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The nominees for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2019 award has been announced!


The laureates of the 9th edition of the Coryphaeus Polish Music Award will be announced during a gala ceremony at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw on 1 October 2019 – the International Music Day. The winners selected by the Polish music community will receive statuettes in the categories: 'Personality of the Year', 'Event of the Year', 'Honorary Award' and 'Discovery of the Year'.

On 13 September 2019, the Programme Board for Music of the Institute of Music and Dance selected nominees in all categories from 127 submitted nominations.

Nominees in the category 'Personality of the year':

  • Łukasz Długosz – flautist;
  • Jakub Józef Orliński – counter-tenor;
  • Martyna Pastuszka – violinist;
  • Maciej Prochaska – musicologist;
  • Aga Zaryan – jazz vocalist.

Nominees in the category 'Event of the Tear':

  • Prince Władysław Lubomirski Festival;
  • Kromer Biecz Festival;
  • 10/40 Kwartet w Muzeach;
  • Moniuszko for the World;
  • Moniuszko. Halka.
Nominees in the category 'Discovery of the Year':
  • Zuzanna Budzyńska i Szymon Ogryzek – chamber musicians;
  • Janusz Olejniczak – radio music promoter;
  • Jakub Józef Orliński – counter-tenor;
  • Tomasz Ritter – pianist;
  • Sasha Strunin – jazz vocalist.

Due to the nature of the Honorary Award, the winner's name will not be announced until the awards gala, but the candidates will be voted by the Electoral College. From 16 to 19 September 16-19, the audience will vote in the 'Discovery of the Year' category at www.koryfeusz.org.pl. A secret ballot will be held by the Electoral College, which will select the winners in the other three categories.

The voting results will be announced during the gala concert on 1 October 2019 at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw. The winners will receive the Coryphaeus statuette designed by Prof. Adam Myjak. The financial awards are funded by the ZAiKS Association of Authors and the STOART Association of Performing Artists. The event is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance and Polish Radio Programme 2.

More information about the nominees atwww.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Bydgoszcz | 57th Bydgoszcz Music Festival

Bydgoski Festiwal

57th edition of the Bydgoszcz Music Festival will take place on 20 September – 11 October 2019 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic, featuring ten concerts under the slogan "Contrasts – songs from different sides".

The festival will present vocal and instrumental works of different eras, incuding less known but extremely attractive genres of music – from songs from the Okinawa island region in Japan, through the presentation of songs inspired by the Kashubian folklore (the premiere of the cycle of twelve Kashubian songs God's Will by Łukasz Godyla), to the performance of the original "Zaboracy' Folk Theater from Brusy. A separate concert will be dedicated to the cantatas of Stanisław Moniuszko. During the "Silver Screen Vocals" concert, which will be accompanied by live visualizations, we will listen to music by Fryderyk Chopin, Wojciech Kilar, Michał Lorenc and Krzesimir Dębski. The "Evening of Songs", held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music, will including works by Karol Szymanowski (Four Polish Dances, Penthesilea) and Witold Lutosławski (Chantefleurs et Chantefables).

Among the performers, there will be outstanding Polish and foreign musicians, including the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic Choir in Katowice, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir of the European Art Center, the Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra, the Astrolabium Choir from Toruń, the Chamber Choir of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the Taras Shevchenko National Opera Choir of Ukraine, the famous group L'Arpeggiata with their latest project Himmelsmusik (the Polish premiere will take place in Bydgoszcz) and a group of internationally renowned conductors and soloists.

Full programme available at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

Zielona Góra | Inauguration of the 2019/2020 season


The inauguration concert of the 2019/2020 season of the Tadeusz Baird Zielona Góra Philharmonic will take place on 20 September 2019 at 7 p.m., featuring works by Franz Liszt, Sergey Rachmaninov and Mieczysław Weinberg.

In 2019, 100 years have passed since the birth of Mieczysław Weinberg – Polish composer whose music remained little known for many years. Today, his works are admiried in the musical world. While remaining in the neo-romantic aesthetics, he created his own characteristic musical language. Polish melodies, Op. 47 No. 2 for rochestra were composed in 1950 as an expression of longing for the homeland, which the composer left in 1939. They are written in a simple, folcloric style, with references to such dances as oberek, krakowiak, kujawiak, and polonaise. At the outbreak od WWII Weinberg moved to Minsk to continue his musical studies started in Poland, and since 1943 he lived in Moscow. The greatest popularity brought him the score written for the film The Cranes are Flying, awarded the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 1958.

During the inaugural concert, we will also listen to Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Op. 45. The Symphony Orchestra of the Zielona Góra Philharmonic will be conducted by Czesław Grabowski. Pianist Karol Radziwonowicz will perform as a soloist.

More information at: http://filharmoniazg.pl/ 

Rzeszów | 1st Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music

Konkurs Moniuszki

The Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów will take place on 20-27 September 2019. It is a new cultural initiative which purpose is to promote Polish music around the world and make the listeners realise the quality and significance of the musical legacy of Stanisław Moniuszko and many other distinguished Polish composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The first edition of the Competition is intended for two categories of participants – pianists and chamber ensembles. The programme will include works mainly from the 19th and 20th century, selected from the works of 50 Polish composers.

Competition auditions will be held at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów on 21-26 September 2019, and the winners' concert – on 27 September. The performers will be the Artur Malawski Philharmonic Orchestra  in Rzeszów under the direction of Jerzy Salwarowski and Tomasz Chmiel as well as the winners of the competition. The event will be repeated on 29 September at the National Philharmonic.

The competition is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. The event is co-organized by the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów. The first edition of the Competition is held under the National Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda in the 100th Anniversary of Independence.

More information at: www.konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl 

Warsaw | 62nd International Festival Of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn"


The 62nd edition of the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music will take place on 20-28 September 2019 under the slogan "Pneuma – ExpandedReality". The festival features over 50 events, including 29 in the main thread, two within Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club, seven at Little Warsaw Autumn, and a dozen fringe events.

This year’s "Warsaw Autumn" concludes a specific triptych of ideas that inspired our programmes between 2017 and 2019. 2017’s “Trans/avant-garde” addressed musical radicalism and various avant-garde movements with their social agendas. 2018’s “Res Publica” tackled different aspects of identity, shaping our consciousness, including national and social. 2019’s “Pneuma” nurtures the nature of the undefined. Regardless of its themes, "Warsaw Autumn" is primarily an overview of new music from recent years, with references to twentieth-century music.

The main thread of the Festival will feature eleven first performances of works by Monika Dalach, Magdalena Długosz, Paweł Hendrich, Zygmunt Krauze, Cécile Marti, Adrián Mocanu, Piotr Roemer, Agnieszka Stulgińska, Piotr Tabakiernik, Tadeusz Wielecki, and Sławomir Wojciechowski. Further premieres will be featured at Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club and Little Warsaw Autumn. Especially interesting will be two large musical shows: Aperghis’s Thinking Things presented by IRCAM; and Rønsholdt’s Gaze for Gaze celebrated by the Danish ensemble SCENATET, the VRC choir and …the audience. One of the Festival’s threads will be the music of Swiss female composers: Cécile Marti and Katharina Rosenberger, featured in a spectacular concert of the Basel Sinfonietta, as well as Icelandic female composers: Thurídur Jónsdóttir and Bára Gísladóttir, whose works are included in the opening and final concert.

Full programme available at: http://www.warszawska-jesien.art.pl/wj2019/home-2019 

Łódź | International Symposium for Wind Instruments

Am Łódź

On 23-24 September 2019, the Academy of Music in Łódź will host the International Symposium for Wind Instruments. The event dedictaed to the art of orchestral parts performance will feature lectures, presentations, master classes and public concerts with the participation of specialists from Germany and Poland.

The concerts will include transcriptions and original works written for tuba, natural horns, flugelhorns and piccolo trumpets. On the first evening, the artists will present baroque, classical and contemporary music for trumpet and horns, including Musica Festiva II for brass trio by contemporary composer from Łódź, Olga Hans. The second evening will be dominated by music for tuba and trombone, featuring compositions and arrangements by Øystein Baadsvik, Gary A. Buttery, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Launa Grøndahl, Stjepan Šulek and Erik Ewazen.

In addition, on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the participants will have a chance to take part in public presentations and exhibitions of musical instruments and publications.

More information athttp://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/miedzynarodowe-sympozjum-dla-instrumentow-detych 

Jelenia Góra | Music of our times


On 20 September 2019 at 7 p.m., the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra invites you to a concert of proMODERN sextet.

The proMODERN vocal sextet specializes in contemporary music performance, and the ensemble's concerts are distinguished by passion, perfection and creativity. proMODERN has won four 'Fryderyk' awards of the Phonographic Academy: in 2015 in the categories 'The best recording of Polish music' and 'Album of the year: choral, oratorio and opera music' for their debut album Where are you. Pieces from Warsaw, and in 2018 in the categories 'Album of the year: contemporary music' and again 'The best recording of Polish music' for the second album – proMODERN shakespired. In 2018, the sextet was nominated for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award in the category 'Discovery of the Year' for the performance of Stimmung by Karlheinz Stockhausen at he KODY festival in Lublin.

During the concert in Jelenia Góra, the ensemble will perform works by Polish composers of the 20th and 21st centuries: Krzysztof Penderecki, Rafał Ryterski, Piotr Tabakiernik, Jagoda Szmytka, Aleksander Kościów and Witold Lutosławski.

Full programme available at: http://filharmonia.jgora.pl/ 

38th International Festival "Chopin in the Colors of Autumn"

Chopin w barwach jesieni

The 38th International Festival 'Chopin in the Colors of Autumn' will take place in Ostrów Wielkopolski and Antonin between 19 and 22 September 2019.

The inauguration concert will take place at the Ostrów Cultural Center, featuring the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz. The 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko will be honored with the performance of Mazur from the opera Halka. The programme will also include Łukasz Krupiński's rendition of Piano Concerto in A minor by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Ingolf Wunder's rendition of Frederic Chopin's Concerto in E minor, Op. 11 and Allegro de concert in A major, Op. 46 arrangeed for piano and symphony orchestra.

During the next three festival days at the Hunting Palace of the Radziwiłł Princes in Antonin we will have a chance to listen to, among others, songs by Chopin, Perkowski, Karłowicz, Malawski, Moniuszko, Niewiadomski and Szymanowski performed by soprano Edyta Piasecka and pianist Bartłomiej Kominek. There will be a late evening concert with jazz music performed by Włodzimierz Nahorny Trio, who will present compositions inspired by the music of Chopin, Paderewski, Szymanowski and Komeda. The final concert will feature world renowned pianist Anna Malikova, graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, winner of the XII International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.

Full programme available at:  http://ckis.kalisz.pl/wydarzenia/38-miedzynarodowy-festiwal-chopin-w-barwach-jesieni/ 

Zabrze | 7th Krzysztof Penderecki International Festival – Level 320

Poziom 320

Wold-class artists – Cameron Carpenter, Rafael Payare, Jerzy Stuhr – will take part in the 7th Krzysztof Penderecki International Festival – level 320 in Zabrze on September 14-19, 2019.

The Festival will be inaugurated by Maestro Penderecki himself. He will conduct his Adagio from the Symphony No.3 for string orchestra and Mazur from Moniuszko's opera The Haunted Manor, in the year of the celebrations of the composer's 200th birth anniversary. Rafael Payare, director of the famous San Diego Symphony Orchestra, together with Sinfonietta Cracovia – who celebrates 25th anniversary this year – will interpret Penderecki's Symphony No. 4 'Adagio'  and Schuman's Symphony No. 4.

The concert on 15 September will feature Cameron Carpenter, whom the American press described as "one of the rare musicians who changes the game of his instrument". The artist will present his renditions of Bach, Poulenc and Penderecki, playing on specially constructed organs that he will bring to Zabrze. The Festival will end on 19 September with a famous interpretation of The double bass play by Patrick Süskind, directed and acted by Jerzy Stuhr. All events will take place 320 meters underground in the Guido Mine.

More information atwww.penderecki320.com