The 15th Festival of Polish Music was held from 5-20 July in Kraków. Founded in 2005 by the Polish Music Association – a group of musicologists, culture managers and music lovers – the essence of the festival is not only to present valuable works by Polish composers written from the Middle Ages to the present day, but also to contrast them with the world’s music and display them in various contexts. The organizers aim to mobilize compositional art by commissioning and premiering works of contemporary music.
To date, the festival’s stars have included pianists Ivo Pogorelich and Nicolai Khozyainov, world-famous violinist Nigel Kennedy, the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, the London Sinfonietta, Elżbieta Chojnacka, Akiko Suwanai, Piers Lane, Peter Jablonski, Jonathan Plowright, Grigori Zhyslin and many others. Such distinguished personalities on the Polish music scene as Krzysztof Penderecki, Agnieszka Duczmal, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Wojciech Kilar, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Paweł Mykietyn have also appeared.
This year’s anniversary edition featured eight concerts and a performance of Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halka in Italian. On 14 July, the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Franck Chastrusse performed works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Emil Młynarski. On 18 July, Sinfonietta Cracovia conducted by Jurek Dybała presented works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Feliks Janiewicz, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Tadeusz Baird, and Mieczysław Weinberg.
For the full program, visit fmp.org.pl.