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Profiles of the winners of the 13th Tadeusz Ochlewski Composers' Competition
In October, we could learn the names of the winners of the 13th Tadeusz Ochlewski Composers' Competition, organised by PWM Edition. Krzysztof Ratajski was awarded the 1st prize for his piece “Rebounds" for five-part children's choir to the original phonetic text. Szymon Godziemba-Trytek received an honorary mention for “A Wonderer’s Song" for three-part children's choir.
Krzysztof Ratajski was born on 17 June 1992. Between 2001 and 2005, he lived in Argentina, where he attended a biligual international school. Although he used to sing in a choir while at primary school, he did not go to any music schools. In 2011, he was accepted as a student of the Faculty of Physics, Warsaw Univeristy of Technology. After his first year at the university, he passed an entrance exam at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (Faculty of Composition) and completed undergraduate studies with Professor Zbigniew Bagiński with excellent grades.
He took piano lessons, first in Argentina and next at the Music Conservatory in Warsaw. At that time, he participated in numerous student concerts, organised by e.g.The Fryderyk Chopin Society or the Royal Castle in Warsaw during the Liszt Year, and in many occasional concerts. Apart from composing classical music, he is also interested in jazz and piano improvisation. He gives private piano lessons.
An active member of the Scientific and Artistic Association, he took part in student concerts and festivals in Warsaw and in Poznań, which presented his music: “Urojenia” for oboe, piano, violin and cello, “Qi” for flute solo, “Prana” for accordion and percussion, “Studium Timore” for soprano, piano and percussion, “Noktodymensja” for string orchestra, “Pertraktacje” for clarinet and audio tape and “Synthesis” for 3 drummers.
Szymon Godziemba-Trytek, composer and music theorist, was born on 21 February 1988 in Bielsko-Biała. He finished the 1st degree State Music School in Cieszyn (clarinet) and the 2nd degree State Music School in Szczecinek. In 2013, he completed his 2nd degree composition studies (with distinction) with Marian Borkowski and his theory of music studies at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Between 2008 and 2010, he studied composition with Marek Jasiński. In 2009/2010 he continued his studies during an annual ERASMUS grant at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Misicali "Achille Peri" in Reggio nell'Emilia in Italy. Since 2013, he has been teaching at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.
He is a recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, e.g.: 1st prize at the international composers' competition EACC12 Choral Composition Award in Graz, Austria, for his “Beati” for 12-part mixed-voice a cappella choir (2012), 3rd prize at the 10th International Composers Competition “Musica Sacra” in Cologne for his “Miserere mei Deus, miserere mei” for mixed-voice a cappella choir (2014), 3rd prize (ex aequo) at the 7th Karol Szymanowski Competition for Composers for his “Tre Episodi” for orchestra (2013), 1st prize at the “Fides et Ratio” Polish National Composing Competition for his “Salomon” for choir and organ (2009), 1st prize at the 5th Polish National Competition for Composing the Choral Song of Passion for his “O vos omnes” for mixed-voice a cappella choir (2012). He is also one of the winners of the 5th Zygmunt Mycielski Composing Competition with his “Wietnam” for vocal octet (2014).
His music is published both in Poland (the Publishing House of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz) and abroad (Helbling Verlag in Innsbruck and SCHOTT MUSIC GmbH & Co KG in Mainz). The music of Szymon Godziemba-Trytka has been performed at numerous festivals and concerts in Poland and in Austria, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, USA and Italy, by e.g.: Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz, Szczecin Philharmonic, Gorzów Philharmonic, Baltic Neopolis Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Schola Cantorum Gedanensis Polish Chamber Choir, Jan Szyrocki Academic Choir of the Technical University of Szczecin, Chamber Choir of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Choir of the Gdańsk University of Technology, Mozart 2003 Association Choir and Orchestra. His works were also promoted twice by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as part of the “Commission for Composition” programme (“Etnos” and “Magnificat”).
Szymon Godziemba-Trytek has received many awards and artistic grants: award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding achievements in artistic activity (2012), Scholarship of the Minister of Science and Higher Education (2012), Scholarship of the President of the City of Bydgoszcz for outstanding students (2013), Scholarship of the Grazella Foundation in music (2013), 1st prize in the Rumaki 2013 poll for outstanding achievements in culture.
GREAT ENCOUNTERS are performers’ meetings with excellent music, but also the encounters of great personalities from the past with composers who enjoy successes in our own times. Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski, and Ignacy Jan Paderewski did for Polish music what the three great Romantic bards and the giants of positivistic novel achieved in the field of literature. Their music not only impresses audiences with its beautiful form and emotional charge, but also provides modern-day artists with an inexhaustible source of inspiration. That music preserves for us the idiom of Polishness, to which, willy-nilly, by way of homage or rebellion, successful generations of artists and music lovers continue to return as to a point of reference. On GREAT ENCOUNTERS, this is done by the most outstanding representatives of Polish jazz and popular music.
Music is normally supposed to be listened to. Still, it also flows through our other senses. Is it, however, connected with them in a necessary and inseparable manner? After all, we can close our eyes, open up our imagination, and let unexpected experiences flow through our minds. On its brand-new 2CD release from the PORTRAITS series, the ANAKLASIS label invites you to play with your experiences and expectations. The album ACOUSMATIC MUSIC presents the philosophy of music as interpreted by one of the most intriguing contemporary composers – Marcin Stańczyk.
FOREFATHERS’ EVE by High Definition Quartet, a mesmerising fusion of jazz, ambient, and electronics, will also be available on a gramophone record as of 17th March. The album features a galaxy of experimental music stars and will be released in the REVISIONS series under the ANAKLASIS label, as the second vinyl in that label’s catalogue. Apart from the Quartet, this release brings together such world-famous giants of ambient as William Basinski, Krzysztof Knittel, Robert Rich, Christian Fennesz, and Igor Boxx of Skalpel Duo.
The Polish Music Library is the youngest member of the top flight of Polish libraries, exceptional in terms of its collection and unrivalled for accessibility. It is maintained by PWM Edition, the biggest Polish publisher of sheet music and books about music, which thanks to its international prestige effectively promotes the output of Polish composers around the world. PWM sums up this project, which has been realised since 2017, with an attractive animation presenting the process through which its resources have been digitised.
Does music call for gender equality? It can surely defend itself. Nonetheless, the artistic advantages of excellent present-day women-composers and their eminent predecessors are worthy of being noticed and highlighted. Women have their separate and distinctive voice in Polish music. In recognition of the need to acknowledge that voice, on 29th January ANAKLASIS will release the CD POLISH HEROINES OF MUSIC, comprising orchestral works by Elżbieta Sikora, Hanna Kulenty, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Agata Zubel.
A panorama of compositional output combining Polish and Yiddish inter-war hits with sorrowful, despairing tangos from the Ghetto. The disc Bajgelman. Get to Tango represents a twenty-first-century take on the output of the outstanding musician Dawid Bajgelman, from Łódź. These arrangements and reworkings of selected works by one of the greatest composers of Jewish theatre music were produced by the outstanding musician and composer Jarosław Bester. The album comes out on 11 December.
The ANAKLASIS record label, created by PWM just one year ago (on 22 November 2019), already boasts sixteen albums, and it shows no signs of slowing down, with further releases announced.
PWM Edition has launched a campaign and an international educational project, which brings the works by Polish composers closer to the audiences worldwide. ‘Music from Chopin’s Land’ encompasses more than just pieces by Chopin – it also means Paderewski, Szymanowska, Moniuszko, Kilar, Kurpiński and many other composers.
On 7 November 2020, during a gala broadcast on TVP Kultura, the laureates of the 10th edition of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music awards were announced. The award for Event of the Year went to the premiere of Aleksander Nowak’s opera Drach. Dramma per musica, given at the AUKSODRONE festival. Aleksander Nowak’s work, to a libretto by Szczepan Twardoch based on his heralded novel, was rewarded for ‘emphasising local dimensions in universal processes, for the strength of its musical and cultural message’.
Paderewski was a great composer. Herdzin is a great improviser. The fusion of the worlds of these two musical giants has given rise to a new phenomenon, which we share with you today. On the 160th anniversary of the birth of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, it is time to prick up our ears to the most beautiful impressions on his music.