders"

BieszczadyThis year's extended editionof the International Piano Forum "Bieszczady Without Borders" will be held both in Sanok and in Warsaw between 24 April and 9 May 2021. All concerts will be broadcast live on the Foundation's Facebook and YouTube.

The 16th Forum will be inaugurated on 24 April by a recital by the winners of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów – Polish Violin Duo (Marta Gidaszewska and Robert Łaguniak). The concert "PGNiG for the city" on 25 April will be filled with music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Fryderyk Chopin performed by the National Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and candidates for this year's Chopin Competition.

The Forum is the only project in the Carpathian Euroregion that covers such a wide range of topics, from health classes (doctors and rehabilitation specialists from the LIRA clinic) to lectures on the role of business in the promotion of culture. Due to the pandemic, this year's educational part has been fully transferred to the Conference and Training Centre of the BOSS Hotel in Warsaw. Participants of the 16th edition of the Forum will take part in demonstration and individual lessons with Forum Masters, various courses and thematic lectures with invited guests – outstanding artists and teachers. In Warsaw, there will also be concerts of Lidia Grychtołówna, Andrzej Jasiński, Andrzej Tatarski, Bogdan Olędzki, Lukas Geniušas (Lithuania), Konstanty Wileński (Ukraine / Poland), Philippe Giusian (France), and Mikhail Woskriesienski (Russia). The 3rd Suite of the Nations of Europe, created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance, will premiere on 2 May.

Forum Winners will receive awards, scholarships and "Golden Parnassus 2021" prizes.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.interpiano.pl