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Adam Kaczyński Passes Away
2010-02-17Pianist and composer, founder of the renouned contemporary and avantegarde ensemble, MW2, died 15th of February 2010, aged 77.
Adam Kaczyński was born on 13th of October 1933 in Warsaw. He studied piano with Barbara Korytowska at the State Academy of Music in Krakow. In 1962 he founded the contemporary and avantegarde music ensemble MW2 (Młodzi Wykonawcy Muzyki Współczesnej - Young Performers of Contemporary Music) specialising in performing music in the form of ‘happenings’, aleatoric music, instrumental music theatre, graphic music, improvisation and open forms, and led it until his death. Together with his ensemble he won the Competition for Young Performers of Contemporary Music in Utrecht (1965), "Poznań Music Spring" Festival (1978), in 1973 won the Polish Composers' Union award. With MW2 he performed in many European countries, Mexico, Iran, Lebanon and South Korea, participated in international festivals of contemporary music and made recordings. For many years composer Bogusław Schaeffer wrote for the MW2 ensemble.
Adam Kaczyński also received numerous awards and distinctions individually, including the Pierre Schaeffer Prize in Paris (1970), the I.J. Paderewski Prize in Rochester (1975), Award of the Minister of Culture and Art III degree (1976), Award of the Minister of Culture and Art II degree (1983), Gold Cross of Merit (1983), the City of Cracow Prize (1986, 1987, 1988), the award of Polish Society for Contemporary Music (1994).
Since 1962 he also occupied teaching activities. From 1972 he led the class of contemporary chamber music at the Academy of Music in Cracow. In 1991 he received the title of professor. From 1987 to 2002 he worked at the Wyższa Szkola Pedagogiczna in Rzeszów (Higher Pedagogical School in Rzeszów), where he taught score reading and composition. From 2004, he hosted a series of concerts entitled the Forum of Young Composers.
His works have been performed many times in Poland (including at the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Poznan Spring Music Festival, the ‘Malta’ Theatre Festival in Poznan, the „Musica Polonica Nova” in Wroclaw, the „Music in Old Krakow” Festival, the Festival of Polish Music in Bydgoszcz, and abroad (Denmark, Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, United States). In 1962 he was awarded the prize in the Polish Radio competition for his Concerto for Jazz Orchestra. He composed music for nearly 30 plays and several animated films.
The winners of the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition have been announced. The first prize goes to Maria Motolygina from Russia, while Alina Adamski won the PWM Edition Prize for the best performance of a Polish 20th/21st-century song.
On May 5th, the bicentenary of Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth will be celebrated throughout Poland. PWM Edition has already begun its celebrations earlier, and announced Stanisław Moniuszko our May COMPOSER OF THE MONTH.
More than 20 new sheet music publications, books and CD albums; nearly 90 reissues; performance materials for orchestras and opera houses; more than a hundred digital publications available worldwide; 7,000 pages of free access digitalised materials; more than a thousand unique graphics and photos; nearly 30 events for adult and young audiences – all these are part of PWM Edition’s celebrations programme prepared for the bicentenary of Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth.
We are very happy to inform that Tomasz Knittel’s film Mieczysław Karłowicz. Samotna wędrówka [Mieczysław Karłowicz. A Lone Journey], co-produced by PWM Edition and TVP (Polish state television broadcaster), won the Silver Pegasus during the gala of the 22nd Zakopane Festival of Films about Art held on 14th April.
PWM Edition is not just about sheet music and books. We are also involved in all kinds of educational activities, aiming to promote and support music education in both general and music schools. In this way we fulfil Plato’s postulate that “children ought to be taught music, physics and philosophy; but music in particular, because it contains models and all the skills that are crucial to learning”.
Since the first quarter of 2019 is already behind us, let us sum up PWM Edition’s educational enterprises in that period.
The world premiere of the most recent work by the highly regarded Polish composer Agata Zubel is to take place on 9th April 2019 at the Auditorium Marcel Landowski in Paris. The nine members of Ensemble 2e2m – one of France’s oldest and most renowned groups of this kind – will perform 3x3 for 9 instruments. The conductor is Pierre Roulllier.
The concert is part of the cycle “It Is a Woman’s World (Too)”.
“A three-day festival of new music; seven concerts, two installations, nearly fifteen hours of music – only the most recent works. Thirty composers, more than half of whom are associated with PWM Edition – all this has made me happy, and I am leaving Katowice one hundred per cent satisfied,” said Daniel Cichy PhD, Director and Editor-in-Chief of PWM Edition, summing up the 8th Festival of Premieres in Katowice, which came to its close last Sunday.
In our gallery of COMPOSERS OF THE MONTH, we present today the figure of Sławomir Kupczak, our April Composer of the Month.
On 1st April 2019 the post of editor-in-chief of “Ruch Muzyczny” will be taken over by Piotr Matwiejczuk, who replaces Tomasz Cyz, head of the editorial board since 2013.