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Oratorio concerts to mark the 5th death anniversary of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

Koncerty oratoryjne z okazji 5. rocznicy śmierci H.M. Góreckiego w Krakowie

October 30th, 2015, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
October 31st, 2015, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Cracow
1 Zwierzyniecka Street
Philharmonic Hall

Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Antoni Wit – conductor
Urška Arlič Gololičič – soprano
Agnieszka Monasterska – alto
Rafał Bartmiński – tenor
Jarosław Bręk – bass


Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
Symphony No. 3 Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, Op. 36 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Requiem in D minor K. 626

More information: www.filharmonia.krakow.pl

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Jerzy Kornowicz – new Director of the “Warsaw Autumn”

Jerzy Kornowicz

The competition for the post of Director of the “Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music was adjudicated on 22nd October 2015.

Having interviewed the three candidates shortlisted for the second stage, the nine-strong Competition Jury endorsed the candidacy of Jerzy Kornowicz as the new Festival director. The Presidium of the Polish Composers’ Union Management Board accepted the Jury’s recommendation. The new director will begin his tenure with the task of programming the “Warsaw Autumn” festival to be held in 2017.

The competition was held in accordance with the Act on Organising and Conducting Cultural Activity of 25th October 1991 – despite the fact that non-governmental entities are not obliged to follow this Act. By observing the Act’s regulations, the Polish Composers’ Union manifests the transparency of its decisions and upholds the standards of public knowledge with regard to the decision-making process. The “Warsaw Autumn” Festival, organised by the Union since its inception in 1956, is an element of national cultural-musical heritage, and the Polish Composers’ Union has a strong public mandate to continue its work on the Festival.

Members of the Competition Jury: Marta Szoka, Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Krzysztof Baculewski, Marek Chołoniewski, Eugeniusz Knapik, Mieczysław Kominek, Andrzej Kosowski, Tomasz Thun-Janowski, and Tadeusz Wielecki.

More information: www.zkp.org.pl

Szymanowski & Debussy

Meccore String Quartet - Szymanowski & Debussy

Concert promoting
a new CD of
Meccore String Quartet

The National Museum in Warsaw
3 Jerozolimskie Street
Main Hall

25th October
6:15 p.m.


Claude Debussy:
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Karol Szymanowski:
String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 37
Edward Grieg:

String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27

Organisers:  The National Museum in Warsaw, Warner Music Poland


Admission free

More infromation: www.mnw.art.pl

Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC is the media partor of the event.

Premiere of 'A Wedding in Ojców' in Lusławice

Wesele w Ojcowie

Karol Kurpiński, Józef Damse
A Wedding in Ojców
(Orig. title: Wesele w Ojcowie) –
first Polish national ballet

24th October, 2015
7 p.m.
The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music

Choreography and staging by Leszek Rembowski
Assistant choreographer: Dariusz Brojek
Set and costumes designer: Zofia de Ines
Music director: Maciej Tworek
Cracovia Danza Court Ballet
Cracow Music Academy Chamber Orchestra
Magdalena Wieczorek-Duchewicz (vocals)

Ardente Sole Foundation,
Cracovia Danza Court Ballet

Event partners:
Cracow Music Academy,
The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music 

More infromation and tickets' reservation: www.penderecki-center.pl/en

5th HMG Festival

Międzynarodowy Festiwal Muzyki Współczesnej im. Henryka Mikołaja Góreckiego 2015
5th International Contemporary Music Festival

of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

23rd-25th October, 2015

9:45 a.m.
'Florianka' Recital Hall
of the Academy of Music in Kraków
8 Basztowa Street

SESSION I: Chamber music of the Kraków Composers School Part 1
SESSION II: Chamber music of the Kraków Composers School Part 2
SESSION III: Chamber music: Pärt, Szymański
Discussion Panel: Contemporary Chamber music

7 p.m.
Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology
26 Konopnickiej Street

Wojciech Blecharz - Hour/Plateau for wind quintet, space, light and video (2015) – world premiere (commissioned within the “Collections Priority: Composing Commissions” programme, run by the Institute of Music and Dance)
Rafał Augustyn - Rondeau (2015) – Polish premiere
Mikołaj Majkusiak - Concerto in Air (2014) (commissioned by the MusMA Festival and ‘Wratislavia Cantans’)
Piotr Ślęczek - A Song of the New Order (2015) – world premiere

5 p.m.
Chruch of St. Anne
11 St. Anne Street
Arvo Part - Fratres P
aweł Mykietyn - String Quartet No. 2
Alvin Lucier - Navigations for string quartet Paweł Szymański – Four Pieces na kwartet

Admission free

Festival organiser: Fundacja Pro Musica NOVA
Conference organiser: Faculty of Theory and Interpretation of Musical Composition of the Academy of Music in Kraków

More information: www.hmgfestival.pl

Seong-Jin Cho won the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition

Seong-Jin Cho
On 20 October, the final-round auditions of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition were completed. The 17-person jury, led by Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, awarded prizes and honorable mentions.


1st prize and gold medal - Seong-Jin Cho

2nd prize and silver medal - Charles Richard-Hamelin

3rd prize and bronze medal - Kate Liu

4th prize - Eric Lu

5th prize - Yike (Tony) Yang

6th prize - Dmitry Shishkin


Aljoša Jurinić, Aimi Kobayashi, Szymon Nehring, Georgijs Osokins.


Fryderyk Chopin Society Prize for best performance of a polonaise - Seong-Jin Cho

Polish Radio Prize for best performance of mazurkas - Kate Liu

Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata - Charles Richard-Hamelin

More information / source: www.chopincompetition2015.com

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Messiaen, Stachowski – Masters and Their Pupils

Messiaen, Stachowski – Mistrzowie i ich uczniowie

„Florianka” Recital Hall
of the Academy of Music in Kraków
8 Basztowa Street

October 22nd, 2015

6 p.m.
Meeting with Iradj Sahbai,
student of Olivier Messiaen,
led by Jerzy Stankiewicz

7 p.m.
Concert led by Marcel Chyrzyński,
Sound and Sense Ensemble (France) – performers

Marek Stachowski
Three Interludes for clarinet and piano (2001)
Marcel Chyrzyński
Quasi Kwazi III for clarinet (1998)
Wojciech Widłak
Idillio for soprano and piano (2011)
Olivier Messiaen
Petites esquisses d'oiseaux for piano (1985)
Paul Méfano
Deux instantanées for percussion (2005)
Iradj Sahbai
Phénix for soprano, piano, bass clarinet and percussion (2014)

Department of Composition of the Academy of Music in Kraków,
Polish Composers' Union – Kraków Branch,
City of Kraków 

Entry free

More information: www.amuz.krakow.pl