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Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus and Klaudiusz Baran


On March 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw, the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and Klaudiusz Baran, the rector of the Fryderyk Chopin Warsaw University of Music, will perform wroks by Szabelski, Riepnikow, Prokofiev.

Finished in 1951, Symphony No. 7, a four-part composition which is traditional in its form, proved to be Prokofiev’s last work. It was created in the dark times of Stalinism, when the composer was in disgrace of the oppressive government. The work’s premiere was the composer’s last concert, as he died on the exact same day as the murderous Soviet dictator, which made Prokofiev’s death and funeral almost unnoticed… Undeservedly, Opus ultimum, a beautiful and moving piece, has gained less popularity than his other symphonies.

Albin Repnikov is one of the most popular accordionists – the master of an instrument that has always been particularly beloved in Russia. Many pieces from his interesting and abundant repertoire belong to the ‘canon’ and are played at almost every competition. Accordion Concerto No. 3, showing composer's great imagination and the rich tones of accordion, will be performed by one of the most notable Polish virtuosos: Klaudiusz Baran, currently the rector of the Fryderyk Chopin Warsaw University of Music.

Another work to be recalled is Bolesław Szabelski’s Etude for orchestra – a relatively unknown, yet interesting piece composed in 1938 when Szabelski worked in a newly established conservatoire of Katowice (after a period during the war when he fought in the Home Army, he continued to work as a teacher). Katowice was also the city where the work’s premiere was hosted. The same school (currently known as Academy of Music) was attended by Maciej Tomasiewicz – formerly associated with Archetti Chamber Orchestra – who will conduct the concert. His artistic achievements include performances with a variety of important ensembles in Poland and abroad.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Warsaw | Cosmic Live Electronic: Jerzy Przeździecki & Andrzej Karałow


On March 8, 2019 at 7.00 p.m., Jerzy Przeździecki and Andrzej Karałow will perform at the Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium in Warsaw.

An improvised spontaneous story that guides the listener through stylistically diverse moments which attempt to create their own world. A world in which color is a dominant form-generating element of a common musical language. Wandering through the internal soundscapes of instruments such as the Buchla Music Easel synthesizer, modular synthesizer, piano or DSI Prophet 6, artists take the challenge to map these seemingly different musical lands and merge them into a single, organic whole.

Andrzej Karałow is a pianist and composer. He lectures at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw at the Department of Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music and pursue doctoral studies in composition under the guidance of Professor Aleksander Kościów. He graduated with honors from the FCUM in the piano class of Professor Bronisława Kawalla and in the composition class of Professor Stanisław Moryto. In 2017, he received Magna Cum Laude distinction at his alma mater. He is a laureate of many Polish and international piano and composing competitions. In 2018/19, he became a mentor in the London Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composers Programme. In March 2018, he released his first original album Wir recorded in a duet with Jerzy Przeździecki, a producer of electronics, who performed at the "Warsaw Autumn" and at the largest electronic music festivals.

More information at: http://www.niebokopernika.pl/repertuar/repertoire/detail/cosmic-live-electronic-jerzy-przezdziecki-i-andrzej-karalow/ 

Gdańsk | 3rd International Festival of Piano Duets

Akademia muzyczna w Gdańsku

The 3rd International Festival of Piano Duets is a unique event not only in Poland, but also in Europe. Between 3-6 March 2019, at the Stanisław Moniuszko Gdańsk Academy of Music, we will see perform as many as nine award-winning piano duos.

Piano duets rarely play in concert halls because of the requirement of having two grand pianos on the stage. This does not contitute a problem for the Music Academy in Gdańsk, which has such instruments in its Concert Hall. The International Festival of Piano Duets will start on 3 March at 7.00 p.m. with the extraordinary recital of Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo from Germany. In the next three days (March 4-6), there will be two concerts daily, at 4.00 and at 7.00 p.m. Among the festival guests, we will find well-known Polish ensembles, including Ravel Piano Duo (winner of the "Fryderyk" award), Granat & Kreda Piano Duo, Furmańska & Kuchniak Piano Duo, Godziński Piano Duo, and Piórkowski & Sikała Piano Duo, as well as international musicians, like Sakamoto sisters from Japan, Kopeliuk & Sediuk from Ukraine, and Sherniakova & Berezan from Russia.

The repertoire for piano duets includes both pieces for four hands (with one piano), as well as for two pianos. During the festival, we will listen to, among others, works by Jerzy Bauer, Witold Lutosławski, Roman Maciejewski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Romauld Twardowski, and Władysław Żeleński. The concerts will give the opportunity to get acquainted with these beautiful repertoire and compare different styles and international interpretations.

Admission to all the events is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.gda.pl/events/iii-miedzynarodowy-festiwal-duetow-fortepianowych/ 

Częstochowa | 1st Wanda Wiłkomirska Violin Competition of Polish Music

ZSM Częstochowa

Marcin Józef Żebrowski Music School Complex in Częstochowa cordially invites you to the 1st Wanda Wiłkomirska Violin Competition of Polish Music, which will be held on February 28 – March 5, 2019.

The competition will feature 111 young performers in three age categories. The jury is composed of: Łukasz Błaszczyk, Piotr Tarcholik, Jakub Jakowicz, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Radosław Pujanek, and Aleksandra Szwejkowska-Belica  the artistic director of the competition. Young violinists will have the opportunity to participate in consultations with the jury members, master classes and lectures. They will compete for prizes funded by the Marshal of Silesian Voivodeship Jakub Chełstowski as well as a violin made by Janina Pawlikowska from Krakow and a master bow from the studio of Marcin Mazur from Łódź. Apart from valuable material prizes, the winners will also take part in the concerts organized by different musical institutions in the country.

The competition will be accompanied by concerts of Polish music, as part of the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko and the 50th anniversary of the death of the outstanding Polish composer and violinist Grażyna Bacewicz. On February 28 at the Jasna Góra Basilica, the Symphony Orchestra of the Częstochowa Music School Complex under Miłosz Kula and the violinist Wojciech Nidziółka will perform works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Witold Lutosławski and Henryk Wieniawski. The Town Hall  Częstochowa Museum, for four consecutive days will host auditions and, on Monday, March 4, a concert of the laureates. The whole project will end with a concert "Grażyna Bacewicz in memoriam" at the Częstochowa Museum on March 5, featuring Cezary Sanecki, Aleksandra Szwejkowska-Belica and Maria Belica.

All the competition events, like auditions, concerts, workshops or lectures, are open to public.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.zsmuz.czest.pl/i-konkurs-skrzypcowy-muzyki-polskiej-im-wandy-wilkomirskiej/ 

TUTTI.pl 2019


Until 18 March 2019, the PWM Editions accept applications in the third edition of TUTTI.pl – an undertaking supporting the performances of Polish music, implemented with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

The third edition of TUTTI.pl will include two recruitments. The spring recruitement, dedicated to the events taking place during the first 6 months of the season (in the first semester), i.e. from 1 September 2019 to 29 February 2020, will be held from 18 February to 18 March 2019. Documents should be submitted to the Warsaw branch of PWM Editions (8 Fredry St.).

The initiative is directed to orchestras and music ensembles, schools and academies as well as institutions involved in organizing concerts, festivals and recordings. The assumptions and general principles of TUTTI.pl remain unchanged: there are more than 1,700 works available to artists, which were released by nearly 250 Polish artists. The most interesting programme proposals which include works by Polish composers from the PWM catalog, especially works that are rarely recorded and performed, and projects with high educational values, will be rewarded with a 70% discount on hire of performance materials.

The third edition of TUTTI.pl is unique due to the introduction of a new way of awarding discounts to schools and music academies. 70% of the TUTTI.pl funding is added to the permanent rebate for these institutions. This gives a total of 85% co-financing for renting materials as part of the TUTTI.pl project.

More information at: https://pwm.com.pl/pl/page/tutti.html 

MET Opera 2019-2020 Season of Live in HD Performances

MetThe Metropolitan Opera revealed its 2019-20 schedule for its ever-popular Live in HD series. The 14th season of the cycle will begin on October 12, 2019 with the broadcast Puccini's Turandot directed by Franco Zeffirell. The performance will be led by the new music director of the New York scene – Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

As many as five premieres will be among the ten broadcasts. As in previous years, we will have the pleasure to see and hear Polish singers taking part in the transmissions from the MET. Artur Ruciński will perform in Massenet's Manon and Andrzej Filończyk in Donizetti's Maria Stuart . Apart from Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who will also lead the premiere of Wozzeck by Alban Berg, at the conductor's desk we will also see Valery Gergiev, Maurizio Benini and Bernard De Billy.

Before Christmas, especially for children's audience, the MET will recall the first ever opera show ever screened in cinemas  sparkling with humor and full of magic, Mozart's Enchanted Flute of 2006. The summer replays of the most interesting titles are traditionally awaiting for the audiences. We'll see Aïda by Verdi, broadcasted in the 2018-19 season with the participation of Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili, and the famous performance of La Bohème in Zeffirelli's staging, in which Kristine Opolais, now the number one star of the MET, took up the sudden replacement in the Mimì part. The New York scene will also remind Romeo and Julia by Gounod with Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo and The Barber of Seville in the star cast from 2007, not broadcasted to Poland at the time.

Live broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera will be shown all over the world in over 70 countries. Thanks to nazywowkinach.pl, Polish viewers will watch New York shows with the participation of the biggest stars in 35 centres.

More information at: www.nazywowkinach.pl 

"La Fille du Régiment" Live from the MET


The humorous opera of Donizetti La Fille du Régiment (The daughter of the regiment) returns in the transmission cycle "The Met: Live in HD" in the new cast. The Praha Cinema in Warsaw invites you to the broadcast on March 2, 2019 at 6.35 p.m.

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks – including the show-stopping tenor aria Ah! Mes amis … Pour mon âme, with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. And in an exciting piece of casting, stage and screen icon Kathleen Turner makes her Met debut in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

Donizetti’s score is a deft combination of jaunty military tunes, brisk comic numbers, enormously graceful ensembles and vocal solos, and sparkling arias. Not many singers have the technical ability and theatrical presence to deliver the famous fireworks arias (notably the soprano’s Act I Chacun le sait and the tenor’s Act I Ah! Mes amis, with its notorious nine high Cs). Just as important as these, however, are the lyric beauty and pathos of the slower melodic gems (the soprano’s Il faut partir in Act I and the tenor’s Pour me rapprocher de Marie in Act II).

The list of places in Poland, where you can watch broadcasts from Met, is available here.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information: http://www.kinopraha.pl

Warsaw | Bedřich Smetana’s 195th birthday anniversary


On March 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw will host a concert of the Sinfonia Iuventus orchestra on the occassion of Bedřich Smetana’s 195th birthday anniversary. The event will be held under the honorary patronage of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Warsaw.

Bedřich Smetana was younger than Stanisław Moniuszko by five years – and despite considerable differences in their biographies, one can notice many analogies in the creative approaches of both composers. Smetana is regarded as the father of the national Czech music, which he understood as a combination of classical music and the heritage of folk culture and praising the history and beauty his homeland. The programme of the concert is a recollection of his greatest works – a comic opera The Bartered Bride (represented with its overture – filled with energy, contrasts, joy and dance), whose significance of Czech culture can be compared to the meaning of The Haunted Manor for the Polish culture. Má Vlast (My Homeland), however, is a set of six independent symphonic poems, recalling old legends and important sites in the Czech history.

The path traced out by Smetana was followed by Antonín Dvořák, composer of the Late Romantic period, particularly acclaimed for his symphonies. The 1889 Symphony No. 8 is filled with joy and optimism, as well as references to national music, though it does not attempt to render any extra-musical narrative. The composition became very successful both in Bohemia and abroad. Until now it remains, along with the famous Symphony No. 9, one of the most performed Dvořák’s symphonies. The concert will be conducted by Piotr Sułkowiski, the General and Artistic Director of the Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic in Olsztyn, who is also a member of the Artistic Council of Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/

Wrocław | Sonatas for violin and piano


On March 2, 2019 at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, violinist Mieczysław Szlezer and pianist Danuta Mroczek-Szlezer will perform selected sonatas for violin and piano.

The concert is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Ferenc Liszt Society in Poland (TiFL), which was founded on March 2, 1989 in the Music and Literature Club in Wrocław by a group of thirty musicians and music lovers from several cities. The society organised 1320 concerts held in 86 different concert halls, in 28 cities in the country and in Budapest, Gödöllö, Györ, Moscow and St. Petersburg, which featured 700 performers from 33 countries (some repeatedly); including 398 pianists, 47 soloists playing on other instruments, 19 chamber musicians, 6 conductors, 6 actors, 3 symphonic orchestras and the Grand Theater – National Opera Choir. TiFL initiated and implemented in Wrocław 8 piano competitions (including 4 international ones with 135 participants from 28 countries). The TiFL office is in Wrocław – a city in which Liszt in 1843 played as many as 15 concerts and for the first time in his life he conducted an opera performance.

During the concert, the musicians will present Mozart's Sonata in E minor, KV 304, Violin Sonata No 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Beethoven and Sonata in A minor, Op. 13 by  Paderewski.

More information at: http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/7127