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Ignacy Lisiecki will premiere Marcel Chyrzyński's "Reflection No. 8" in Japan

ChyrzynskiIgnacy Lisiecki – an excellent pianist who has been promoting Polish music in the Land of the Rising Sun for a long time – will premiere Marcel Chrzyński's Reflection No. 8 on 25 July 2021 at the Himawari-No-Sato Concert Hall in Yokohama.

“All the pieces from the Reflections series are an expression of my thoughts on the transience and fragility of existence,” comments the composer. “The contemplative nature and tranquility emanating from these compositions reflect my emotions resulting from accepting such a world order. Reflection No. 8 was composed with the great Polish pianist Ignacy Lisiecki in mind and is dedicated to him ”.

Ignacy Lisiecki has been promoting Polish music in Japan for many years. There he premiered works by, among others, Roman Palester or Paweł Hendrich, who dedicated his Gliptopalinomia to him. Lisiecki focuses mainly on contemporary music, but he also plays works by slightly older composers – he has significantly contributed to the popularization of Karol Szymanowski's work in Japan.

More informationhttps://pwm.com.pl/pl/aktualnosci/szczegoly/3460002,ignacy-lisiecki-prawykona-reflection-no-8-marcela-chyrzynskiego.html 

Vienna | Stanislaw Lem 2021 Concert: 100 Years Science of Fiction

NowakPolish compositions inspired by the works of Stanisław Lem will be premiered on 30 July 2021 at 8.00 pm at the Odeon Theatre in Vienna in the frame of the ImPulsTanz festival.

Lem’s work illuminates our time like a great headlight – his 100th birthday anniversary could not fall more congenially into the current present. Inspired by Lem’s late work Fiasco, written largely in Vienna, the Klangforum Wien and Agata Zubel premieres Poland’s strongest contemporary voices in an exclusive concert featuring compositions by Cezary Duchnowski, Mikołaj Laskowski, Aleksander Nowak (in the photo), Żaneta Rydzewska, Alessandro Baticci & Rafał Zalech. The ensemble will present new compositions created in the spirit of a “science of fiction”, meaning sounds that breathe Lem’s pioneering spirit.

Aleksander Nowak has collaborated with, among others, Olga Tokarczuk and Szczepan Twardoch, but this time he wrote the libretto himself. His monodrama Lo firgai. The Mask for soprano and chamber instrumental ensemble is based on the short story The Mask by Stanisław Lem. The work is sung in lojban – an artificial language invented in the second half of the twentieth century to enable communication between people and machines. The result is a one-part, several-episode composition, just over half an hour long.

The works by Mikołaj Laskowski, Aleksander Nowak and Żaneta Rydzewska were commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the programme pillar "Lem and thinking about the future".

More information: https://www.impulstanz.com/en/performances/2021/id1397/

Sinfonia Varsovia in Spain: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

SVAfter a long break, Sinfonia Varsovia sets off on a foreign tour to Spain. Two concerts will be held on 24 and 26 May 2021 in Madrid and Barcelona. The programme includes works by Witold Lutosławski, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. The German violinist Viviane Hagner will perform as a soloist, and the orchestra will be conducted by Alexander Liebreich.

Alexander Liebreich is one of the leading conductors of his generation. In the 2012/2013 season, after numerous well-received guest appearances with the National Polish Radio Orchestra in Katowice, Liebreich became its chief conductor. Since 2018, he has been the artistic director of the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Viviane Hagner made her stage debut as a 10-year-old under the baton of Zubin Mehta himself. She has performed with the most important orchestras in the world, such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonics and the Cleveland Orchestra. She is one of the world's leading violinists, successfully combining a concert and teaching career.

The upcoming concerts that will begin with Lutoslawski's Musique funèbre, in homage to the victims of the pandemic, and will conclude with Mendelshonn's Midsummer Night's Dream, as a song of hope to better times. In Madrid, the orchestra will perform at the Auditorio Nacional de Música, in Barcelona – at L 'Auditori de Barcelona.

More information: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Pergine Festival – Premiere of Anna Sowa's "Close Up"

PergineThe premiere of Close Up by Anna Sowa will take place on 16 July 2021 at the 46th edition of the international theatre festival Pergine Festival in Italy.

Every year, Pergine Festival brings together artists from all over the world (directors, actors, dancers, performers, musicians) who present a wide range of works in the field of contemporary theatre, dance theatre and performance art. The event owes its unique character to interdisciplinary activities, also of an interactive nature, created in the urban space of Pergine.

Recently, the Italian festival has expanded its offer to include presentations in the field of 21st century music. The instrumental theatre piece Close Up for violin, accordion, voice, movement and electronics will be premiered on 16 July at 8.30 p.m. at the Teatro Don Bosco in Pergine as part of the festival performances. The piece was composed by Anna Sowa for the Polish-Italian artistic collective Kalakara. It will be performed by Dorota Jasińska (violin) and Margherita Berlanda (accordion).

The event was supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in the "Polish culture in the world" programme.

More information: https://www.perginefestival.it/; https://kalakaragroup.com/ 

Stuttgart Composition Prize for Mikołaj Laskowski

LaskowskiIn 2021, Mikołaj Laskowski received the 66th Composition Prize of the City of Stuttgart, which is a joint initiative of SWR radio, the ECLAT festival and the city of Stuttgart.

The city of Stuttgart has been awarding a composition prize every year since 1955. This year, 86 participants submitted a total of 151 works for the composition prize.

The Jury was composed of: Björn Gottstein (artistic director of the Donaueschinger Musiktage festival and music editor at SWR), Martin Schüttler (composer, professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart), Annesley Black (Canadian composer), Monika Pasiecznik (musicologist), Boglarka Pecze (Hungarian clarinetist, Trio Catch), Samir Odeh-Tamimi (Palestinian-Israeli composer) and Markus Hechtle (German composer).

Second prizes went ex aequo to Mikołaj Laskowski for 5 Things That Really Matter (2018) for large ensemble and electronics and Francesco Ciurlo for Abstraction to the point of (2020) for oboe and ensemble. According to the Jury, "Laskowski impressed with his post‐digital, media‐critical approach". First prize went to Benjamin Scheuer for Eight Types of Breathing (2020) for clarinet, accordion and samples.

The award‐winning compositions will be presented at the award ceremony at the ECLAT Festival Neue Musik Stuttgart in February 2022.

More information: https://www.stuttgart.de/kultur/kulturpreise-und-stipendien/kompositionspreis.php