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Gdańsk | 12th Gdańsk Art of Accordion Music Interpretation

Gdańska Sztuka interpretacjiConcerts of the 12th edition of the Gdańsk Art of Accordion Music Interpretation will be held on 10-13 December 2021, presenting avant-garde works by contemporary composers, classical accordion literature and transcriptions.

The programme of this year's edition includes contemporary music workshops for children and youth, which will take place on 10 December at the Culture City Institue in Gdańsk. Classes will be led by members of the Zagan Acoustic ensemble: Joachim Łuczak (violin), Paweł Zagańczyk (accordion) and cellist Nikola Freda. Applications at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A concert of Polish accordion music performed by accordion virtuosos – lecturers of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music, Cezary Paciorek and Paweł Zagańczyk – will take place at the Baltic Sea Cultural Center on 13 December at 6 p.m. We will hear the premiere of works by Cezary Paciorek and Krzysztof Olczak. Andrzej Krzanowski's Autumn Impressions will be a rare opportunity to listen to bass accordion.

Co-financed by the City of Gdańsk.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Opole | Opera at Philharmonic: "The Haunted Manor"

FOAs part of its 70th anniversary season, the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic invites you on 10 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. and on 11 December 2021 at 6.00 p.m. to the concert performances Stanisław Moniuszko's The Haunted Manor.

The action of the four-act opera composed to the libretto by Jan Chęciński takes place in the first half of the 18th century. It tells the sotry about two brothers, Zbigniew and Stefan, who – after having finished their service in the army – return to their homeland with the intention to remain bachelors. The author of the work, despite the experience of studying and working abroad, made the decision to return to his homeland (which at that time did not exist on maps), and through his operas he criticized the society and illustrated social conflicts. The Haunted Manor, written at the beginning of the 1860s, became a patriotic manifesto, and for this reason it was banned by the censorship.

This legendary work will be performed by the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra and the Silesian Opera Choir under the baton of Tadeusz Kozłowski, who this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of his artistic activity. As soloists will perform: Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (Hanna), Monika Ledzion-Porczyńska (Jadwiga), Paweł Skałuba (Stefan), Adam Woźniak (Zbigniew), Anna Borucka (Cześnikowa), Leszek Skrla (Miecznik), Wołodymyr Pańkiw (Skołuba), Albert Memeti (Damazy), Stanisław Duda (Maciej), Iwona Noszczyk (Marta), Michał Bagniewski (Grześ), Jolanta Wyszkowska (Old Woman).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

Popko / Thieu-Quang at RDC Radio

Popko Popko / Thieu-Quang duo will perform on 9 December 2021 at 6.00 p.m. in the broadcasting studio of Radio dla Ciebie (RDC) as part of the "Kwarantanna w Hi-Fi" [Quatantine in Hi-Fi] project. All concerts in this series are broadcast on RDC radio, its website, mobile application and YouTube channel.

Pianist Paweł Popko and clarinetist Piotr Thieu-Quang will present works by Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Tadeusz Baird, Witold Lutosławski and Feliks Mendelssohn. At the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in 2021, the musicians received an honourable mention, as well as two special prizes: for the best performance of a composition written after 1945 and a special prize in the form of year-long patronage/media support – both sponsored by the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Pianist Paweł Popko graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. He also completed Postgraduate Studies in Cultural Management at the Warsaw School of Economics. Paweł Popko has won many awards at international competitions, including the 1st prize at the International Music Forum in Mäntta, Finland, and the 3rd prize at the 5th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in St. Petersburg. He frequently performs at festivals in Poland and abroad. Piotr Thieu-Quang is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. He is a winner of numerous national and international solo and chamber competitions, with the most important ones being the International Clarinet Competition in Warsaw (2016 – 1st prize in the chamber ensembles category), 8th West Pomeranian Clarinet Festival (2018 – 3rd prize), 17th Academic Clarinet Competition in Włoszakowice (2018 – 2nd prize and three special prizes), 12th National Competition of Chamber Ensembles of Wind Instruments in Warsaw (2019 – 1st prize). As a soloist and chamber musician, he has given concerts in Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Belgium and Portugal. In 2019 he toured South Africa promoting the music of Polish composers, including Paweł Mykietyn and Wojciech Chałupka.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Gdańsk | 15 Quartets for the 15th Anniversary of NeoQuartet

NeoquartetThe NeoArte Association and NeoQuartet are announcing a competition for a composition for string quartet with electronics (optionally with a video layer) as part of the project "15 Quartets for the 15th Anniversary of NeoQuartet". The deadline for submitting works is 28 November 2021.

The final of the project "15 Quartets for the 15th Anniversary of NeoQuartet" will be held on 9-12 December 2021 in Gdańsk. During the three days of concerts, NeoQuartet will perform 15 quartets written for the ensemble in 2021 by composers from around the world, including Poland, South Korea, Germany, Slovakia, Iran, Norway and Finland.

An integral part of the project is the international composition competition (for artists up to 35 years of age) to write an electro-acoustic string quartet. Three winning compositions will be performed on 9 December 2021 at 8.00 p.m. in the Artists' Colony in Gdańsk.

The competition is co-financed by the City of Gdansk and the Pomeranian Voivodeship.

More information: https://neoarte.pl/projekty/konkurs-kompozytorski/ 

Warsaw | 30th Portraits of Composers

PortretyThe 30th edition of "Portraits of Composers" will be held on 9-10 December 2021 at 6.30 p.m. at PROM Kultury Saska Kępa at 23 Brukselska St. in Warsaw.

The "Portraits of composers" festival have been organized by the Polish Composers' Union since 1988. Every year it presents chamber works by several contemporary composers. This year, the festival will feature works by Mateusz Ryczek and Tomasz Skweres, who will also perform in both concerts as a cellist.

Mateusz Ryczek is a winner of numerous composition competitions, his works are performed at concerts and festivals in Poland and abroad. The concert on 9 December will feature the premiere of his Fairy Tales for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, viola and piano. Tomasz Skweres is a composer living in Austria and Germany. He is also a winner of many composition competitions. He composes music commissioned by festivals and ensembles, both Austrian, German and Polish. The works by both composers will be performed by the excellent singer Joanna Freszel, cellist Tomasz Skweres and the Slovak ensemble QUASARS under the direction of Ivan Buffy.

"Portraits of composers" were financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. Admission to the concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programmehttps://www.zkp.org.pl/

Bydgoszcz | 12th International Competition for Young Pianists "Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam"

Rubionstein12th International Competition for Young Pianists „Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam” will be held from 7 to 13 December 2021 in Bydgoszcz – in a city known as the „City of Music”, with great cultural and artistic traditions.

The competition programme is extremely demanding and includes pieces that Artur Rubinstein had in his piano repertoire. In addition to the six main financial prizes, the winners receive the Chopin Prize, the Special Prize for the best performance of a piece by Karol Szymanowski, the Special "Ruby" Prize for the youngest laureate of the competition, the Special Prize for the artistic personality of the competition, the Award of the Director of the Competition Ewa Stąporek-Pospiech for the best performance of a concert with orchestra, as well as awards in the form of concerts and scholarships. The final performances of the pianists will be held at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic (11-12 December) with the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra.

On 7 December Szymon Nehring will perform the opening recital, presenting music by Chopin and Szymanowski.

International Competition for Young Pianists „Artur Rubinstein in memoriam” is one of the most important music competitions for young pianists. The honorary chairman of the Competition is Ewa Rubinstein - the daughter of the great pianist. The competition has been organized since 1993 by the State Music School Complex Artur Rubinstein in Bydgoszcz and the Mozart Society in Bydgoszcz with the participation of: the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport in Warsaw, the Marshal’s Office of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship in Toruń, the City Hall of Bydgoszcz. The competition is recommended by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sports. In 2000, the competition was entered into the European Association of Music Competitions for Young People (EMCY).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Rules and regulations: www.konkurs-rubinstein.bydgoszcz.pl 

Warsaw | 3rd Eufonie International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe: Concert of Olga and Natalia Pasiecznik

EufonieAn evening for soprano and piano at the 3rd Eufonie Festival is still ahead of us – Olga and Natalia Pasiecznik will perform a special vocal recital in the Ballroom of the Royal Castle in Warsaw on 5 December 2021 at 7.30 p.m. (postponed from 21 November).

The idea of the festival is to popularize the cultural heritage of most countries known today as Central and Eastern Europe: from the Balkans, through Romania and Austria, the Visegrad Group countries, Ukraine and Belarus, to the Baltic States. This area is an extremely interesting melting pot whose complexity can be discovered through the variety of the presented compositions and artists. The honorary patrons of this year's festival are ambassadors of thirteen countries of the region: Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. The director of the festival is Prof. Rafał Wiśniewski, and the chairman of the Programme Council – Dr Mieczysław Kominek, president of the Polish Composers' Union.

The Pasiecznik sisters do not need to be introduced to the admirers of contemporary music. It was with Olga in mind that Paweł Szymański composed his two-act opera Qudsja Zaher; Krzysztof Knittel writes especially for her. She has sung on the stages of the most prestigious opera houses in the world and has recorded over 50 albums. She performs in a repertoire comprising pieces from various eras, from the Renaissance to the present day, as well as in recitals with Russian and Ukrainian songs, accompanied by her sister Natalia on the piano. At the Eufonie Festival, the Pasiecznik sisters will perform songs by Jean Sibelius and Ukrainian composers, Viktor Kosenko and Mykola Lysenko.

The Eufonie International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe is organized by the National Centre for Culture with funds of the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Programme: http://eufonie.pl/ 

Łódź | 78th Musica Moderna Session

AMOn 5-9 December 2021 the Department of Composition of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź and the Polish Composers' Union will host the 78th Musica Moderna session – a celebration of contemporary music in Łódź.

The programme of this year's session included a symphonic concert, a performance of Anna Kwiatkowska / Mikołaj Pałosz duo, the final concert of the 6th "Moja (mi)nuta" Youth Composition Competition, an evening with electronic and electroacoustic music, and a traditional concert "Young Composers, Young Performers", presenting new works by composition students of the Academy of Music in Łódź. The four days event will feature pieces by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Anahita Abbasi, Matthias Pintscher, Mathias Spahlinger, Zdzisław Szostak, Artur Zagajewski, Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, Olga Hans and Maciej Kabza, and others.

Tickets for the inaugural concert are available for purchase at the ticket office of the Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Łódź, admission to other events is free.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Programme: https://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/78-sesja-musica-moderna 

Warsaw | Gala Concert of Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020

WWECCThe Warsaw Wind Music Association invites you to the Gala Concert of the International Composition Contest for  Wind Orchestra – Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020, which will take place on Sunday, 5 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the "Alternatywy" Culture Centre in Ursynów in Warsaw (9 I. Gandhi St.). The concert will feature the premiere of works by the Competition Winners in the international and Polish categories, as well as distinguished works.

Compositions awarded in the 1st (international) Competition category will be performed by the Concert Orchestra of the Representative Artistic Ensemble of the Polish Army under the baton of Lt. Marcin Ślązak. Compositions awarded in the 2nd (Polish) Competition category will be performed by the Representative Orchestra of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences under the baton of Chris David Westover (USA) – the winner of the Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2019. Among the awarded composers from Poland are: Marcin Molski (1st place), Krzysztof Falkowski (2nd place), Wojciech Zwierniak (3rd place), Tomasz Labuń, Piotr Sarnecki and Bartłomiej Szułakiewicz (distinctions).

The event will be combined with the Gala Concert of the International Competition for Conductors of Brass Orchestras – Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2021. The concert will feature the winners of the Competition, the final stage of which will take place on the same day from 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the "Alternatyty" Culture Centre in Ursynów. The event will be open to the public and broadcast online on the Competition website and on social media. The gala will be available on the YouTube channel of the Warsaw Wind Music Association.

The event is organized by the Warsaw Wind Music Association, PWM Edition and the "Alternatywy" Culture Centre in Ursynów. Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme, carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.