Sinfonia Varsovia Performs Nowowieski Oratorio

On 24 November, Feliks Nowowiejski’s oratorio Kreuzauffindung [Finding the Holy Cross] was presented for the first time in Warsaw at a special “Professor Mieczysław Nowakowski in memoriam” free concert on the occasion of the Feliks Nowowiejski year. It was performed at the Basilica of the Holy Cross by Sinfonia Varsovia and the Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus under the baton of…Continue Reading Sinfonia Varsovia Performs Nowowieski Oratorio

Zimerman and Nowak in Italia

The world renown pair of Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman and Polish conductor Grzegorz Nowak were on tour of Italy together in November. On the program was a combination of works by Berlioz, Bernstein, Beethoven and Mussorgsky. They performed with the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic for the first three concerts, and then ended the tour with the Teatro Petruzzelli Orchestra. The tour stops included:…Continue Reading Zimerman and Nowak in Italia

New on DUX

Roman Maciejewski Piano Music Lullaby • 4 Miniatures • Mazur (version I) • Mazur (version II) • Mazurka ”Echo from the Tatras” • Sparking dance • Fandango • Triptych Mariusz Ciolko (piano) DUX 1410 Feliks Nowowiejski To Those Who Love Me Weihnacht in der uralten Marienkirche zu Krakau. Fantasie op. 31 nr 3 • Polish Phantasy…Continue Reading New on DUX

Penderecki/Sinfonia Varsovia on Warner Classics

Penderecki / Dvořák / Sinfonia Varsovia Penderecki: Symphony #2 “Christmas” (1980); Dvořák: Symphony #7 in D minor, Op. 70 (1885). Sinfonia Varsovia, Krzysztof Penderecki – cond. Warner Classics 0190295732721 The new album by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, released with Warner Classics, is a musical gift on the birthday of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki, the artistic director of…Continue Reading Penderecki/Sinfonia Varsovia on Warner Classics

Kwadrofonik Festival

The 3rd edition of the Kwadrofonik Festival will be held on December 14-15, 2017 at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) in Warsaw. Protest and the energy it creates are the leitmotif of this year’s Festival. Members of the Kwadrofonik ensemble—Emilia Sitarz, Magdalena Kordylasińska-Pękala, Miłosz Pękala and Bartek Wąsik—along with their guest musicians, will recall works confronting…Continue Reading Kwadrofonik Festival

G. Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors

On November 24, 2017, the jury of the 10th International Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition for Conductors announced the winners of this year’s edition. The jury—composed of: Juozas Domarkas – Chairman of the Jury, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Tomasz Bugaj, Mykola Diadiura, Piotr Gajewski, Eugeniusz Knapik, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Jorma Panula, Marek Pijarowski, Ken Takaseki and Michael Zilm—awarded the following prizes…Continue Reading G. Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors

ICMA Finalists Announced

The following albums featuring Polish composers and artists have been nominated for prestigious International Classic Music Awards (ICMA) for 2018. The winners of the Awards will be published on January 18, 2018, and the Award Ceremony will be held in Katowice, Poland on April 6, 2018. Of the 357 finalists, the following were among the final…Continue Reading ICMA Finalists Announced

Chopin, the Poet and Musician

“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” ~ Frédéric François Chopin On December 10, 2017, the exclusive ‘Le Salon de Musiques’ series presented a program entitled “Frederic Chopin, the Poet & Musician” in Downtown…Continue Reading Chopin, the Poet and Musician

Tribute: Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil

On December 10, 2017, the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław and the Wrocław Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union organized a Tribute Concert in honor of faculty member and renowned composer, Prof. Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil. The event started with a discussion with the composer, entitled “… between the sounds …”. It was followed by a…Continue Reading Tribute: Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil

Premieres at “Composer Portraits” Series

On December 4 and 5, 2017 at the Łowicka Center in Warsaw, the 27th edition of the “Composer Portraits” concert series will take place. “Composer Portraits” have been organized by the Polish Composers’ Union (ZKP) since 1988. Every year during this festival chamber music of several contemporary composers is presented. The honorees of this year’s edition are Carlos…Continue Reading Premieres at “Composer Portraits” Series