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1st Dominik Połoński Cello Competition

KOnkurs POlonskiegoDepartment of String Instruments of the G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź invites cello students from Polish music academies to the 1st Polish National Dominik Połoński Cello Competition, which will be held remotely based on the sent recordings on 26-28 March 2021.

The competition is dedicated to the memory of the outstanding Polish cellist Dominik Połoński, who was associated with the Łódź Music Academy. He was awarded with the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture "Gloria Artis", the "Polityka's" Passport, the Polish Academy of Sciences Award, the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship Award and the Eureka Award for outstanding achievements in the field of culture. The idea of ​​the competition is to promote talented instrumentalists of the young generation, who, like Dominik Połoński, are distinguished by outstanding charisma and musical intuition, natural sharpness in interpretation and high skill in playing the cello.

The organisers invited cello students from Polish music academies to participate in the competition. The programme of the competition will consist of 30-minute recitals, composed of freely selected pieces for solo cello or cello with piano accompaniment. The winner of the main prize will be awarded the title of "Cello Individuality 2021". Playback of the uploaded recordings will be possible only on 26-28 March through the link posted on the Academy's website in the competition programme section, next to each Candidate's name. The jury will delibarate at the Academy of Music in Łódź.

The competition will be inaugurated by a concert dedicated to the memory of Dominik Połoński, performed by students and graduates from the class of the deceased cellist. Official competition events will be preceded by the Polish National Scientific and Artistic Conference "Cello – The Past and The Present" with two lecture panels and a meeting "Memories of Dominik Połoński" with the participation of Izabela Połońska and the artist's friends. The course of the events will be broadcast live on the YouTube channel of the Academy of Music in Łódź.

More information: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/konkurs-wiolonczelowy-im-dominika-polonskiego 

Contemporary music seminar organised by Molot Ensemble and the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union

ZKPThe Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union in cooperation with the Russian Young Composers' Union MOLOT invites composers and musicologists to participate in an international series of seminars devoted to contemporary music. The seminars will be held the ZOOM application on 24-27 March 2021.

This project is yet another result of the collaboration between the community of young Polish composers and the community of young East European composers; it is an opportunity to promote their creative and scientific activities, as well as to establish valuable international contacts.

The programme includes lectures by such composers and musicologists as Dariusz Przybylski, Jan Krutul, Krzystof Kicior, Aleksandra Chmielewska, Aleksander Jan Szopa, Krzystof Ratajski (Poland), Yaroslaw Sudzilowski, Artur Zobnin, Vadim Genin, Evgeny Prituzhalov, Nikifor Yakovlev (Russia), Snejana Pislari (Moldova), Lizaveta Loban (Belarus), Andrei Yakushau (Belarus – Poland).

6th Psalms of David Festival "Honoring the Righteous and the Survivors" online

imit24 March marks the Polish National Day of Remembrance of Poles Rescuing Jews under German occupation. On this occasion, the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów invites you at 7.00 p.m. to a concert as part of the 6th Psalms of David Festival "Honoring the Righteous and the Survivors".

The main goal of the Psalms of David Festival is, above all, to show pride in Poles who did not hesitate to risk their own lives to protect the lives of others, an unquestionable example of which is the testimony of the Ulma Family from Markowa. The idea of ​​the festival is to create unity, peace and a dimension of deep understanding between the Jewish and Christian worlds. On the level of biblical psalms, which constitute the foundation of Jewish and Christian prayer, efforts are being made to present and convey this dimension of sensitivity that allows Jews to thank God for saving their lives, and Poles for the gift of courage in saving these lifes.

In 2021, the SOAR Ulma Family Foundation invites you to a live streamed concert in honor of the Polish Righteous Among the Nations, which will consist of a Polish and Jewish part. The first one wil premiere Michał Jurkiewicz's oratorio The Psalms of Love and Hope to words by Jerzy Łysiński. The piece will be performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Podkarpacka Philharmonic, choir and soloists (Andrzej Lampert, Barbara Gąsienica-Giewont, Joanna Słowińska, Stanisław Plewniak, Dariusz Malejonek, Symcha Keller, Łukasz Lipski, Agata Galik) conducted by Nikola Kołodziejczyk.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Information about the broadcast: http://fundacjasoar.pl/ 

18. Konkurs Kompozytorski im. Tadeusza Ochlewskiego 2021

Konkurs OchlewskiegoPolskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne ogłasza 18. Konkurs Kompozytorski im. Tadeusza Ochlewskiego na solową miniaturę o charakterze wirtuozowskim inspirowaną twórczością Fryderyka Chopina z opcjonalną warstwą elektroniczną. Termin nadsyłania prac upływa 22 września 2021 roku.

W nawiązaniu do tegorocznego 18. Międzynarodowego Konkursu Pianistycznego im. Fryderyka Chopina – jednego z najważniejszych wydarzeń muzycznego świata – Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne zachęca młodych kompozytorów do sięgania do wzorców chopinowskich. W tegorocznej edycji temat Konkursu nie ogranicza wyboru instrumentu.

Udział w Konkursie mogą wziąć kompozytorzy mający obywatelstwo polskie: osoby pełnoletnie, które do dnia 22 września 2021 roku nie ukończą 30. roku życia.

Oceny utworów oraz wyboru zwycięskiej kompozycji dokona Jury w składzie: Krzysztof Knittel, Sławomir Kupczak, Stanisław Leszczyński, Marta Ptaszyńska oraz Daniel Cichy.

Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne przewiduje wyłonienie jednej zwycięskiej kompozycji. Nagrodami w Konkursie są:

  • nagroda pieniężna w wysokości 10 000 zł,
  • wydanie drukiem przez Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne wyłonionej przez Jury kompozycji i włączenie utworu do katalogu PWM
  • publiczne wykonanie nagrodzonej kompozycji.

Regulamin i informacje na temat Konkursu znajdują się na stronie www.pwm.com.pl/ochlewski 

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 

We know the results of the Prof. Hieronim Feicht Competition 2020!

eOn 18 March 2021 the Jury of the Professor Hieronim Feicht Competition for the Best Doctoral Dissertation awarded the authors of works in the field of musicology and music theory.

The annual Competition is open to musicologists and music theorists who are under 40 on the day of submitting their work. The aim of the award is to promote the scientific achievements of musicologists and music theorists from all academic centers in Poland (they do not have to be members of the Polish Composers' Union), encourage them to undertake musicological research, integrate the community and consolidate the research tradition associated with the figure of Rev. Prof. Hieronim Feicht.

The jury of this year's Competition, consisting of: dr hab. Paweł Gancarczyk, prof. IS PAN (chairman), prof. dr hab. Teresa Malecka, prof. dr hab. Remigiusz Pośpiech, prof. dr hab. Violetta Przech, prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Skowron, prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Woźna-Stankiewicz, and dr hab. Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska (chairman of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union), decided to award the Rev. Prof. Hieronim Feicht Award ex equo to:

  • Ms Wiktoria Antonczyk for the work Polscy muzycy w dziewiętnastowiecznym Petersburgu [Polish Musicians in Nineteenth-Century St. Petersburg] (unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Warsaw 2019);
  • Mr Marek Dolewka for the work Wymiary ciszy w muzyce europejskiej od lat 60. XX w. [Dimensions of Silence in European Music Since the 1960s] (unpublished doctoral dissertation, Jagiellonian University 2020).
The Competition Jury also decided to award the honourable mention to Ms Magdalena Oliferko for the work Julian Fontana – niedoceniony artysta z najbliższego otoczenia Chopina [Julian Fontana - an Underestimated Artist from the Chopin's Closest Circle] (unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Warsaw, Université de Genève 2019).

Congratulations to all the winners!

Chairman of the Jury, dr hab. Paweł Gancarczyk, prof. IS PAN
Chairman of the PCU's Musicologists' Section, dr hab. Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska

Restrictions on the operation of cultural institutions and sports facilities from 20 March to 9 April 2021

CovidThe restrictions on the operation of cultural institutions and sports facilities in force in four voivodeships will apply to the entire country from 20 March to 9 April 2021. This was announced on Wednesday by Poland's Health Minister Adam Niedzielski.

Operations must suspend: theatres, museums and art galleries; cinemas (the ban on screening of films also applies to cultural houses and centers); swimming pools; ski slopes; fitness clubs and gyms; sports facilities.

Details of the introduced restrictions will be included in the regulation of the Council of Ministers on the establishment of certain restrictions, orders and bans in connection with the occurrence of a state of epidemic.

The extension of restrictions to the entire country is related to the increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.

More information: https://www.gov.pl/web/koronawirus/od-20-marca-w-calej-polsce-obowiazuja-rozszerzone-zasady-bezpieczenstwa 

8th Krakow Cello Spring

KWWKrzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music will welcome calendar spring (21 March) with a truly spring-like event: the 8th Krakow Cello Spring. In 2021, the festival will be held online.

The event organised annually by the Cello and Double Bass Department has gained a significant position and a group of fans over the years. This year, the concerts will be presented on the "Online Academy" website of the Academy of Music in Krakow.

This year's programme includes four concerts: "Solo and Chamber Music", "Great Romantic Concertos", "1900/1901" and "Only Cello – Violoncelles, vibrez!". The special guest of the 8th edition will be an excellent German cellist, professor and vice-chancellor of the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Alexander Gebert. We will hear, among others, Recitatives and Ariosos "Lerchenmusik", Op. 53 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Sonata in A major for piano and cello, Op. 18 by Zygmunt Stojowski, Deux mouvements by Alexandre Tansman, Agnus Dei for eight cellos by Krzysztof Penderecki and Orawa by Wojciech Kilar.

More information at: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/ 

"Welcome Spring!" – online family concert

e"Welcome Spring!", a family concert of the Gorzów Philharmonic, will be broadcast online on 21 March 2021 at 12.00 p.m. on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel and Facebook. The recording will be available for the next 24 hours.

On the occasion of the first day of spring, young and old music lovers will be able to watch extraordinary musical stories about the world of nature – insects, birds and water expans, which will engage them in an unusual game of imagination and impressions.

Ornithology composed by Jarosław Siwiński to the words by Małgorzata Kołcz is a piece that awakens imagination and becomes a fascinating game – with sound, text, form, texture, instruments, colours, twittering and various melodies. Insectology is a fairy tale about Mrs. Mosquito, who meets Beetle the Growler, Miss Ladybird and other nice creatures on her way. Simple children's songs illustrated with music were written by Anna Maria Huszcza. Adrian Robak's Hydrology to Maja Baczyńska's text is an extraordinary story about the element of water. The piece juxtapose the human voice with the harp and percussion instruments.

We will hear these wonderful compositions performed by outstanding soprano Joanna Freszel and the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Bartosz Olejnik.

Detailed information at: https://www.filharmoniagorzowska.pl/