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Stefan Jarociński Archive in the Special Collections Department of the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences

IS PANThe Special Collections Department of the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences acquired the archive of Stefan Jarociński, an outstanding musicologist, long-time head of the Institute of Music History at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The Institute received invaluable materials for research into the history of 20th-century musicology and music courtesy of the wife of the scholar who died in 1980. An important part of the archive pertains to Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994), a friend of Jarociński from his junior high school days. It includes not only letters addressed to the musicologist, but also autographs of works by the eminent composer. The Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences has now manuscripts of "children's songs" to the words of Julian Tuwim – this is a rarity, as most of Lutosławski's legacy is kept at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel.

The archive of Stefan Jarociński is the subject of research by Małgorzata Sieradz, PhD from the Department of Musicology at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences. One can read more about the history of Jarociński's friendship with Lutosławski and the entire collection of "Lutosławskians" at the Institute of Polish Academy of Sciences in the latest issue of the quarterly "Muzyka" (2020, No. 4).

More information at: https://czasopisma.ispan.pl/index.php/m/announcement/view/16 

Kraków | 3rd International Piano Competition "Chopin at Wawel"

Chopin pod WawelemThe 3rd edition of the International Piano Competition "Chopin at Wawel" will be held in Kraków on 7-11 July 2021.

International Piano Competition „Chopin at Wawel” based upon the National Competition For Young Pianists „Chopin at Wawel” is the first international, monographic,  piano competition held in Krakow. The originator and founder of the Competition, dr hab. Gajusz Kęska, repeatedly emphasized the need to promote the city as a center of performing the Fryderyk Chopin’s music, also by stating that in the past Krakow was the cradle of the Polish piano school. The competition is organised by “Porta Musicae” Artistic Association in collaboration with the Academy of Music in Krakow and Fryderyk Chopin Secondary Music School in Krakow.

As in previous editions, participants will perform in four age groups and will be judged by distinguished teachers and pianists, experts on Fryderyk Chopin’s artistic work and university professors from Poland, Italy, Russia and China. The total prize pool is PLN 17,500. The winners concert will be held on 11 July 2021.

Applications should be send by 31 May 2021 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The Competition rules and application form are available athttp://www.chopinpodwawelem.com/ 

Karol Szymanowski's "Kurpie Songs" Op. 58 arranged for soprano and symphony orchestra

Piesni kurpiowskieOn 23 January 2020 at 7.00 p.m. soprano Milena Lange and the Warsaw Impressione Orchestra under the direction Piotr Wijatkowski will perform Karol Szymanowski's 12 Kurpie Songs, Op. 58. The concert was recorded in the Church of the Savior of the World in Ostrołęka, the capital of Kurpie.

Kurpie Songs, Op. 58 were originally written for voice and piano. Numerous transcriptions are a solid testimony of the popularity and artistic rank of the work. During the upcoming concert Milena Lange will perform the entire series in a rarely presented arrangement for soprano and symphony orchestra.

Karol Szymanowski composed Kurpie Songs in the years 1930-1932. In his last vocal cycle, the composer reached out for Rev. Władysław Skierkowski's collection Puszcza kurpiowska w pieśni. The well-known musicologist Tadeusz A. Zieliński aptly summed up the great artistic value of the composition: "One of the most valuable and original of all Szymanowski's works, the Kurpie Songs are a worthy culmination of his rich and evolving song production. A masterful combination of genuine folk with profundity and expressiveness of 'high' art, they are an unsurpassed phenomenon; a similar work is not easy to find in the 20th century music".

The concert will be broadcast on the website: https://www.mspromotion.net/karolszymanowskipiesnikurpiowskie and on the YouTube channelhttps://www.youtube.com/user/mspromotion7 

"House Party with Dwójka" – Rappé, Kryger, Rutkowski in tribute to Żeleński

DomowkaThe 100th anniversary of the death of Władysław Żeleński falls on 23 January 2021. On this day songs by the outstanding composer, called the successor of Stanisław Moniuszko, will be performed by Jadwiga Rappé (alto) and Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano) with the accompaniment of pianist Mariusz Rutkowski. The next episode of "House Party with Dwójka" will be broadcast on Saturday at 7.00 p.m. on the Polish Radio Channel 2 (Dwójka), its websiteFacebook and YouTube.

"Władysław Żeleński is the author of numerous songs, which he began to compose when he was nearly twenty, fascinated at the time by the poetry of Adam Mickiewicz, Zygmunt Krasiński, as well as Antoni Odyniec and Bohdan Zaleski," emphasizes Jadwiga Rappé, who celebrated the 40th anniversary of her artistic work last year. The artist has over half a hundred records with various repertoire and has collaborated with many renowned composers, soloists and conductors.

In the "House Party with Dwójka" Jadwiga Rappé will sing Władysław Żeleński's songs together with Urszula Kryger. "We decided to record our performance in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin State Music School in Skierniewice. This is where our paths crossed; a place that is always favorable to us, artists" – says the singer and pianist, winner of prestigious vocal competitions in Poland and Germany. In 2006, Urszula Kryger received the Karol Szymanowski Foundation Award for thoughtful and highly artistic interpretations of Władysław Żeleński's songs, and in 2012 the Fryderyk Award for the album Żeleński – Songs. The singers will be accompanied by Mariusz Rutkowski – winner of the Polish Radio Award for the best pianist-chamber musician at the 1st and 3rd Ignacy Jan Paderewski Vocal Competitions in Bydgoszcz and the award for the best pianist at the 4th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warsaw. He has recorded, among others, two albums with songs by Władysław Żeleński.

More information athttps://www.polskieradio.pl/8/8741/Artykul/2661793,Rapp%C3%A9-Kryger-Rutkowski-w-holdzie-Zelenskiemu 

The Lower Silesian Philharmonic: Concert in the "Conductor-in-residence" Programme of the Institute of Music and Dance

FDAn online concert as part of the "Conductor-in-residence" programme of the Institute of Music and Dancen will be held on 22 January 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra. The Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the baton of Szymon Makowski.

The "Conductor-in-residence" in the 2020/2021 artistic season at the Lower Silesian Philharmonic is Anna Sułkowska-Migoń, who prepared the programme of the January concert. She graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where she studied viola with Piotr Reichert and Katarzyna Budnik (2019). In 2019 she completed her BA studies in symphony and opera conducting in the class of Piotr Sułkowski at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Currently, she is a graduate student of the Academy of Music in Krakow. She made her debut on the stage of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic conducting the diploma concert (2019). A year later, she conducted the orchestra during the 7th Krakow Cello Spring at the Academy of Music in Krakow. She is conductor of the Ars Cameralis choir in Krakow and the female choir of the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow as well as choir teacher at the W. Kilar Primary Music School in Olkusz.

The programme of the upcoming concert will include Piotr Klimek's Omdlenia for guitar and strings, Astor Piazzolla's Concerto for clarinet and strings and Double Concerto for clarinet and guitar, as well as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 35 in D major KV 385 ("Haffner").  Clarinetist Jan Jakub Bokun and guitarist Jakub Kościuszko will perform as soloists.

More information at: https://filharmonia.jgora.pl/koncert-symfoniczny,47/dyrygent-rezydent,3039?did=5338 

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/ 

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

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