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Laureates of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2020

KoryfeuszOn 7 November 2020, during the awards gala on TVP Kultura, the winners of the 10th edition of the of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award organized by the Institute of Music and Dance, were announced. This year, for the first time in the history of the Award, the Gala was simultaneously broadcast live on television, radio and on the Internet. The award winners are:

Discovery of the Year: Aleksandra Olczyk – singer, for the special quality of vocal creation and the dynamics of artistic development. Personality of the Year: Lutosławski Piano Duo (Emilia Sitarz and Bartek Wąsik) – pianists, for their non-standard, audacious program and excellent class in interpreting works from various musical periods, including the newest ones. The Event of the Year: The premiere of the opera Drach by Aleksander Nowak during the AUKSODRONE Festival – for emphasizing the local dimensions in the universal impact, for the power of musical and cultural message. Honorary Award: Włodzimierz Nahorny – for the entirety of artistic activity.

The winners selected by the Polish music community were presented with statuettes designed by Professor Adam Myjak. The awards in the Personality of the Year category and the Honorary Award were accompanied by financial awards funded successively by the Union of Artists and Performers STOART and the Association of Authors ZAiKS.

The awards ceremony was accompanied by a concert performed by outstanding artists: Kayah, Katarzyna Moś, Joanna Zawartko, Igor Herbut, Andrzej Lampert, Adam Bałdych, Marta Wajdzik, the Polish Radio Choir and the Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus, all under the musical direction of Adam Sztaba. Works by Marek Stachowski, Stanisław Moniuszko, Adam Bałdych, Włodzimierz Nahorny and Czesław Niemen were performed. The gala was hosted by Katarzyna Sanocka and Radek Brzózka.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Source: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

"Contemporary music doesn’t bite": Alicja Gronau

PTMWThe Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites you on 10 November 2020 at 6.00 p.m. to an online meeting with renowned composer Alicja Gronau as part of the series „Contemporary music doesn’t bite!".

Alicja Gronau graduated theory of music (with prof. Witold Rudzinski), composition (with prof. Marian Borkowski) and Postgraduate Studies of Music Theory (all with distinctions) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (Poland). At present she is professor (Ph. Dr. Hab.) in that University, she’s head of Chair of Theory of Music and FCUM Doctoral Studies. Her pieces were awarded of many composing competitions at home and abroad. Her pieces were often performed during festivals in Poland and abroad. Her didactic and science activity is concentrated on creative teaching, Dalcroze Method, integrated education, complete music analysis, musical-movement analysis, studies in 20th century music, compositional workshop and technique.

We invite you to actively participate in the meeting with Alicja Gronau and ask your own questions! Please send them by email with the title "MWNG 2020" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10 November 3 p.m.

Due to the current pandemic situation, this year's meetings with contemporary music composers, members of the Polish Composers' Union, are held in the form of online broadcasts on the website www.ptmw.art.pl and on the Society's Facebook profile. The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Audio Stage 2020 – The Evening of Premieres!

AS The Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites you to the presentations of this year's edition of the "Audio Stage" project, combining contemporary music, theatre and dance. The Evening of Premieres of preludes and audio-stage works will take place on 8 November 2020 at 6.00 pm at the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw. The event will take place without the audience and will be streamed live at: www.ptmw.art.pl and https://www.facebook.com/ptmw1923/live_videos/

"Audio Stage" is one of the original, cyclical projects of the Polish Society for Contemporary Music. It consistently promotes experiment in performing arts, striving for close integration of music, theatre and dance. Audio-satge works are commissioned and presented in the interpretation of talented creators of various generations who are open to experiment.

The latest audio-stage works in the form of monodramas (each lasting 15-20 minutes) were created by composers and performers: Anna Jędrzejewska, Marzena Majcher, Piotr Marcin Łopacki and Jarosław Siwiński. Katarzyna Markowska, Magda Jędra, Paulina Horajska and Waldemar Barwiński will also participate in the premiere of the works during the Evening of Premieres.

Each work will be preceded by a musical prelude – a kind of small overtures with elements of instrumental theatre. The author of the series of preludes is Bartosz Smorągiewicz, who will perform them together with cellist Izabela Buchowska. During breaks between presentations, the authors and performers will talk about individual works.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available atwww.audiostage.pl 

Joanna Freszel's online educational series "poGŁOSka"

Pogloska"poGŁOSka" is an innovative series of meetings hosted by outstanding soprano Joanna Freszel, devoted to the most interesting issues related to contemporary vocal art. Subsequent episodes will be published on YouTube until 20 November 2020.

The aim of the series is to popularize contemporary music and vocal education, deepen creative awareness, establish a dialogue with the audience and provide tools for constructing one's own vocal exercises. Discussed and presented materials can become a source of knowledge and inspiration for singers, composers, musicologists, but above all for music lovers.

The series will include statements of such experts as Ewa Biegas, Szymon Bywalec, Aleksander Nowak and Mikołaj Stroiński. The materials can be treated as a form of vocal and educational guide, which can be presented during lectures for youth and students in community centres and schools.

The project was implemented under the "Culture on the Web" scholarship programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | "Autumn Salon" Chamber Music Festival

Salon JesiennyThe "Autumn Salon" Chamber Music Festival will run from 6 November to 3 December 2020, featuring excellent artists: Jakub Jakowicz, Łukasz Długosz, Magdalena Bojanowicz, Alicja Bator and Dorota Lachowicz.

The festival is distinguished by freshness, variety, contrast, and a combination of romantic and contemporary music. As the organizer of the event, Piotr Szczerbań, points out, "The centuries-long development of compositional techniques was followed by the development of the musical instruments. However, nowadays we do not often have contact with their many interconnections. In our series, we want to introduce you to a selection of sometimes surprising combinations and sounds in forgotten or almost never performed compositions from different periods. In our concert proposals, this applies to both the selection of composers and their works, with particular emphasis on the featured musical instruments. We invited young artists, who are at the beginning of their career, as well as experienced performers with great achievements. Both of them are full of enthusiasm and artistic freshness".

The programme of the festival will feature, among others, compositions by Tadeusz Baird, Wojciech Łukaszewski, Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Piotr Moss, Witold Lutosławski and Stanisław Skrowaczewski.

All concerts will be recorded and made available on the La Passione Foundation Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme is available at: https://salonjesienny.pl/ 

Tychy | auksodrone 2020

AuksoAlthough life is short, art lasts a long time. It will move and delight us during the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy festival "auksodrone", which will take place in Tychy on 6-8 November 2020.

The festival will begin with the PENDERECKI 2.0 series, presenting selected works by the Maestro. Musicians from the AUKSO orchestra and their guests: Piotr Orzechowski and Skalpel will confront them in an unorthodox way. We will also hear the music of Jonny Greenwood, a Radiohead guitarist, who pays tribute to the Polish composer in his compositions.

The other two cycles of this year's auxodrone are OPERA NOVA and JAZZ +, a clash of jazz improvisation with orchestra. OPERA NOVA is looking for a new language (and new audience) for contemporary opera. The three-part series will include 3 acts of Aleksander Nowak's and Szczepan Twardoch's Syrena. Melodramma aeterna for orchestra, saxophone and guitar, as well as three voices which, while singing about the sea, will ask about the meaning of life. The piece was co-financed under the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The concerts will be accompanied by workshops for the youngest music lovers, conducted simultaneously in the foyer of the Mediateka by Joanna Bronisławska and Paweł Romańczuk (Small Instruments ensemble). On the other hand, Michał Mendyk, a journalist, publisher and curator, will present a story entitled Gienia, Don't Eavesdrop, or "Sketch to a portrait of the master", a kind of double portrait, commemorating the collaboration of Krzysztof Penderecki and Eugeniusz Rudnik.

More information at: www.auksodrone.com 

Warsaw | 4th Polish Music Convention


The 4th Polish Music Convention, organized by the Institute of Music and Dance, will take place on 5-7 November 2020 at the Powiśle Power Plant in Warsaw.

The aim of the Polish Music Convention is to review the possibilities and challenges of Polish music from the perspective of creators, performers and institutions. During the meeting, an attempt will be made to define the development and promotion potential of Polish music. For each area discussed, an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the current situation as well as the opportunities and threats facing Polish music will be carried out.

The discussion panels will be divided into two parts. The first part will be filled with subject sessions, the aim of which is to present the achievements of Polish music in its various genre and historical forms (early, folk, sacred, 19th and 20th century music, contemporary music, jazz, song). The second part of the convention will consist of problem sessions devoted to financing music, music criticism, export and promotion of Polish music, as well as the challenges of music management and activities during a pandemic. Parallel panels are not planned during the convention. All sessions will be held consecutively in one room, thus everyone will be given the opportunity to participate in each panel.

The papers will be published on the convention website before the convention begins, so that participants can get acquainted with them in advance. As a result, each panel will be devoted mainly to substantive discussion of all participants.

The convention will be broadcast live on the website http://www.konwencjamuzyki.pl/ and the YouTube channel of the Institute of Music and Dance. People watching the broadcast will be able to ask questions and submit comments to the discussion via the chat function.

Warsaw | 7th International Paderewski Festival

PaderewskiThe International Paderewski Festival will be held in Warsaw for the seventh time on 4-8 November 2020. It is the most important cultural event in Poland promoting the work of Ignacy Jan Paderewski – an outstanding pianist, composer, great patriot, politician, philanthropist and statesman.

This year's edition will celebrate three important anniversaries: the 160th anniversary of the composer's birth, the 180th anniversary of the birth of actress Helena Modrzejewska, who for many years supported Paderewski's artistic career, as well as the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, whose works constituted a significant part of Paderewski's performance repertoire. The programme of the festival will also include works by Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Zygmunt Stojowski and Grażyna Bacewicz. Jazz interpretations of Ignacy Jan Paderewski's works will be presented by Krzysztof Herdzin.

The festival will include concerts with the Sinfonia Varsovia chamber orchestras and the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, as well as chamber concerts of outstanding musicians from Poland and abroad. Szymon Nehring, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Bartosz Nizioł, Michał Francuz, Jekaterina Drzewiecka and Michał Szymanowski will perform in the most beautiful palaces in the capital city: the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the Orangery of the Museum of King Jan III's Palace in Wilanów and the Palace on the Island in the Royal Łazienki Park.

In addition to concerts, the organisers of the Festival have planned events for children and youth, a virtual exhibition and screenings of documentary films presenting the figure, achievements and little-known facts from the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The 7th International Paderewski Festival is under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and is co-financed as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme is available on the official websitehttps://ignacypaderewski.com/ 

Gdańsk | 11th Euro Chamber Music Festival


The 11th Euro Chamber Music Festival Gdańsk – the largest international festival of chamber music in northern Poland – will run from 16 October to 22 November 2020.

The Festival received the prestigious EFFE (Europe For Festivals Festivals For Europe) label for 2019-2020, awarded by the European Festival Association for the most interesting festival events in Europe. It has hosted such famous artists as Leszek Możdżer, Apollon Musagète Quartett, MoCarta Group, Janusz Wawrowski, Jerzy and Maciej Stuhr, Krystyna Janda, Wiktor Zborowski, Kayah & Royal String Quartet, and Władysław Gudonis Komendarek.

This year's edition will feature recognized domestic and foreign chamber musicians, including Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Jozef Luptàk, Quatuor Adastra, Split Guitar Quartet, Petra & Patrik Jablonsk, as well as young laureates of international music competitions and outstanding instrumentalists of the young generation in the Polish Rising Music Stars series. We will hear masterpieces of European composers and Polish contemporary music, including works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Krzysztof Penderecki. The key event of the Festival will be a performance of Daniel Olbrychski and Duo del Gesù with letters and music by this year's great jubilarian, Ludwig van Beethoven. The festival will also include the 6th Baltic String Duo Competition.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eurochambermusicfestival.com