On May 26, 2017 the final concert of the 58th edition of the Polish Composers’ Union (ZKP) Tadeusz Baird Young Composers’ Competition was held at the Warsaw headquarters of the Polish Music Publishers (PWM). The Competition was organized by ZKP in cooperation with PWM and the Association of Authors ZAiKS, with the funds from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage under the “Muzyka” program.
After hearing the many excellent compositions submitted anonymously to the Compeition, the jury—comprised of such noted composers as: Paweł Szymański (chairman), Tomasz Opałka (secretary), Marcel Chyrzyński, Tadeusz Gadzina and Hanna Kulenty—declared the final verdict, then opened the envelopes revealing the true names of the composers who had won:
- Tadeusz Baird Main Prize – Paweł Malinowski for …über BWV 971
(submitted under the pseudonym “Alfons van Worden”)
- Distinctions – Michał Gronowicz for Suite pour le souper du…
(submitted under the pseudonym “tuise”)
and Franciszek Araszkiewicz for cum structura
(submitted under the pseudonym “REVIECEDTAERG”)
Paweł Malinowski (b. 1994) is a third undergraduate student of music theory and composition in the class of prof. Wojciech Widłak at the Kraków Academy of Music. Michał Gronowicz (b. 1986) is a graduate of Kraków Academy of Music in the harpsichord class of prof. Elżbieta Stefańska and the composition class of prof. Zbigniew Bargielski. His works were performed in Poland and abroad (Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary). He is currently a lecturer at the Kraków Academy. Franciszek Araszkiewicz (b. 1986) studied composition at the Kraków Academy of Music under Prof. Krzysztof Knittel (2010-2013), then finished his masters studies under Dr. Marcel Chyrzyński (2013-2015). He is currently continuing his studies at the same university as a doctoral student. He is the author of instrumental, vocal-instrumental, electroacoustic, audiovisual, interactive and conceptual art as well as popular music.
The award ceremony for the Tadeusz Baird Young Composers’ Competition will take place during the 2017 “Warsaw Autumn” Contemporary Music Festival in September.