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Warsaw | Romuald Twardowski – Sacrum * Profanum

Collegium Cantorum

A concert premiering the new album published by DUX "Romuald Twardowski – Sacrum * Profanum" will be held on 20 October 2019 at 5 p.m. in the Holy Cross Church at Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw..

"Romuald Twardowski. Sacrum * Profanum", released on the eve of the 90th birthday of the Polish composer, draws attention to his substantial contribution to the development of Polish choral music. Twardowski's career, which began in the 1950s and continues to this day, is a huge musical achievement that makes a lasting contribution to the treasury of our national culture. His work is characterized by a multitude of forms and genres, a mastery of workshop, and a personality of the composer faithful to the principle of unity in diversity. The album, realised under the watchful eye of Twardowski, is a wonderful expression of his thoughts and a unique testimony to his compositional path through a cappella choral music.

The premiere concert is a unique opportunity to listen to the works recorded by the Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir Collegium Cantorum under the direction of Janusz Siadlak, as well as to take part in a unique event together with Romuald Twardowski, his relatives, friends and representatives of the music community. The concert is organized in cooperation with the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Toruń | Finalists of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition

Konkurs Lipinskiego

On 9 October 2019 the jury of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition – after listening to the participants' renditions of works for violin and piano in the second stage – qualified the following six participants to the final stage:

1. Eimi Wakui (Japan)
2. Yumiko Yumiba (Japan)
3. Mao Konishi (Japonia) 4. Maya Levy (Belgium)
5. Robert Łaguniak (Poland)
6. Elias Moncado (Germany)

The jury is composed of: prof. Ilya Kaler – Chairman, prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, prof. Boris Kuschnir, prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky, dr Jakub Jakowicz and dr Mariusz Smolij.

In the third stage of the Competition, the finalists will play with the accompaniment of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mariusz Smolij. The programme will include, among others, Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61 by Karol Szymanowski. The auditions will take place on 11 and 12 October at 7 p.m. in the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall.

The concert of laureates of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition will take place on 13 October at 6 p.m. in the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall. The following prizes will be awarded during the concert: 1st prize worth 20,000 EUR, 2nd prize – 15,000 EUR, 3rd prize – 10,000 EUR, three awards of 2,000 EUR and extra-statutory prizes. The Grand Prix – Astrolabe of Nicolaus Copernicus statuette in silver – will be also handed to the first prize winner.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | 11th "Schaeffer's Era" Festival

Era Schaeffera

The 11th "Schaeffer's Era" Festival will take place on 24 October 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Artistic Pool (Basen Artystyczny) in Warsaw (6 M. Konopnicka St.).

The "Schaeffer's Era" Festival is a cyclical event that combines music, theater and dance and promotes the rich creative output of the Polish contemporary composer, music theoretician, playwright, philosopher and graphic artist Bogusław Schaeffer. The Festival takes place in the autumn season in Warsaw, regularly since 2009. It is a multimedia and audiovisual event inspired by sound, word, movement, and image, which uses a collage technique.

11th "Schaeffer's Era" combines presentation of works by Bogusław Schaeffer with the celebration of his 90th birthday. The professor died less than a month after his 90th birthday, so this year's Festival will also be a symbolic farewell to the Master. A multimedia spectacle The Eternal Carousel directed by Maciej Sobociński combines performances by Polish and foreign stage artists with a display of Schaeffer's graphic works as well as fragments of his musical works in the interpretation and arrangement of young Polish musicians. Among hte performers there will be actors Lidia Bogaczówna, Izabela Warykiewicz, Sean Palmer, Marcel Wiercichowski, accordionist and composer Marcin Wyrostek with the band Corazone, singer Janusz Radek, rapper Andy Ninvalle, violinist and composer Patryk Zakrocki, pianist Maciej Piszek and composer and pianist Andrzej Karałow.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://aureaporta.eu 

Katowice | Young Philharmonic


The upcoming concerts from the "Young Philharmonic" series will take place on 16 and 17 October 2019 at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic The Philharmonic will welcome the youngest music lovers with a concert of works by Ludomir Różycki, Fryderyk Chopin and Karol Kurpiński.

The concert will open with a symphonic poem King Kofetua, Op. 24 by Ludomir Różycki, based on the poem by Czech symbolist Julius Zeyer. In 1912, the work was awarded a prestigious prize at the composer's competition organized on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Warsaw Philharmonic's foundation. The composition impresses with its melancholy to this day, being one of the composer's most interesting achievements in the field of symphonic music.

Together with the Silesian philharmonics, pianist Martyna Kubik will perform the expressive Grand Polonaise in E flat major, Op. 22 by Fryderyk Chopin. The work was written in 1836 in brilliant style and was dedicated to Baroness d’Este. The role of the orchestra is secondary to the vrtuoso figurations of the soloist, which abound in the composition.

The programme will also include two overtures: to the Polish opera The Castle of Czorsztyn by Karol Kurpiński, and to the opera Wilhelm Tell by Gioacchino Rossini. The concert will be supervised by Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk, conductor in residence of the Silesian Philharmonic in the 2018/2019 season as part of the programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Toruń | Results of the 1st stage of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition

Lipinski Competition

On 7 October 2019, twelve participants of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition were selected for the second stage.

After three days of competition auditions (works for solo violin) of the first stage of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition, a jury composed of: prof. Ilya Kaler – Chairman, prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, prof. Boris Kuschnir, prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky, dr Jakub Jakowicz and dr Mariusz Smolij qualified 12 participants for the second stage, including one Pole:

1. Eimi Wakui (Japan)
2. Yumiko Yumiba (Japan)
3. Olga Artyugina (Russia)
4. Feliks Harutyunyan (Armenia)
5. Lorenz Karls (Sweden)
6. Mao Konishi (Japan)
7. Maya Levy (Belgium)
8. Robert Łaguniak (Poland)
9. Elias Moncado (Germany)
10. Noori Nah (South Korea)
11. Mio Sasaki (Japan)
12. Reika Sato (Japan)

The second stage of the competition (works for violin and piano) will take place on 8–9 October in the CKK Jordanki concert hall, while the third stage (works for violin and orchestra) will take place on 11-12 October. The second stage auditions will be broadcast online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s3CCCKAv0Q 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

29th International Festival of Young Laureates of Music Competitions

The Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invites you to the 29th International Festival of Young Laureates of Music Competitions, which will take place on 13-27 October 2019.

This year's edition will feature 32 concerts with the participation of young artists – soloists and chamber ensembles, who amaze with their musical maturity and passion for music art. There will be concert dedicated entirely to winner of selected competitions: 18th Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition in Nowy Sącz, 21st Imrich Godin International Vocal Competition IUVENTUS CANTI in Vrablach, 3rd International Competition for Sacred Vocal Music ARS ET GLORIA in Katowice, 5th International Chopin Competition in Rzeszów, Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk, and ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

In Katowice, the concerts will take place in the Concert Hall and the Bolesław Szabelski Auditorium at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, NOSPR Chamber Hall, Radio Katowice Concert Studio, Silesian Library, Mieczysław Karłowicz State Music School, and the Archdiocesan Museum. A real kaleidoscope of musical specialties and various concert programmes awaits music lovers in Słupsk, Sandomierz, Nowy Sącz, Zakopane, Brzesko, Kędzierzyn-Kozle, and even in Slovak Košice.

Thanks to the cooperation with the Institute of Music and Dance within the "Composing Commissions" programme, the Festival will premiere new works by Miłosz Bembinow and Wojciech Ziemowit Zych.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available athttps://www.silesia.art.pl/kalendarz 

Laureates of the 16th International Kazimierz Serocki Composers' Competition 2019


A meeting of the Jury of the 16th International Kazimierz Serocki Composers' Competition was held in Radziejowice on 4-6 October  2019. 

144 scores were sent to the competition, which is held under the honorary patronage of the Polish Composers' Union. The jury composed of Fredrik Österling (Sweden), Paul Patterson (United Kingdom) and Dariusz Przybylski (Poland), awarded four prizes and three honorable mentions.

The first prize of PLN 13,000 was awarded to Jinseok Choi (South Korea) for the work Pathos. Adam Vilagi (Finland) received the second prize of PLN 8,000 for the work Directions. The third prize of PLN 4,000 was awarded to Hugh Collins Rici (Great Britain) for the work Canto Celato. Jinseok Choi was honored with the Special Award of the PWM Edition for the youngest laureate (a set of Polish contemporary scores).

Honorable mentions went to: Youngwoo Yoo (South Korea), Minzuo Lu (China) and Zhaoyu Zhang (China).

The awards were funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, ZAiKS Association of Authors, Wirold Lutosławski Society and the Association of Polish Musicians.

The laureates' concert, co-organized with the Polish Radio Programme 2, will take place on 30 November 2019 at the Witol Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert in Warsaw. The concert will be recorded and retransmitted in the Polish Radio Programme 2, and then offered to the broadcasters of the European Radio Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Listenings – concerts to be toured: 3rd edition


The third edition of the "Listenings – concerts to be toured" series will take place between 10 October and 3 November 2019 in the Królikarnia Park in Warsaw. "Hearing, persevere and transference" are the key words of this year's edition, which will focus on the details of concerts and musical performances invisible to the naked eye: sound waves, time, human–instrument relationship.

The concert series will begin with a hypnotic audiovisual performance In My Own Wave. Moving images by Katarzyna Korzeniecka inspired by the ebru – a centuries-old paper decorating technique – combined with the meditative music by the star of Polish electronic music scene Jacek Sienkiewicz will invite audience to a synesthetic journey into audiovisual space. During the performance at Królikarnia, both sound and image will be generated live for the first time. Computers, synthesizers and speakers will be used to create the sound waves. On the screen we will see a close-up of the water wave modified with buckets, cuvettes, brushes and boxes as well as pigments and other mysterious substances.

Time is an indispensable companion of the musician and artist in his profession. Thanks to the sound installation Systematics of heterotrphic organisms (outline) by Michał Libera, the time that is given to the recipient to get acquainted with the work – usually very short during the concerts – will be extended to allow the recipient to familiarize himself with work several times. The sound installation filling six museum rooms was created based on the novels by Franz Kafka.

The series will also premiere a DVD Incorporate released by BÓŁT publishing house, featuring works by Kuba Krzewiński and Rafał Zapała.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.krolikarnia.mnw.art.pl/aktualnosci/sluchy-koncerty-do-zwiedzania-edycja-3,44.html 

Katowice | Silesian Chamber Orchestra and Szymon Nehring


Pianist Szymon Nehring will perform on 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Silesian Philharmonic. The programme will include woks by Aleksander Lasoń, Fryderyk Chopin and Richard Strauss. 

The Silesian Chamber Orchestra will open the concert with Hymn and Aria for string orchestra by Aleksander Lasoń. The composer is strongly associated with Silesia and belongs to the so-called Generations '51, next to Eugeniusz Knapik and Andrzej Krzanowski. Lasoń dedicated Hymn and aria to his father Zygmunt, violinist. This work is a kind of dialogue between the two title parts – the hymn begins and ends the work, while the aria introduces a violin cantilena.

The programme will also include Richard Strauss' Metamorphosis for 23 string instruments TrV 290 and Piano Concerto in F minor Op. 21 by Frydeyrk Chopin. The soloist of the evening will be Szymon Nehring, winner of the most important piano competitions in the world – the International Chopin Piano Competition and the International Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

2nd Lubomirski Festival

The Prince Władysław Lubomirski Festival will take place between 17 October – 8 December 2019 in Warsaw, Krakow, Lublin, Lviv, Łańcut and Vienna. The event is held under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.

The Lubomirski Festival is an open musical event in honor of the patron of culture, who contributed to the success of Szymanowski, Karłowicz, Szeluto, Różycki and Fitelberg. Nowadays, we know how important the help of state patronage, sponsorship or private patronage is, so thanks to the series of open artistic events the audience will meet extraordinary artists, especially those whose merits, due to aristocratic origin, have been erased from pages of history in the era of communism. The concerts will be devoted to Polish composers from powerful families, but also to their proteges, such as Franciszek Lessel or the creators of Young Poland, looked after by the Festival's Patron.

The festival will feature Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish Art Philharmonic, Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra, Aukso – Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Galicki Chamber Choir, Junge Kammerphilharmone Freiburg. In addition to sixteen symphonic concerts, it will include recitals and chamber concerts.

All festival events in Poland and Lviv are open to the public. There will be two types of concerts: "Gala" and "Evening", therefore the dress code will apply.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://lubomirskifestival.pl/ 

Lusławice | Autumn in Lusławice


The "Autumn in Lusławice" is a series of 6 unique musical events characterized primarily by the stylistic diversity of the presented repertoire, as well as the participation of excellent Polish and foreign musicians, who will perform at the Krzyszfot Penderecki European Music Center between 5 October and 1 December 2019.

Among the artists taking part in this year's concerts will be Krzysztof Penderecki, Maciej Tworek, NDR Big Band from Munich, Atom String Quartet, Vladislav Sendecki, Marek Napiórkowski, Mino Cinelu, Krzysztof Meisinger, Poland BaROCK, Olga Pasiecznik, I, CULTURE Orchestra, Orchestra and Choir of the Academy of Music in Krakow, Krakow Philharmonic Choir, the Choir of the Belarusian Academy of Music in Minsk, Stanisław Krawczyński, Rafał Jacek Delekta, Natalia Rubiś, Karolina Sikora, Anna Lubańska, Adam Zdunikowski, Piotr Nowacki and many others.

The first concert of the "Autumn in Lusławice" series will feature guitarist Krzysztof Meisinger – one of the most famous Polish classical guitarists of our time – and the Poland baROCK baroque orchestra, founded by him in 2018. The artists will present their project "Vivaldissimo", composed of the selection of baroque lute concerts – from Vivaldi to Kohaut – and the most famous baroque miniatures in new arrangements, including Johann Sebastian Bach's Air on the G string. This is the first such cooperation in history, where a classical guitar appears together with an "orthodox" early music ensemble.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://penderecki-center.pl/ 

Warsaw | Concert on the 25. Anniversary of Witold Lutosławski’s Death


The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra wants to pay tribute to Witold Lutosławski on the 25th anniversary of his death with a concert featuring two of his pieces from different periods of his life on 10 October 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio.

Witold Lutosławski is one of the most outstanding Warsaw-based composers of the 20th century. He was born in 1913 in the heart of the city, in Moniuszki Street (next to the Philharmonic), and lived in Marszałkowska Street, Langiewicza Street, Zwycięzców Street, and, finally, in a villa in the district of Żoliborz, in Śmiała Street. Graduate of Warsaw schools, University student, graduate of the Conservatory. In Warsaw, he used to perform at secret concerts during the occupation, took an active part in the reconstruction of musical life after the war, was a prominent figure at the prestigious “Warsaw Autumn” festival, and when he gained international fame, he hosted concerts of his own pieces, performed by the finest soloists. Warsaw is where he died (1994) and was buried. His body lies at the Powązki cemetery.

The programme will include the Small Suite from the beginning of the 1950s, when the composer successfully attempted at keeping his creative autonomy against the expectations of Communist authorities, creating music that was frequently based on “folk motifs”, but still retained the highest artistic level, and the late Piano Concerto, which combined all of the elements of Lutosławski’s technique with profound and extremely communicative expression. It should be emphasized that the soloist of the Concerto, internationally recognised Paweł Kowalski, is the first (after Krystian Zimmerman) performer of the piece, which he presented in 1989 in Warsaw, under the composer’s baton, and performed with great success a number of times later in Poland and abroad. The audience will also listen to Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird suite. The concert will be hosted by Marek Wroniszewski.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Katowice | Leszek Możdżer's "Missa Gratiatoria" at the Silesian Philharmonic


Music lovers will be able to experience the unusual combination of mass mysticism and modern jazz music on 4 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Silesian Philharmonic.

The Silesian Philharmonic Choir together with Michał Schoppa, Paweł Tomaszewski, Bartek Pieszka, Krzysztof Nowakowski and Tomasz Kałwak under the baton of Jarosław Wolanin will perform Missa Gratiatoria by the most famous Polish jazzman Leszek Możdżer.

This unique composition proves that each of the forms found in classical music is alive and we can discover its new sides every day. Missa Gratiatoria will be the perfect culmination of a concert abounding with poignant works of sacred music for a cappella choir: Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – Euntes ibant et flebant, Benjamin Britten – Deus in adiutorium meum, Gustav Holst – Nunc dimittis, Morten Lauridsen – Ubi caritas, Ave Maria. The whole programme will take the audience into the world of heavenly sounds produced by a group of the most perfect instruments in the world – human voices.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/missa-gratiatoria/ 

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Laureates of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2019


The winners of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award 2019 were announced on 1 October 2019 during the Gala in the Witold Lutoosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio.

Discovery of the Year: violinist Zuzanna Budzyńska and pianist Szymon Ogryzek – for promoting Polish music, successes in the international arena and for recording the album Polonaises;
Personality of the Year: Jakub Józef Orliński – countertenor, for extraordinary talent, artistic personality and expressiveness, perfect combination of beautiful voice color with impeccable vocal technique and sense of style, as well as for performing various musical genres, from sacred music to hip-hop;
Event of the Year: "10/40 Quartet in Museums" – in the 40th anniversary of existence, the Silesian Quartet performed during 10 concerts in 10 museums, presenting the most valuable works of Polish composers of the 20th century;
Honorary Award: Wiesław Ochman – for all artistic activities.

The winners selected by the Polish music community were awarded statuettes designed by Professor Adam Myjak. The awards in the Personality of the Year category and the Honorary Award were accompanied by financial awards founded successively by STOART Association of Performing Artists and ZAiKS Association of Authors.

The gala concert featured Joanna Freszel and Maciej Grzybowski, The Whoop Group, Marcin Wasilewski Trio and AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under the direction of Marek Moś. The programme of the concert included works by Mieczysław Karłowicz, Wojciech Kilar, Paweł Mykietyn, Tomasz Stańko, Mieczysław Weinberg and Marcin Wasilewski. The hosts of the evening were Katarzyna Sanocka and Maxymilian Bylicki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information CentrePOLMIC.

More information at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

Elbląg | European Musical Classics with the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra


A concert of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra on 18 October 2019 at 7 p.m. in the concert hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg will be a string polemic with coffee lovers according to Jan Sebastian Bach ...

We will listen to the musical classics of the Old Continent, natives of Poland and Germany. The audience will find themselves on the west side of the Oder thanks to the Bach's Coffee Cantata. One of the most interesting Polish sopranos – Magdalena Schabowska – will perform the aria Heute noch, which is a humorous and sophisticated polemic with black drink lovers. Then, we will head towards the Polish side of the river, listening to the compositions by Stanisław Moniuszko, Grażyna Bacewicz and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The musicians will perform under the baton of Maciej Żółtowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.eok.elblag.eu/