Polish Music Newsletter

June 2016, Vol. 22, No. 6. ISSN 1098-9188. Published monthly.
Los Angeles: Polish Music Center, University of Southern California

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The Board of the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles has announced a new event in the Festival’s array of cultural offerings on the Central Coast, this time with a "Pops" theme. On July 2, 2016, join Festival organizers for the PASO POPS Independence Day Concert at the new Paso Robles Horse Park.

"PASO POPS was created to provide an annual Independence Day tradition for all members of the community," said Steve Cass, PASO POPS president and past president of the Paderewski Festival.  "We wanted something that would complement the county's existing city celebrations, while providing recurring funding for youth arts." To watch a fun promo video for the event, visit pasoroblesdailynews.com.

The concert will feature the San Luis Obispo Symphony, along with Paderewski Competition winner Daniel Ha and Youth Symphony members, led by Tulare County Symphony and Pasadena Symphony conductor Bruce Kiesling in a 90-120 minute patriotic program with a fireworks finale. It will be an event not to be missed, with music, fireworks, great wines, great beers, and lots of family-friendly activities.

Tickets range from $10 for Patriot Mall (lawn seating) admission up to $3,500 for sponsored President tables that include wine tasting, gourmet buffet, wine and VIP parking.  Other sponsor options include Vice President and Speaker tables at $2,500 and $1,500 respectively. Advanced sales of individual tickets are: Vice President $95, Speaker $65, Diplomat $40 and Patriot Mall $10. For active and retired military with ID, students with ID, and seniors over 60, Patriot Mall tickets are $5.  Subject to availability, tickets also may be purchased at the gate: Vice President $105, Speaker $75, Diplomat $50 and Patriot Mall $15 ($10 with discount).  Up to two children 12 and under are free with paid Patriot Mall admission.  

Net proceeds from PASO POPS will be distributed to the Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition and Student Cultural Exchange Program, San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony, Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation and Studios on the Park Youth Art Program.

For tickets and more information, visit www.paderewskifest.com/pasopops or www.eventbrite.com.

July 2, 2016 | 5:00 pm
PASO POPS Independence Day Concert

Paso Robles Horse Park
3801 Hughes Parkway, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (see directions here)
Tickets & Info: www.paderewskifest.com/pasopops




This year’s Book Expo America was held in Chicago, May 11-14, and Poland was the designated guest of honor at this huge and prestigious event. Alongside the Polish Book Institute, who organized part of the Polish exhibit, the Los Angeles based publisher Aquila Polonica participated with its series of fascinating and beautifully produced books about history of Poland during World War II. On the coattails of Aquila Polonica’s invitation and thanks to its owner, Terry Tegnazian, several titles from the Polish Music Center’s Polish Music History Series found some space on the shelves of the Polish stand at BEA. PMC Director Marek Zebrowski travelled to Chicago to present the PMC’s books on leading Polish composers and took the opportunity to promote his own related titles, including Celebrating Chopin and Paderewski, published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Paderewski in California, published by the Tumult Foundation in Toruń, and a series of CAMERIMAGE Film Festival volumes on directors and cinematographers, also published by Tumult.

Two of Aquila Polonica’s authors—John Guzlowski and Julian Kulski—were on hand to introduce their work at BEA. Guzlowski’s poetry collection, Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded, is a deeply moving tribute to a Polish family that survived Nazi labor camps during the war, years in refugee camps after the war, and the eventual resettlement in the United States, where Guzlowski’s parents and sister moved in the early 1950s. Julian Kulski’s memoir, The Color of Courage, describes his ordeal as a fourteen-year old Boy Scout who fought in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, endured Nazi POW camps as a teenager, and also finally emigrated to the U.S. after spending the immediate post war years finishing high school in England.

Guzlowski, Kulski and Zebrowski gave presentations on their books during the BEA and held signings at several events during the convention’s last day, when the doors to a cavernous exhibit hall at McCormack Place were open to the public. Together with Terry Tegnazian, the authors also gave presentations at the Copernicus Institute in Chicago and participated in interviews for Radio Deon/Chicago conducted by a young and intrepid reporter and filmmaker, Rafał Muskała—visit deon24.com to listen to the interviews (in Polish).

Julian Kulski, Terry Tegnazian and Marek Zebrowski at Radio Deon in Chicago.
[Photo: Andrzej Baraniak, deon24.com]

Overall, it was a very productive trip for all concerned, with several opportunities to address the large Polish diaspora in Chicago and introduce them with titles about Frederic Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski, Zygmunt Stojowski, as well as two women composers and virtuoso performers: Grażyna Bacewicz and Maria Szymanowska. Scores of booksellers, distributors, librarians and other industry professionals had, likewise, a chance to become familiar with the Polish Music Center, its staff and collaborators, and its publications.



iaml2016.jpgThe International Association of Music Libraries will hold its Annual Congress in Rome in early July. The Polish Music Center will be represented by Director Marek Zebrowski at a July 7 session devoted to the PMC’s Manuscript Collection and Composers’ Archives. Chaired by Marie Cornaz from the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique in Brussels, the presentations will include such topics as the musical archives of the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice and Le Fonds Olivier Messaen at the Bibliothèque nationale of France.

Dir. Zebrowski’s “Polish Music Center at USC and Its Unique Manuscript Collection” will highlight the extraordinary collections of manuscripts and memorabilia of such composers as Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Zygmunt Stojowski, Henryk Wars [Henry Vars], Bronisław Kaper, and Roman Ryterband, among many others. The session is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Teatro Studio in the Parco della Musica complex that also serves as prestigious venue for musical and theatrical performances.

For a full listing of events and presenters, visit www.iaml2016.org.




Led by Adam Knight Gilbert, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles will present a program entitled “Musica Antiqua Polonica: Musical Treasures of Early-Modern Poland” at the Early Music America—Young Performers Festival on June 9 in Berkeley, CA. Featuring music by Mikołaj Zieleński, Marcin Mielczewski, Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński, Diomedes Cato, Wojciech Długoraj, Wacław of Szamotuły, Jakub Polak, and Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, their program highlights the considerable and little-known repertoire of Polish early music. This award-winning program is based on one curated for the PMC’s 2015 Paderewski Lecture-Recital featuring the Baroque Sinfonia.

Held in Berkeley June 8-10, the Early Music America—Young Performers Festival will feature ensembles from Indiana University, Bowling Green State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Brigham Young University. All concerts take place at the Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley. More information and program details can be found at: www.earlymusicamerica.org.

June 9, 2016 | 2:00 p.m.
‘Musica Antiqua Polonica: Musical Treasures of Early-Modern Poland’ – USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia
Early Music America—Young Performers Festival
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley, CA
Info: www.earlymusicamerica.org

[Source: press release]





The seventieth anniversary of the Polish Composers’ Union [ZKP] will be celebrated at a Festival of Seven Trends and Concert of Seven Premieres [Festiwal Siedmiu Nurtów oraz Koncert Siedmiu Premier] held June 19-26, 2016 at the National Audio-Visual Institute (NInA) and the Polish Radio’s Lutosławski Concert Studio in Warsaw. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture, Piotr Gliński, serves as the Honorary Patron of this event.

The “Seven Trends” presented at the Festival will cover Polish music during the years 1945-2015 and each of the seven concerts will be prepared by one musicologist selected for the occasion, who will be curating one single program. Notes and analysis of these experts will then be published in a program booklet accompanying the Festival. The musicologists chosen to curate these programs are: Rafał Augustyn, Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, Marcin Trzęsiok, Katarzyna Naliwajek-Mazurek, Iwona Lindstedt, Krzysztof Szwajgier, and Małgorzata Gąsiorowska. For a full listing of all of the composers on each of the seven programs, see the Festival website at zkp70org.wix.com.

The closing concert on June 26 will feature seven commissioned works by seven composers representing seven generations. Maestro Wim Boerman and his ensemble, Orkest de ereprijs, will give the world premieres of these works and possibly feature the same repertoire in their future performances. The works are solo concertos by the following composers and the corresponding soloists who will perform them on June 26: Piotr Tabakiernik (b. 1986) – Andrzej Bauer (cello); Paweł Hendrich (b. 1979) – Leszek Lorent (percussion); Aleksander Kosciow (b. 1974) – Agata Zubel (soprano); Jarosław Siwiński (b. 1964) – Zdzisław Piernik (tuba); Tadeusz Wielecki(b. 1954) – Frank Peters (piano); Zygmunt Krauze (b. 1938) – Zygmunt Krauze (detuned piano); Zbigniew Penherski (B. 1935) – Paweł Gusnar (saxophone).

June 19-26, 2016
7+7=70: Festival of Seven Trends and Concert of Seven Premieres
Venues: National Audio-Visual Institute & Lutosławski Concert Studio in Warsaw
Tickets & details: zkp70org.wix.com

[Sources: zkp.org.pl , polmic.pl , zkp70org.wix.com]



Composer: mykietyn-pawel2015.jpgOn May 20, the Baltic Philharmonic presented a birthday concert celebrating Paweł Mykietyn, featuring the World Premiere of his Double Concerto for two flutes and orchestra. Conductor Juri Gilbo led the orchestra of the Baltic Philharmonic with soloist flutists Łukasz Długosz and Agata Kielar-Długosz. Also on the program were the Overture to Mozart’s Magic Flute, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 3.

[Sources: pwm.com.pl, rozrywka.trojmiasto.pl, filharmonia.gda.pl]



Composer: lukaszewskipawel_SMALL.jpgOn June 3, 2016 the premiere of the Fourth Symphony Paweł Łukaszewski took place in the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Białystok, which commissioned the piece in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Bialystok. The composer subtitled this work ‘Symphony on the Mercy of God,’ referring to earlier works of this genre dedicated to Divine Providence, love and angels.

Soloists for the premiere are soprano Anna Mikolajczyk-Niewiedział and baritone Maciej Nerkowski, who will perform with the Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, under the baton of Wojciech Michniewski.

June 3, 2016 | 7:00 p.m.
Premiere of Paweł Łukaszewski: Fourth Symphony

Sanctuary of Divine Mercy
Radzymińska 1, Białystok, Poland
Info: www.milosierdzie.archibial.pl

[Sources : pwm.com.pl, polmic.pl]



Opera ŚląskaThis oratorio with fifteen set pieces of different musical genres, including rock, gospel, and blues, tackles a difficult and little known subject of Polish history during World War II. Listy na Kresy [Letters to the Borderlands] describes the forced exile of Polish nationals living in the eastern half of Poland that was invaded by the Soviets in September of 1939. The producer, Marek Klementowski, stated that, “We aimed at reaching the young audiences through our musical presentation. The history of Poles displaced from their homesteads and exiled to Siberia contains an enormous emotional baggage. We hope that this artistic experience will spur the young to seek and discover their own roots.”

The work was premiered on June 4 by the Śląsk Opera in Bytom, and the event was emceed by actor Bernard Krawczyk, and narrated by Adam Żurawski. Texts were authored by Jan Drechsler and Michał Malicki provided the musical accompaniment and the arrangements.

June 4, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Premiere of oratorio Listy na Kresy
Śląsk Opera, ul. Moniuszki 21-23, Bytom
Tickets & info: opera-slaska.pl

[Source: opera-slaska.pl]



janiszewski-jacek.jpgA special Chopin/Wagner Concert will be held on the initiative of Waldemar Dąbrowski, director of the Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera, for their excellent colleague, exquisite singer Jacek Janiszewski (right). Winner of the 1998 Moniuszko Competition alongside Aleksandra Kurzak, this phenomenal bass has mainly been working in Germany for some time now. However he has also appeared in a range of world premieres at the Teatr Wielki, singing Zbigniew in Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor or Leporello in the much publicized production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni by Mariusz Treliński, to name just a few, as well as Dr. Grenvil in Verdi’s La Traviata and Bertrand in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta by the same director. He took to the stage for the last time in December 2014, performing one of the leading roles in Verdi’s Luisa Miller in Aachen, Germany. Diagnosed with cancer, the artist is now fighting to recuperate and return to the stage, at the price of a costly rehabilitation. 

The performers in the Chopin/Wagner Concert, who have all donated their fees to support the singer, includes: Janusz Olejniczak, world-class pianist, juror of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competitions, and Tomasz Konieczny, Polish singer of international renown, as well as the Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera led by Stefan Soltesz, who has stunned the Warsaw audience with the excellent conducting of Wagner’s Lohengrin (2014) and Strauss’s Salome (2016). 

To support Jacek Janiszewski, please find donation information as well as concert details at teatrwielki.pl.

Thursday June 16, 2016 | 8:00 p.m.
Chopin/Wagner Concert supporting Jacek Janiszewski

Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera, Moniuszko Auditorium
Tickets & Info: teatrwielki.pl

[Source: teatrwielki.pl]



On June 11 from 2:00 to 10:00 pm, the Polish Day in LA Festival will be held in the downtown Long Beach East Village Art District, on Linden Avenue between 1st and Broadway.  This event celebrating Polish-American heritage will include such musical performances as the Wessex Consort accompanying Irene Ujda’s ‘Vistula Danza’ ensemble as they perform Polish traditional dances (4:00 & 5:30 p.m.) and give dance lessons throughout the afternoon. There will be art and other creative works in the Hellada Gallery, random creative magic on the street, and a replica display of the finely crafted armor used by the 17th Century Polish Winged Hussars. Enjoy crafts and booths and live musicians, as well as Polish beer, Polish food, and more.

June 11, 2016 | 2:00 to 10:00 PM
Polish Day in LA

117 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
2 blocks East of the Metro Blue Line’s 1st St. Station
Admission: FREE
Info: polandconnected.com

[Source: polandconnected.com]



Kilar. Geniusz o dwóch twarzach
Maria Wilczek-Krupa
Wydawnictwo Znak, 2015

kilar-bio.jpgEntitled Kilar. Geniusz o dwóch twarzach [Kilar. Genius of two faces], the first full biography of composer Wojciech Kilar provides a fascinating portrait of the recently deceased artist. Describing himself as “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Kilar was known for his great love of fast cars and his fervent Catholic faith. The book sheds light on Kilar’s greatest love—his wife Barbara—and his appreciation of fine things in life, including an elegant lifestyle, world travel, the love of books and a sweet spot for cats.

Maria Wilczek-Krupa, a radio and press journalist, has woven into her book many little-known facts and anecdotes from Kilar’s long and eventful life that included working with such iconic film directors and Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polański, Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi, among others. The biography is based on many long conversations the author carried with the composer shortly before his death on December 29, 2013.

[Source: polmic.pl]



Current PACF Presidant Caria Tomczykowska (L) with Consul General Mariusz Brymora and wife Grazyna (R)

The Polish Arts and Culture Foundation (1966-2016) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. From April 30 to May 13, the PACF co-organized several events in honor of its Founder, the late Mme. Wanda Tomczykowska, and the 50 remarkable years of promoting Polish culture in the Bay Area and beyond that she launched by starting the PACF. Guest of Honor for the celebrations was Polish Consul General from Los Angeles, Hon. Mariusz Brymora. Highlights of the opening events included a Gala Lunch and Chopin Recital performed by Robyn Carmichael  at the elegant Crystal Lounge of the Marines Memorial Club, a screening of Opwiesci Poli Negri at the Polish Club of San Francisco, and the opening of the Jan Karski Exhibit at War Memorial Veterans’ Building, Civic Center.

For more about the significance of the PACF, watch a feature about the 1990 Annual Polonaise Ball and interviews with Wanda Tomczykowska and other San Francisco Bay Area Poles at www.youtube.com.

[Sources: press release, polishculturesf.org, facebook.com, photos.google.com/share]




moss.jpgIn February, Polish composer Piotr Moss (b. 1949) was promoted to title of Officer in the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. A resident of Paris since 1981 and a holder of the title of “Chevalier” in the same order since 2000, Moss has long been recognized by the French government for his contributions to French culture.

Piotr Moss was born on May 13, 1949 in Bydgoszcz. He studied composition with Piotr Perkowski at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw, graduating with honors in 1972. In 1976-77 he continued his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, where he received the Friends of Lili Boulanger Society Award for his entire oeuvre.

He has also been awarded in national and international competitions for composers: in 1972 - 1st prize in the Competition for Composers in Cracow for Tre istanti per arpa sola (1972); in 1973 - 2nd prize in the Young Composers' Competition of the Polish Composers' Union for his Symphony "Charon" (1973); in 1978 - 1st prize in the International K. M. Weber Competition for Composers in Dresden for Quartetto per quattro violoncelli (1978) and the main award in the competition of the Associazione Musicale Valentino Bucchi in Rome for Trois pensées... for clarinet and chamber ensemble (1978); in 1979 - 1st prize in the Artur Malawski Competition for Garść liści wierzbowych [A Handful of Willow Leaves] for baritone, 3 cellos and 3 double-basses to poems by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz (1978); in 1982 - 3rd prize in the International Competition for Composers in Stroud for Chants d’antan for flute and piano (1982) and 1st prize in the International Competition for Composers in Barcelona for Salve Regina for boys' choir and organ (1981); in 1983 - 2nd prize in the International "Berliner Liedertofel" Competition in West Berlin for Gloria for men's choir, 3 trumpets and 3 trombones (1982); in 1984 - 1st prize in the Competition for Composers in Fresnes for Musique concertante for piano and four instruments (1983), 2nd prize in the Composers' Competition in Bernach for Der du bist drei in Einigkeit for mixed choir and string quintet (1984) and 3rd prize in the Competition for Composers in Brazil for the trio Stances for clarinet, cello and piano (1984-85); in 1988 – 2nd prize in the Karol Szymanowski Competition in Warsaw for Veillée for oboe and string orchestra (1988).

Moss's works have been performed in many countries in Europe, as well as the United States, Singapore, Columbia and South Africa. Since 1993, he has collaborated with the writer Jean-Luis Bauer, with whom he has jointly produced the following works: the melodrama Ugui for reciting voice and orchestra (1993), the oratorio Gédéon (1996), two chamber operas: Karla (1996) and Les Ailes de Jean-Pierre (1997) and a song cycle for tenor and orchestra De l’amour... (1994).

 [Sources: press release, culturecommunication.gouv.fr, polmic.pl]



moniuszko_competition_2016The 9th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition took place on May 9 – 14 in Warsaw. Held every three years, the competition is a great opportunity for young artists to demonstrate their talent to leading figures of the music scene who make up the international jury. In the words of juror Peter Mario Katona, casting director at the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, this year’s edition has gathered singers presenting extremely high level of performing ability. As a result, the jury voted to admit 16 instead of 12 contestants to the finals. 

This year’s competition jury included mezzo-soprano Ewa Podleś, baritone Jerzy Artysz, soprano Izabela Klosińska, and pianist Jerzy Marchwiński. The finalists sang a Polish and an international operatic aria each, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki conducted by Andriy Yurkevych. The competition was broadcast online at vod.teatrwielki.pl. The winners were as follow:

Female vocal category:

  • I Prize Salome Jicia (Georgia), also Maria Fołtyn Prize for the best performance of a Moniuszko piece and invitation by the director of the Teatr Wielki in Łódź to appear in the company’s production of Halka 
  • II Prize Ewa Tracz (Poland)
  • III Prize Joanna Zawartko (Poland), also an  invitation by the director of the Teatr Wielki in Łódź to appear in the company’s production of Halka 

Male vocal category:

  • I Prize Andrzej Filończyk (Poland), also three special prizes: the Marcella Sembrich-Kochańska Prize for the youngest finalist funded by the Marcella Sembrich Memorial Association (USA), the Bogusław Kaczyński Prize for the best Polish singer funded by Orfeo – the Bogusław Kaczyński Foundation, and the Maria Fołtyn Prize of the Mayor of Radom for the best Polish voice
  • II Prize Jakub Józef Orliński (Poland), competition no. 53
  • III Prize Leon Košavić (Croatia),

Other individual vocal prize winners include: Agata Schmidt – Prize for the best performance of Polish song, Dagmara Barna – The Carlo Maria Giulini Prize in female vocal category for a performance of profound musical expression drawing on the essence of humanity, Kacper Szelążek – The Carlo Maria Giulini Prize in male vocal category for a performance of profound musical expression drawing on the essence of humanity, Leon Košavić – The Jan and Edward Reszke Prize for the best performance of a Polish work by a foreign entrant, Krzysztof Bączyk – The Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Prize for the most promising Polish voice, Keon Woo Kim – Special Prize of the Chair of the Jury Izabella Kłosińska, Sylwia Olszyńska – The Ada Sari Prize funded by the SOKÓŁ Małopolska Culture Centre in Nowy Sącz for the best coloratura soprano. Pianists’ prizes went to: Michał Biel and Mariusz Kłubczuk (two equivalent prizes for outstanding young pianists).

A full list of winners is available at: teatrwielki.pl.

[Source: teatrwielki.pl]



Wieniawski_competition120 violins from 23 different countries participated in the 13th International Henryk Wieniawski Competition, which started Sunday, May 8, 2016. The competition takes place every five years and is organized by the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society in Poznań in cooperation with Polish Union of Artist Violin Makers and National Museum in Poznań. The instruments were judged on the level of craftsmanship as well as its functional acoustic properties. A select number of these violins were exhibited at the Spanish Hall of the National Museum of Poznan from Sunday, May 15 to Sunday, May 22, following the end of the competition. The Meccore String Quartet performed Jean Silbelius’s “String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56” during the inaugural concert of the competition. Admission to the opening ceremony was open to the public as well as the competition past the second stage of evaluations.


  • I Prize – Grand Prix (20.000 Euro): Ji Hwan Park (violin ORSO) – South Korea
  • II Prize (3.000 Euro): Ji Hwan Park (violin MASHA) – South Korea
  • II Prize (3.000 Euro): Krzysztof Krupa (violin URSUS) – Poland
  • III Prize (2.000 Euro): Philippe Mahu (violin TINA) – France


  • Piotr Pielaszek (violin JAMBI) – Poland
  • Marcin Krupa (violin APUS) – Poland
  • Debora Scianamé (violin NO HERO) – Italy
  • Gonzalo Bayolo (violin ANGEL) – Spain
  • Sungdeok Seo (violin SENTENTIAL) – South Korea
  • Krzysztof Krupa (violin CAPRICORNUS) – Poland
  • Marcin Krupa (violin BEATUS) – Poland

Extra-Statutory Prizes:

  • Medal of Polish Artist Violin Maker Union for the highest violin-making qualities of the instrument – Ji Hwan Park (South Korea), for instrument MASHA
  • Medal of Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society for the highest acoustic qualities of the instrument – Piotr Pielaszek (Poland), for instrument JAMBI
  • “Złoty Groblicz” Special Prize for a highly valued ornamental qualities of the instrument – Stefan Jarosz (Poland), for instrument SPARROW
  • Extra-Statutory Prize endowed by ‘Artonus’ company: violin cases for  laureates of three first prizes of the competition: Ji Hwan Park, Krzysztof Krupa and Philippe Mahu (violin case Elipe – for 1st Prize Winner,  violin case Quart – for 2nd Prize Winner, violin case Pico – for 3rd Prize Winner)
  • Special Prize of the Polish Artist Violin Maker Union for the best non-Polish finalist of the Competition not awarded a statutory prize – pictorial album “Polska sztuka lutnicza 1954-2004” [‘Violin Making Art in Poland 1954-2004’] – Debora Scianamé, for instrument NO HERO
  • Special Prize endowed by Jakub Niewczyk for highest ranked students of Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań – three batches of sycamore wood – Piotr Pielaszek, for instrument JAMBI
  • Special Prize endowed by Jan Špidlen, a book “Čeští mistři houslaři Špidlenové” (‘Czech Violin Making Masters, the Špidlen family’) – Piotr Pielaszek

[Source: wieniawski.com]




The city of Łódź is located in the heart of Poland at a crossing point of many important European routes. At the beginning of the 20th Century, Łódź was influenced by four cultures. The Polish, Jewish, German and Russian inhabitants contributed to the rich and diverse cultural background of the city that the University strives to sustain. The local architecture and history attract a great number of tourists. The history of Łódź is linked to the rapid 19th century development of the textile industry when the place was called the city of factory chimneys and the Promised Land.
(quoted from the University of Łódź website)

Since 2002 the Four Cultures Festival has been taking place in Łódź. It is a multidisciplinary event, consisting of ceremonies, film and theatre shows, concerts and exhibitions connected with four nations living in Łódź before the war: Polish, Jewish, German and Russian. According to Festival Director Zbigniew Brzoza: “…there is no need to fear the unknown. After all, Łódź was once a city inhabited solely by foreigners, who by working together created this extraordinary city.” Continuing in his introductory remarks, Director Brzoza also notes that, “In the contemporary world the arrival of strangers is just as inevitable as the changing weather. It won’t be halted by abandoning the greatest achievements of our culture that include respect for the rights of citizens and respect for diversity.” This approach, Director Brzoza concludes, bodes for a positive outcome: “We shall welcome artists from different parts of our old continent and the Middle East, who find inspiration in the rich heritage of world culture. The ‘alien’ part of fear may become a source of inspiration and lead to creation of new works.”

To support this idea, the 2016 Łódź Four Cultures Festival (May 20 – June 5) will feature musicians, artists, filmmakers, actors, and culture creators from all over Europe and the Middle East. Drawing on the wealth of cultures in the world, the classical music performers include renowned Polish musicians such as Karol Radziwonowicz, Andrzej Bauer and Sinfonia Viva as well as Tunisian singer and composer Dhafer Youssef. Other cultural creators from around the globe joining this year’s Festival line-up include street performers from France, puppeteers from Spain, and collaborating jazz/folk musicians from Syria, Yemen, Greece, Israel and Poland. Visit www.4kultury.pl for a full lineup and more information.

May 20 – June 5, 2016
Łódź Four Cultures Festival
Various venues in Łódź, Poland
Info: www.4kultury.pl

[Sources: thenews.pl, sztetl.org.pl, iso.uni.lodz.pl]



The first edition of the TRZY - CZTE – RY! [Three-Four-Go!] Festival is being held in Warsaw from May 17-June 9, under the subtitle of “Contexts, Contrasts and Confrontations.” This theme will be explored in a series of ten concerts at the Polish Radio’s Lutosławski Studio, spotlighting the most recent trends in contemporary music.

trzy-czte-ry2016.jpg“Contrasts or confrontations are not really how we communicate with other—it is the context that allows us to constructively and creatively approach the problems,” according to pianist Maciej Grzybowski, the Festival’s Artistic Director. “The arts that are created in proximity with each other can be totally alienated from each other and works that are separated by decades or centuries can sometimes engage each other in a fascinating dialogue,” added Director Grzybowski.

The Festival will present works by Chopin, Lutosławski, Panufnik, Baird, Serocki, Szymański and Mykietyn as well as compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel, Bartok, and Ligety. A total of over one hundred and fifty artists will participate, including such ensembles as the Szymanowski Piano Trio, Meccore Quartet, Sinfonia Varsovia, and Camerata Silesia, among many others. Organized by the Cultura Animi Foundation, this Festival is also supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Program and performer details can be found on the Festival website: www.trzy-czte-ry.pl

May 17-June 9, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Lutosławski Studio, ul. Modzelewskiego 59, Warsaw
Info & tickets: www.trzy-czte-ry.pl

[Source: polmic.pl]




The Eighth edition of the Leo Festival in Wrocław (May 29 - June 4) was curated and directed by maestro Ernst Kovacic and this year’s edition focused on the athletic aspects of music. Both music and sport require good physical condition and feature a strong quest for excellence by all of its participants.

With ballet being one of the best examples of intersecting disciplines, the Festival presented Stravinsky’s Apollo and Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus. Another aspect of the Festival is the creative engagement of children, which led this year to a premiere of a new children’s opera performed by young soloists with the Leopoldinum Orchestra. The same orchestra shared the podium with Sinfonietta Cracovia in the closing concert of the Festival, featuring Polyptique by Frank Martin and Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.

For a full program of the Festival and more information, visit

www.nfm.wroclaw.pl or polmic.pl.

May 29 - June 4, 2016
Leo Festival

National Forum of Music, Plac Wolności 1, Wrocław
Info & tickets: www.nfm.wroclaw.pl

[Sources: polmic.pl, nfm.wroclaw.pl]



tczew_guitarfest2016.jpgThe Tczew Guitar Festival will be held from June 3-5, 2016 in the Gdańsk region of Poland. This first edition of the Festival will include lectures, master classes and three concerts, featuring guitarists Monika Dżuła-Radkiewicz, Tomasz Fechner, and Festival Artistic Director Bartosz Paprot. This new Festival also includes a National Competition of Classical Guitar for children and young people playing solo and in chamber ensembles involving guitar (see the rules of the competition for details).

June 3-5, 2016
Tczew Guitar Festival
Auditorium – Center for Culture and Art in Tczew, Poland
Admission: Free
Info: ckis.tczew.pl

[Sources: email, ckis.tczew.pl]




poish-music-day_moldova2016The 2016 Festival ‘Zilele Muzicii Noi’ [Days of New Music] (June 4-7) in Chisinau, Moldova featured a Polish Music Day on June 4. The following Polish composers were on the program: Grażyna Bacewicz – Concerto for String Orchestra; Tadeusz Baird – Colas Breugnon; Witold Lutosławski – Five Folk Melodies; Andrzej Panufnik – Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra; Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – Three Pieces in the Old Style; and Wojciech Kilar – Ricordanza for Strings. Also performed was Glance Behind the Curtain by Moldovan composer Ghenadie Ciobanu. The concert was performed by the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra with conductor Paweł Kotla and bassoon soloist Arkadiusz Adamczyk.

June 4, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Polish Music Day at ‘Zilele Muzicii Noi
Sala cu Orgă – bd. Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfânt, 81, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Admission: Free
Information: organhall.md

[Sources: pwm.com.pl,facebook.com, eok.elblag.eu]




Beginning on May 28 and continuing until November 27, the Traugutt Philharmonic in Warsaw will present the Thirteenth Festival of Song, featuring top-notch Polish and foreign vocal repertoire and performers. The Festival intersperses recitals devoted to vocal works by Polish composers with those featuring composers from other European countries. Concerts will be held in some of the most spectacular venues in Warsaw, including the Great Hall of the Royal Castle, the Łazienki Palace, and the White Hall of the Wilanów Royal Castle.

The May 28 opening gala featured soprano Olga Pasiecznik and countertenor Jan Jakub Monowid in a program of works by Edward Pałłasz, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Benjamin Britten. The subsequent programs will present works by Mikołaj Gomółka, Stanisław Niewiadomski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Mikuli, Paweł Łukaszewski, and Stanisław Moniuszko. Later in the fall, songs from Ukraine, Germany, Spain, Slovak Republic and France will be heard across the Polish capital. The last concert (27 November 2016) will feature songs of the November 1831 Uprising.

A detailed Festival program and ticket details are available at: www.fit.waw.pl

May 28 - November 27
XIII Festival of Song
, feat. national & European composers
Various venues in Warsaw
Info & tickets: www.fit.waw.pl

[Source: polmic.pl]



empik_penderecki-conducts-penderecki.jpgPenderecki Conducts Penderecki. Volume 1
Krzysztof Penderecki: Dies Illa for 3 soloists, choir, and orchestra; Hymn to św. Daniiła for mixed chorus and orchestra; Hymn to św Wojciecha for mixed chorus and orchestra; Psalmy Dawida for mixed chorus and percussion
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor
Warner Music Poland (available on www.empik.com)

[Source: empik.com]



dux_serocki.jpgKazimierz Serocki: Complete works for Solo Piano
Kazimierz Serocki: Sonata for piano (1955); The Gnomes: Childrens’ Miniatures (1953); Suite of Preludes (1952); A piacere: Suggestions for piano (1962-63)
Adam Kośmieja, piano
DUX 1284

Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Songsdux_paderewski-piesni.jpg
Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Four Songs for voice and piano op. 7 (1882-1885, words: Adam Asnyk); Six Songs for voice and piano op. 18 (1887-1893, words: Adam Mickiewicz);Dans la foret for voice and piano (1896, words: Théophil Gautier); Twelve Songs for voice and piano on the poems of Catulle Mendes Op.22 (1903)
Agnieszka Hoszowska-Jabłońska, piano; Karol Kozłowski , tenor;Anna Radziejewska, mezzo-soprano
DUX 1246   


dux_chopin_polonezy-polonaises.jpgFryderyk Chopin: Polonezy/Polonaises
Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise in B-flat major; Polonaise in G minor (1817); Polonaise in A-flat major op. posth.; Polonaise in G-sharp minor; Polonaise in B minor op. posth.; Polonaise in D minor Op. 71 No 1; Polonaise in F minor; Polonaise in B-flat major; Polonaise in G-flat major
Andrzej Pikul, piano
DUX 0927/0928


dux_penderecki_concertos.jpgKrzysztof Pendercki: Concertos for String Instruments and Orchestra
Krzysztof Penderecki: Capriccio for violin and orchestra (1967); Concerto for cello and orchestra n. 1 (1972); Concerto for viola and orchestra (version for cello, 1989); Largo for cello and orchestra (2003)
Claudio Bohórquez, cello; Ivan Monighetti, cello; Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Patrycja Piekutowska, violin; Jakob Spahn, cello; Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra; Maciej Tworek, conductor
DUX 1275


dux_penderecki_concertos-for-wind-instruments.jpgKrzysztof Penderecki: Concertos for Wind Instruments and Orchestra
Krzysztof Penderecki:  Fonogrammi for flute and chamber orchestra (1961); Capriccio for oboe and 11 strings (1965); Concerto for horn and orchestra “Winterreise” (2008); Sinfonietta No.2 for clarinet and strings (1994)
Arkadiusz Adamski, clarinet; Kateřina Javůrkova, horn; Agata Kielar-Długosz, flute; Arkadiusz Krupa, oboe; Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra
DUX 1274


Marek Czerniewicz: Wtulonemu w skrzypce for 4 violins and string orchestra; Tadeusz Dixa: Concerto for horn and orchestra; Andrzej Dziadek: Stabat Mater; Radosław Łuczkowski: Concertino for piano and strings; Krzysztof Olczak: Concerto for accordion and orchestra
Tadeusz Dixa, conductor; Tomasz Jocz, piano; Andrzej Kacprzak, concertmaster; Paweł Kukliński, violin; Karolina Piątkowska-Nowicka, violin; Małgorzata Rocławska, soprano; Michał Szczerba, horn; Wojciech Szlachcikowski, violin; Chamber Orchestra of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk;  Anna Wandtke-Wypych, violin; Paweł Zagańczyk, horn
DUX 1257


dux_meyer_trio.jpgKrzysztof Meyer: Trio Op. 90 Quintet Op. 66
Krzysztof Meyer: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano Op. 90 (1997/98); Clarinet Quintet Op. 66 (1986)
Eduard Brunner, clarinet; Pavel Gililov, piano; Ivan Monighetti, cello; The Wilanów Quartet
DUX 1290


dux_20th-century-polish-music-for-clarinet.jpg 20th Century Polish Music for Clarinet
Jerzy Bauer: Toccatina for clarinet and piano (1967); Andrzej Dobrowolski: Music for magnetic tape and solo bass clarinet (1980); Stefan Kisielewski: Intermezzo for clarinet and piano (1951); Krzysztof Knittel: Points/Lines for clarinet, tapes and slides (1973); Andrzej Krzanowski: rifle for accordion and bass clarinet (1983); Witold Lutosławski: Dance preludes for clarinet and piano (1954); Krzysztof Penderecki:  Three miniatures for clarinet and piano; Piotr Perkowski: Sonata for clarinet and piano (1954-1955);  Bronisław Kazimierz Przybylski: Saggio di sounare for solo clarinet (1964); Kazimierz Serocki:  Dance for clarinet and piano (1954); Józef Świder: Capriccio for clarinet and piano (1962)
Jacek Michalak, accordion; Mariusz Barszcz, clarinet, bass clarinet; Piotr Saciuk, piano
DUX 1258

[Source: dux.pl]



Naxos_National-Forum-of-Music-Choir.jpgChoral Concert: National Forum of Music Choir (De profundis)
Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski: 3 Pezzi sacri II: No. 2. De profundis; Andrzej Koszewski: Miserere; Miłosz Bembinow: Beatus vir…; Marek Jasiński: Psalm 100, Cantus finalis; Romuald Twardowski: Chwalitie Imia Gospodnie, Chwali, dusze moga, Gospoda; Józef Świder: Deus in auditorium, Laudate Dominum; Michał Zieliński: Laudate Dominum; Andrzej Bielerzewski: Cantate Domino canticum novum; Paweł Łukaszewski: 2 Funeral Psalms; Łukasz Urbaniak: De profundis
Paulina Boreczko-Wilczyńska, soprano; National Forum of Music Choir, Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski, conductor; Natalie Halicka, soprano
CD Accord ACD221

[Source: naxos.com]



rovenrecords_paganinni_augustyn.jpgNiccolo Paganinni: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1
Niccolo Paganinni: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1
Kinga Augustyn, violin
RovenRecords (also available on amazon.com)

Kinga Augustyn on her relationship with the 24 Caprices:

“Niccolo Paganini 24 Caprices, Op.1 have kep]t me company since a long time. ‘When I was a teenager, scales were my water, Paganini was my bread,’ I have said somewhere to someone at some point... I have felt for a while that Paganini is what I need not only for the sake of the actual music by Paganini, but also for everything else I play.”

[Sources: press release, amazon.com]



A Review by Marek Zebrowski

Flutist Krzysztof Kaczka, German Deputy Consul General Stefan Biedermann,
Polish Consul General Mariusz Brymora, and guitarist Perry Schack on June 4

The Goethe Institute in Los Angeles is an elegant and modern venue located in the Mid-Wilshire/Museum-Mile district. With a well-stocked library of books, magazines, sound recordings and many rare DVDs, it is a very attractive place to visit and become familiar with German culture today.

On Saturday, June 4, the Institute hosted a special event celebrating 25 years of Polish-German relations since the fall of Communism in Central Europe. Held in the Institute’s small auditorium, the evening began with an excellent animated film commissioned by the German Consulate in Kraków, which succinctly summarized the historical background and the last quarter century of the neighborly relations between Germany and Poland. Stefan Biedermann, Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, officially opened the proceedings with a well-crafted address, building on the points made in the bilingual video shown beforehand. Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Mariusz Brymora, in turn presented the Polish perspective of the past twenty-five years in Polish-German relations, closing on a prediction of the upcoming Polish-German football match that delighted the mixed audience of Polish and German emigres.

duo_artus2016.jpgThe official part over, it was time for the Polish-German duet of flutist Krzysztof Kaczka and guitarist Perry Schack to present a musical interlude with works by Molino, Bach, Giuliani, Chopin, Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla. Born in Poland, Mr. Kaczka, graduated from the Musikhochschule in Munich. During the last decade he has won several prestigious competitions and performed in concerts and festivals all across the globe. Perry Schack also studied in Munich and that’s where the two musicians met and founded Duo Artus, an ensemble dedicated to promoting the flute and guitar repertoire and to arranging a number of well-known works in classical catalogue for this combination of instruments. With their mix of charm and virtuosity, the audience warmly responded to the artists and elicited another Piazzolla favorite as an encore before enjoying a delightful reception at Goethe Institute’s outdoor garden.

More information about the 25th anniversary and related events around the world is available at 25de.pl.

[Photo credit: Adam Sosiński]




On May 26, ChamberMusicNY presented the American Modern Ensemble in a season finale evening of vocal works by composers who are (or were) percussionists. The concert was held in Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center. Entitled “Voice of Thunder,” the program included Liquid Light for mezzo-soprano by Marta Ptaszyńska, a Polish composer and percussionist who, since 1998, has served on the music faculty of the University of Chicago where she now holds the endowed chair of the Helen B. & Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Composition.

Also on the program were: Andy Akiho: NO one To kNOW one, Warren Benson: Three Solitary Songs, David T. Little: Two Mothers Arias from Dog Days, Robert Paterson: Summer Songs (World premiere, commissioned by the ASCAP Foundation via the Charles Kingsford Fund). The concert was performed by Marnie Breckenridge, soprano; Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano;  Sato Moughalian, flute; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Blair McMillen and Geoffrey Burelson, piano; Matt Ward and Andy Akiho, percussion; Esther Noh, violin; and Arash Amini, cello.

[Sources: polmic.pl, americanmodernensemble.org]



jeszcze-polska-muzyka_may2016.jpgOn May 11, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra presented the next installment of their series "Jeszcze polska muzyka..." [More Polish Music]. The program included Suita pamięci Piotra Czajkowskiego op. 13  by Henryk Pachulski, Finale molto presto by Franciszek Lessel, Symphony No. 7 in A Major op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as Canticum Canticorum  by young Iranian composer Mohammad Hadi Ayanboda, who is a student of Krzysztof Penderecki. Held at the Kraków Philharmonic, the concert featured the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and the Wawel Castle Choir led by Paweł Kapuła.

[Sources: news.o.pl, oab.com.pl]



AugustynKinga_cPeterSchaaf.jpgOn May 11 as a part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, New York-based Polish violinist Kinga Augustyn performed a recital with pianist Benjamin Laude at the beautiful Preston Bradley Hall of Chicago's Cultural Center. The concert was broadcast live on WFMT 98.7 fm and streamed live at wfmt.com. The program consisted of: Henryk Wieniawski (1835 – 1880): Legende, Op.1; Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827): Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 “Spring”; and Pablo de Sarasate (1844 – 1908): Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20. This free concert was co-sponsored by the Polish Consulate of Chicago.

[Sources: press release, kingaaugustyn.com]


  • June 1, 1909 - Maria DZIEWULSKA, composer and theoretician (d. 2006)
  • June 4, 1845 - Aleksander POLIŃSKI, music historian (d. 1916)
  • June 4, 1784 - Adam CZARNOCKI, music ethnographer (d. 1825)
  • June 5, 1865 - Felicjan SZOPSKI, composer and music critic (d. 1939)
  • June 6, 1929 - Bogusław SCHAEFFER, composer, writer
  • June 12, 1897 - Aleksander TANSMAN, composer and pianist,
  • June 16, 1923 - Henryk CZYŻ, conductor and composer
  • June 17, 1930 - Romuald TWARDOWSKI, composer
  • June 28, 1895 - Kazimierz SIKORSKI, composer and teacher
  • June 28, 1904 - Włodzimierz POŹNIAK, musicologist


  • June 1, 1869 - Jozef DULEBA, pianist and participant of January Uprising, died in a duel (b. 1843)
  • June 3, 1904 - Daniel FILLEBORN, singer and performer of main parts in Moniuszko's operas (b. 1841)
  • June 4, 1872 - Stanislaw MONIUSZKO, Father of Polish National opera (b. 5 May 1819)
  • June 5, 1964 - Henryk SZTOMPKA, pianist, Chopin specialist, teacher
  • June 9, 1932 - Natalia JANOTHA, pianist and composer, student of Clara Wieck-Schumann, Royal Pianist in London, 400 opus numbers (b. 1856)
  • June 10, 1953 - Grzegorz FITELBERG, conductor, composer, great promoter of new music, esp. Szymanowski (b. 1879)
  • June 28, 1938 - Ludwik DRZEWIECKI, pianist and father of Zbigniew Drzewiecki
  • June 29, 1945 - Kazimierz GARBUSINSKI, pianist, organist, composer
  • June 30, 1957 - Michal SWIERZYNSKI, composer and choral conductor

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