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Warsaw | 60th Baird Competition Final Concert


The final concert of the 60th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition will be held on 25 June 2019 (Tuesday) at 7pm in the PWM Edition Concert Hall at 8 Aleksandra Fredry Street in Warsaw.

Tadeusz Baird Young Composers' Competition (formerly called the Youth Competition of the Polish Composers' Union) has been organized annually since 1958. Its aim is to enable young Polish composers to start their professional life and encourage them to work independently. The main prize – the Tadeusz Baird Award – in the amount of $ 2,500 for further compositional studies is funded by Alina Sawicka-Baird, wife of the Composer. In this edition, the main prize was funded by Marta Ptaszyńska. Honorable mentions are funded by the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union. Since 1990, the Tadeusz Baird Competition is open to all Polish composers who has not turned 35 years (previously it was intended only for graduates of the composition classes of the state music high schools). The subject of the competition is different each year.

Since 2003, the competition has two stages. The works that have been qualified to the 2nd stage are performed during a public concert, after which the final verdict is announced and the names of the winners are revealed. Such a concert will take place for the sixteenth time. The programme will include: Magic Squares (emblem Triangle), Une saison dans rêve (emblem Rimarth), Singing at the end of the day (emblem Chestnut 12), Sublimation (emblem TBQ), String Quartet Shapes (emblem Maple leave). The works will be performed by POLONIKA string quartet: Paulina Kusa – I violin, Anna Szalińska-Zaziębło – II violin, Magdalena Małecka-Wippich – viola, Krystyna Wiśniewska – cello.

The jury of this year's competition is composed of: Eugeniusz Knapik – chairman, Krzysztof Baculewski, Miłosz Bembinow, Arkadiusz Kubica and Hanna Kulenty.

The concert is organized by the Polish Composers' Union in cooperation with the PWM Edition and ZAiKS Authors' Association with funds from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme.

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus for Independence


The concert "Sinfonia Iuventus for Independence" on 22 June 2019 at 7pm in the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, devoted entirely to Polish music of the twentieth and twenty-first century, will showcase outstanding cellist Tomasz Strahl.

This highly appreciated soloist, chamber musician and academic teacher has won many prestigious awards and distinctions and is one of the most esteemed cellists of his generation. The two cello concertos featured in the programme are the perfect way to show off the versatility of this artist’s talent in a single evening.

The work by Stanisław Moryta from 1992 is saturated with dramatic, elegiac expression, as expressed in the character of each movement: Drammatico / Lugubre / Aggresivo; it also displays cello virtuosity. Cello Concerto No. 2 by Piotr Moss titled Prières (Prayers) was composed in 2003 and premiered in Poland, performed by Tomasz Strahl of the NPRSO in 2005.

The programme is supplemented by two overtures – the first opened the now forgotten opera Maria by Roman Statkowski (1904), acknowledge when it premiered to be one of the best Polish works of its kind since the days of Moniuszko. The interwar period will be represented in the programme by the Overture for orchestra by Antoni Szałowski, one of the many Polish students of the famous Nadia Boulanger (interestingly, two generations before the young Piotr Moss also studied with her near the end of her long career), in tribute to neoclassical style – which is also present in this brilliant piece.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/sinfonia-iuventus-dla-niepodleglej/ 

Szczecin | Park Symphony – Wojtek Blecharz


On the World Music Day, 21 June 2019, the musicians of the Symphony Orchestra of the Szczecin Philharmonic will perform Symphony No. 1 by Wojtek Blecharz. An outdoor concert will take place at the plaza next to the Church of St. Nicholas (entrance from Starzyński Street).

The organizers invited the composer Wojtek Blecharz to collaborate on the idea of ​​musical arrangement of the beautiful green square between the Philharmonic and the Church of St. Nicholas along with Tokarnia – Patrycja Tokarska, which is the partner of the concert. As a result of this cooperation, Symphony No. 1 was created. Acording to the composer, it is a musical situation-installation, which opens the participants to new ways of experiencing sound, usually unheard of in a traditional concert. We will be able to "walk through" the sound with the body, lie on the ground to listen to it, or sit down between the musicians.

The second part of the event will take place in the Szczecin Philharmonic building. Musicians scattered in the concert hall will once again take the audiene for a musical journey, which will allow them to compare the sound of the symphony and individual instruments in both places – in the bosom of nature and in the Philharmonic. Admission free!

More information athttps://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/wydarzenia/1098-Park_Symfonia__Wojtek_Blecharz

Warsaw | Sinfornia Varsovia at Grochowska Street – A Musical Feast


The upcoming concert of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra entitled "A Musical Feast" will take place on 21 June 2019 at 7:30pm. It will be an opportunity to listen to Polish and Russian symphonic works performed by the orchestra under Maestro Alexander Vedernikov and pianist Andrei Korobeinikov.

Sinfonia Varsovia will start a concert with Stanisław Moniuszko's Fairytale on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. After that, the audience will listen to a rarely presented Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major Op. 44 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. A virtuoso solo part will be performed by Andrei Korobeinikov – an acclaimed Russian pianist and perfect interpreter of Tchaikovsky's works. The concert will end with the Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information CentrePOLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Elbląg | Chamber Music conducted by Thomas Kalb


German conductor Thomeas Culb will lead the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra during the concert on June 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the concert hall of the State Music Schools Complex in Elbląg.

German critics described him as a "sovereign interpreter". No wonder, since Thomas Kalb's original and ambiguous musical creations surprises even the most sophisticated music lovers. As one critic stated, "a conductor who, from every note, develops a bouquet of ideas and transfers his creativity to musicians". Under the baton of Thomas Kalb, the Elbląg chamber musicians will perform Franz Schubert's String Quartet No. 12 in C minor D 703, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's String Symphony No. 12 in G minor, Edvard Grieg's String Quartet No. 1 in G minor Op. 27, and Canzona di barocco for string orchestra by Henryk Czyż.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/kameralne-oblicza-thomasa-kalba 

Warsaw | 9th Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street: Polish and Japanese Music


On 15 and 16 June 2019 at 4pm in the concert hall of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra (272 Grochowska Street) concerts "Japan" and "Moniuszko" will take place as part of the cycle "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street".

The afternoon chamber concerts will take place every weekend, featuring both renowned artists and rising stars of classical music. During the 30 thematically divided concerts – Not only orchestra, Japan, Moniuszko, Relax, On travel, Improvisation, Old Warsaw – we will have a chance to listen to ensembles of differnet types, such as a reed quintet with saxophone and bass clarinet, a cello octet or a flute quartet. The programme will include music of many styles and eras – from Baroque, through Romanticism, to jazz, contemporary and improvised music.

On 15 June, the music of Japanese artists and composers inspired by the culture of Japan will be presented by young talented Warsaw percussionists Mikołaj Rytowski and Franciszek Prokopiuk. They will present, among others, K'an by Wojtek Blecharz. The next day, Stanisław Moniuszko's quartets will be performed by the musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia and violinist Piotr Markowski, the deputy concertmaster of the Płock Symphony Orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

4th Polish Circles of Art in China Festival

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The 4th Polish Circles of Art in China Festival is another year of presenting the best in our art. The upcoming edition will begin on 6 June 2019 with a tour of Grzegorz Niemczuk. The tour will end on 15 June at the Chongqing Guotai Arts Center.

The renowned pianist will perform first in the concert hall of the Beijing Tsinghua University, then in the prestigious halls of Zibo, Shijiazhuang, Wuhan and Chongqing. Grzegorz Niemczuk's concerts mark the beginning of the fourth edition of the Festival of Polish Circles of Art in China, where other artistic activities will be held until December 2019.

The Polish Circles of Art Festival in China has been organized by the Foundation of the Circles of Art since 2016. Already after the first edition, the event was hailed by the Chinese media as "the most important Polish cultural event of 2016 in the Middle Kingdom". Until now, Polish creators of visual arts, music, film and video games have shown their achievements at the Festival in 16 significant cities in the PRC. Pianist Grzegorz Niemczuk has been associated with the with the Polish Art Circles Festival in China since its second edition. His concerts have always been a special part of the programme. This year, his repertoire will consist of works by Wojciech Kilar, Fryderyk Chopin and Wang Jianzhong.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://kregisztuki.com/ 

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The Annual Awards of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage were granted to Polish composers


During the ceremonial gala at the National Theater in Warsaw on 12 June 2019, the Minister of Culture and National Heirtage, Professor Piotr Gliński, awarded creators, animators and patrons whose activity notably contributes to the development, dissemination and protection of culture. The prizes were awarded in seventeen categories.

The Annual Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage is granted since 1997 to artists, creators and culture animators in acknowledgement of their total achievements or for exceptional achievements in a given year in the field they represent. This prestigious award allows the Minister of Culture and National Heritage to highlight the most important trends and phenomena in Polish culture by honoring people who create and represent them. The National Center for Culture is responsible for organizing the annual Awards Gala of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

This year, the distinctions of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the field of "Music" were given to two Polish musicians: Agata Zubel – composer and vocalist, lecturer at the Academy of Music in Wrocław, regular member of the Polish Composers' Union, and Piotr Moss – a laureate of many Polish and French awards and honorable mentions, who lives and works in Paris, a member of the Polish Composers' Union since 1977.

The Honorary Award of the Polish Composers' Union for Andrea Brzoza


On 12 June 2019 the Presidium of the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union decided to award the second Honorary Award of the Polish Composrs' Union this year. The winner is Mrs. Andrea Brzoza.

Andrea Brzoza was born in Lobito, Angola. In 1962, together with her parents (of Austrian descent) she moved to Austria and after a year to Portugal. In 1975, she began studying at the English and Journalism Department at the University of Vienna. She moved to Poland in 1977. She was employed at the Austrian embassy, ​​in the academic year 1977/ 1978 she worked as a Portuguese language teacher at the University of Warsaw. From autumn 1978, she works at the Austrian Cultural Forum (Institute of Austrian Culture). It is an agency of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, whose task consists of the cultural and scientific dialogue with artists and scientists of each particular host country. Andrea Brzoza is responsible for music projects.

The Honorary Award of the Polish Composers' Union was granted to Andrea Brzoza for outstanding contribution to building cultural ties between Poland and Austria.

The award ceremony will take place during the 62nd International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn" at the Polish Composers' Union office in the Old Town Market Square.