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Szczecin and West Pomerania are the official hosts of the Fryderyk Festival 2021

ZPAVThe most important Polish music awards for last year's phonographic achievements – "Fryderyki" – will come to Szczecin. This summer, West Pomerania will host stars of the Polish music scene. The Classical Music Gala will be held on 25 June 2021 at the Castle Opera in Szczecin. Popular music and jazz artists will be awarded on 5 August.

The list of this year's nominees includes, among others, singers Aleksandra Kurzak, Agata Zubel and Agnieszka Rehlis, violinist Jakub Jakowicz in a duet with pianist Bartosz Bednarczyk, the "Camerata Silesia" Katowice City Singers' Ensemble, the Wrocław Baroque Ensemble, and the Polish "Sinfonia Iuventus" Orchestra.

This year, the Council of the Phonographic Academy (Classical Music Section) will award the "Golden Fryderyk" awards to two outstanding figures of Polish musical culture: Jadwiga Rappé – a singer and teacher, whose career includes thousands of recitals, symphonic concerts and opera performances in the most famous halls of the world, and Jan Łukaszewski – a conductor, general and artistic director of the Polish Chamber Choir "Schola Cantorum Gedanensis".

The presentation of the statuettes in the historic walls of the Pomeranian Dukes' Castle in Szczecin will be accompanied by concerts performed by outstanding Polish artists, including flautist Ania Karpowicz, winner of this year's Polityka's Passport, promoter of Mieczysław Weinberg's music. The Silesian Quartet, nominated for Fryderyk 2021 in the category "Album of the year – chamber music", will honour the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki. The pianist Piotr Sałajczyk will perform Karol Szymanowski's mazurkas from Op. 50.

The full list of nominees is available at: http://fryderyki.pl/fryderyk-2021/ 

Świdnica | 6th International Christian Schlag Organ Festival

SchlagaThe Good Music Foundation invites you to the 6th International Christian Schlag Organ Festival, which will take place in Świdnica in Lower Silesia on 25 June – 16 July 2021 under the slogan "On Schlag's trail – let's outplay the organ!".

All lovers of organ music will once again have the opportunity to hear the more than 110-year-old symphonic pipe organ by Schlag & Söhne. One of the largest organ festivals in the region will feature five concerts, presenting the possibilities of the instrument from the Church of Peace in Świdnica. The programme will include Polish and foreign music with an emphasis on the works of Władysław Żeleński and Camille Saint-Saëns as this year marks the hundredth anniversary of their deaths. We will also hear pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Jacek Rabiński, Krzysztof Olczak and Stanisław Moryto.

The concerts will be performed not only by renowned organists, but also by great accordionists Maciej Zimka and Wiesław Ochwat, violinist Maksymilian Grzesiak and Maciej Afanasjew, who will play the electric violin.

The 6th Schlag Festival will be held both live at the Church of Peace in Świdnica and online on the Foundation's Facebook page in the form of a live broadcast. Free tickets are available to download from the Foundation's website.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund and by the Świdnica City Commune.

Full programme: https://fundacjadobrejmuzyki.pl/ 

E-Bank of Talents – online edition

E-BankE-Bank of Talents is a pioneering scholarship programme aimed at helping outstandingly talented youth from all over Poland. This year's edition, which will be held on 11 July – 15 August 2021, includes 40 e-scholarships that will allow free collaboration with outstanding Polish educators, authorities in fields related to classical music and career building. Applications will be accepted until 25 June.

As part of the e-Bank of Talents 2021, recruitment is carried out to e-classes of: violin (Agata Szymczewska, Jakub Jakowicz, Janusz Wawrowski), accordion (Klaudiusz Baran), viola (Katarzyna Budnik), cello (Tomasz Strahl, Jakub Dubik, Marcin Zdunik, Piotr Hausenplas), saxophone (Paweł Gusnar). There will also be classes on cooperation with the media; PR and personal development; media presence; basics of improvisation; team building; copyright law; music production; composition; physiotherapy.

During the final concert on 19 September 2021 in the concert hall of the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic, we will hear the scholarship holders of the 2nd edition of Opole Bank of Talents under the baton of the outstanding film music composer Krzesimir Dębski.

e-Bank of Talents is the first programme of this type in Poland. It creates an opportunity to establish contact with artists of international renown, and strives to provide equal social opportunities to young people from all over Poland that stand out in terms of their musical skills. Both the application and participation in the programme are free.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Official website: https://banktalentow.com/ 

Regamey & Regamey / Pasiecznik & Pasiecznik: online album presentation

RegameyThe Polish Composers' Union invites you on 24 June 2021 at 4.00 p.m. for a virtual meeting devoted to Konstanty and Konstanty Kazimierz Regamey. We will present the premiere recording of songs and piano pieces by the outstanding composer and his father, performed by Olga and Natalia Pasiecznik, and realised in collaboration with Polish Radio Channel 2.

Ewa Guziołek, a singer, pianist and sound director, will talk about the music and the recording. Jerzy Stankiewicz – the initiator of the project, Małgorzata Małaszko – director of Polish Radio Channel 2, Marek Mejor – orientalist from the University of Warsaw, Katarzyna Naliwajek – musicologist from the Univesity of Warsaw, and Ryszrad Gabryś – Konstanty Regamey's student will talk about the work and personalities of both composers. Each participant of the meeting will receive a copy of the album composed of two discs as a gift!

The last album released in 2020 by the Polish Composers' Union as part of the "Polish Music Today – Portraits of Contemporary Polish Composers" series is completely unique. Due to the special relationship and fate of both characters, the publisher made an exception and decided to devote the album to two composers instead of one. In addition to works by the "Polish-Swiss composer" Konstanty Regamey, the CD includes pieces by his father, Konstanty Kazimierz – an almost completely unknown composer, who worked mainly in distant Ukraine, and in 1938 was sentenced to death by the Soviet regime. The originator of the project and the author of the essay for the album is Jerzy Stankiewicz, who has devoted many years to researching the life and work of both Regamey (as well as popularizing the discovered works and contexts).

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Musical Trace" programme operated by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The album was released thanks to the support of the ZAiKS Authors' Association. The project partner was Repliq Media Sp. z o.o. Co-producer of the recording and CD edition is Polish Radio Channel 2.

The meeting will be held on the Zoom platform: the link will be posted on Wednesday, 23 June.

Mieczysław Kominek, PCU's President

Warsaw | 6th SuperSam + 1: Tony Buck & Krzysztof Ostrowski

SuperSamThe 6th edition of the SuperSam + 1 series of performances will begin on 24 June 2021 at the SPATiF club in Warsaw at 8.00 p.m. It will be inaugurated by Tony Buck and Krzysztof Ostrowski.

“SUPER” in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. “SAM” (from Polish, means „alone”, "by himself/herself") refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness. “+ 1” in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time.

Tony Buck is regarded as one of Australia's most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. After his studies, he spent two years in Japan, where he formed PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki. He moved to Europe in the mid-nineties. Some of the more high profile projects he has been involved with, aside from The Necks, include the band Kletka Red, The EX, and The Exiles. He performs solo pieces that often including video and installation elements.

Krzysztof “Freeze” Ostrowski is a musician, producer and instrumentalist from Bydgoszcz, most frequently associated with a broadly defined electronic scene. His extended set of instruments and broad artistic imagination are the characteristic of an artist who often leans toward experimental solutions. He performs solo, in an audio-visual duo Soundscape Mirror (with Tom Skof), and in many other configurations usually related with Bydgoszcz-founded alternative scene at Mózg club. 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://supersam.mozg.pl 

Krakow | "Marathon of Serenades": a sprint towards normality

SCTwo days, two programmes, four concerts – this is the musical sprint of Jurek Dybał and Sinfonietta Cracovia towards normality. After months of training, it is finally time to take off without sparing your strength and make up the remaining distance! On 23 and 24 June 2021, the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Krakow will be filled with live music, and two separate programmes will feature the most beautiful serenades – from Tchaikovsky to Penderecki.

Each day, the programme will be repeated at 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m., so that the Krakow audience, thirsty for sensations, could enjoy the music while maintaining the required physical "distance" and without having to race for seats in the concert hall.

The orchestra will perform Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 2, Leoš Janáček's Suite for string orchestra, Edward Elgar's Serenade in E minor, Op. 20, Krzysztof Penderecki's Serenade as well as Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Souvenir d'un lieu cher for violin and orchestra, Op. 42, and Méditation and Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 48. Violinist Maciej Lulek will perform as the soloist.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Częstochowa | "Music in the Temples"

Collegium Cantorum"Muzyka w świątyniach" ("Music in the Temples") is a unique, mystical journey through time, accompanied by to the soothing sounds of sacred choral music. The concert on 22 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Sanctuary of St. Anthony of Padua will be performed by the Collegium Cantorum Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic under the direction of maestro Janusz Siadlak.

The musicians will present works by Juliusz Łuciuk and Andrzej Koszewski. The choir will perform for the first time in front of the audience the pieces included in their two albums, which premiere is scheduled after the summer holidays.

Traditionally, music will be accompanied by a background story – about the parish, its past, and important events in the Częstochowa region. Dr Juliusz Sętowski, head of the History of Częstochowa Documentation Centre, will guide the participants through the meanders of history. Specially designed lighting will create a mystical atmosphere and emphasize the architectural details of the temple.

The project is co-financed by the Częstochowa City Hall and the Polish History Museum as part of the "Patriotism of Tomorrow" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://www.instytutsztuki.com/muzyka-w-swiatyniach/

Gdańsk | 10th Euro Chamber Music Festival

Euro ChamberThe 10th Euro Chamber Music Festival will be held in Gdańsk on 21 June – 23 July 2021. The festival received the international prestigious EFFE (Europe For Festivals Festivals For Europe) label for 2019-2021, awarded by the European Festival Association to the most interesting art festivals in Europe.

From the first edition, the festival hosted renowned foreign chamber musicians, as well as winners of international music competitions at the beginning of their careers and outstanding instrumentalists of the young generation associated with Gdańsk. The 10th anniversary edition will feature performances by, among others, The Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jan Lewtak, Split Guitar Quartet, Cracow Duo, Franck Leblois, Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf, Arnaud Kaminski, Arthashes and Sarah Stamboltsyan. The programme will be composed of musical masterpieces of various eras, including works by Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Ludomir Różycki and Feliks Nowowiejski.

On 29 June, there will be an evening of poetry by Cyprian Kamil Norwid and Charles Baudelaire on the occasion of their 200th birth anniversary. The performance of one of the greatest Polish actors, Jan Englert, will be accompanied by the French-Polish string ensemble Duo del Gesù.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationwww.eurochambermusicfestival.com 

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Toruń | 25th International Nova Music and Architecture Festival

TOSThe main idea of ​​the 25th International Nova Music and Architecture Festival, which will take place in Toruń on 20 June – 4 September, 2021, is to present the most beautiful music in the historic interiors of Toruń. This year's edition consists of 21 events, including symphonic and chamber concerts, recitals, film screenings (Maksymiuk. Concerto for Two, Chopin's Effect) and an exhibition of photos on the occasion of the festival's anniversary.

Top-class artists as well as musicians of the young generation and students of music academies will perform at the CKK Jordanki, the Artus Court, the Old Town Hall, the Centrum Cinema, the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, the Church of St. Jacob, the Filmar Hotel, in the Town Hall Courtyard and on the stage in the Old Town Square.

The festival will feature a concert of Marcin Wyrostek, one of the best accordionists in Poland, winner of the second edition of Polish "Got Talent" TV show. Together with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam Banaszak, he will perform works by Astor Piazzolla and his own compositions. We will also hear the winner of the 3rd prize in the 5th International Karol Lipiński Violin Competition – Japanese Yumiko Yumiba will perform the most famous pieces of violin literature with piano accompaniment.

The Toruń Symphony Orchestra will perform fragments of musicals, film music, popular music (the most famous pieces by Niemen, Zaucha, Nalepa and Czerwone Gitary), and classical music (including pieces by Henryk Wieniawski, Józef Surzyński, Andrzej Panufnik and Mikołaj Górecki). The anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising will be celebrated with works by Fryderyk Chopin. The finale of the festival will feature arias from the most famous operas and operettas performed by Lithuanian soloists Ieva and Vytautas Juozapaitis, accompanied by TSO musicians conducted by Dainius Pavilionis.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Program Festiwalu – na stronie https://www.muz-arch.pl/