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Elias David Moncado wins the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition Toruń 2019

Konkurs Lipinskiego

The final auditions of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition took place on 12 October 2019 in the Concert Hall of the CKK Jordanki Cultural and Congress Center in Toruń.

Six violinists qualified to the third stage of the Competition were judged d by the international jury composed of: prof. Ilya Kaler – Chairman, prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, prof. Boris Kuschnir, prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky, dr Jakub Jakowicz and dr Mariusz Smolij.

By the decision of the jury of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition, the first prize of € 20,000 was awarded to Elias David Moncado (Germany), the second prize of € 15,000 was awarded to Robert Łaguniak (Poland), and the third prize of € 10,000 was awarded to Yumiko Yumiba (Japan). Honorable mentions of € 2,000 went to: Eimi Wakui (Japan), Mao Konishi (Japan) and Maya Levy (Belgium).

The Concert of Laureates took place on 13 October at the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall. The Grand Prix, the Nicolaus Copernicus Astrolabe made of silver, was handed to the first prize winner. The concert also premiered Paweł Riess's composition Essay for solo violin and string orchestra, awarded in the composers' competition in 2016. The work was performed by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra and violinist Adam Siebers under the baton of Maestro Mariusz Smolij.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://lipinski-competition.com/ 

Szczecin | Concert marking the 70th birthday and 50th anniversary of Piotr Moss's creative work

Piotr Moss

On 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m., the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin will host a concert to celebrate the 70th birthday and the 50th anniversary of creative work of the composer Piotr Moss.

Although his studies (with Grażyna Bacewicz, Piotr Perkowski and Nadia Boulanger) were influenced by the neoclassical trend, the composer himself is referred to as a neo-romantic. Searching for an individual style is not visible in form but in his musical expression. Piotr Moss is a versatile composer as he has written orchestral, sacral, chamber and solo pieces, but he also composed music for theatre along with wit jazz, literary and popular songs. He has won several dozen awards at composer competitions throughout Europe. He lives permanently in Paris, where in 2002 he was honoured with the Order of Arts and Letters.

During the upcoming concert, French clarinetist Jean-Marc Fessard and the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anna Duczmal-Mróz will perform a concert for clarinet and orchestra D'un silence ... by Piotr Moss as well as the Symphony in C major by Paul Dukas.

Information on tickets at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 

Katowice | Silesian Chamber Orchestra and Szymon Nehring


Pianist Szymon Nehring will perform on 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Silesian Philharmonic. The programme will include woks by Aleksander Lasoń, Fryderyk Chopin and Richard Strauss. 

The Silesian Chamber Orchestra will open the concert with Hymn and Aria for string orchestra by Aleksander Lasoń. The composer is strongly associated with Silesia and belongs to the so-called Generations '51, next to Eugeniusz Knapik and Andrzej Krzanowski. Lasoń dedicated Hymn and aria to his father Zygmunt, violinist. This work is a kind of dialogue between the two title parts – the hymn begins and ends the work, while the aria introduces a violin cantilena.

The programme will also include Richard Strauss' Metamorphosis for 23 string instruments TrV 290 and Piano Concerto in F minor Op. 21 by Frydeyrk Chopin. The soloist of the evening will be Szymon Nehring, winner of the most important piano competitions in the world – the International Chopin Piano Competition and the International Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Lublin | Symphonic Concert


The symphony concert on 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Lublin Philharmonic will feature Karol Szymanowski's Etude in B flat minor, Op. 4 No. 3 in the instrumentation by Grzegorz Fitelberg.

Hailed as the greatest Polish composer after Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski is an artist whose music is recognized throughout Europe. As a teenager, he composed four piano études, which mainly referred to the achievements of Frederic Chopin and Alexander Skriabin. Etude in B flat minor No. 3 has become particularly popular – often performed Igancy Jan Paderewski during recitals – characterized by a serious and dramatic expression. A few years later, this work was orchestrated by Grzegorz Fitelberg.

Of the 25 piano concertos of Wolfgang Amadeus ​​Mozart, XXII Piano concert in E flat major KV 482 refers to the general patterns of this genre developed by the composer. What is characteristic of Mozart's work in this area is the shape of the melody of the main theme – noble and decorative, musically "objective". During the upcoming concert, Elżbieta Karaś-Krasztel will perform as a soloist. The programme will be complemented by Symphony No. 4 in D minor by Robert Schumann, master of romantic cantilena. The Lublin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be directed by Piotr Wijatkowski.

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

Warsaw | Concert on the 25. Anniversary of Witold Lutosławski’s Death


The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra wants to pay tribute to Witold Lutosławski on the 25th anniversary of his death with a concert featuring two of his pieces from different periods of his life on 10 October 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio.

Witold Lutosławski is one of the most outstanding Warsaw-based composers of the 20th century. He was born in 1913 in the heart of the city, in Moniuszki Street (next to the Philharmonic), and lived in Marszałkowska Street, Langiewicza Street, Zwycięzców Street, and, finally, in a villa in the district of Żoliborz, in Śmiała Street. Graduate of Warsaw schools, University student, graduate of the Conservatory. In Warsaw, he used to perform at secret concerts during the occupation, took an active part in the reconstruction of musical life after the war, was a prominent figure at the prestigious “Warsaw Autumn” festival, and when he gained international fame, he hosted concerts of his own pieces, performed by the finest soloists. Warsaw is where he died (1994) and was buried. His body lies at the Powązki cemetery.

The programme will include the Small Suite from the beginning of the 1950s, when the composer successfully attempted at keeping his creative autonomy against the expectations of Communist authorities, creating music that was frequently based on “folk motifs”, but still retained the highest artistic level, and the late Piano Concerto, which combined all of the elements of Lutosławski’s technique with profound and extremely communicative expression. It should be emphasized that the soloist of the Concerto, internationally recognised Paweł Kowalski, is the first (after Krystian Zimmerman) performer of the piece, which he presented in 1989 in Warsaw, under the composer’s baton, and performed with great success a number of times later in Poland and abroad. The audience will also listen to Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird suite. The concert will be hosted by Marek Wroniszewski.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Warsaw | Erdödy Chamber Orchestra Anniversary Concert


The entire jubilee concert marking the 25th anniversary of the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra will be devoted to the Hungarian and Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The event will take place on 10 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Philharmonic as part of the "Orchestras of the World" series.

Miklós Rózsa, representing the generation that came after Bartók and Kodály, towards the end of the 1930s started to collaborate with film studios and in 1940 he settled in the United States. It was here that he wrote his famous sound tracks to such movies as The Jungle Book, The Thief of Bagdad, and Ben-Hur. In 1943, he composed his Concerto for String Orchestra, which contained allusions – in both form and character – to the Baroque concerto grosso with the added spice of Hungarian folk tropes.

The works of Rezső Sugára remain virtually unknown outside of Hungary. During the concert we will have an opportunity to listen to his neoclassical Divertimento from 1948. György Orbán is known mainly for his polystylistic choral music. His 2014 three-movement Sopra canti diversi, conceived especially for the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra, abounds in original chords and brings to the fore the sonic potential of the string orchestra.

The concert programme opens and ends with two works by Polish composers that have become permanent fixtures in the Orchestra’s repertoire: Szymon Laks’ colourful neoclassical Sinfonietta and Wojciech Kilar’s spectacular Orawa.

Piotr Maculewicz

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/ 

Laureates of the 16th International Kazimierz Serocki Composers' Competition 2019


A meeting of the Jury of the 16th International Kazimierz Serocki Composers' Competition was held in Radziejowice on 4-6 October  2019. 

144 scores were sent to the competition, which is held under the honorary patronage of the Polish Composers' Union. The jury composed of Fredrik Österling (Sweden), Paul Patterson (United Kingdom) and Dariusz Przybylski (Poland), awarded four prizes and three honorable mentions.

The first prize of PLN 13,000 was awarded to Jinseok Choi (South Korea) for the work Pathos. Adam Vilagi (Finland) received the second prize of PLN 8,000 for the work Directions. The third prize of PLN 4,000 was awarded to Hugh Collins Rici (Great Britain) for the work Canto Celato. Jinseok Choi was honored with the Special Award of the PWM Edition for the youngest laureate (a set of Polish contemporary scores).

Honorable mentions went to: Youngwoo Yoo (South Korea), Minzuo Lu (China) and Zhaoyu Zhang (China).

The awards were funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, ZAiKS Association of Authors, Wirold Lutosławski Society and the Association of Polish Musicians.

The laureates' concert, co-organized with the Polish Radio Programme 2, will take place on 30 November 2019 at the Witol Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert in Warsaw. The concert will be recorded and retransmitted in the Polish Radio Programme 2, and then offered to the broadcasters of the European Radio Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Elbląg | Elbląg Chamber Orchestra and "Cup of Time" Quartet


On 6 October 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Concert Hall of the Old Town Hall, the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra and the "Cup of time" quartet will delight music lovers with the most beautiful works of Polish music.

The concert will be a meeting of the orchestra musicians with the "Cup of time" quartet composed of: Agnieszka Cypryk (violin), Ryszard Borowski (flute), Krzysztof Lenczowski (cello) and Rafał Grzaka (accordion). Their album Cup of Time plays Namysłowski was chosen the album of the week by the Polish Radio Programme 2 and the jazz album of the year by the "HiFi" magazine.

The programme of the upcoming concert will include works of the greatest Polish composers, among others Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski, in the original arrangements by the Borowski-Lenczowski duo. There will also be works by "Namysłower" himself. The musicians will perform under the baton of Jarosław Praszczałek.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/ 

Warsaw | Generations XXII

Generacje XXII

A concert "Generations XXII" will take place on 6 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio.

The first edition of this cyclical event organized by the Polish Composers' Union, Polish Radio Programme 2 and the ZAiKS Association of Authors took place in 2003. "Generations" present various trends in new Polish music and creative attitudes of different generations.

The authors of the programme concept of the upcoming concert are Małgorzata Małaszko-Stasiewicz (Director, editor-in-chief of Programme 2 of Polish Radio), Dariusz Przybylski (composer, vice-chairman of the Section of Authors of Musical Works of the ZAiKS Association) and Tadeusz Wielecki (Polish Composers' Union). We will have a chance to listen to Charlie's Dream for saxophone and orchestra by Marta Ptaszyńska, Le Soleil for percussion and orchestra by Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, ... veritas odium parit for orchestra by Zofia Dowgiałło, Psychodrama for orchestra by Tadeusz Baird, and ..., meanwhile July is so (cruelly) beautiful ..., for soprano and orchestra by Bohdan Sehin. Sehin is a student of Mirosław Skoryk, Zbigniew Bujarski and Zygmunt Krauze, scholarship holder of the "Gaude Polonia" programme and the Friends of the "Warsaw Autumn" Foundation, artistic director of the International Master Courses for New Music in Kiev (COURSE).

The pieces will be presented by the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw conducted by Lilianna Krych. The soloists will be soprano Halina Dubitskaya, saxophonist Paweł Gusnar and drummer Miłosz Pękala.

Admission free!

More information at: http://www.studianagran.com.pl/newsy/generacje-xxii-1175.html