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Bydgoszcz | 3rd "Music at the Blumwe Villa" Festival


The Piotr Orawski Foundation invites you to five concerts with fantastic performers in the Jeremi Przybora Concert Studio at the Villa of Wilhelm Blumwe – the seat of the Polish Radio of Pomerania and Kuyavia in Bydgoszcz. The 3rd "Music at the Blumwe Villa" festival will run from 27 August to 10 December 2020.

In this year's edition the organizers focused on the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth. Compositions by the master from Bonn will be performed by Mariusz Patyra and Mariusz Klimsiak, Akademos Kwartet and Polish Piano Trio. Exceptional vocal recitals by Anna Wilk and Ewa Leszczyńska will complete the Festival programme. There will be Polish music, both romantic and contemporary. We will hear works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Andrzej Panufnik, Witold Lutosławski and Romuald Twardowski, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. The November concert will belong to the composer of the young generation, Michał Dobrzyński – a graduate of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. The concerts will be hosted by Magdalena Jasińska and Bartłomiej Wezner, the artistic director of the Festival.

The concerts will be held with limited audience participation to maintain a social distance. The events will be also broadcast on YouTube and retransmitted on Fridays in the Radio PIK's "Classic Salon" at 9:06 p.m.

More information at the Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/muzykawwilliblumwego/

4th Theodor Leschetizky International Piano Competition


4th Theodor Leschetizky International Piano Competition will be held at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater on 22-27 August 2020.

The competition is organised by the Theodor Leschetizky Music Society in Warsaw in cooperation with the Hamburg University of Music and Theater and aims at promoting Polish music, which is compulsory in the programme. 

Jury chaired by prof. Hubert Rutkowski will grant Main Prizes in the total amount of € 12.500 and Special Awards: Chopin Prize (€ 2.000) awarded by Chopin Gesellschaft Hamburg & Sachsenwald and Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Hamburg for the best interpretation of Fryderyk Chopin’s works; Carl Bechstein Prize (€ 1.000) for the best interpretation of works by following composers: Hans von Bülow, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy or Alexander Skrjabin; Concert Prize: Recital at the Paderewski Festival in Raleigh, USA; Concert Prize: Recital at the Silesian Beethoven Festival in Głogówek, Poland;  Four Cultural Prizes: cultural travel in Poland. Warsaw, Żelazowa Wola (Birthplace of Chopin), Cracow, Zakopane (Szymanowski Museum)

Admitted to participate are students of music universities, academies and conservatories from all countries.
Application deadline: 15 June 2020.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.leschetizky.eu 

"Janko Muzykant": The soundtrack to a pre-war film was found in Italy

FINAThanks to the search activities of the Polish National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute (FINA), the original recordings of music to the film Janko Muzykant (1930), written by Leon Schiller and Grzegorz Fitelberg, have been found in a private collection in Italy! This is one of the most sensational discoveries concerning pre-war Polish cinema in recent years.

The story, based on the famous novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz, was directed by the world-famous director Ryszard Ordyński. Janko Muzykant was one of the first full-length sound films produced in Poland. The film was shot in Poland, mainly in and around Warsaw, and then the sound was added in a studio in Berlin. The music for the film, composed by Leon Schiller and Grzegorz Fitelberg, was recorded on gramophone records. In Ordyński's film, the songs were sung by the heroes for the first time in the history of Polish film. After the war, the soundtrack was lost, and the score has not survived. The film is known to this day only in an incomplete version, without sound. Since the film was created at the turn of silent and sound cinema, dialogues and plot elements were displayed on title cards, so the picture could be successfully shown as silent.

In the FINA studios, works are underway on the digital restoration of the film Janko Muzykant and the restoration of its lost soundtrack. The film’s premiere is scheduled for April 2021. It will take place during the Silent Cinema Festival, organized by FINA at the Iluzjon Cinema in Warsaw. The world premiere of the film after its reconstruction will take place in May 2021 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

More information at: https://fina.gov.pl/ 

Warsaw | "Experimental Tuesdays": Small Instruments

SVThe "Experimental Tuesdays" series taking place as part of the Sinfonia Varsovia To Its City 2020 Festival will end with the performance of the Small Instruments ensemble. The latest works by Paweł Romańczuk will be premiered on 25 August 2020 at 8.00 p.m. on the stage at 272 Grochowska street.

"Experimental Tuesdays", a new series of contemporary music concerts, examine the relationship between music and nature as well as respond to the challenges of modernity, including man’s influence on the environment, the climate crisis, the progressing digitization of life, the lack of algorithmic transparency, and the lack of internet privacy.

The Small Instruments ensemble based in Wrocław and founded by Paweł Romańczuk became famous for exploring new sounds using a wide array of small instruments. The instruments used in their sonic experiments feature an ever expanding array of professional instruments, sound toys made for children or naive in nature, strange musical inventions as well as a whole array of small items that aren't really instruments but do make a sound. Small Instruments recycle not only the materials from which sound structures are built, but also the tradition of classical music. At the concert as part of the festival organized by Sinfonia Varsovia, the ensemble will perform works by Igor Stravinsky, Erik Sati and Dmitri Shostakovich. We will hear instruments and playing mechanisms built by Paweł Romanczuk himself, among others. in his works Szemrzą te bory from the album Samoróbka and Stone's dances. We will also hear the first performance of compositions created along with new constructions.

The meeting with the artists after the concert will be hosted by Wioleta Żochowska, curator of the series.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre.

Information on tickets at: https://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/ 

Kraków | Ars Moderna

Spoldzielnia muzyczna

This year's series of online concerts of contemporary music "Ars Moderna", organised by Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble, Kraków Philharmonic and Dworek Białoprądnicki Culture Centre, will last until 19 October 2020.

The artists' performances, almost exclusively solo or in a duet, are intended to illustrate the past six months, which each musician experienced differently while practicing their instruments. The programme of the first five concerts included already existing compositions, works by Bogusław Schaeffer, Hanna Kulenty, Adam Walaciński and Piotr Peszat. The last concert will feature works of the winners  of the "Synchronized" composers' competition.

During the concerts, musical reflections will be confronted with the views of the ensemble's friends who will act as moderators. Krzysztof Pietraszewski and Mateusz Ciupka will not only comment on the music played live, but also confront it with the reactions of the Internet audience. The audience is invited to listen and comment – to exchange experiences.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Live broadcasts are available athttps://www.facebook.com/spoldzielniamuzyczna/

"Don't be afraid to improvise" – workshop for children with Krzesimir Dębski and Jarosław Siwiński

Art Deco GroupThe next online workshop for young musicians as part of the "Don't be afraid to improvise!" series will take place on 24-27 August 2020. Online classes will be held in two groups (at 4.00 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.) under the supervision of outstanding composers and improvisers: Krzesimir Dębski and Jarosław Siwiński.

The organizers' goal is for as many children and teenagers as possible to experience improvisation. Therefore, this time, the Art Deco Group Music Agency invites blind or partially sighted young musicians from 7 to 15 years of age learning to play any instruments at music schools or institutions that conduct music classes to participate in the workshop. Two groups of participants will work with famous artists.

The workshops are free and will be held online every day from 24 to 27 August. Each cycle includes 4 classes (approx. 45 minutes each) and 1 mini concert (approx. 40 minutes) presenting the effects of the work with participants. The final concert will take place in September and will be broadcast on the FB profile and the website of the Art Deco Group Music Agency.

During the workshops, the artists will talk to children about contemporary music as well as rules and methods of improvisation, illustrating these themes with musical examples. They will conduct exercises and games that will help children absorb the transferred knowledge more easily. In this project, it is very important to make music together and collaborate in a group, so children will participate in classes with their instruments and will actively improvise under the guidance of the teachers.

The workshop group will have a maximum of 5 participants. Participants are registered by their parents / guardians only via the form available at http://artdecogroup.eu/formularz-zgloszeniowy-nbsi-2020/. Please attach to the form a video file presenting the workshop participant performing any programme (max 5 MB).

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://artdecogroup.eu 

3rd "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers"

Bez Barier

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to two concerts that will inaugurate the third edition of the series "Masovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" on 23 and 25 August 2020.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation was established in November 2017 and one of its main goals is the organization of free artistic events for poor people from small rural towns, who are excluded from participating in cultural life. The organization has already conducted two series of concerts "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in 2018 and 2019. The third edition of the series will feature 8 concerts, which will take place in very small towns in the counties of Minsk, Siedlce and Węgrów, where residents are deprived of cultural offer and access to cultural goods.

The first concert will take place on Sunday, 23 August at 7.00 p.m. on the open-air stage of the Kulturoteka Commune Public Library in Cegłów. The Time Quartet will perform the most beautiful classical compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Ludwig van Beethoven, whose 250th birthday is celebrated this year by the whole world.

The second concert will take place on Tuesday, 25 August at 5.00 p.m. at the "Reymontówka" Creative Work House in Chlewiska. The concert will feature accordionists Klaudiusz Baran – Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Rafał Grząka and violinist Maksymilian Grzesiak. The programme will include compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla, Henryk Wieniawski, Andrzej Krzanowski and Leon Boellmann.

The project is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Free admission!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczassztuki/

Wałbrzych | 17th Ensemble International Festival

Ensemble Festival

The 17th Princess Daisy Ensemble Festival will be held on 23-30 August 2020 at an exquisite venue  in one of the most magnificent castles in Poland, in the impressive interiors of Książ Castle.

Every year since 2004 the Książ Castle holds the Ensemble International Festival. Mission of the Festival is to promote the little known art of chamber music and drama. There are two movements of art in the scope of the Festival. There are music masterclasses and theatre workshops which offer participants of the Festival opportunity to work with outstanding academics on performance of selected art pieces. All work is presented during six concerts and three theatre shows opened to the public. The Festival operates under a unique formula. Each chamber team is composed of professors and students.

During this year's Festival, performed by outstanding artists, including Jakub Jakowicz, Szymon Krzeszowiec, Marcin Markowicz, Maciej Młodawski, Piotr Sałajczyk and Marcin Masecki, we will hear works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Robert Schumann, Antonín Dvořák, Johann Brahms, Philip Glass, Dmitri Szostakowicz, Krzysztof Penderecki and Marcin Masecki. Moreover, on 29 August in the "Former Mine" Science and Art Centre there will be a jazz concert of Marcin Masecki's band.

Information on tickets at: https://ensemblefestival.org/ 

Warsaw | Concert on the 150th birth anniversary of Zygmunt Stojowski


A concert on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Zygmunt Stojowski as part of the series "Jubilees of Polish composers in the Royal Łazienki Park" will be held on 23 August 2020 at 6.00 p.m. at the Palace on the Isle in the Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw.

Tomasz Strahl (cello) and Agnieszka Przemyk-Bryła (piano) will perform works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Ludomir Różycki and Zygmunt Stojowski. The concert will be hosted by Maxymilian Bylicki.

8 April 2020 maked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Zygmunt Stojowski – a composer, pianist and pedagogue widely recognized outside Poland, especially in the United States, where he made his contribution to American music education. Stojowski taught at the Institute of Musical Art in New York, then at the Von Ende School of Music (now the University of the State of New York), and around 1918 he founded his own school. He organized festivals and master classes, gave concerts in many cities in the United States, Canada and the countries of South America. He founded the Polish Institute of Arts and Letters, the prototype of today's Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences. He was a student of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, with whom he remained in friendship for almost half a century.

Admission to the concert is free. Invitations can be obtained at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The concert is organised by the Institute of Music and Dance from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

More information athttps://imit.org.pl/programy/departament-muzyki/4465