The 53rd “Poznan Music Spring” Festival of Contemporary Music began on May 23 and came to its conclusion this past weekend on May 26. This festival of contemporary music featured an incredible variety of composers as well as their pieces. Premieres of works by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Artur Kroschel, Monika Kędziora and Sławomir Czarnecki took place with stunning performances by artists such as the Bałaban Family Quartet and pianist Krzysztof Sowiński. Admission to all concerts was free!

The festival program was organized by the Poznań Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union and the Music Encounters Foundation. It included the following 13 world premieres:

  • Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska: Sonata No. 2 for viola and piano (2024)
  • Artur KroschelPozostałe for viola and piano (2024)
  • Monika KędzioraDiluculum  for string trio (2024)
  • Sławomir Czarnecki: Lechicki  Piano Quartet  (2023/2024)
  • Krystian KlejNo name for solo flute
  • Grzegorz UranXYZ for solo accordeon
  • Lidia WysockaSmugi for solo flute
  • Barbara KaszubaZnikomek for baritone and cello, words by B. Leśmian (2024)
  • Jaromir GajewskiTestament for baritone and cello, words by T. Szewczenko (2024)
  • Ignacy ZalewskiMahakaruna for 2 flutes and piano (2023)
  • Enjott SchneiderBeyond Stillness for 2 flutes and piano (2023)
  • Reinhard Kargerlost and found for chamber ensemble
  • Lars Carlsson: The Other Wave for chamber ensemble