The 31st International Festival of Kraków Composers will take place from May 11-19, 2019. This year’s festival will present Polish composers, especially those from Kraków, in the context of world music under the theme of “an image of inspiration / image as inspiration / inspiration from images.” Compositions inspired by such things as Japanese woodcuts, European oil paintings, and film paintings will be presented.
Italian composer Ada Gentile is the special guest of the festival. The works of composers from Poland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Great Britain, USA, Japan and South Korea will be performed by soloists, chamber musicians and orchestras, including: Yeree Suh (South Korea / Germany), Robert Koller (Switzerland), Simone Beneventi (Italy), Małgorzata Isphording (Holland / Poland), Jadwiga Kotnowska (Poland), DAFO quartet, Trio Śląskie, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Orchestra of the Music Academy in Kraków, and the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra.
The festival is organized by the Kraków branch of the Polish Composers’ Union (ZKP), led by artistic and general director Marcel Chyrzyński, and takes place under the honorary patronage of Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of the City of Kraków. Admission to all concerts is free with the exception of the concert of the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Kraków on 12 May and concerts of the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra on 17-18 May. Tickets may be purchased at the Kraków Philharmonic box office.
The following works by Polish composers will be given their world premieres during this exciting Festival:
Saturday, 11 May
Maciej Jabłoński – Panta rhei for solo clarinet and string orchestra (2018)
* Financial support provided by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as a part of “Collections – Composing Commissions” program, realized by the Institute of Music and Dance.
Monday, 13 May
Michał Papara – Idée fixe for chamber ensemble (2019); Michał Gronowicz – Sur un tableau de Fragonard for flute (grande, alto, bass), clarinet, piano and string trio (2019); Grzegorz Majka – Accommodations for clarinet, string trio and piano (2019); Jarosław Płonka – silent_architecture for flute, bass clarinet, guitar, piano, violin and cello (2018/19)
Tuesday, 14 May
Jakub Polaczyk – Ojibbeway for flute, accordion and piano (2019); Szczepan Tesarowicz – Quasi una ninna nanna for flute, accordion and piano (2019); Krzysztof Kostrzewa – Trio for flute, piano and accordion (2019)
Wednesday, 15 May
Olgierd Juzala-Deprati – Szepty for string quartet (2019)
* World premiere. Main Award in the 2nd Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers
Thursday, 16 May
Michał Lazar / Grzegorz Mart – mozaika – scena #4 for video and audio (2019); Katarina Gryvul / Bartłomiej Janas / Xing Yu – + – + for composers/performers (2019)
Friday, 17 May
Karol Nepelski – Puszcza for percussion and electronics (2019)
Sunday, 19 May
Leszek Wojtal – Z głębi pustej doliny (2) for flute and piano (2019); Konstanty Regamey – Persian Songs for bass-baritone and chamber orchestra (1942) to the words by Omar Chajjam – new version for 2 pianos
11-19 May 2019
31st International Festival of Kraków Composers
Various venues in Kraków
Detailed program: www.zkp.Kraków.pl.