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Elbląg | Elbląg Music Masterclass and Young Virtuoso Competition

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre

Elbląg Music Masterclass was created for young musicians who want to develop their skills under the guidance of famous instrumentalists and teachers from Poland and abroad. If you are training or are a graduate of one of the faculties: violin, viola, cello, conducting or you create a chamber ensemble together with other musicians, get acquainted with the new initiative - Elbląg Music Masterclass and submit your participation in the Courses and the "Young Virtuoso Competition" until the 30th of April 30 2022!

Between the 1-10th of July 2022 in Elbląg, each participant will be able to take part in individual lessons with a professor in a chosen field of study. The teaching staff will consist of instrumentalists and lecturers from renowned universities, incl. Marcin Zdunik (cello), Igor Petrushevski, Mariusz Patyra (violin), Marek Czech (viola), Anna Duczmal-Mróz (conducting), Bogna Czerwińska-Szymula (chamber ensembles). The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will organize a number of various events tailored specifically to the needs of students of 1st and 2nd degree music schools, students and graduates of music academies from Poland and abroad. Participants will take part in courses, workshops, lectures and perform during recitals and concerts. EMM provides young musicians with the opportunity to present their skills to a wide audience thanks to the ‘Young Virtuoso Competition’ organized within the framework of EMM.

Applications: https://elblagmasterclass.pl/20-zglos-sie 

Rules: https://elblagmasterclass.pl/18-regulamin


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Białystok | 3rd National Scientific and Artistic Conference ‘Choral Music – Achievements, Perspectives. Choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries’.

On the 28th of April 2022 the Chairs of Choir Studies and Artistic Education of the Instrumental and Pedagogy Department and Artistic Education and Vocal Studies of the branch of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Bialystok will organize the 3rd National Scientific and Artistic Conference ‘Choral Music – Achievements, Perspectives. Choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries’.

Choirmasters and composers will discuss the specific aspects of contemporary choral music. The invitation was accepted by speakers from Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Łódź, Warsaw and Białystok. The subject of the conference focuses primarily on the cognitive values ​​of current trends in choral music, compositional intentions and confronts them with practice in a choir ensemble, as well as on own research in the field of contemporary choral music.

At the end of the conference a concert entitled ‘Choral Academy in tribute to Pope John Paul II’ in the church of st. Casimir the Prince in Białystok will take place. 25 choirs from the Podlasie region and the Warmia-Masuria region of the project "Choral Academy - Singing Poland" conducted by Anna Olszewska will take part in the concert. The programme includes the premiere of a series of pieces composed by Ernest Kamil Sienkiewicz to the words written by Michał Wojnarowski Let’s open the door.

Media Patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Warsaw | 'Dracula' Ballet with Wojciech Kilar's music: Polish premiere of the Krzysztof Pator's performance

Meet love at the first… bite… Krzysztof Pastor's gothic ballet romance with music by Wojciech Kilar will finally arrive to Warsaw after the Australian success. The Polish premiere of the costumed ballet 'Dracula' about a feeling that lives even after death will take place at the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera on April 28, 2022 at 19.00.

Dracula with music by Wojciech Kilar and choreography by Krzysztof Pastor became a ballet sensation of 2018. The performance was commissioned by West Australian Ballet and had its world premiere in September 2018 in Perth. West Australian Ballet wanted to have in its repertoire a ballet adaptation of the horror novel by Bram Stoker Dracula (1897) and its Oscar-based adaptation from 1992, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, to which Wojciech Kilar wrote the music. The theater turned to Krzysztof Pastor with this proposal, who in his dramatic concept decided not to refer only to Coppola's film, but to show more of Wojciech Kilar's music. The performance is therefore based on a carefully and precisely prepared score (Michael Brett), that consists of various pieces by the Polish composer. From the portfolio of his film music, themes were taken from The Promised Land, Leper, Chronicle of Amorous Accidents, Wherever You Are, Jealousy and Medicine. And from the achievements of classical music - fragments of Kościelec 1909, Symphony No. 5 "Advent" and the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.
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Łomża | 'Polish Music Scene': Sepia Ensemble

On the 28th of April 2022 at 6.30 p.m Sepia Ensemble will perform at the Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża. The concert is co-organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance as part of its own programme ‘Polish Music Scene’, financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
The programme will include, among others Swinging Music by Kazimierz Serocki, Witold Lutosławski's GraveMetamorphoses for cello and piano, and 3 miniatures by Krzysztof Penderecki for clarinet and piano.

More: https://nimit.pl/wydarzenia/sepia-ensemble-scena-muzyki-polskiej-3/

Szczecin | 4th edition of the Szczecin Classic Festival

Between the 26th of  April and the 3rd of May 4th edition of Szczecin Classic - the largest festival of classical music in Western Pomerania – as well as music courses of the Szczecin Classic Academy will take place. This year's edition of the Festival will be devoted to Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries and the theme of the event is ‘Z klassą’ (‘With class).

The guests of the Festival will be: concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Daniel Stabrawa, leader of the Szymanowski Quartet Agata Szymczewska, Emanuel Salvador concertmaster of the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra, Tomasz Tomaszewski violin professor at UDK in Berlin, Konstantin Heidrich professor of cello at UDK in Berlin, cellist and conductor Adam Klocek, Grammy Award winner Andriy Viytovych professor of viola at the Academy of Music in London and pianist Michał Francuz.

During the project the Polish Piano Quartet will be launched.
During the festival opening concert, which will be streamed live by the Programme 2 of the Polish Radio and online, the As-SAI Piano Trio, prize winner of the competition for the chamber ensemble residency, will perform.
Music of Kazimierz Serocki, Mieczysław Wajnberg, Wojciech Kilar, Paweł Łukaszewski, Mikołaj Piotr Górecki and Romuald Twardowski will be performed.

During the festival there will be an international music course for pupils, students and graduates of music academies as well as a competition for the chamber ensemble residency.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed program: https://szczecinclassic.pl/

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Łódź | 79th Edition of Musica Moderna

The Musica Moderna contemporary music festival will be held in Łódź between the 25th of April and 13th of May 2022. Works of more then 30, mainly young composers will be performed, many of which by the newly formed Zespół Wokalny Muzyki Najnowszej (Vocal Ensemble of New Music) conducted by Maciej Koczur. The partner of the event is the Polish Composers' Union. Admittance to all events is free.

The programme of the ‘Musical Evening’ (April 25) is dominated by works of artists from Łódź: Olga Hans, Jolanta Smolska, Marek Kunicki, Kosma Szust and Sławomir Kaczorowski, who celebrates the 40th anniversary of his artistic work.
The concert ‘Young composers, young performers’ (April 26) will present collective compositions inspired by the works of the avant-garde artist from Łódź, Antoni Starczewski, who belongs to the popular ‘Strzemiński circle’.
As part of the presentation of the Electronic Music Computer Studio (April 27), the audience will be able to hear new electroacoustic, electronic and audiovisual compositions for computers, tape, noise-boxes, cameras, light and live electronics. The event will be accompanied by a spatial installation From the corridor to a vision by Agnieszka Szynk and Marcin Barsz, whose sole purpose - as the authors say - will be ‘to evoke merriment’.

Press release

More information and detailed programme: https://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/79-sesja-musica-moderna 

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'Fryderyk' 2022!

The most important Polish music awards for last year's phonographic achievements in the categories of classical music – ‘Fryderyk - were presented on the 22nd of April 2022 at the Castle Opera in Szczecin. In the category of classical music, winners have been announced in eleven categories, representing a variety of styles and genres. Moreover, the award for the best composer was awarded and the Golden Fryderyk was announced.

In the Album of the Year - Contemporary Music category, the winner was Paweł Mykietyn - 2nd Concerto for cello and symphony orchestra, Hommage à Oskar Dawicki - performed by Marcin Zdunik and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic conducted by Bassem Akiki and Benjamin Shwartz (NFM / CD Accord).

The award in the Album of the Year - Early Music category was awarded to DUX for the album Jan Sebastian Bach: French Suites (performed by the harpsichordist Lilianna Stawarz).

In the Album of the Year - Symphonic Music category. was awarded to the publishing house Paweł Łukaszewski: Symphony No.3 / Symphony No. 6 (DUX).

The winner in the Album of the Year - Oratorio and Opera category, was the album by Aleksander Nowak "Syrena" / Szczepan Twardoch "Melodrama aeterna" (Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne / Anaklasis).

Album Bruce Liu. Chopin (Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina / Polskie Radio Program Drugi / Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Polska) received the award in the Best Recording of Polish Music category.

The Concert Music Album of the Year category was awarded to the album Perfectionist - Maksymiuk - Sinfonia Varsovia (Sinfonia Varsovia).

Karol Marianowski received the award for the Album of the Year - Solo Recital entitled Bach - Cello Suites 1-6 (Orphée Classics).

The Katowice City Singers Ensemble "Camerata Silesia" received "Fryderyk" for the album Words of Mystery. Music for Choir And Cello (Andrzej Krzanowski Society of Music Friends in Katowice).

The award in the category Album of the Year - Chamber Music - Larger Ensemble went to the album Mieczysław Wajnberg - String Quartets Nos. 1, 16 & 17 performed by the Silesian Quartet (CD Accord).

In the new category of the Album of the Year Chamber Music - Duets, the winner was the album Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Songs by Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział and Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski (Chopin University Press).

Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos interpreted by Krystian Zimerman and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle (Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Polska) was recognized as the Best Polish Album Abroad.

The Golden Fryderyk was awarded to Janusz Olejniczak and Stanisław Gałoński.

The best composer of the young generation was also awarded: Żaneta Rydzewska received the ZAiKS Authors' Association Award.

The coverage of the ceremony of awarding the Fryderyk 2022 in classical music categories will be available on TVP Kultura on the 28th of April 28 at 22.40.

Gala summary: https://fryderyki.prowly.com/187011-poznalismy-laureatow-fryderykow-2022-w-kategoriach-muzyki-powaznej

Wroclaw | Tens / The Vessel

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The beauty of the human body in motion, unique choreography, perfect synchronization, mastery of dance techniques and suggestive music guarantee an unforgettable experience during the next meeting with the Polish Dance Scene at the National Forum of Music which will be held on the 24th of April 24 2022 at 7.00 p.m. The performances Tens choreographed by Marta Wołowiec, with music by Wojciech Kiwer, and The Vessel, choreographed by Karolina Kraczkowska with music by Lubomir Grzelak, will be presented.

Tens (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a method used in pain relief therapy using low amplitude electrical impulses. By placing electrodes on the skin, the current flows to the peripheral nerves and stimulates them in two ways: by blocking the nerve impulse that carries pain information to the brain, and by initiating the formation of painkillers - beta-endorphins.

Tens explores the theme of the body as an energy generator. The artist is looking for organicity resulting from the flow of physical feelings, vibrations, following the voice of intuition and aligning the body and mind. She gives herself time to develop. She also gives viewers time to align their own bodies with that of the performer.

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Cracow | 'Polish Music Scene': Julia Kociuban and Messages Quartet

Polish music of the twentieth century still hides many undiscovered works and the discovered ones still need promotion and publicity, so that the efforts of outstanding composers are not forgotten. We will hear them on the 24th of April 24 2022 at 6.00 pm at the Cracow Philharmonic: Julia Kociuban and the Messages Quartet will perform as part of the National Institute of Music and Dance ‘Polish Music Scene’ programme.

Two piano quintets by Grażyna Bacewicz are one of the most popular chamber works of the artist. By combining the second of the two with the Piano Quintet ‘Musica a cinque by Aleksander Tansman, whose premiere recording was featured on the latest album of the artists, Julia Kociuban and Messages Quartet enter the unknown area of ​​Polish music of the mid-twentieth century. The juxtaposition of these two composers is not accidental, as they are united not only by the common city of birth, but also by numerous travel places on the map of Europe, the initial musical language and their love of chamber music.

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