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Elbląg | Elbląg Chamber Orchestra and "Cup of Time" Quartet


On 6 October 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Concert Hall of the Old Town Hall, the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra and the "Cup of time" quartet will delight music lovers with the most beautiful works of Polish music.

The concert will be a meeting of the orchestra musicians with the "Cup of time" quartet composed of: Agnieszka Cypryk (violin), Ryszard Borowski (flute), Krzysztof Lenczowski (cello) and Rafał Grzaka (accordion). Their album Cup of Time plays Namysłowski was chosen the album of the week by the Polish Radio Programme 2 and the jazz album of the year by the "HiFi" magazine.

The programme of the upcoming concert will include works of the greatest Polish composers, among others Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski, in the original arrangements by the Borowski-Lenczowski duo. There will also be works by "Namysłower" himself. The musicians will perform under the baton of Jarosław Praszczałek.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/ 

Katowice | Silesian Quartet: Grażyna Bacewicz and the Americans


A concert commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II will take place at on 5 October 2019 at 6 p.m. at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The Silesian Quartet – straight from the acclaimed concert of the London Proms, returns to NOSPR for the next season as an ensemble in residence. On 5 October  the artists will perform in a chamber hall with a programme commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. A melancholic repertoire that falls under the new thematic trend "To death and life" will include: String Quartet No. 1 by Grażyna Bacewicz, Tenebrae for string quartet by Osvald Golijov, Elegia for string quartet by Elliott Carter and Different Trains for string quartet and tape by Steve Reich, featuring Beata Jankowska-Burzyńska. The concert will be hosted by musicologist Marcin Trzęsiok.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.nospr.org.pl 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus – Jubilee Concert


A Jubille Concert of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will take place on 5 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio. The orchestra under the direction of Tadeusz Strugała will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Bruch and Robert Schumann.

Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, contrary to the numbering which suggests it is the last one from the author’s four pieces of that genre, was composed when Schumann was a very young artist. It is in fact his second symphony, composed in the same year as the first one (1841), as a birthday present to his wife Clara. The romantic aura, subtle expression and innovative, integral form make Symphony No. 4 one of the greatest and most popular compositions of the artist.

Max Bruch was a conservative composer, who valued classic forms, as opposed to “Neo-German Modernists” favoured by critics (as one of the commentators said, “this is how Mendelssohn would compose, if he lived longer”). At least one of his works, however, has gone down in history: Violin Concerto in G minor, which has become part of the canon of violin music, admired for excellent balance of form, virtuosity (the violin part was consulted with great Joseph Joachim) and romantic, post-Mendelssohn expression.

The famous part of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major is the seraphic Air on the G string, very frequently arranged by other composers. The title, which is not entirely adequate, comes from its remake made in the 19th century by German violinist August Wilhelmj. During the upcoming concert, we will liten to the arrangement made by Polish composer and conductor Grzegorz Fitelberg. The concert will be the meeting place of two great, or even legendary, Polish artists: Tadeusz Strugała as the conductor, and Krzysztof Jakowicz as the soloist.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | The laureates of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award 2019 will be announced on 1st October

Koryfeusz 2019

The laureates of the 9th edition of the Coryphaeus Polish Music Award will be announced during a gala ceremony at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw on 1 October 2019 – the International Music Day. The winners selected by the Polish music community will receive statuettes in the categories: 'Personality of the Year', 'Event of the Year', 'Honorary Award' and 'Discovery of the Year'.

The award gala will be broadcast on the IMITpolska channel on YouTube www.youtube.com/user/IMITpolska and on Polish Radio Programme 2. The transmission will start at 7.30 p.m. The concert will feature soprano Joanna Freszel and pianist Maciej Grzybowski, the saxophone quartet The Whoop Group, Marcin Wasilewski Trio and the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under the direction of Marek Moś.

Nominees in the category 'Personality of the year': Łukasz Długosz – flautist; Jakub Józef Orliński – counter-tenor; Martyna Pastuszka – violinist; Maciej Prochaska – musicologist; Aga Zaryan – jazz vocalist. Nominees in the category 'Event of the Tear': Prince Władysław Lubomirski Festival; Kromer Biecz Festival; 10/40 Kwartet w Muzeach; Moniuszko for the World; Moniuszko. Halka. Nominees in the category 'Discovery of the Year': Zuzanna Budzyńska i Szymon Ogryzek – chamber musicians; Janusz Olejniczak – radio music promoter; Jakub Józef Orliński – counter-tenor; Tomasz Ritter – pianist; Sasha Strunin – jazz vocalist. Due to the nature of the Honorary Award, the winner's name will be announced at the awards gala

The winners will receive the Coryphaeus statuette designed by Prof. Adam Myjak. The financial awards are funded by the ZAiKS Association of Authors and the STOART Association of Performing Artists. The event is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance and Polish Radio Programme 2.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the nominees and award gala atwww.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Toruń | 5th International Karol Lipiński Violin Competition

Lipinski Competition

Young violin virtuosos from 13 countries will compete for the Grand Prix at the International Karol Lipiński Violin Competition, which will be held on 1-13 October 2019 in Toruń. The total prize pool is valued at 51,000 euros.

The Toruń Symphony Orchestra is organizing the International Karol Lipiński Violin Festival and Competition for the 5th time, bringing violin virtuosos from around the world to Toruń. This year, the event is held under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.

Over 80 young violinists from various parts of the world have signed up for the 5th International Violin Competition. 22 qualified participants from 13 countries will be evaluated by the international jury composed of outstanding violinists and educators, chaired by world-famous violin virtuoso Prof. Ilya Kalerem.

The festival consists of numerous events: concerts, recitals, lectures, film screenings, and luthier workshops. The main idea is to ​​honor Karol Lipiński and highlight his place in the history of Polish and world music. Equally important is the promotion of Polish music in the world, thus the the Competition and the Festival will feature many works written by Polish composers. Ilya Kaler will perform Maciej Bałenkowski's Hommage à Lipiński, Atom String Quartet will present their renditions of Krzysztof Penderecki's works, and Krzysztof and Jakub Jakowicz will perform Sonata for two violins by Aleksander Tansman. In addition, the Winners' Concert will premiere Essay for solo violin and string orchestra by Paweł Riess.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at:http://lipinski-competition.com/ 

Szymon Godziemba-Trytek and his choral works released by DUX


One of the most interesting Polish composers of the young generation, conductor and music theorist, laureate of many international composer's awards – Szymon Godziemba-Trytek. His monographic album Choral Works, recorded by the Polish Radio Choir under the baton of Vaclovas Augustinas, will go on sale on 27 September 2019.

Szymon Godziemba-Trytek is an assistant at the Faculty of Composition, Theory of Music and Sound Engineering at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, he also lectures on choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries at the Postgraduate Choirmaster and Voice Emission Studies at this university. In the 2016/2017 season, he was a composer-in-residence at the Polish Radio Choir in Kraków (as part of the Institute of Music and Dance programme). In 2019, he received a PhD in Music Composition.

In his compositions, which can be interpreted as a declaration of faith, he refers to the books of the Old and New Testaments and prayers, juxtaposing them with topics important for Polish history and culture. Sacred works dominate the list of his compositions. As he admits: "What I am looking for in sacred music is the possibility of stopping and transferring to an alternative space, which encourages reflection and contemplation, and is associated with an authentic experience. I am looking for a space where it is more valuable to ask questions than to look for a clear answer. "

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | Boris Brovtsyn at the Silesian Philharmonic – Inauguration of the Season

Filharmonia Śląska

Boris Brovtsyn, one of the most versatile soloists and chamber musicians, will perform during on 27 September 2019 at 7 p.m. during the symphony concert inaugurating the 75th anniversary season of the Silesian Philharmonic.

This outstanding violinist will perform Karol Szymanowski's Second Violin Concerto, filled with exceptional beauty and drama, echoing the music of Podhale. The Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic led by Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk will begin the evening with Three Dances, Op. 34 for orchestra by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, paying tribute to the patron of the Philharmonic. The programme will be complemented by Wojciech Kilar's Symphony No. 4 Sinfonia de motu, based on Dante's Divine Comedy. The soloists will be Iwona Socha and Adam Kutny.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu 

International Józef Madeja Festival


The first edition of the International Józef Madeja Festival will be held on 6-9 October 2019 in Greater Poland, featuring concerts, lectures, master classes and meetings with exceptional artists from Poland and abroad.

The festival’s patron is Józef Madeja – clarinettist, outstanding professor of the Music Academy in Poznań, distinguished organizer of the musical life of Greater Poland. As part of honoring Madeja’s activities, the Józef Madeja Association has created a festival that will not only maintain the memory of this musician and composer, but also influence the development of culture in Greater Poland. The most important goal of the Festival is to present the most outstanding achievements of Polish music literature and commemorate the important anniversaries of the music world.

The guest of the first edition of the event will be the world-famous Ukrainian clarinettist Volodymyr Dobrynchuk, who will inaugurate the festival with a recital at the Jankowice Palace on 6 October at 3 p.m. The concert will also feature Paweł Kroczek (clarinet), Hanna Lizinkiewicz (piano) and the Festival Clarinet Orchestra, composed of students of the Local Government Music School in Tarnowo Podgórne and students of the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań conducted by prof. Zdzisław Nowak.

The other two concerts of the Festival – on 7 October at 5 p.m. at the Wacław of Szamotuły State Primary Music School in Szamotuły and on 9 October at 6 p.m. at the Stanisław Moniuszko State Primary Music School in Zbąszyń – will feature outstanding artists associated with Greater Poland, active in the country and abroad: Piotr Kosarga (violin), Jan Czaja (cello), Paweł Kroczek (clarinet), Julian Paprocki (clarinet), Maria Bielewicz (cello), Kamil Grandmother (viola), Barbara Tritt (soprano), Marcin Sikorski (piano), Hanna Lizinkiewicz (piano), Piotr Pawlik (electronics). Besides the compositions of the festival's patron, we will listen to woks by such composers as Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Fryderyk Chopin, Witold Lutosławski, Jan Adam Maklakiewicz and Andrzej Panufnik. The final concert will also feature the premiere of Piotr Pawlik's work.

Admission to all concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Msuci Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://festiwalmadei.pl/en/

Warsaw | SuperSam +1: Marta Zapparoli & Piotr Zabrodzki

SuperSamMarta Zapparoli and Piotr Zabrodzki will perform at the next concert of the cycle "SuperSam +1", which will take place on 24 October 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Warsaw club "DZIK" (44a Belwederska St.).

“Supersam + 1” is a series of master performances. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “SUPERSAM + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative.

Marta Zapparoli is an experimental sound artist, radio artist, improviser, performer, and self-taught researcher. She has been working and living in Berlin since 2007. In the past fourteen years her sonic work has focused on recorded sound from the external world using a wide array of devices, microphones, sensors, ultrasonic, digital and analogue recorders. In the past four years she has also included antennas, radio receivers, and detectors. She works without boundaries and with many unconventional techniques. Her influences and interest is the sonic environment, acoustic ecology, cosmic energies, electro-smog (radio waves communication, EMF), Natural Radio VLF (electromagnetic signal emissions which originate from natural phenomena, weather, lighting, borealis aurora and more) and they relations and effects on human senses and body. With all the recordings she has captured around the world, she builds highly narrative and visionary soundscapes. Through live performances the sound material is transformed and placed into other contexts, consequently changing its original character by creating a distinct aurality into another universe of sound. She aims to stimulate critical thinking, awareness, memories and auditory imagination of the audience.

Piotr Zabrodzki is a pianists and a composer. He graduated from the Music Academy in Warsaw. His music combines jazz improvisation with sonorism, heavy metal and electronics and all of that is topped with a good sense of humour. As a musician he is very flexible and versatile, which is reflected in the number of bands he is a member of: LXMP, Efekt Moozgu, Trylobit, 60 Minut Projekt, The Kurws, Blast Muzungu, SEMAFOR COMBO. He worked with leading avant-garde musicians such as Yoshida Tatsuya, Zdzisław Piernik, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Ove Volquartz, Tabata Mitsuru.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://supersam.mozg.pl/

Kraków | 10th International Sfogato Music & Arts Festival

SfogatoThe 10th anniversary edition of the International Sfogato Music & Arts Festival will be held betwwen 23 September and 5 December 2019 in Krakow. The Artistic Director of the event in Marta Polańska.

International Sfogato Music & Arts Festival is the only regular festival event in Krakow, for which the music and the creative personality of Frederic Chopin is the main inspiration. This symbolized the name of the event – Sfogato – the Italian word used for the first time by Frederic Chopin as a musical term to describe one epizode of his Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60. Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz interpreted sfogato epizode, definited by Chopin with an adjective dolce, as a moment that brings catharsis, ecstasy and purification. By using this parallel he referred to the function, which art, and music, served in ancient times. The aim of the festival is to present the multifaceted role of music and art in human life.

September 23, 2019 begins the 10th Jubilee International Sfogato Music and Arts Festival in Krakow. During this edition of the festival, we will celebrate many anniversaries, including the 170th anniversary of the death of Fryderyk Chopin, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Clara Schumann, the 110th anniversary of the birth and the 50th anniversary of the death of Grażyna Bacewicz and the 50th birthday anniversary of Alexei Sultanov. The presence of Japanese artists is related to the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and Poland. The Opening Gala Concert, which will take place on 23 September at 7 p.m. at Villa Decius, will feature works by Frederic Chopin, Franz Schubert, Clara Schumann, Henryk Wieniawski, Stanisław Moniuszko, and Grażyna Bacewicz.

The festival programme will also includ  the Sfogato International Composers' Competition for the works for bell and signal, walk along the Krakow trail of Frederic Chopin and Stanisław Moniuszko, "Master and Student" concert, music workshops conducted by eminent pedagogues from Russia and Poland, and the conference under the slogan Psychology: Music–Art–Media, which will be chaired by prof. Helena Wrona-Polańska. Admission to all festival events is free!

The festival is held under the honorary patronage of: Marshal of the Lesser Poland Province Witold Kozłowski, Mayor of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski, Metropolitan of Krakow Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Krakow Dr Michael Groß.

Media patronage: Polish Miusic Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sfogato.org, www.sfogatofestival.com

Opole | Inauguration of the 68th season of the Opole Philharmonic


The 68th season of the Opole Philharmonic will be inaugurated by the music of its patron – Józef Elsner – on 27 September 2019 at 7 p.m.

This time, the orchestra and its director, Przemysław Neumann, will reach for the overture from the opera Jagiełło in Tenczyn. The work, existing only in the manuscript, was never recorded and certainly not performed over the last century. The beginning of the Philharmonic's season will therefore honor Elsner in the ongoing year of his 250th birthday anniversary. The programme will be complemented by Johannes Brahms'Symphony No. 2 and Fryderyk Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, featuring Krzysztof Jabłoński as a soloist.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/68-sezon-artystyczny-inauguracja-68-sezonu-artystycznego/ 

Katowice | Vivat Academia! Concert and Meeting with Prof. Leon Markiewicz


The guest of the next meeting of the "Vivat Academia" series, which will take place on Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Archdiocese Museum in Katowice, will be Prof. Leon Markiewicz – outstanding musicologist, pedagogue and publicist. The meeting and the accompanying concert will be hosted by Grażyna Brewińska.

The Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" joined the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, which is the oldest academic institution in Upper Silesia. Once again, the organizers invite music lovers to a meeting held as part of the "Vivat Academia!" series, which gives the opportunity to meet the rectors of the Katowice Academy of Music.

In 1949–55, Professor Leon Markiewicz studied pedagogy and theory of music at the PWSM in Katowice – today's Academy of Music, becoming its rector in 1979–81. He has also been the head of the Music Theory Department and the head of the Music Education Department. For many years he was a lecturer at the Pedagogical University in Częstochowa. He was the director and secretary of the jury of the International Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition for Conductors in Katowice. The impressive achievements of Prof. Markiewicz covers around 140 publications, and nearly 300 reviews that appeared in the music and daily press. His research interests are focused on music analysis, Silesian music culture, all aspects of music pedagogy, and the popularization of music.

As always, the meeting led by Grażyna Brewińska will be accompanied by music. We will listen to the works by Manuel de Falla, Maurice Ravel, Karol Szymanowski and Grzegorz Fitelberg in the interpretations of graduates and current lecturers of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music – violinist Adam Mokrus and pianist Katarzyna Makowska.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.silesia.art.pl/

NeoQuartet: Contemporary Cultural Cooperations


"Contemporary Cultural Cooperations" is a project of the Tri-City NeoQuartet ensemble inspired by the 100th anniversary of Poland establishing diplomatic relations with Latvia, Great Britain and Finland. In these countries, from 19 September to 5 December 2019, there will be a series of concerts with the participation of the Polish quartet and foreign artists.

The Polish ensemble specializing in contemporary music performance invited to cooperation Helsinki Chamber Choir, British composer and performer Alwynne Pritchard and Latvian visual artist Daša Ludski. Each concert is a separate project, the result of mutual inspiration from NeoQuartet and foreign artists.

The idea of ​​the project directly relates to the establishment of Poland's diplomatic relations with various countries after regaining independence. Similarly, Polish artists establish contacts and create joint events with artists from Latvia, Finland and Great Britain. Each concert will present both Polish artistic achievements and the achievements of the country in which the event takes place.

Thanks to the wide spectrum of the artistic programme, during a series of concerts, NeoQuartet will present contemporary Polish culture in a variety of forms, ranging from the classical combination of an acoustic quartet with a chamber choir, through the cooperation of an electric quartet with visual artists, to a 45-minute performance with the British artist Alwynne Pritchard. The repertoir will include Expansions for electric string quartet by Jerzy Kornowicz, Owen was her? by Piotr Peszat, String Quartet No. 6 by Aleksander Kościów as well as the world premiere of Dessin by Artur Kroschel. The concert in London will feature an audiovisual performance with theater elements and musical layer inspired by Polish musical avant-garde of the last century, including works by Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki and Paweł Szymański.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.neoquartet.pl 

Kraków | 6th Concert of Premieres of Accordion Works


The 6th Concert of Premieres of Accordion Works will take place on Monday, 7 October 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Krakow (43 St. Tomasz St.).

The programme of this year's concert will include: Jacek Kopiec – Elegy (2019) for solo accordion; Vyacheslav Kyrylov – Sentimental (2019) for two accordions; Jakub Sarwas – Hyporchema (2011) for flute, violin and accordion, Hurry Up! (2007-2008) for five accordions; Maciej Zimka – New Little Suite (2019) for solo accordion, 4 aphorisms (2008) for solo accordion, Chanson I (2011) for solo accordion.

The concert will feature both experienced and recognized, as well as young, very talented musicians: Alena Budziňàkovà, Mateusz Dudek, Jacek Kopiec, Wiesław Ochwat, Grzegorz Palus, Konstanty Sobula, Maciej Zimka – accordions, Oriana Masternak – violin, Wiesław Suruło – flute. The organizers of the event are the Woodwind and Accordion Faculty at the Academy of Music in Krakow and the Art Forum Foundation.

The project is co-financed by the City of Krakow. Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Gdańsk | 1st National Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition

Konkurs Moniuszkowski

The Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk announces the 1st National Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition for students and graduates of second-degree music schools and art colleges, which will be held on 21-24 November 2019.

The competition aims to promote the work of Stanisław Moniuszko, support talented vocalists of the young generation and their practical preparation for artistic activities. The competition is organized by the Music Academy of Stanisław Moniuszko in Gdańsk under the auspices of the Grand Theater – National Opera.

The competition takes place in two categories: 1) students and graduates of vocal classes of the second degree music schools, who are not students of art universities in the field of "Vocal Studies" and who are under 23 years old by the date of the Competition; 2) students and graduates of art universities in the field of "Vocal studies" who are under 30 years old by the beginning of the Competition.

On-line registration is available until 7 October 2019 at: http://konkurswokalny.amuz.gda.pl/.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Rules and regulations of the competiton are available at: http://konkurswokalny.amuz.gda.pl/