Nowak’s Appointment in the Philippines

Maestro Grzegorz Nowak, an internationally celebrated conductor and longtime friend of the Polish Music Center, has just been appointed the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He will be taking over from Yoshikazu Fukumura, whose tenure with the ensemble ended in 2021. Five candidates were shortlisted for this appointment and, following…Continue Reading Nowak’s Appointment in the Philippines

ZKP Award For Music Education

This year on June 28, the Board of the Polish Composers Union [ZKP] awarded the 8th Polish Composers Union Award in recognition of Grażyna Krzanowska’s outstanding accomplishment in the field of music education. As both a composer and teacher, Krzanowska has spent several years enriching youth in the field of contemporary music. The award ceremony…Continue Reading ZKP Award For Music Education

Jakub Józef Orliński: Opus Klassik ‘Singer of the Year’

This year, the Opus Klassik award for ‘Singer of the Year’ went to Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński. The award was granted by a jury composed of people representing the phonographic industry, representatives of music publishing houses, and journalists. The artist was appreciated for the album Farewells, which he recorded with Polish pianist Michał Biel….Continue Reading Jakub Józef Orliński: Opus Klassik ‘Singer of the Year’

Winners of the 2023 Baird Young Composers Competition

The final concert of the 64th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers Competition and the announcement of the winners took place on April 16th, 2023 as part of the 7th International Festival of Piano Duos ‘Duettissimo!’. The Main Prize and a distinction were awarded. Works for this year’s competition were performed by Novi Piano Duo and Sanami…Continue Reading Winners of the 2023 Baird Young Composers Competition

Feb 2023: PMC Gifts

Pump Out the Music! Virtuoso accordionist Wiesław Ochwat (above) teamed up with maestro Maciej Tworek and the Sinfonietta Cracovia ensemble to record two new concertos for accordion and orchestra for the Opus label (86 | 2022). Their CD features Maciej Zimka’s Concerto for Accordion and Chamber Orchestra and Mikołaj Majkusiak’s Concerto In Between for the…Continue Reading Feb 2023: PMC Gifts

Elżebieta Sikora Honored in Wrocław

On December 2 in Wrocław, a plaque was unveiled in honor of composer Elżbieta Sikora and her work with Witold Lutosławski National Forum of Music (NFM) in Wrocław. Following the commemoration of Sikora, the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic held a concert consisting of several pieces, including a masterpiece by Elżbieta Sikora herself: Oliwa Concerto.  Premiered in…Continue Reading Elżebieta Sikora Honored in Wrocław

More on the 2022 American International Paderewski Competition

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Following on our earlier article on the American International Paderewski Competition in Los Angeles, we provide another behind-the-scenes look written by one of the PMC’s longtime supporters and friends. He and his wife hosted Chinese pianist Sihao Qin at their home and attended the live auditions held March 21-26 at the Loyola Marymount University’s Los…Continue Reading More on the 2022 American International Paderewski Competition

Ptaszyńska Fêted in Chicago

On March 18, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago organized a gala event celebrating Marta Ptaszyńska, a distinguished Polish composer who divides her time between the Windy City and Warsaw. Held in the elegant period townhouse that serves as the seat of the Consulate, the evening program was held under the…Continue Reading Ptaszyńska Fêted in Chicago

Winners of 1st Composers’ Competition for an Instrumental Duo with Harp

The results for the First Composer’s Competition for an Instrumental Duo with Harp, have been announced. Organized by the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, this competition consisted of submitting an original compositional work for two instruments, with one of them being harp. Sixteen works were submitted and judged by high profile members of…Continue Reading Winners of 1st Composers’ Competition for an Instrumental Duo with Harp

Orliński Wins ICMA & Performance in L.A.

The newest album by Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, entitled ‘Anima Æterna’ and recorded on the Erato label, was recently awarded the 2022 International Classical Music Award [ICMA] in the “Baroque Vocal” category. Jakub Józef Orliński has quickly emerged as one of the most vibrant performers on the international classical music scene. Orliński will make…Continue Reading Orliński Wins ICMA & Performance in L.A.