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Thursday, 24 December 2020

Promoting Polish music: the second edition of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music

Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music
The second edition of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music will take place at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszów between 11 and 18 September 2021. Pianists and chamber ensembles (two to 12 players) have until 14 May 2021 to apply to the competition, which promotes Polish music. The competition is named for the composer Stanisław Moniuszko (1819-1872) who is often referred to as the father of Polish national opera; his best known opera is The Haunted Manor (Straszny dwór).

For the competition, the musicians are required to present works selected from those written by 56 Polish composers mostly active in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with music by famous composers such as Chopin, Paderewski, Górecki or Penderecki, and also less well-known names such as Antoni Kątski, Eugeniusz Pankiewicz and Stefan Kisielewski, including Polish female composers Maria Szymanowska and Grażyna Bacewicz. (the full list is available on the competition website). So that piano finalists must choose to include a concerto by Grażyna Bacewicz, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Franciszek Lessel, Józef Władysław Krogulski , Artur Malawski, Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Ludomir Różycki , Józef Wieniawski  or Władysław Żeleński.

The competition will be recorded and these recordings distributed worldwide; in this way, the organisers hope to be releasing a number of world premiere recordings.

There are no age or nationality limits for the competition. There are prizes for the winners of the piano and the chamber ensemble categories, as well as a number of other awards, both financial and opportunities to perform.

The first Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music took place in 2018, when 81 participants from six countries competed; the piano category was won by Pavel Dombrovsky from Russia and the chamber ensemble category by a Polish duo of violinists: Marta Gidaszewska and Robert Łaguniak, who currently perform as the Polish Violin Duo.

Full details from the competition website.

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