The 12th edition of the ‘Muzyka na Szczytach[Music on the Heights] International Chamber Music Festival, organized by the Mieczysław Karłowicz Association in Zakopane, ran from 12 to 19 September 2020.

The “Music on the Heights” Festival has been held every year in Zakopane, southern Poland, since 2009. The festival’s name refers both to the Tatra mountains which lie next to Zakopane, the resort town where the festival is held, as well as the high quality of music performed. The event promotes artists associated with Zakopane, as well as the city itself, on a national and international level.

This year’s program featured works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Zygmunt Noskowski, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Tomasz Sikorski, Paweł Szymański and Paweł Mykietyn. The concerts took place in the Holy Cross Church, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theatre, as well as in Our Lady of Częstochowa Church at Pęksowy Brzyzek. 

This year’s guests of the “Discussion Club on the Hights” series was conductor Bassem Samir Akiki, baritone Szymon Komasa, harpsichordist Małgorzata Sarbak, Belcea Quartet and violinist Elias David Moncado. Moncado’s performance during the inaugural concert is the award of the “Music on the Heights” Festival Director, Paweł Mykietyn, for winning the 1st prize in the 5th International Karol Lipiński Violin Competition in Toruń in 2019. The concerts were accompanied by numerous cultural events, including: a screening of the film Second concerto for cello and orchestra directed by Maciej Stuhr with music by Paweł Mykietyn, an interactive educational concert and exhibitions.

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