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Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC will create a catalog of works related to the widely understood Olympic theme

POLMICDue to the cooperation of the Polish Composers' Union with the Polish Olympic Committee, the Polish Music Information Center POLMIC intends to create a catalog of works related to the widely understood Olympic theme, which will facilitate the selection of candidates for the "Olympic Laurel" prize.

This is a special award of the Polish Olympic Committe established in 1967 "as an expression of appreciation and respect for Polish artists who shape the humanistic values of sport and its image in society". The prizes are awarded in four-year Olympic cycles in various fields of work. The list of winners include representatives of the visual arts, musicians, writers, filmmakers, photographers, and architects. The "Olympic Laurel" medal was designed by the sculptor Stanisław Sikora and is awarded for lifetime achievement or a particular work. Cultivating the tradition of combining art with sport by the Polish Olympic Committee emphasizes the importance of culture and art in spreading the Olympic idea. The prestigious prize was awarded to, among others, Krzysztof Penderecki and Wojciech Kilar.

We encourage you to send information on musical works related to the Olympic movement, sport, peace and similar topics by 18 January 2021 to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application for the 2nd Competition of Polish Music is now open

IMiTThe second edition of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music will take place at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszów between 11 and 18 September 2021. From now until 14 May 2021, the candidates will be able to submit their applications by filling in online forms available on the dedicated website: polishmusiccompetition.pl. The competition is organised by the Institute of Music and Dance. The prizes are funded by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

– For the second edition of the competition we are awaiting numerous applications from both Poland and abroad. Now everything is in the hands of the musicians, it is their own decision to make. There is no better time than now to start working on the individual competition programmes. We also hope that the professors from educational music establishments will play a crucial role of encouraging their own students to take part in the event – says Katarzyna Meissner, director of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Worth mentioning is the fact that there are no age or citizenship restrictions for the candidates. During the competition, the musicians will present works selected from amongst those written by 56 Polish composers mostly active in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The participants create a programme that they will perform in the successive stages of the competition. Alongside such famous composers as Chopin, Paderewski, Górecki or Penderecki, we will also find less well-known representatives of different styles and musical eras, such as Antoni Kątski, Eugeniusz Pankiewicz and Stefan Kisielewski. Equally important are Polish female composers represented by Maria Szymanowska and Grażyna Bacewicz. The competition will be chronicled in a series of recordings in electronic and CD formats distributed worldwide. In such a way, several works that have never been released before will finally have their world premiere recordings.

The participants of the Second Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music will contest for the total prize money in the amount of over eighty thousand euros to be won in two categories: piano and chamber ensembles. The juries of both categories will feature distinguished musicians and musical personalities from Poland and abroad. The applications can be submitted via an online system on 14 May 2021 at the latest. The performers will also be given an opportunity to win a number of special prizes: from financial rewards to a chance of appearing at leading Polish concert halls and selected festivals. Amongst the awards will be a 500 euro prize for the best performance of a piano sonata or a chamber composition written by Miłosz Magin, which has been funded by the composer’s daughter Margot Magin. Also the Société Frédéric Chopin Genève award will be given in the form of a recital performance during the Chopin Festival in Geneva in 2021. Collaborating with the competition, the Polish Institutes (Instytuty Polskie) will also award selected winners recital performances in the cities where they are located, such as Bratislava, Saint Petersburg and Vienna.

Agata Szymczak

Polish National Competition "Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, politician, diplomat, statesman, patron of art and architecture"

PaderewskiThe Greater Poland Chief Education Officer Robert Gaweł together with the Roman Dmowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski National Thought Heritage Institute in Warsaw, represented by its Director Prof. Jan Żaryna, initiated the organisation of the National Competition "Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, politician, diplomat, statesman, patron of art and architecture". The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021.

The competition is open to students of primary, secondary and artistic schools in Poland as well as Polish schools abroad. The aim of the competition is to promote and familiarize students with the figure of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, to honor his memory and arouse interest in the beauty of the composer's work, extraordinary life, exemplary attitude, aesthetic sensitivity, awareness of the importance of sacrifice and permanent determination in the pursuit of Poland's independence, as well as shaping such values ​​as freedom and patriotism.

The competition is co-organised by the Academy of Music in Poznań, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, University of Arts in Poznań and University of Economics in Poznań, whose representatives will, among others, evaluate the participants in specific categories. The competition is also supported by the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Musical Society in Bydgoszcz, Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw and Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

The Artistic Council and the Competition Jury in category I (pianist, virtuoso) are made up of such outstanding artists as Karol Radziwonowicz, Piotr Paleczny, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Wojciech Świtała, Waldemar Andrzejewski, Joanna Marcinkowska.

The prize pool is PLN 25,000. The organisers will also provide awards for the best students' teachers.

More information at: http://ko.poznan.pl/kuratorium/aktualnosci_kurator/2020/12/ogolnopolski-konkurs-ignacy-jan-paderewski/ 

Application Form: http://wre.ko.poznan.pl/paderewski/ 

Open call for UN/MUTE virtual residency

IPNYPolish musicians, composers and performance artists, who have never been to New York before and who are interested in an international artistic, cross-discipline cooperation project with European and New York City based artists are invited to apply for a virtual residency. Apply by sending a bio and short cover letter (max. 1,000 words) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 22 January 2021.

This paid virtual residency will take place online in the spring of 2021, over a period of three months. The ideal candidate is either a Polish citizen residing anywhere in the world, but in New York/New York City, or is an artist who permanently resides in Poland and has any or no citizenship. It is a requirement for the residency that the candidate has never been to New York before.

Covid-19 has shuttered artists from residencies, travel, and exhibitions. This project dives into our digitalized world connecting EU and New York City based artists from various disciplines and gives them an opportunity to work on a collaborative artistic project. The project explores what it means for a European artist to virtually meet a transatlantic counterpart based in NYC, of different age, race, culture and artistic medium in order to create a new and unique work of art together.

During the residency, the process of creative collaboration is put under a magnifying glass and presented via edited Zoom recordings on a website giving the viewers the unique opportunity to monitor it. The collaborative three-month long virtual residency is facilitated and hosted by Undercurrent gallery in Brooklyn, New York. A presentation of the art works is scheduled to take place on Europe Day, 9 May 2021.

More information athttps://instytutpolski.pl/newyork/2021/01/07/open-call-un-mute-residency/

Harpsichord Without Borders: 4th Seminar of Contemporary Harpsichord Music

KlawesynThe 4th Seminar of Contemporary Harpsichord Music "Harpsichord Without Borders" will be held on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 and broadcast online on the YouTube channel of the G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź.

The seminar will be opened at 10 a.m. by the head of the Department of Organ, Church Music, Harpsichord and Early Music – dr hab. Krzysztof Urbaniak, prof. AM, and dr hab. Ewa Rzetecka-Niewiadomska. We will listen to four papers. Adam Wesołowski, director of the H. M. Górecki Silesian Philharmonic, will talk about symbolism and multimedia in his composition Silver concerto. Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz from the E. Chojnacka Centre for Contemporary Harpsichord Music will present information on collections of harpsichord pieces. Urszula Jasiecka-Bury from the Academy of Music in Łódź will discuss the contemporary harpsichord as a partner in the performance of early music. Ewelina Zawiślak from the Academy of Music in Łódź will describe the work of a contemporary harpsichordist.

The seminar will be followed by a concert performed by harpsichordists Ewa Rzetecka-Niewiadomska and Urszula Jasiecka-Bury, violinist Paulina Wielgosińska and students of harpsichord classes: Lena Nowakowska, Agnieszka Wegner, Emilia Walasik, Agnieszka Wilk, Kamil Szymczakowski, Emilia Mamińska, Karolina Dróżdż, Przemysław Janczewski. The programme will include works by Marian Sawa, Bronisław Kazimierz Przybylski, Krzysztof Grzeszczak, Barbara Strzelecka, Krystyna Kijani and Victor Frost.

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

Musical Meeting "Schaeffer electronically"

SchaefferThe concert "Schaeffer electronically" will be broadcast on 19 January 2021 at 2.00 p.m. on RadioJAZZ.FM as part of the JazzPRESSjonizm show led by Piotr Wickowski, editor-in-chief of the JazzPRESS magazine. It is a musical fusion of seemingly distant high and alternative cultures, showing their common, experimental roots.

The electronic music concert based on the work of Bogusław Schaeffer is a part of the 12th edition of the "Schaeffer's Era" festival and complements the main event, which took place on 23 November 2020 as an online broadcast of the play "Schaeffer's Planet" connecting artists from L.A. and Warsaw. The concert is organised on the initiative of the Aurea Porta Friends of Arts Foundation, which deals with the promotion of contemporary art, and in particular with the promotion of Bogusław Schaeffer's artistic output. The aim of the project "Schaeffer electronically" is to reach a new audience with Schaeffer's music – enthusiasts of contemporary art in Poland and abroad, including young people – on the example of live art in a multidisciplinary version of electronic music creators. The recorded material will be available after the radio broadcast on social media channels (YouTube, Facebook) of the Aurea Porta Foundation.

As part of the "Schaeffer electronically" event, musicians Mateusz Adamczyk and Piotr Zaufal will perform 8 pieces for piano part II, Monosonata, Streichquartett, 4H / 1P, Equivalenze Sonore, Course Jazz, Collage and Form from the repertoire of Professor Schaeffer. Both artists were nominated for the Fryderyk Award in the category of classical chamber music for the album Magia del Tango, recorded with Marcin Wyrostek and the Corazon band, with whom they have been taking part in the "Schaeffer's Era" festival for several years. Mateusz Adamczyk – instrumentalist, violinist, session musician, operates between various musical genres, from classical and jazz to electronic music. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice and Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona. Piotr "Cufal" Zaufal – bassist, arranger, session musician (he has recorded about 30 albums in bands from Silesia), graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. He has played over 700 concerts with Marcin Wyrostek in the bands Coloriage and Corazon, over 50 concerts with Kayah, about 30 concerts with Mateusz Adamczyk and the international group The Johny Freelance Experience.

The project was carried out in cooperation with the National Centre for Culture and was financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and co-financed by the Mazowieckie Voivodeship Self-Government.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://aureaporta.eu/

GRaMuz at aMuz!

GraMuzOn 14-28 January 2021 the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk will present a series of online chamber concerts entitled "GRaMuz". The programme will include works by Artur Malawski and Władysław Żeleński.

"GRaMuz" is a series of online chamber concerts performed by students and teachers from all faculties of the Gdańsk Academy of Music, who present works they are currently working on. Premiere materials will be published on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. on the Academy's YouTube channel and will be available until the next event is published.

On 18 January students of the Chamber Music Department will perform Malageuna by Ernest Lecuona, Suite from the ballet Sleeping Beauty by Piotr Tchaikovsky arranged for piano duo by Sergei Rachmaninoff, String Quartet in C major, Op. 20 No. 2 by Joseph Haydn, Trio in D minor, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn, Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms and the first movement of Piano Trio by Artur Malawski. The concert on 21 January entitled "Władysław Żeleński – Moniuszko's successor" will be performed by students of the solo singing class of prof. Jadwiga Rappé. We will hear songs and duets by Władysław Żeleński..

Full programme is available at: https://www.amuz.gda.pl/ 

4th Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers

MKdMKKrakow Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union announces 4th Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers. The subject of the Competition is a composition for chamber orchestra, with a duration from 9 to 12 minutes.

Composers from every country, who will not be over the age of 35 at the moment of its closing, can take part in the Competition. One participant can submit no more than two compositions. A composition cannot be earlier performed, published in any form or awarded in any competition. Score in pdf format, marked with an emblem and a title, with duration written, application form, a short bio note, a note about the piece and a photo (in jpg format), should be sent to the address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. not later than on 15 March 2021 (11:59 p.m., UTC+01:00).

The Jury of the Competition: Marcel Chyrzyński (chairman), Zbigniew Bargielski, Ivan Buffa (Slovakia), Wojciech Widłak and Szymon Bywalec, grants one Main Prize – 1.000 USD (gross). What is more, the awarded composition will be premiered in April 2021 on the concert during 33rd Krakow International Festival of Composers. The Jury may not award the Main Prize. Honorary awards may be granted. The decision of the jury is irrevocable and will be announced not later than on 21 March 2021.

Marcel Chyrzyński
President of the PCU's Krakow Branch

Competition regulations and the application form are available at: http://festiwal.zkp.krakow.pl/konkurs/

Chamber Music Competition for youth

KonkursThe Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź and the Stanisław Liszewski Foundation announce the 2nd Wiłkomirski National Chamber Music Competition, addressed to students of primary and secondary music schools. Instrumental chamber ensembles, from duet to quintet, of any composition (excluding ensembles with organ and harpsichord) may participate in the Competition, which will be held on 22-24 April 2021 in a single-stage mode. Applications will be accepted by e-mail until 20 March 2021.

Due to its open programme formula, the competition is a unique event that gives artistically talented youth the opportunity to confront each other in the field of chamber music in a group of different compositions. In connection with the celebration of the May 3rd Constitution Year passed by the Sejm, the organisers also decided to include in the programme an obligation to perform one piece by a Polish composer, for which special prizes are provided for each age group in the form of participation in concerts organized by the Stanisław Liszewski Foundation and the the Academy of Music in Łódź. The competition jury will consist of outstanding instrumentalists – teachers of Polish music academies who are recognized authorities in the field of chamber music, and their teaching experience also includes working with talented youth from music schools. The Honorary Chairman of the Organizing Committee is Her Magnificence Rector of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź, dr hab. Elżbieta Aleksandrowicz, prof. AM.

Detailed information on age categories, repertoire, registration, as well as regulations and contact details: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/ii-ogolnopolski-konkurs-muzyki-kameralnej-im-wilkomirskich