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Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2019 – submit your nomination!


The 9th edition of the Polish Music Community Award "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" has officially started. Nomination forms for candidates can be submitted in the categories: "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award", as well as in the "Discovery of the Year" category for debuting artists, until 10 September 2019 through the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Since 2011, Polish music community has awarded the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award to its most prominent representatives. The award is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. "Coryphaeus" is a distinction for people, groups of artists and institutions operating in the area of ​​Polish music. The award is granted for achievements in the last artistic season, with the exception of the "Honorary Award", which is awarded for overall activity. Applications can be submitted by members of the community.

The winners in the categories "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award" are selected in a secret ballot by the Electoral College. It consists of rectors of music academies and universities, directors of musicology and music institutes, music journalists, representatives of unions and organizations, as well as all winners who have been awarded in all categories. The award in the "Discovery of the Year" category is granted based on the results of open voting from the audience, which will take place between 16 and 19 September at www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Winners will be announced during the Awards Gala on 1 October 2019. They will receive statuettes by Professor Adam Myjak as well as financial awards funded by ZAiKS Authors' Association and STOART Performing Artists' Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The rules and regulations are available at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

20th AUKSO Summer Philharmonic


Orchestral and chamber concerts, workshops, meetings and other events accompanying the 20th anniversary edition of the AUKSO Summer Philharmonic will take place in the Suwałki region between 16 and 22 August 2019.

Among the invited artists there will be cellist Andrzej Bauer, winner of the German Record Critics' Award, opera singer Tomasz Konieczny and chamber musicians from the Alternative Ensemble. The artists will be accompanied by the musicians of the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy conducted by Marek Moś. The festival programme will mark an important anniversary for the world of culture and art – bicentenary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, the father of Polish national opera. Next to classical compositions by Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart or Piotr Czajkowski, the repertoire will include contemporary works by Tadeusz Baird and Krzesimir Dębski.

The festival will be inaugurated on 16 August with a concert dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. During the final concert on 22 August, soloist Kasia Moś accompanied by the musicians of the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under the direction of Marek Moś will present new compositions announcing her next album, as well as songs from the album "Inspination", works by Krzesimier Dębski and ...  Stanisław Moniuszko.

Andrzej Bauer will lead the workshops and masterclasses for young cellists from Emil Młynarski State School of Music in Suwałki. There will be also meetings with Krzesimir Dębski, Marek Moś and Andrzej Strumiłło.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://soksuwalki.eu/xx-letnia-filharmonia-aukso-wigry-2019/ 

Olsztyn | Concert of the Polish Youth Orchestra LYO


Polish Youth Orchestra LYO (Lutoslawski Youth Orchestra) will perform on 16 August 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the concert hall of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic. Young musicians under the direction of Adrián Varela will start the concert with The Fairytale fantastic overture by Stanisław Moniuszko.

The programme will also include virtuoso Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8 by Mieczysław Karłowicz, peformed by the outstanding Polish violinist Janusz Wawrowski on the violin built in 1685 by Antonio Stradivari. In the finale, the Polish Youth Orchestra will present Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Piotr Czajkowski.

The Polish Youth Orchestra LYO is the largest and the only nationwide orchestra for second-grade music school students. Every year, the artistic director of the orchestra travels around the country searching for the most talented young musicians, who are distinguished by their talent and enormous passion for music. In cooperation with the famous Philharmonia Orchestra from London and the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic, a group of musicians focused on gaining professional skills will meet in Olsztyn on 10-17 August. This year's teching staff is composed of well-renowned artists: Adrián Varela, Desmond Neysmith, Carsten Williams, Laurent Ben Slimane and Jan Regulski.

More information at: https://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/koncert/polska-orkiestra-mlodziezowa-lyo-2/ 

Kraków | 44th Festival "Music in Old Cracow"

MuzykaThe 44th edition of one of the oldest Polish festivals – "Music in Old Cracow" – will take place on 15-31 August 2019.

Cultural tradition in Cracow creates a special aura that conduces to music. Many outstanding European composers such as H. Finck, L. Marenzio and D. Cato worked here; G. Palestrina, G. Ph. Telemann and J. S. Bach dedicated their works to Polish kings. Liszt, Brahms, Paderewski and Rubinstein played here their concerts. The festival “Music in Old Cracow” refers to these great cards of Cracow cultural history.

This year's festival will feature such artists as violinist Krzysztof Jakowicz, harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï, organist Andrzej Białko, guitarist Dmytro Hołoweńko, cellists Steven Isserliss, Magdalena Bojanowicz and Bartosz Koziak, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Royal Rorantists, Cracow Brass Quintet, Collegium Zieleński, Camerata Polonia, Monastery of 13 Holy Assyrian Fathers Choir, Spanish Brass, Lviv Virtuosos and many others. Next to the famous artists, young talented musicians at the beginning of their careers are invited to the festival too.

The program of the festival “Music in Old Cracow” includes wide range of music – from the oldest to contemporary. This year, we will listen to works by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Wojciech Kilar and Stanisław Moryto. The concerts will take place in various historical venues, which allows to see the most beautiful places in Cracow, in addition to musical impressions.

Full programme available athttp://www.mwsk.eu/ 

Warsaw | 15th "Chopin and His Europe" Festival


The 15th "Chopin and His Europe" Festival – one of the most important international music projects to familiarize audiences with the Polish composer’s œuvre – will take place between 14 August and 1 September in Warsaw.

In accordance with its title, the Festival showcases Fryderyk Chopin’s œuvre in the context of ‘his’ Europe, understood in four perspectives: Europe contemporary to him, pre-Chopin Europe, Europe after the great master’s death and, finally, the Europe of our time. For this reason, aside from works by Chopin himself, the repertoire played at the Festival also includes the music that inspired him, works by composers younger than he, and the reception of Chopin’s œuvre in music contemporary to us. An essential aesthetic premise of the program is to present and confront two performance movements: performance on historical and modern instruments. At the same time, of extraordinary significance is the presence of the most distinguished pianists, orchestras and ensembles – representing both the international and the Polish music world – at the Festival. Supported by the interpretations of the masters, the Festival also creates an opportunity for young artists now debuting on the concert stage to perform in such prestigious company.

Flis and The Haunted Manor in the concert version, vocal lyric, piano pieces, The Fairy Tale symphonic overture, as well as Józef Nowakowski's and Henryk Melcer's arrangements of songs and fragments of Halka. Of key importance for the "Chopin and his Europe" Festival are also high-class performances of contemporary Polish music, including works by Witold Lutosławski, Andrzej Panufnik, Krzysztof Penderecki and Mieczysław Weinberg, whose 100th birthday falls this year.

Full programme available at: https://festiwal.nifc.pl/pl 

Warsaw | WarszeMuzik 2019


Next edition of the WarszeMuzik festival – a series of chamber concerts in preserved pre-war courtyards in the Warsaw ghetto area – will take place between 10 August and 1 September 2019.

This year concerts will take place at 41 Chłodna Street and next to the Umschlagplatz monument at Stawki Street. There will also be a walking tour through the Wola district entitled "In the footsteps of Weinberg" lead by Warsaw activist Aleksandra Stefaniak.

During the inaugural concert, Hashtag Ensemble will present improvisations to photographic scores consisting of archival photographs from the collections of the Jewish Historical Institute. On 11 August, pianists Tymoteusz Bies and Piotr Sałajczyk will perfrom works by Mieczysław Weinberg, Franz Schubert, Dmitrij Szostakowicz and Władysław Szpilman. On 17 and 18 August, Marek Bracha – pianist and curator of the festival, will perform a recital composed of mazurkas written by Polish composers of Jewish origin: Maria Szymanowska, Józef Wieniawski, Aleksander Tansman, Mieczysław Weinberg and Władysław Szpilman.

The world premiere of the Concerto for flute, piano and strings (2019) by Mikołaj Majkusiak will take place on 24 August. The work inspired by the compositional style of Mieczysław Weinberg, containing a quote from his 21st Symphony "Kaddish", is dedicated to the curators of WarszeMuzik. One more premiere will be featured in the final concert: A piece for tenement house, 4 gramophones and chamber ensemble by Agnieszka Stulgińska, composer-in-residence at WarszeMuzik 2019. The work will be performed by Hashtag Ensemble, residents of the house at 41 Chłodna Street and activists. The performance is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme available athttp://www.warszemuzik.org/ 

"Sacrum Non Profanum" International Music Festival

Sacrum non Profanum

The International Music Festival "Sacrum Non Profanum" will be held on 8-17 August 2019.

The festival has been organized since 2005 by the Pomeranian Association of Instrumentalists 'Academia'. Every year, one of the outstanding Polish composers is the patron of the undertaking. This year's edition will be dedicated to Stanisław Moniuszko. Festival events will be held, among others, in the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin, the Cathedral Basilica of St James the Apostle in Szczecin, the Castle Opera, the House of Culture of the "13 Muses", the Castle of Pomeranian Dukes, as well as the famous Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Berlin, where the Litanies of Ostra Brama and Organ Prelude on the theme of 'Lenten Lamentations' will be performed by German, Ukrainian and Polish artists.

The programme of the festival includes pieces of contemporary music intertwined with the classics of bygone eras. This year's edition will feature about five hundred artists, including the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, who celebrates 50th anniversary. The world-famous musicians will perform, among others, >Quartet for 4 Saxophones Op. 65 a by Krzysztof Meyer. On 13 August in the '13 Muses' House of Culture, there will be a concert organised in cooperation with the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center as part of the "Music of our times" programme, which promote music of young Polish composers performed by young instrumentalists. The repertoire will include pieces by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Roksana Wawrzyniecka, Marek Pasieczny, Paweł Sławiński and Marcin Jachim. Participants of the International Music Workshop – members of the three brass bands from Belarus, Germany and Poland – will perform arrangements of Moniuszko's songs in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Church in Łobez and during the open-air final concert in front of the famous ruins of St. Nicholas Church in Trzęsacz.

Festival concerts will be accompanied by fringe events (film screenings, exhibitions and scientific conference).

Full programme available athttp://sacrumnonprofanum.eu/ 

Warsaw | August Afternoons with Sinfonia Varsovia


Every weekend at 4:00 p.m. Sinfonia Varsovia invites you to "Summer Concets at Grochowska Street" – a series of themed chamber music concerts. In August, they represent two streams: "Old Warsaw" and "Improvisation".

Saturday's meetings will feature music of old Warsaw – songs from the 1920s and 1930s as well as works popular among Varsovians in the first half of the twentieth century. The programme will include compositions from the repertoire of the piano duo composed of Witold Lutosławski and Andrzej Panufnik, who performed in cafes in Warsaw during the occupation. Among the performers, there will be Il Canto vocal ensemble, Camerata Vistula with cellist Anna Wróbel and Emilia Sitarz and Bartłomiej Wąsik as Lutosławski Piano Duo.

Sundays will be filled with partly improvised music, including repertoire from different eras. Theere will be medieval songs, baroque concerti grossi, music of French harpsichordists and arrangements of works by Krzysztof Penderecki. Performers of the young generation – harpsichordist Stanisław Łopuszyński and Cornu Copiae baroque orchestra with Karolina Habało – as well as recognized charismatic ensemble Atom String Quartet will perform on stage.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

2nd cycle of "Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers"

Czas Sztuki

The second cycle of concerts "Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers" organized by the "Czas Sztuki" Foundation will be held betweeen on 4 August and 8 September 2019.

The inauguration concerts will take place at 10 p.m. in the gazebo in front of the church of St. Adalbert Bishop and Martyr in Jeruzal and at 6 p.m. in the City Park in Kałuszyn. The Time Quartet will perform works by great composers like Antonio Vivaldi, Johannes Brahms, Mikołaj Rimski-Korsakow, Aleksander Borodin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss as well as the arrangaments of popular songs by such artists as ABBA, Metallica, Michael Jackson and others.

In case of bad weather condition, the concert in Jeruzal will take place at 12 p.m. in the Church and the programme will cover the most beautiful classical and liturgical works, and the concert at 6 p.m. will take place at the Cultural Center in Kałaszyn.

This year's "Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers" is a series of five concerts of classical and jazz music, which take place in very small towns in the Mińsk, Szydłowiecki and Siedlce districts, where residents are deprived of cultural offer and access to cultural goods. The concerts will take place in churches and cultural centers, which are the only places in this area that gather the majority of the local community. The repertoire  of each concert is adapted to the mentality and needs of the target group. The programme will cover works by composers from various eras, including works by Polish composers: Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Maciej Batora.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Admission to the concerts is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/Mazowieckie-Muzyczne-Spotkania-bez-Barier-2242077129152441/