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Gdańsk | 15 Quartets for the 15th Anniversary of NeoQuartet

NeoquartetThe NeoArte Association and NeoQuartet are announcing a competition for a composition for string quartet with electronics (optionally with a video layer) as part of the project "15 Quartets for the 15th Anniversary of NeoQuartet". The deadline for submitting works is 28 November 2021.

The final of the project "15 Quartets for the 15th Anniversary of NeoQuartet" will be held on 9-12 December 2021 in Gdańsk. During the three days of concerts, NeoQuartet will perform 15 quartets written for the ensemble in 2021 by composers from around the world, including Poland, South Korea, Germany, Slovakia, Iran, Norway and Finland.

An integral part of the project is the international composition competition (for artists up to 35 years of age) to write an electro-acoustic string quartet. Three winning compositions will be performed on 9 December 2021 at 8.00 p.m. in the Artists' Colony in Gdańsk.

The competition is co-financed by the City of Gdansk and the Pomeranian Voivodeship.

More information: https://neoarte.pl/projekty/konkurs-kompozytorski/ 

Warsaw | 30th Portraits of Composers

PortretyThe 30th edition of "Portraits of Composers" will be held on 9-10 December 2021 at 6.30 p.m. at PROM Kultury Saska Kępa at 23 Brukselska St. in Warsaw.

The "Portraits of composers" festival have been organized by the Polish Composers' Union since 1988. Every year it presents chamber works by several contemporary composers. This year, the festival will feature works by Mateusz Ryczek and Tomasz Skweres, who will also perform in both concerts as a cellist.

Mateusz Ryczek is a winner of numerous composition competitions, his works are performed at concerts and festivals in Poland and abroad. The concert on 9 December will feature the premiere of his Fairy Tales for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, viola and piano. Tomasz Skweres is a composer living in Austria and Germany. He is also a winner of many composition competitions. He composes music commissioned by festivals and ensembles, both Austrian, German and Polish. The works by both composers will be performed by the excellent singer Joanna Freszel, cellist Tomasz Skweres and the Slovak ensemble QUASARS under the direction of Ivan Buffy.

"Portraits of composers" were financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. Admission to the concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programmehttps://www.zkp.org.pl/

Opole | Opera at Philharmonic: "The Haunted Manor"

FOAs part of its 70th anniversary season, the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic invites you on 10 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. and on 11 December 2021 at 6.00 p.m. to the concert performances Stanisław Moniuszko's The Haunted Manor.

The action of the four-act opera composed to the libretto by Jan Chęciński takes place in the first half of the 18th century. It tells the sotry about two brothers, Zbigniew and Stefan, who – after having finished their service in the army – return to their homeland with the intention to remain bachelors. The author of the work, despite the experience of studying and working abroad, made the decision to return to his homeland (which at that time did not exist on maps), and through his operas he criticized the society and illustrated social conflicts. The Haunted Manor, written at the beginning of the 1860s, became a patriotic manifesto, and for this reason it was banned by the censorship.

This legendary work will be performed by the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra and the Silesian Opera Choir under the baton of Tadeusz Kozłowski, who this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of his artistic activity. As soloists will perform: Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (Hanna), Monika Ledzion-Porczyńska (Jadwiga), Paweł Skałuba (Stefan), Adam Woźniak (Zbigniew), Anna Borucka (Cześnikowa), Leszek Skrla (Miecznik), Wołodymyr Pańkiw (Skołuba), Albert Memeti (Damazy), Stanisław Duda (Maciej), Iwona Noszczyk (Marta), Michał Bagniewski (Grześ), Jolanta Wyszkowska (Old Woman).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

Popko / Thieu-Quang at RDC Radio

Popko Popko / Thieu-Quang duo will perform on 9 December 2021 at 6.00 p.m. in the broadcasting studio of Radio dla Ciebie (RDC) as part of the "Kwarantanna w Hi-Fi" [Quatantine in Hi-Fi] project. All concerts in this series are broadcast on RDC radio, its website, mobile application and YouTube channel.

Pianist Paweł Popko and clarinetist Piotr Thieu-Quang will present works by Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Tadeusz Baird, Witold Lutosławski and Feliks Mendelssohn. At the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in 2021, the musicians received an honourable mention, as well as two special prizes: for the best performance of a composition written after 1945 and a special prize in the form of year-long patronage/media support – both sponsored by the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Pianist Paweł Popko graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. He also completed Postgraduate Studies in Cultural Management at the Warsaw School of Economics. Paweł Popko has won many awards at international competitions, including the 1st prize at the International Music Forum in Mäntta, Finland, and the 3rd prize at the 5th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in St. Petersburg. He frequently performs at festivals in Poland and abroad. Piotr Thieu-Quang is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. He is a winner of numerous national and international solo and chamber competitions, with the most important ones being the International Clarinet Competition in Warsaw (2016 – 1st prize in the chamber ensembles category), 8th West Pomeranian Clarinet Festival (2018 – 3rd prize), 17th Academic Clarinet Competition in Włoszakowice (2018 – 2nd prize and three special prizes), 12th National Competition of Chamber Ensembles of Wind Instruments in Warsaw (2019 – 1st prize). As a soloist and chamber musician, he has given concerts in Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Belgium and Portugal. In 2019 he toured South Africa promoting the music of Polish composers, including Paweł Mykietyn and Wojciech Chałupka.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

4th "Patri Patriae" Composers' Competition

Patri Patriae The Wojciech Kilar State Music School Complex in Katowice announces the 4th "Patri Patriae" Composers' Competition for a piece dedicated to the memory of the Holy Father John Paul II for high school and university students and young composers. The deadline for submitting applications is 31 March 2022.

The "Patri Patriae" Composers' Competition was first announced on 16 October 1991 by the then Karol Szymanowski State Secondary Music School in Katowice to commemorate the pontificate of Pope John Paul II – "Father of the Homeland". Its founder and main organiser for 30 years has been Felicja Bieganek, who with this initiative has launched the careers of many of today’s recognised composers. The co-organizer of the competition is the Art Education Centre in Warsaw, the Polish Composers' Union – Katowice Branch, the Association of Alumni and Supporters of the Music High School in Katowice and the New Music Orchestra. The honorary patrons of the competition are the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodship, the Mayor of Katowice, the Archbishop of Katowice and the Rector of the Academy of Music in Katowice.

The aim of the competition is to promote outstanding young musical personalities, as well as to familiarize them with the values advocated by the Holy Father. The subject of the 8th edition of the competition is: a) a piece for any solo instrument (except organ); b) a piece for female choir a cappella with the possible use of one or two solo voices; c) a piece for chamber orchestra.

Three financial awards as well as honourable mentions will be awarded in each age group. The winners of the competition will receive the "Lyre" statuettes. The awarded works will be performed at the Winners Concert on 15 October 2022.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The competition rules are available athttp://2st.zpsm.edu.pl/konkursy/patri-patriae 

Adam Mickiewicz Institute: Popularising Mieczysław Weinberg's Works


The Adam Mickiewicz Institute continues its mission to popularize the achievements of Mieczysław Weinberg around the world. 2021 sees the release of the first monograph on the life and work of the composer written in Russian, as well as the album with his chamber works Light in darkness: Mieczysław Weinberg. The premiere will take place on 8 December 2021, on the composer's birth anniversary.

WajnbergWeinberg left 153 opus pieces, including 22 symphonies, 70 chamber pieces and almost 30 song cycles. The first monograph on him in Russian by Danuta Gwizdalanka presents the entire complexity of Weinberg's biography, which was marked by the turbulent history of the 20th century. The book was published by the famous Petersburg music publishing house "Kompozytor". The project was coordinated by Andrei Ustinov, editor-in-chief of the magazine "Muzykalnoje Obozrienije". The monograph is available in the Falanster bookstore in Moscow. It is also presented at the Non Fiction book fair and disseminated during concerts and significant musical events in all over Russia.

Book review: https://muzobozrenie.ru/novaya-kniga-o-mechislave-vajnberge/ 

Another publication released in 2021 with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute is the album Light in darkness: Mieczysław Weinberg. The CD released by the Belgian publishing house Evil Penguin Classic contains several chamber works by Weinberg performed by renowned musicians: Linus Roth, Jose Gallardo, Danjulo Ishizak and Janusz Wawrowski. The album was presented internationally at the Chopin Competition 2021, as well as during Linus Roth's concerts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is available in the Empik store chain, as well as on the foreign market and on the Spotify platform: https://open.spotify.com/album/0r1y0fKuAlkFnukiPfpd9k

The releases are part of the international cultural programme coordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, carried out as part of the Niepodległa Multiannual Program 2017–2022.

Bydgoszcz | 12th International Competition for Young Pianists "Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam"

Rubionstein12th International Competition for Young Pianists „Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam” will be held from 7 to 13 December 2021 in Bydgoszcz – in a city known as the „City of Music”, with great cultural and artistic traditions.

The competition programme is extremely demanding and includes pieces that Artur Rubinstein had in his piano repertoire. In addition to the six main financial prizes, the winners receive the Chopin Prize, the Special Prize for the best performance of a piece by Karol Szymanowski, the Special "Ruby" Prize for the youngest laureate of the competition, the Special Prize for the artistic personality of the competition, the Award of the Director of the Competition Ewa Stąporek-Pospiech for the best performance of a concert with orchestra, as well as awards in the form of concerts and scholarships. The final performances of the pianists will be held at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic (11-12 December) with the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra.

On 7 December Szymon Nehring will perform the opening recital, presenting music by Chopin and Szymanowski.

International Competition for Young Pianists „Artur Rubinstein in memoriam” is one of the most important music competitions for young pianists. The honorary chairman of the Competition is Ewa Rubinstein - the daughter of the great pianist. The competition has been organized since 1993 by the State Music School Complex Artur Rubinstein in Bydgoszcz and the Mozart Society in Bydgoszcz with the participation of: the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport in Warsaw, the Marshal’s Office of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship in Toruń, the City Hall of Bydgoszcz. The competition is recommended by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sports. In 2000, the competition was entered into the European Association of Music Competitions for Young People (EMCY).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Rules and regulations: www.konkurs-rubinstein.bydgoszcz.pl 

Warsaw | 3rd Eufonie International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe: Concert of Olga and Natalia Pasiecznik

EufonieAn evening for soprano and piano at the 3rd Eufonie Festival is still ahead of us – Olga and Natalia Pasiecznik will perform a special vocal recital in the Ballroom of the Royal Castle in Warsaw on 5 December 2021 at 7.30 p.m. (postponed from 21 November).

The idea of the festival is to popularize the cultural heritage of most countries known today as Central and Eastern Europe: from the Balkans, through Romania and Austria, the Visegrad Group countries, Ukraine and Belarus, to the Baltic States. This area is an extremely interesting melting pot whose complexity can be discovered through the variety of the presented compositions and artists. The honorary patrons of this year's festival are ambassadors of thirteen countries of the region: Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. The director of the festival is Prof. Rafał Wiśniewski, and the chairman of the Programme Council – Dr Mieczysław Kominek, president of the Polish Composers' Union.

The Pasiecznik sisters do not need to be introduced to the admirers of contemporary music. It was with Olga in mind that Paweł Szymański composed his two-act opera Qudsja Zaher; Krzysztof Knittel writes especially for her. She has sung on the stages of the most prestigious opera houses in the world and has recorded over 50 albums. She performs in a repertoire comprising pieces from various eras, from the Renaissance to the present day, as well as in recitals with Russian and Ukrainian songs, accompanied by her sister Natalia on the piano. At the Eufonie Festival, the Pasiecznik sisters will perform songs by Jean Sibelius and Ukrainian composers, Viktor Kosenko and Mykola Lysenko.

The Eufonie International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe is organized by the National Centre for Culture with funds of the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Programme: http://eufonie.pl/ 

Łódź | 78th Musica Moderna Session

AMOn 5-9 December 2021 the Department of Composition of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź and the Polish Composers' Union will host the 78th Musica Moderna session – a celebration of contemporary music in Łódź.

The programme of this year's session included a symphonic concert, a performance of Anna Kwiatkowska / Mikołaj Pałosz duo, the final concert of the 6th "Moja (mi)nuta" Youth Composition Competition, an evening with electronic and electroacoustic music, and a traditional concert "Young Composers, Young Performers", presenting new works by composition students of the Academy of Music in Łódź. The four days event will feature pieces by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Anahita Abbasi, Matthias Pintscher, Mathias Spahlinger, Zdzisław Szostak, Artur Zagajewski, Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, Olga Hans and Maciej Kabza, and others.

Tickets for the inaugural concert are available for purchase at the ticket office of the Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Łódź, admission to other events is free.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Programme: https://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/78-sesja-musica-moderna