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Finalists of the 1st Witold Szalonek International Composers' Competition Announced


A meeting of the 1st Witold Szalonek International Composers' Competition jury was held on 2 April 2018. The jurors selected 17 compositions for the second stage of the contest.

The idea for the Witold Szalonek International Composers' Competition 2018 – 1st Edition was born of the idea of ​​creating a project that would be aimed at getting to know the contemporary music of our time, dedicated to the memory of the great Polish composer of the 20th century, Witold Szalonek (1927-2001). Selected works of composers will be performed during two final concerts as part of the II International Kwidzyn Music Spring Festival.

Works from 16 countries were submitted and a committee composed of: Marcel Chyrzyński (Poland), Dagfinn Koch (Norway), Mirosław Pachowicz (Poland), Mark Hartt-Palmer (Great Britain), Dariusz Przybylski (Poland), Michail Travlos (Greece / Poland ) chose 17 works from 11 countries. Among them are composers already with a very rich career, distinguished academic professors, and talented youth. One of the prizes was funded by the Witold Szalonek family. Mats O Hansson (Sweden), Christopher Bochmann, George Holloway (United Kingdom), Ali Afshary (Iran), Franciszek Araszkiewicz (Poland), Mario Folli, Gaetano Lorandi (Italy), Elena Papari, Ananias Ananiadis, Dimitris Mantzirakis, Dimitris Tsimpanos ( Greece), Shoryu Itazu, Ryuji Kubota (Japan), Robert Lemay (Canada), Kong Zhixuan (China), Jaime Belmonte Caparrós (Spain), Martín Rincón Botero (Colombia).

The final stage of the competition will consist of two evening events that will take place in Kwidzyn on 4 and 5 June 2018 as part of the concert season of the 2nd International Festival "Kwidzyn Music Spring". The competition compositions will be performed during the final concerts. The winner will be announced at the end of the second evening.

Detailed information about the competition: www.phasma-music.com