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13th Competition of 20th- and 21st-century Music for Young Performers 2020


The Polish Society for Contemporary Music announces a call for entries for the 13th Competition of the 20th- and 21st- century Music for Young Performers 2020. The competition is under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Due to the pandemic, participants will be interviewed online on 24-30 October 2020. The deadline for submitting applications is 15 October 2020.

The copetition is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists (regardless of citizenship) as well as Polish citizens who study abroad. The competition aims at presenting 20th- and 21st- century music. The programme of the performance must include at least one piece by a Polish composer. One of the selected works must come from the catalog of the PWM Edition, which is available at https://pwm.com.pl.

The jury consists of: Dariusz Przybylski, Anna Dorota Władyczka and Maciej Żółtowski.

The organizers appreciate the huge work and role of teachers in preparing the competition programme. For this reason, each statury prize (except for special prizes for accompanists) will be divided in half between the winner and his teacher. Extra-statutory material prizes will be provided by the PWM Edition.

The winners will be invited to perform at the gala concert on 20 November 2020 at the Władysław Szpilman Polish Radio Studio in Warsaw.

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Rules and regulations of the competition as well as all required documents are available at: http://ptmw.art.pl/xiii-konkurs-muzyki-xx-i-xxi-wieku-dla-mlodych-wykonawcow-2020-informacja-wstepna/ 

Daniel Cichy in the latest series of online talks of the PWM Edition


Can you talk about music in 444 ways? Is copyright for everyone? Can the premiere of the album be more exciting than the first performance? The director-editor-in-chief of the PWM Edition Daniel Cichy will give answers to these and other fascinating questions in a series of online conversations with leading figures of Polish culture. The series will be broadcast until 21 June 2020.

In the series of meetings entitled "Po cichu. O muzyce i literaturze" ["Quietly. About music and literature"] Daniel Cichy will talk with composers, authors and artists associated with the PWM Edition and Anaklasis Records. We will learn about their new compositions, artistic inspirations, the history behind their music and research work.

On 27 May Prof. Magdalena Dziadek, author of the book Podróż przez dźwięki [Travel through sounds], will share her latest discoveries about Stanisław Moniuszko. On Children's Day Katarzyna Huzar-Czub will talk about her musical stories for children about the most eminent Polish composers. On 21 June – World Music Day – Daniel Cichy will talk with Danuta Gwizdalanka about the essence of music and her latest publication Symfonia na 444 głosy [Symphony for 444 voices].

The meetings will be also devoted to cooperation of composers with performers and making of phonografic records. Daniel Cichy will visit well-known artists associated with the Anaklasis Records established by the PWM Edition: composers Maciej Zieliński and Zygmunt Krauze, bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny and jazzman Kuba Stankiewicz.

New episodes will be available on the PWM YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Call for applications open for the "Blank pages – music and dance" research grant programme 2020/2021


The "Blank pages – music and dance" programme is addressed to Polish and foreign scholars who intend to carry out research related to neglected or little known areas of Polish music and dance. The research priorities of this edition of the programme concern composers Władysław Żeleński and Henryk Pachulski.

The research may span a broad chronological spectrum and a variety of genres, and may investigate composing, artistic activity, musicological activity, reception of music, as well as the history, theory and aesthetics of Polish dance, in particular performance dance. The expected outcomes – such as an academic paper, catalogue of an artist’s output, database, reconstruction of a piece, study of source materials – will be financed and published by IMiT.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2020. Electronic applications should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ("Blank pages – music and dance" – application).

The evaluation committee will select the winning projects by 27 July 2020. The list of projects approved by the committee will be announced on the Institute's website. If the pool of funds allocated to the 2020/2021 edition of the programme is not exhausted, the Director of the Institute of Music and Dance may announce the second round of the call for applications.

The budget of the 2020/2021 programme edition is PLN 150,000.

The rules and regulations are available at: https://imit.org.pl/programy/departament-muzyki/4430 

Theatres, philharmonics and cinemas may reopen from 6 June


Minister of Culture Prof. Piotr Gliński during a press conference with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski announced that on 6 June 2020 cinemas, theatres, concert halls, culture centres and circuses may start operating again.

This is not an obligation, but an opportunity for the owners of these institutions to make individual decisions whether they want to reopen or stay closed for a longer period. There are two basic requirements for reopening of these institutions: reduce in capacity to 50 percent in order to maintain sanitary requirements and obligation to wear masks. The Minister of Culture also pointed out that outdoor concerts may be organised from 30 May as the gatherings up to 150 people will be legal from this date.

More information at: https://www.gov.pl/web/kultura/od-6-czerwca-mozliwosc-odmrozenia-min-kin-teatrow-i-filharmonii 

Pomeranian Music Society's "Composer on the web" series


The Pomeranian Music Society invites you to a series of online meetings and music premieres "Kompozytor w sieci" ["Composer on the Web"] dedicated to Toruń composers, which will be held every Friday at 6.00 p.m.

Each episode will be devoted to one composer who will talk about his or her work, inspirations and extra-musical interests. We will learn what the composer's everyday life looks like under normal conditions and during the pandemic, what circumstances induce creativity, and whether a great work can be created during a lockdown. Each meeting will be accompanied by music. We will listen to works already performed at concerts as well as written especially for the series.

The project will feature well-known graduates of the Karol Szymanowski Music School Complex in Toruń: Magdalena Cynk, Jędrzej Rochecki, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Mateusz Ryczek, Rafał Kłoczko, Maciej Jabłoński, Michał Ossowski, Prasqual, Dobromiła Jaskot, Zuzanna Koziej, Dariusz Kubicki and Adam Falenta.

Live broadcasts will be held on Fridays at 6.00 p.m. on the Pomeranian Music Society Facebook Page; the recordings will be later availbale on its Youtube channel.

"Sinfonietkowe e-przedszkole" – online music classes with Ms Sinfonietka


"Sinfonietkowe e-przedszkole" ("Sinfonietka e-nursery school)" is another initiative of the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra addressed to young music lovers as part of the free artistic and educational offer "Smash the virus with music!".

"Sinfonietkowe e-przedszkole" are online music classes that refer to the popular series of concerts for children "Sinfonietka". Children who are not attending nursery shools for the time being will have a chance to spend interesting time with Ms Sinfonietka. The classes will be conducted by Danuta Augustyn, beloved by young music lovers – a valued violinist of Sinfonietta Cracovia, a member of the DAFO quartet and an academic teacher. Children will learn songs, have fun and play homemade instruments. Sinfonietka Karaoke Songs will also provide a lot of laughter, music and fun. Let's show that children at home are not bored!

Classes will be held individually or in small groups via an instant messenger. Caregivers will be informed by e-mail about their dates and details before each class. Applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfonietta.pl/e-przedszkole/ 

PGE Energia Ciepła invites the youngest to participate in music classes


"Listen to the city's energy" – PGE Energia Ciepła, a company from the PGE Capital Group invites children to participate in a musical project. Its co-creators are five music institutions located in cities in which the company conducts its activity: National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Kraków, Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk and Toruń Symphony Orchestra.

Every day for two weeks, starting from 18 May 2020, the artists of these five music institutions will tell stories about their city with local symbols, legends and tales, interspersed with music and songs. The programme proposed by the National Forum of Music includes works by Jerzy Adam Nowak – composer, guitarist, teacher and artistic director of the NFM World Music Orchestra.

The project "Listen to the city's energy" was created to enrich home music education offer during quarantine and to arouse children's curiosity. In this way, PGE Energia Ciepła together with music institutions also encourages to visit Polish cities as soon as the tourist season begins.

New episodes of the "Listen to the City's Energy" project will be posted every day at www.pgeenergiaciepla.pl, www.pl-pl.facebook.com/gkpge and on the websites of the institutions under the patronage of the PGE Energia Ciepła and PGE Capital Group.

"For our freedom and yours" – online premiere of the 5th Sinfonietta Festival concert


Sinfonietta Cracovia and the National Museum in Kraków invite you for the online premiere of the concert entitled "For our freedom and yours." The broadcast will take place on 22 May 2020 at 8.00 p.m. as part of the "Ty-Dzień Muzeum w NMK" project. 

The concert "For our freedom and yours" took place in the Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in the Cloth Hall of the National Museum in Kraków as part of the 5th Sinfonietta Festival. The Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra of the Capital City of Kraków under the baton of Jurek Dybał presented a programme in the spirit of American concept of freedom and friendship between the nations. The soloist of the concert was world-famous tenor Stanley Jackson, who performed spirituals, which are an important element of African American heritage, and popular songs from the West Side Story musical by Leonard Bernstein. That evening he sang for the first time in Polish! He presented his own interpretation of 6 Songs to words by Adam Mickiewicz, Op. 18 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The concert also premiered Jubilee Sinfonietta: Akira by Tomasz Citak ‒ the winning composition of the 5th International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" under the honorary patronage of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Link to the online broadcast: https://mnk.pl/aktualnosci/tydzienmuzeum 

In Krzysztof Penderecki's Garden

PendereckiThe interactive garden inspired by Krzysztof Penderecki's work is a new project run by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in virtual space. Penderecki’s Garden will premiere on the anniversary of the Maestro’s birth on 23 November 2020. A preview of the project, financed as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022, is available from 20 May 2020 on the website www.pendereckisgarden.pl.

Penderecki’s Garden is an interactive, continually updated digital project inspired by the life and extraordinary legacy of one of the world’s most outstanding contemporary composers, Krzysztof Penderecki. Through it, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute wishes to pay tribute to the Professor’s memory. Gardening – one of Penderecki’s greatest passions – has been chosen as the leitmotif of this undertaking. By filling the garden with new music and other works inspired by the Polish composer’s oeuvre, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute is highlighting his importance for world culture and allowing internet users all over the globe to discover the legacy of Krzysztof Penderecki, his influence on artists in Poland and around the world, as well the the figure of a man who had a myriad different passions.

The project is created by Polish musicians, including Skalpel, Piotr Orzechowski "Pianohooligan", Paweł Romańczuk, Hania Rani, and Robert Piotrowicz.

Penderecki's Garden is currently promoted through the music memory game (www.MemoryPenderecki.pl). The teaser is available at www.PendereckisGarden.pl 

More information at: https://www.gov.pl/web/kultura/w-ogrodzie-krzysztofa-pendereckiego