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75th anniversary of the Silesian Philharmonic online!


The Silesian Philharmonic is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Despite the current difficult situation, the institution invites you to celebrate it with its musicians without leaving home. On 26 May 2020, exactly on the 75th anniversary of the first concert held in the philharmonic hall, you will be able to participate in a great online event. 

Live broadcasts on Facebook and YouTube will ba available almost the whole day. The Silesian Philharmonic invites viewers to have a guided tour of its building and learn about its history through various stories,  anecdotes and memories of world-renowned musicians. During live conversations, music lovers will be able to respond and ask questions. Although the Great Anniversary Gala is postponed, the artists who were supposed to perform – Leszek Możdżer, Katarzyna Hołysz, Małgorzata Walewska, Andrzej Lampert and Aleksander Teliga– will also appear on Facebook to celebrate the anniversary

The Philharmonic will also present fragments of concerts of its orchestras and choir. Additionally, at 7:00 p.m., there will be an online concert with the premiere recordings of works by Witold Friemann, Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. Especially for this occasion, Adam Wesołowski – director of the Silesian Philharmonic – composed a 75-second fanfare, which premiere will begin the final concert of the day.

During the time spent together, viewers will learn a bit of history, immerse themselves in memories and learn something about what will happen in the future – because the 76th artistic season is just around the corner!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/jubileusz-75-lecia-filharmonii-slaskiej-on-line/ 

Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020

Warsaw WindThe PWM Edition and Warsaw Wind Music Association announce the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra – Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020.

The Contest is open to composers of all nationalities who are at least 18 years old before 30 September 2020. It will be organised in two categories: international and Polish. The Final Gala will take place on 28 November 2020 in Warsaw. The prize pool include publication of the winning composition in the PWM series 'Biblioteka Orkiestr Dętych' ('The Wind Orchestras Library'), first performance of the winning composition at the Final Gala and material prizes. The winner in the Polish category will receive an additional cash prize in the amount of PLN 4,000 funded by the PWM Edition.

Applications may be submitted by 30 September 2020 (23:59, UTC+2).

Compositions will be judged by a Jury composed of: Alicja Gronau – chairwoman of the jury, Chris David Westover, Ryan Latimer, Eunho Chang, Adam Czajkowski, Daniel Cichy, Jakub Nikiel, Mariusz Dziubek, Jarosław Praszczałek.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.warsawwinds.pl.

"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/ 

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 

6th International Composition Compteition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki"

SC The Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow – Sinfonietta Cracovia announces the 6th International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki", dedicated to the memory of Maestro associated with the Orchestra from the very beginning of its existence.

Competition is aimed to promote young composers and to broaden the repertoire for string orchestra. The subject of the Competition is an original piece entitled Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki for a string orchestra and percussion (max. ensemble formation 6-5-4-4-1 / perk. 3). Duration of the piece must be from 7 to 12 minutes. Entry into the competition is open to all composers under 40 years of age. Each participant can submit no more than two compositions.

Materials for the Competition in the form of digital files should be sent via the online Application Form, which is available at: http://tiny.cc/sinfonietta. Sending any materials / documents in paper form is neighter required nor allowed. Application deadline is 30 June 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

The function of the Honorary Chairwoman of the Competition's Jury is held by Mrs. Elżbieta Penderecka. The Competition's jury consists of recognized experts in the field of composition: Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Eugeniusz Knapik, Marcel Chyrzyński and Jurek Dybał.

The Competition's prize consist of a premiere performance of the winning composition Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki during the Sinfonietta Festival in Kraków, including its professional audio-video recording and other performances of the piece during the 2020/2021 concert season. Due to pandemic of the coronavirus the Organizer reserves the right to change the form of the Competition's prize.

Information about the winners and prize-awarded compositions will be published on the Organizer's website: www.sinfonietta.pl no later than 7 July 2020.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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#stayathome and sing with us – online educational project of the Silesian Philharmonic


The Silesian Philharmonic invites all children who miss the joy of singing together to participate in the online classes "#stayathome and sing with us!", which will be held every Sunday at 11.00 a.m. both on Facebook and on the Silesian Philharmonic YouTube channel. The first meeting will take place on 26 April 2020.

The Silesian Philharmonic Choir, Barbara Badura and Adam Żaak as amazing Bimsala Tralalala will take children and their parents on a musical journey. During the meeting, participants will learn about the secrets of working in a choir, they will learn how to properly prepare for singing and they will perform a song with the choir – all without leaving home.

Project "#stayathome and sing with us" is directed at children from 3 to 10 years old. Great fun will not only allow you to spend a pleasant time, but also develop creativity, skills, and maybe ... awaken a new passion?

Dear parents, we encourage you to introduce your children to the magical world of music! Regardless of whether it will be your first adventure with the Silesian Philharmonic, or you have already participated in the "Academy of Musical Taste" programmes, you can join the Philharmonic on Sunday mornings!

To not forget about any classes, subscribe to the Facebook event today, which will remind you of the upcoming meetings: https://www.facebook.com/events/155697979217194/

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/zostanwdomu-i-zaspiewaj-z-nami/ 

#stayathome and create!


A new unique piece of music is being created at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice by composers from Poland and abroad. It will be dedicated to the memory of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki. Music lovers themselves will be able to decide on the final shape of the composition.

The premiere performance will take place as soon as the musicians return to the concert hall, although an online version will also be released. A group of outstanding Polish and foreign composers joined the original action, undertaking new artistic activities in the time of isolation. This group include Enjott Schneider, Mikołaj Piotr Górecki, Marcel Chyrzyński, and Paweł Mykietyn. This is not a complete list, because there will be some surprises. The innovative composition will be published by PWM Edition, which is a co-organizer of the action. "Ruch Muzyczny" magazine is a partner of the project.

The rule is simple. Each day, two alternative fragments of a new work will be presented on the Silesian Philharmonic Facebook profile. By online voting, everyone will be able to contribute to the decision: which one will be included in the final composition. Each subsequent week will belong to a different composer. The project will last until 16 May 2020.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/zostanwdomu-i-tworz/  and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/filharmonia.slaska 

2nd Polish Brass Band Conference online


The 2nd Polish Brass Band Conference – Poland Band Clinic RADOM will be held online on 27-29 March 2020.

The topics of the conference will concern the world of brass bands: both organizing and conducting orchestras, personal development of conductors as well as creating an orchestra community and cooperation platform. Conductors, brass band musicians, musicologists and equipment manufacturers will take part in the conference. The organisers will also present the concept of the 1st Polish Brass Band Championships which will take place in Radom in July 2020.

OKOD 2020 presentations will be held in the form of a teleconference with free access to everyone: on 27 March from 5 to 9 p.m.; on 28 March from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; on 29 March from 5 to 8 p.m. Please remember that you have to register before participating in OKOD online. People registering after 4 p.m. on a given day will not receive access to the broadcast. The number of places is limited to 250. The participants will receive a link to the conference broadcast to the e-mail address provided in the registration form (the message will be sent around 4:15 p.m. on a given day).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Conference's website: https://www.okod.pl/ 

Link to the registration form: https://forms.gle/Pw5BUhnbLeMUeMCt5 

"Smash the Virus with Music!" – Sinfonietta Cracovia's artistic and education offer


Due to the suspension of concert activity related to the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, Sinfonietta Cracovia presents a free artistic and educational offer for adults and young music lovers through its media channels. The "Smash the Virus wiith Music!" project consists of three modules.

"Virtual concert" is a musical journey in time. Every second day Sinfonietta will publish (premiere!) concert recordings with particular emphasis on the works of Ludwig van Beethoven – on his 250th birth anniversary – and the music of Polish artists. Every other day at 7:00 p.m. Sinfonietta invites you to its Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/user/SinfoniettaCracovia 

"Sinfonietka's karaoke", a project dedicated to children, will feature songs in the karaoke version with the possibility of singing and playing together. Every second day at 12:00 p.m. a new song by a Polish composer – from Wasowski to Penderecki – recorded by Sinfonietta in cooperation with the Children's Sinfonietta Choir will be published on the Orchestra's media channels.

"Virtual Master Courses" with Sinfonietta musicians are directed at pupils and students, as well as amateurs, who can register for individual violin, viola, cello and double bass lessons via instant messengers. All you have to do is send an application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a note on which instrument you play.

And also "Sinfonietka's competitions"! The best artworks inspired by Sinfonietta songs and the best video clips of karaoke performances will be posted on the Orchestra's media channels.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Let's have fun together! More information at:

Łódź | Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy 2020


BISMA Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy are master classes directed at musicians who want to expand their knowledge and develop skills in piano playing. The courses will take place between 2 and 8 August 2020 in the buildings of the Academy of Music in Łódź.

This year's classes will be led by the most outstanding pianists from prestigious music academies: Michel Béroff (professor of Seong-Jin Cho, the winner of the 17th Chopin Piano Competition) and Claudio Martinez Mehner as well as artists of the young generation: Alexej Gorlatch and Ilya Maximov. There will be several concerts broadcast live on the Internet.

The summer courses will culminate in a gala concert during which the Grażyna Bacewicz International Prize of 1,000 € will be granted to the best participant.

The application deadline is 1 June 2020. The entry fee is 50 € (participants from Poland are exempt from the entry fee). The cost of participation in the course is 520 €.

The director of BISMA is the Polish pianist Julia Kociuban.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.bisma.pl 

Gdańsk | 13th Gdańsk Music Festival


Due to the prevailing pandemic and out of concern for the safety of artists and listeners, the 13th Gdańsk Music Festival was divided into two parts. The first part will take place between 9 and 20 May 2020 and will be broadcast on Radio Gdańsk. The concerts of the second part will take place between 29 September and 31 October 2020.

The 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition will be held in Warsaw next year. The winners of the Competition from previous years and this year's candidates will take part in the Gdańsk Music Festival. Adam Kałduński, the winner of the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk (2019) and the 2nd Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Young Pianists (2019), will perform on 18 May at 7.05 p.m. at the Gdańsk Radio Concert Studio. In 2020 he won the second prize ex aequo at the 50th National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and thus qualified for the Chopin Competition 2021. Already qualified for the next year Chopin Competition is also Piotr Pawlak, who will perform on 20 May at 7.05 p.m. The day before, at the same time, we will hear the broadcast of Adam Makowicz's jazz recital from the Polish Baltic Philharmonic.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II. On this occasion, in the second part of the festival, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's monumental work Beatus Vir will be performed by the Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis, Kraków Philharmonic Choir and Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jan Łukaszewski. The work was commissioned by Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, and the premiere took place after his election as Pope. The Beethoven Year will be celebrated by the performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56 by artists cooperating with Deutsche Grammophon: pianist Jan Lisiecki, violinist Bomsori Kim and cellist Camille Thomas

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.gdanskifestiwal.pl/ and www.radiogdansk.pl 

Łącko | 6th Talent Academy of Lesser Poland


The "Porta Musicae" Artistic Association invites you to participate in the 6th edition of the Talent Academy of Lesser Poland music courses, which will take place from 28 June to 5 July 2020 at the Primary Music School in Łąck.

The Talent Academy of Lesser Poland is a unique meeting with classical music. The organizers of the event want to give young musicians a chance to improve their skills under the guidance of experienced and recognized classical music authorities. During the courses, participants have the opportunity to make direct contact with the selected teacher and work with him during individual lessons. This year, the organizers have invited eleven teachers from various specialties to conduct courses. The participants will also have the opportunity to take part in chamber and orchestral courses.

Music schools students as well as students and graduates of music academies from Poland and abroad are invited to participate in the courses. The organisers especially encourage people from small towns whose access to music education is difficult for various reasons.

One of the "Porta Musicae" Artistic Association goals is to promote Polish contemporary music. The 6th Talent Academy of Lesser Poland will feature artistic events open to the wider public living in a given city and region. The concert programme will include works by Polish composers of the 20th and 21st century.

The submission deadline is 31 May 2020.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.kursymuzyczne.com/ 

Space for young composers – H.M. Górecki International Composers' Competition

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2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's death. To commemorate the composer and give young artists an opportunity to present and promote their works, the Silesian Philharmonic is launching a composing competition named after its patron, combined with this year's 8th edition of the International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

The subject of the H.M. Górecki International Composers' Competition is a piece for a cappella choir with a duration of 5 to 10 minutes. The participants of the Competition shall be under 40 years of age. The deadline for submitting entries is 1 October 2020. The works will be judged by a jury composed of recognized artists: Eugeniusz Knapik, Mikołaj Górecki, Paweł Mykietyn, Jarosław Wolanin and Adam Wesołowski.

The prize in the competition will be the premiere performance and professional audiovisual recording of the winning composition during the International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, organized annually by the Silesian Philharmonic.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the competition: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/projekty/konkurs-kompozytorski/ 

Sułkowice | 2nd Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition

Konkurs Cofalika

The Oskar Kolber Primary Music School in Czasław invites you to participate in the 2nd Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition for students of primary music schools, which will be held on 5-6 June 2020 at the Teaching Centre in Sułkowice (66 1 maja St.).

The Competition aims at promoting young talented students, popularizing violin music and to the work of Prof. Antoni Cofalik, a distinguished educator and author of numerous works for children and youth. In addition, it creates an opportunity for students and teachers to exchange experience, develop passion and musical skills. The compulsory programme of the Competition includes works from the series by Antoni Cofalik: In the zoo, In the circus and Aviary.

The auditions are open to the students of first-degree music schools from all over Poland, both in the six-year and four-year cycle, playing the violin or viola. The organizers provide an accompanist (it requires contacting the organizers by 18 May). The participants will be judged by a jury chaired by Antoni Cofalik.

All participants of the Competition will receive commemorative diplomas, and the winners will receive material prizes. A special prize of prof. Antoni Cofalik will be granted to the best participant. The Winners' Concert will take place after the results announcement in the Concert Hall in Sułkowice.

The submissions should be sent via e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by the deadline of 11 May 2020.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.smczaslaw.pl 

Wieliczka and Kraków | 3rd "Piano e Forte" Festival and Piano Competition 2020


The 3rd "Piano e Forte" Festival and Piano Competition will last until 7 March 2020.

The originator and artistic director of the "Piano e Forte" Festival and Piano Competition is pianist Marta Polańska. Organizers: the Music School Complex in Wieliczka and the Sfogato Music and Arts Society in Kraków. This innovative project aims to inspire young pianists to deepen their knowledge of the history of the instrument, increase awareness of the performance practices of a diverse repertoire on contemporary and historical pianos, as well as learn about interpretive trends and piano literature of different eras. The goal of the "Piano e Forte" Festival and Piano Competition is also to show the history of piano evolution in the context of the development of the piano repertoire.

The 3rd "Piano e Forte" Festival and Piano Competition 2020 takes place on the eve of the eighteenth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, therefore the repertoire includes works and issues related to Chopin and his performance practice. The programme of this year's Festival also refers to the 210th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann, a contemporary and friend of Frederic Chopin, the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven and the 335th anniversary of the birth and 270th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The whole event will include "Piano e Forte" Concert, workshops on the construction of the piano, grand piano and one of its prototypes – harpsichord, lectures on the history of instruments, as well as piano works of Ludwig van Beethoven, instrumentological workshops and museum lessons at the Gallery of Artistic Craft of the National Museum in Kraków, 3rd "Piano e Forte" Piano Competition 2020 (6 March 2020) and Gala Concert of Young Piano Masters (7 March 2020) in the concert hall of the Bronisław Rutkowski Primary and Secondary Music School in Kraków.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.pianoeforte.pl