From Dr. Grzegorz Mania, president of the Polish Chamber Music Society [Stowarzyszenie Polskich Muzyków Kameralistów], we recevied the recently published volume, Czytanie a vista w szkole muzycznej II stopnia, Część I, authored by Dr. Mania and Dr. Monika Gardoń-Preinl. Issued by PWM Edition in Kraków, this publication contains much useful information as well as numerous exercises on how to teach pianists the essential skill of sight-reading.
Leszek Kułakowski, a prominent jazz pianist and professor at Gdańsk Music Academy sent us two more of his CDs, including “Code Numbers” with Ensemble Piccolo, a 2010 Music Vox Records release, and a DUX recording featuring his Piano Concerto and Sketches for Jazz Trio & Symphony Orchestra that showcase the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Szymon Bywalec with Bogdan Kułakowski as soloist in the Piano Concerto.
Marek Żydowicz, director of the CAMERIMAGE Film Festival, donated to us a postcard with a portrait photograph of a young Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Taken around the time of his Paris debut in 1888, it shows the pianist seated on a Victorian-era chair and confidently staring into the camera lens. It will be added to the precious holdings in our Paderewski Archive.
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