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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 

Ensemble InterContemporain will premiere Agata Zubel's "Triptyque" at the Présences Festival

ZubelAgata Zubel's Triptyque for instrumental ensemble will be premiered by the Ensemble InterContemporain on 7 February 2021 in the Radio France Auditorium in Paris as part of the Présences Festival.

Every year, the Présences Festival brings together all lovers of contemporary music. 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the event, initiated by Claude Samuel, then music director of Radio France. This year's concerts will take place between 2 and 7 February. During the grand finale of the festival in the headquarters of Radio France (Maison de la Radio) Ensemble InterContemporain will premiere Agata Zubel's Triptyque. The group has been associated with the Festival for many years and has previously collaborated with the Polish composer.

The recording of the concert will be available online at https://www.francemusique.fr/ and via the France Musique application on 24 March 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

Jakub Szafrański wins "AERCO: My first 50 years" International Composition Competition

Jakub SzafranskiJakub Szafrański, a composer of the young generation, won the 'AERCO: My first 50 years' International Composition Competition, to which over 200 works were submitted. The Pole received the first prize in the category of pieces for eight-voice choir for his Waterfall for two sopranos, two altos, two tenors and two baritones to words by Henry Vaughan (1621-1695).

In addition to receiving a cash prize of EUR 2000, Szafrański’s work will be published by Hal Leonard Europe and will be premiered by the British vocal ensemble Voces8. The AERCO (Associazione Emiliano Romagnola Cori) competition in Bologna aims at promoting a cappella choral compositions. This year's competition jury consisted of internationally-renowned choral conductors and composers from Italy, the United Kingdom, Romania, Russia, Latvia and the Philippines. The jury was chaired by Philip Lawson, a Grammy-winning British composer and arranger, a former member of the King’s Singers.

Jakub Szafrański (b. 1988) is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In 2015 he received a diploma in choral conducting under the supervision of prof. Ryszard Zimak, and two years later a diploma in composition under the supervision of prof. Paweł Łukaszewski. As a composer, he concentrates on works for a cappella choir, predominantly to liturgical and sacred texts. He won the 1st prize at the 57th Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers (2016) and several other awards at composition competitions in Poland and abroad. His works have been performed by leading Polish and foreign ensembles, including the New Music Orchestra, proMODERN vocal sextet, Poznań Chamber Choir, Trinity College Cambridge Choir, Kammerchor Hannover and Janua Muzika from Vilnius. On the commission of the Polish Composers' Union, Jakub Szafrański wrote a piece Karpaty for the 60th Jubile "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music.

WATCH: Phillip Lawson Announces AERCO Competition Winners

Open call for UN/MUTE virtual residency

IPNYPolish musicians, composers and performance artists, who have never been to New York before and who are interested in an international artistic, cross-discipline cooperation project with European and New York City based artists are invited to apply for a virtual residency. Apply by sending a bio and short cover letter (max. 1,000 words) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 22 January 2021.

This paid virtual residency will take place online in the spring of 2021, over a period of three months. The ideal candidate is either a Polish citizen residing anywhere in the world, but in New York/New York City, or is an artist who permanently resides in Poland and has any or no citizenship. It is a requirement for the residency that the candidate has never been to New York before.

Covid-19 has shuttered artists from residencies, travel, and exhibitions. This project dives into our digitalized world connecting EU and New York City based artists from various disciplines and gives them an opportunity to work on a collaborative artistic project. The project explores what it means for a European artist to virtually meet a transatlantic counterpart based in NYC, of different age, race, culture and artistic medium in order to create a new and unique work of art together.

During the residency, the process of creative collaboration is put under a magnifying glass and presented via edited Zoom recordings on a website giving the viewers the unique opportunity to monitor it. The collaborative three-month long virtual residency is facilitated and hosted by Undercurrent gallery in Brooklyn, New York. A presentation of the art works is scheduled to take place on Europe Day, 9 May 2021.

More information athttps://instytutpolski.pl/newyork/2021/01/07/open-call-un-mute-residency/

Agata Zubel's "Chamber Piano Concerto" at the International Piano Competition of Orléans

ZubelThe final auditions of the 14th International Piano Competition of Orléans will take place on 31 October 2020. Thanks to the fruitful cooperation of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Competition organisers, Chamber Piano Concerto by Agata Zubel is a compulsory piece in the final's repertoire.

The International Piano Competition of Orléans has been held since 1994. It remains the only piano competition in the world to focus on the contemporary repertoire. It brings the piano repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries to a consistently growing audience, reveals the talent of young artists and follows them from the beginning and throughout their carrier. Due to the uniqueness, the International Piano Competition of Orléans has developed a solid international reputation and is an affiliated member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC), Alink-Argerich Foundation, and Futurs Composés.

Chamber Piano Concerto is one of Agata Zubel's latest pieces. Its world premiere took place on 20 October 2018 during the Donaueschinger Musiktage festival. The composer has taken part in many projects of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, she has also written several works commissioned or co-commissioned by the Institute, including Fireworks (2018), for which she received the European Composer Award.

The three finalists of the French competition will be accompanied by the Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Simon Proust. One of the finalists will recceive the "Polska Music" award funded by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. An honourable mention worth EUR 2,000 will be awarded for the best performance of Agata Zubel's work.

Live broadcast of the competition final will be available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LQsHfw19_A