This year, the 46th edition of the Karol Szymanowski Music Festival takes place in Zakopane from July 21-30, 2023. The theme of the festival is “the past and present of emigration.” The inaugural concert will feature the New Music Orchestra, conducted by Anna Sułkowska-Migoń. They will premier the piece Kołomyjki by the Ukrainian composer Bogdan Krywopust.

The festival’s program includes works by:20th century Polish composers whose lives were saved thanks to emigration (Aleksander Tansman, Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Roman Palester, Mieczysław Wajnberg, Karol Rathaus) and composers who, while operating for the greater part of their lives abroad, strongly retained their national identity (Henryk Wieniawski, Juliusz Zarębski, Antoni Szałowski, Andrzej Panufnik, Andrzej Nikodemowicz).

On July 28, Festival audiences will hear the premiere of the Piano Quintet Landscape from Harenda by Bartosz Witkowski. This is a work created as part of the ‘Composers’ Commissions’ program, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The premiere will be performed by Tymoteusz Bies and the Silesian Quartet.

A detailed program of the festival is available on the website: