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Łódź | III Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy

BISMAThe BISMA Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy is an international piano master course, the third edition of which will start on 10 August 2021 at the Academy of Music in Łódź. The classes will be conducted by eminent teachers from the most prestigious music academies: Dang Thai Son, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Ilya Maximov and Hubert Rutkowski. Concerts of participants open to the public are planned every day between 10 and 15 August at 7.30 p.m.

Organised by Stretto Music Foundation and the Academy of Music in Łódź, the courses will take place in the historic Karol Poznański Palace, the headquarters of the Academy of Music in Łódź. 31 pianists from Poland, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Australia, Japan, Korea and Thailand will practice their skills on wide piano repertoire. Renowned pianists from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Hochschule für Music und Theater in Hamburg will share their experience. A large number of the participants of this year's edition are young Polish pianists preparing to participate in the International Chopin Piano Competition. Piano music lovers will have the opportunity to listen to all participants live during the evening concerts.

Six concerts will also be broadcast online on the Facebook page of the Academy of Music in Łódź. Piotr Alexewicz, laureate of the International Grażyna Bacewicz Award 2020, will perform a recital at the inauguration (10 August, 7:30 p.m.). The Final Gala (15 August, 7.30 p.m.) will feature performances of four young pianists participating in the project – the best of them will be awarded the International Grażyna Bacewicz Award 2021.

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Official website: www.bisma.pl 

Lusławice | "Emanacje": Andrzej Wierciński's Chopin recital and Beethoven Academy Orchestra's symphonic concert

EmanacjeThe renowned pianist Andrzej Wierciński and the famous Beethoven Academy Orchestra will perform on 7 and 8 August 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music Center in Lusławice as part of the "Emanacje" Festival.

EmanacjeChopin recitals, which are an integral part of this year's festival, are a foretaste of the great emotions that await music lovers during the 18th Chopin Competition. On 7 August we will hear Andrzej Wierciński – winner of the 1st prize at the Saint-Priest International Piano Competition (2019) and the Polish Chopin Competition in Warsaw (2015) as well as the 3rd prize at the Hong Kong International Piano Competition (2019). The artist is a laureate of the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Artistic Scholarship, the Sinfonia Varsovia Foundation, the Krystian Zimerman Artistic Scholarship and the Yamaha Artistic Scholarship.

On 8 August the Beethoven Academy Orchestra conducted by violinist Joanna Konarzewska will present works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Benjamin Britten and Krzysztof Penderecki, with whom the orchestra was particularly associated. We will hear Penderecki's Serenade for string orchestra. The composer repeatedly praised the high artistic level of the orchestra, saying: “I am touched by the commitment of the ensemble. It is not just a performance (...) there is something more to it ... ”.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information and tickets are available at: www.emanacje.pl 

Świnoujście | Markowy Festival

Markowy FestiwalThe Municipal Cultural Centre in Świnoujście invites you to concerts as part of the Markowy Festival, which will be held on 4-8 August 2021 at the Marek Grechuta Amphitheater.

This year, on the big stage of the City Amphitheater at Chopin streeet we will see, among others, Krzesimir Dębski ("Krakow concert –The greatest hits of film music") and the Big Bike Orchestra ("World music on bicycles").

Krzesimir Dębski is one of the most famous and versatile Polish artists. He is a recognized composer, jazz violinist, conductor, arranger and music producer, honoured with the most important awards in the world of music (and not only). On 5 August we will hear fragments of his most beautiful film scores as well as popular songs by outstanding authors and artists associated with Krakow. The Warsaw Impressione Orchestra conducted by Krzesimir Dębski will be accompanied by soloists and a ballet group. The next day, however, we will hear an exceptional orchestra on a unique bicycle – a group of six musicians can play a concert while riding a two-wheeler. This six-seater bicycle was constructed especially for the Municipal Cultural Centre in Bydgoszcz with the Orchestra in mind. The ensemble, presenting original arrangements of works from around the world, is a part of the project of the Municipal Cultural Centre in Bydgoszcz "Culture ProNatura" which is focused on the issues of ecology, recycling, respect for environement and humility towards nature as part of the idea of ​​sustainable development.

Detailed programme is available at: http://www.mdk.swinoujscie.pl/ 

Warsaw | "Experimental Tuesdays" – new music by young composers!

SVA series of new music concerts "Experimental Tuesdays" will take place on 3-31 August 2021 as part of the 21st Franciszek Wybrańczyk "Sinfonia Varsovia to Its City" Festival.

It is a unique opportunity to see how the generation of young composers is dealing with tradition and modernity. The series is curated by Wioleta Żochowska. The list of performers includes: Contemporary Music Ensemble Synaesthesis from Vilnius (3 August), Ensemble Kompopolex (10 August), Hashtag Ensemble (17 August), Flow Unit 3 (24 August) and Sinfonia Varsovia Camerata (31 August). The musicians will take up such topics as loneliness, the interpenetration of the real and virtual world, or the body-sound relationship.

The artists will present the works of foreign and Polish composers, including Piotr Peszat, Marta Śniady, Anna Sowa, Zofia Dowgiałło, Kuba Krzewiński and Żaneta Rydzewska. In addition, we will witness the premiere of Mateusz Śmigasiewicz's latest piece for percussion.

The Festival will be accompanied by an exhibition "Sinfonia Varsovia in Scale", presenting a unique acoustic model of the largest concert hall in Poland, which is to be built at 272 Grochowska Street.

Media patronage over the "Experimental Tuesdays" series: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/ 

9th Lower Silesian Music Festival "Searching for harmony"

Dolnośląski FestiwalThe organist Krzysztof Karcz and trombonist Tomasz Stolarczyk will inaugurate the 9th Lower Silesian Music Festival on 1 August 2021 at 7.00 p.m. in the church of Church the of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Festival will run from August, through September to October.

The leitmotif of this year's edition of the Lower Silesian Music Festival is "Searching for harmony" – the last year has shown how important art, music and word are to all of us. The 100th anniversary of Władysław Żeleński's death in 2021 also influenced the festival programme. Żeleńki's works will be performed at each of the concerts.

The upcoming events are two August concerts in the interiors of baroque churches in Polanica-Zdrój and Stary Wielisław. On 1 August, we will hear the original organ-trombone duo: Krzysztof Karcz and Tomasz Stolarczyk will present the work Holy God by Żeleński, as well as Komm, Gott Schopfer heiliger Gheist BWV 667 and Prelude and Fugue in G minor BWV 558 by Johann Sebastian Bach and Largo by Georg Friedrich Handel. On 22 August, the violinist Karol Lipiński and organist Adam Klarecki will perform at 7.00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrows in Stary Wielisław.

The concerts in September and October will feature such virtuosos as cellist Jan Kalinowski, pianist Marek Szlezer and organist Mateusz Rzewuski.

Admission to all concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/DolnoslaskiFestiwalMuzyczny 

Warsaw | 5th WarszeMusik Festival

A series of WarszeMuzik chamber concerts will be held for the fifth time in the backyards of Warsaw tenement houses and in the extraordinary space of the Umschlagplatz Monument. From 1 do 29 August 2021, the festival organisers invite you to 11 micro-concerts and 3 walking tours in the former Northern District led by Agnieszka Kuś, co-author of the guide Weinberg's Warsaw, which is scheduled to premiere at the beginning of September.

The festival will present a very diverse repertoire corresponding with the space of preserved buildings: from classical music, among others by the patron of the festival, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Andrzej Czajkowski, through improvisations to poetry by Irena Klepfisz and the imaginary sounds of the Syrena Rekord studio, to the works of contemporary music composers. The finale of the festival, which will take place at BarStudio, will premiere Interweaving for wooden flute and historical piano by Andrzej Karałow – the composer in residence at WarszeMuzik 2021. The piece was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

In the courtyards at 26a Ogrodowa, 99 Żelazna, 62 Złota, 55 Sienna, 20 and 41 Chłodna street, concerts will be perform by: Andrzej Ciepliński, Marek Bracha, Marta Grzywacz, Aleksandra Kaca, Ania Karpowicz, Dominik Strycharski, Maria Sławek, Mikołaj Pałosz and Anna Kwiatkowska. The Sunday events of WarszeMuzik will also return to the contemplative space of the Umschlagplatz Monument at Stawki street. Four concerts will be filled with classical music with piano as lead instrument. Among the performers there will be Julia Kociuban, Radosław Sobczak, Wajnberg Piano Trio and the originators and curators of WarszeMuzik – Ania Karpowicz and Marek Bracha.

Admission to all festival events is free.

Full programme is available at: www.warszemuzik.org 

Katowice | NOSPR Academy – 2021/2022 season

NOSPRThe NOSPR Academy is an original scholarship and mentoring programme that prepares young musicians to play with an orchestra and to function in the realities of the contemporary music market. Recruitment will begin on 15 July 2021 and will continue until 15 September 2021.

It is addressed to violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players between 18 and 30 years of age who want to gain orchestral experience alongside musicians of one of the most renowned Polish symphonic orchestras.

The NOSPR Academy includes individual lessons with NOSPR musicians and the care of mentors – leaders of individual sections of the orchestra. In addition, programme participants will have the opportunity to learn about the organisational functioning of the institution. They will be able to use this knowledge during preparations for the June chamber concert of the "Young Stage" series, which they will be responsible for organising and programming.

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Application Form is available at: https://bit.ly/3wGedp6 

Rzeszów | Music criticism workshop under the supervision of Jacek Marczyński

MIMiTThe National Institute of Music and Dance in cooperation with PWM Edition invites you to a music criticism workshop led by Jacek Marczyński as part of the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów (14-18 September 2021). The best participants will receive an internship in the editorial office of "Ruch Muzyczny" magazine which will publish their texts. The deadline for submitting applications is 12 August 2021.

"The task of the participants of the journalism workshops will be to create reports and reviews of the auditions of the 2nd stage and the finals of the International Polish Music Competition in two performance categories: piano and chamber ensembles," comments Katarzyna Meissner, director of the National Institute of Music and Dance. The workshop will be conducted by Jacek Marczyński – a well-known journalist and publicist, author of several books, reviewer of the "Rzeczpospolita" daily, longtime collaborator of TVP Kultura, "Ruch Muzyczny" and the monthly "Teatr".

Texts reporting on the progress of the competition will be published in a daily competition newsletter, on the website of the International Polish Music Competition https://konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl/ and in the pages of "Ruch Muzyczny".

The workshop is aimed at students and graduates of music and humanities, as well as all people with specific musical interests consistent with the profile of the competition, who want to develop their skills in the field of writing about classical music (adults up to 30 years of age). Participation in the workshop is free of charge. The National Institute of Music and Dance will reimburse workshop participants for accommodation and travel costs in the amount specified in the regulations and will provide free admission to auditions and concerts of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów. For texts and a license to publish them, each participant will receive a one-off fee of PLN 500.

Applications (a completed application form with attachments, i.e. a CV with a description of musical interests and an exemplary text on classical music of your own authorship) should be sent by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 August.

More informationhttps://nimit.pl/aktualnosci/warsztaty-krytyki-muzycznej-pod-okiem-jacka-marczynskiego/ 

Wrocław | Organ Summer at NFM

NFMOn summer evenings, between 7 July and 18 August 2021, the National Forum of Music invites you to the Main Hall to listen to organ recitals by Józef Serafin, Elżbieta Karolak, Julian Gembalski and Roman Perucki. The concerts will be an opportunity to get to know a very wide spectrum of organ literature written over the centuries (from Baroque, through Romanticism, to our times).

In recent months, Wrocław music lovers did not have many opportunities to listen to organ concerts at the NFM. It is the pandemic that has played "first fiddle", making it impossible to share the beautiful sound of this instrument. The upcoming recitals will feature music of various eras, including improvisations by Julian Gembalski and works by Feliks Nowowiejski. The audience, partly seated on the stage, will also have the opportunity to see the work of the organist, as well as the mechanics and working principles of this largest instrument ever invented!

The pipe organ at the National Forum of Music outclasses a symphony orchestra in terms of volume, sound and timbre. The instrument was designed and made by organ builders from the Orgelbau Klais Bonn workshop, which boasts over one hundred years of tradition and experience. Its regal sound  perfectly match the acclaimed NFM acoustic. The wonderful organ repertoire of the past centuries will be brought to life at the NFM, and the opportunity to play contemporary organ works will open the way to getting acquainted with new compositions. 

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme is availabe athttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/organy