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Young Musician of the Year 2022 in TVP Kultura in April

10 young adepts of musical art were qualified to the semi-finals of the Young Musician of the Year 2022 competition. The semi-final struggles of young artists will be broadcast on TVP Kultura on the 17th and 24th of April 2022.  The final of the competition will be held on the 2nd of May at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. Tickets for the gala ceremony will be available from the 6th of April.

A jury will select five finalists. The winner of the competition will represent Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest for Young Musicians in Montpellier.

The aim of the nationwide competition for the best musician playing one of the classical instruments is to promote young talents - students of secondary music schools and at the same time to encourage them to improve their skills in playing the instrument.

The co-organizers of this year's edition of the Young Musician of the Year competition are the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage together with the National Institute of Music and Dance and TVP Kultura.

Press release

More: https://nimit.pl/aktualnosci/mlody-muzyk-roku-2022-w-kwietniu-na-antenie-tvp-kultura/

Online concert for Ukraine

On the 16th of April 2022 at 3:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PST) on The Violin Channel Cleveland Institute of Music, Colburn School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, New World Symphony, Royal Conservatory of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music will present an online charity concert featuring their young artists. Music of Mieczysław Wajnberg will be performed among others.

Young artists from eight institutions will take part in an online concert. The author of the concept is Midori - the famous violinist and teacher.

During the concert fundraising for organizations providing humanitarian aid and organizing medical care for Ukrainians will take place.

The program includes performances by Improvisation Klezmer Ensemble, San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Roots, Jazz and American Music (RJAM) and Colburn School's Ziering-Conlon Initative for Recovered Voices dedicated to the presentation of works by composers persecuted by the Nazi regime.

Works by Schubert, Bartók, Taffanel, Skoryka and Popper will also be performed during the event.

Source: https://theviolinchannel.com/north-american-conservatories-to-host-benefit-concert-for-ukraine/ 

Winners of the 2nd National Competition of Duets with Piano in Gdańsk

On the 13th of April 2022, during the Concert of Laureates of the 2nd National Competition of Duets with Piano the results and awards were announced. The Winners' concert is available on the organizer's YouTube channel.

In group I: the 1st prize (in the amount of PLN 4,000) went to the duo Hanna Pozorska and Kacper Kukliński, 2nd prize - not awarded, 3rd prize (in the amount of PLN 1,000) went to the duo Julian Weilandt and Jakub Drabiński. The award (PLN 500), funded by the Lotos Foundation, was awarded to the duo Alicja Rydel and Alicja Leczkowska.

In group II: 1st prize (in the amount of PLN 10,000) went to the duo Jan Lewandowski and Piotr Pawlak, 2nd prize (in the amount of PLN 6,000) funded by the Mayor of Gdynia was awarded to the duo Piotr Thieu-Quang and Paweł Popko.

 3rd prize (in the amount of PLN 3,000) funded by the Mayor of Gdynia was awarded to the duo Justyna Bujak and Jan-Kanty Mikosz. The 1st degree distinction in the amount of PLN 2,000, funded by the Lotos Foundation, was awarded to the duo Sylwia Ziółkowska and Jacek Bies. Second degree awards in the amount of PLN 1,000 were awarded to duets: Alicja Olekszak and Tomasz Białynicki-Birula, Emilia Maria Jarocka and Julia Łozowska, Oliwia Filipczak and Michalina Zasada, Jakub Wydrzyński and Szymon Orliński.

A special prize of PLN 2,000 funded by the Lotos Foundation for the best performance of an obligatory piece from the Baroque or Classicism era was also awarded to the duo Piotr Thieu-Quang and Paweł Popko. The remaining awards and distinctions were funded by the Rector, Prof. Ryszard Minkiewicz.

Congratulations to all Laureates!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Detailed information: https://amuz.gda.pl/wydarzenia/ii-ogolnopolski-konkurs-duetow-z-fortepianem,674 

18th volume of 'Musicology Today' came out!

POLMICAs the culinary pasticcio added appeal to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century aristocratic parties, working just as strongly on the sense of taste as on that of sight, so the operatic pasticcio and the pasticcio practice in general have enlivened contemporary musicological research. The 18th volume of the English-language journal ‘Musicology Today’, published by the Institute of Musicology of the University of Warsaw and the Polish Composers' Union, is entirely devoted to pasticcio.

The presented volume is part of the Pasticcio. Ways of Arranging Attractive Operas research project, funded from the Beethoven 2 Programme, which is co-financed by the National Science Centre of Poland and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. It includes 14 articles based on presentations from the conference that summed up the project, Operatic Pasticcio in Eighteenth-Century Opera: Work Concept, Performance Practice, Digital Humanities, which was held in May 2021 at Warsaw University.

The texts analyse pasticcios with reference to the concept of the operatic work from very different perspectives: those of theatrical practice (Giovanni Polin); the audiences (Ina Knoth), culinary analogies (Berthold Over), and pleasure (Aneta Markuszewska). Anne Desler discusses singers’ dramaturgical choices and their creative contributions to pasticcio production. Raffaele Mellace traces changes in Johann Adolf Hasse’s composition strategies over the period of thirty years that separate his Siroe (Bologna 1733) from his eponymous self-pasticcio (Dresden 1763). Hasse’s Siroe is also considered by Emilia Pelliccia and Sonia Rzepka, who, using Laodice’s recitativo accompagnato sung by Elisabeth Teyber as their starting point, analyse that singer’s impact on the musical form of the work and on Hasse’s creative process, as well as presenting the functions and elements of the database that the project group has been working on.

Reinhard Strohm uses the example of Handel’s Scipione (1730) to talk about eighteenth-century stage practice as well as problems involved in contemporary editions of pasticcios. Three other articles (by Gesa zur Nieden, Jana Spáčilová, and Paologiovanni Maione) deal with the specific qualities of pasticcios staged respectively in such European hubs as Hamburg, Prague, Brno and Naples. At the foundation of every opera or pasticcio lay the literary libretti, whose migrations and forms constitute a crucial, extremely difficult aspect of the pasticcio research, taken up in her article by Anna Ryszka-Komarnicka. Interest in the pasticcio is also evident in contemporary operatic life. The dilemmas, questions, and decisions faced by musicologists and music life organisers in our own times in the process of staging pasticcios are the subject of two papers, by Bruno Forment and Clemens Birnbaum.

The journal is available online at: https://sciendo.com/issue/MUSO/18/1 

Details of the project can be found at: https://www.pasticcio-project.eu/ 

Albéniz Trio the best ensemble at the Kiejstut Bacewicz Competition in Łódź!

After six days of auditions at the 21st Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź the jury announced the results. The award ceremony and the Laureates' Concert took place on the 10th of April 10 2022 in the Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Łódź. The Albéniz Trio is the winner of the Competition. The Winners' concert and all Competition auditions are available on the organizer's YouTube channel.

In the first stage the jury members: Łukasz Błaszczyk, Massimiliano Caldi (Włochy/Polska), Michał Drewnowski, Alexander Hintchev (Bułgaria), Agata Igras, Yair Kless (Izrael/Austria), Włodzimierz Zalewski and Sylwia Michalik listened to participants divided into two categories: instrumental and vocal duets, and in the second category trios, quartets and quintets. In the second stage the teams were classified together. The Competition was open to ensembles whose average age at the beginning of the event did not exceed 30 years.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Italian Cultural Institute in Warsaw, and the STOART Association of Performers.

Competition results:

1st Prize - Albéniz Trio

2nd Prize - Gidaszewska/Łaguniak/Koziak Trio

3rd Prize ex aequo - Upbeat Piano Trio

3rd Prize ex aequo - Capaltome Duo


Distinction - Romarie Piano Duo

Special Prize for the best performance of a work of the Polish composer - Popko / Thieu–Quang

Special Prize for the best performance of a work of the Polish composer - Romarie Piano Duo

Special Prize funded by the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Lodz - Albéniz Trio

Special Prize for the best ensemble from Poland funded by the Ars Iuventutis Association - Gidaszewska/Łaguniak/Koziak Trio

Special Prize funded by the Radom Chamber Orchestra - Romarie Piano Duo


Congratulations to all participants and especially to prize winners!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

 

Read more: Albéniz Trio the best ensemble at the Kiejstut Bacewicz Competition in Łódź!

Opole | 'Treny Katyńskie'. Concert on the anniversary of Katyn massacre

Katyn Massacre Remembrance Day - a national holiday celebrated on the 13th of April, on the anniversary of the publication of information about the discovery of mass graves of Polish Army officers in the USSR. The event taking place on the 11th of April 2022 at 11.00 at the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic organized by the Institute of National Remembrance, the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk and the Central Museum of Prisoners of War in Opole, is part of the programme of this year's events accompanying the Katyn Massacre Remembrance Day.

‘Treny Katyńskie’ composed by Adam Tański for a string-wind sextet and solo voice will be performed during the concert.

The ensemble will be led by Tomasz Chyła during the concert and the soloist will be countertenor Sławomir Bronk. The interdisciplinary character of the project will be complemented by the poetry of Władysław Sebyła, choreography of Paweł Kozłowski and multimedia visualizations by Paula Jaszczyk.

The honorary patronage over the event was assumed by Prof. Piotr Gliński Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

The concert is free, admittance upon confirmation by the 8th of April at the office of the Delegation of the Institute of National Remembrance in Opole (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel .: 77 406 83 20)

Press release

Additional information: https://www.cmjw.pl/ 

Gdańsk | 2nd National Competition of Duets with Piano

Between the 11th and 13th of April 2022 at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, the 2nd National Competition of Duets with Piano will take place, organized by the Accompaniment Department of the Academy.

The competition is aimed at secondary schools as well as students and graduates of universities in Poland. This is the third edition of this event.

The one-stage competition is conducted in two age categories. It gives the opportunity to present duets, the composition of which must include a pianist together with another instrumentalist (the participation of piano duets for four hands or two pianos is excluded) or a vocalist. The auditions are open to the public and at the end of the event the Winners' Concert for the winners of the first prizes will be held.

The competition will be held under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the President of the City of Gdańsk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, the President of the City of Gdynia Wojciech Szczurek and the Rector of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk Prof. Ryszard Minkiewicz. Yamaha Europe is the event's partner. The sponsorship was provided by ARPI Reklamy.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Center POLMIC.

Detailed information: https://amuz.gda.pl/wydarzenia/ii-ogolnopolski-konkurs-duetow-z-fortepianem,674

The 26th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival

The 26th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival will be held between the 3rd and 15th of April 2022. The leitmotif of the festival is Beethoven as "the father of the great symphonic tradition". During the 13 days of the festival, 11 symphonic concerts and 2 piano recitals will take place.  Performances of works by Beethoven, Berlioz, Liszt, Szymanowski and Penderecki among others are going to take place. A special concert will be devoted to the activities of the Polish Medical Mission in Ukraine.

Yekwon Sunwoo - gold medalist of the van Cliburn Piano Competition, from 2017, Juan Pérez Floristán - winner of the A. Rubinstein Piano Competition in 2021, Jonathan Fournel - this year's winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium and Martin James Bartlett - winner of the Virtualoso Competition in Cleveland in 2020 will be Festival's artists.

As part of the Festival, an exhibition of Musical Manuscripts will be opened at the Jagiellonian Library and an international scientific conference will be held on the importance of Ludwig van Beethoven's symphonic works in the European musical tradition.

Press release

Detailed information: http://beethoven.org.pl/