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Piotr Matwiejczuk Appointed New “Ruch Muzyczny” Editor-in-Chief
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.
Since Cyz’s mission with this music monthly has come to an end, Daniel Cichy, PhD, Director and Editor-in-Chief of PWM Edition, held a closed competition in order to select the best candidate to be placed in charge of this most important of Polish music magazines. The competition jury consisted of representatives of the music world appointed by the head of PWM Edition: Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, PhD, head of the Musicologists’ Section of the Polish Composers’ Union; Małgorzata Małaszko-Stasiewicz, Director and Editor-in-Chief of Polish Radio Channel Two; Professor Eugeniusz Knapik, DMus, Habil., composer and Chairman of PWM Edition’s Programme Board; and Mieczysław Kominek, PhD, musicologist and President of the Polish Composers’ Union. Having become acquainted with the submitted magazine management plans and having conducted the interviews, the jury selected Piotr Matwiejczuk, to whom the PWM Director entrusted the post of “Ruch Muzyczny”’s editor-in-chief.
Piotr Matwiejczuk graduated in musicology from the University of Warsaw. He is a violinist, music critic and long-time Polish Radio Programme Two reporter. In 2012-2018 he was the editor-in-chief of “Muzyka w mieście” magazine. His most important responsibilities will include: continuing the mission of the monthly as a space for professional music criticism and commentaries; developing the periodical in response to the changing press market, and enhancing its position in the Polish and international music environment, as well as reaching a wider audience.
“Ruch Muzyczny” is Poland’s oldest periodical dedicated to classical music of all eras and to musical life. Founded in 1945 in Cracow, it was originally published by PWM Edition. As a magazine promoting academic music knowledge to the general public, “Ruch Muzyczny” also reports on cultural life (concerts and festivals), prints CD/DVD and book reviews, essays, feuilletons, and articles on all aspects of classical music. It is directed to music lovers, musical amateurs and professionals. It operates under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. After a period of being published by the National Library and Instytut Książki (Book Institute Poland), since September 2018 the magazine’s publisher is again PWM Edition. “Ruch Muzyczny” has thus returned to the institution that gave birth to it directly after World War II.
PWM Edition is a national institution of culture specialising in publishing sheet music and books on classical, jazz and film music. Our catalogue includes both early and contemporary music works, Polish and foreign, addressed to amateurs and professionals, as well as educational, academic and popular publications. We boast a vast catalogue of books and lexicons. Our dynamically developing Sheet Music and Score Collection supplies Polish music scores and part books to orchestras worldwide, as well as providing Polish ensembles with compositions from the global repertoire. As one of Poland’s most important music institutions, PWM promotes among its foreign partners the outstanding music output of Polish composers. PWM also serves as a space of artistic dialogue and scientific reflection, a platform for the exchange of educational and methodological concepts, an early music documentation centre, and a place where the most recent music works are edited and published in accordance with the highest standards.
On 30 September, the call for applications for the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020 was closed. From almost 50 applications, the jury selected seven laureates and distinguished five compositions.
In the year of the exceptional jubilee, the composer's 90 birthday, a unique album is published in the ANAKLASIS catalogue, devoted to the chamber vocal and instrumental works of Twardowski. They are performed by the world-famous bass-baritone, Tomasz Konieczny, and an outstanding pianist, Lech Napierała.
The songs of Stanisław Moniuszko and Romuald Twardowski are widely known and appreciated both by the public and the musical world. But what if we could get to know these pieces from the inside out? Two world-class musicians invite you to a unique master class experience – delivered straight to your doorstep! The acclaimed bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny and the ingenious pianist Lech Napierała will be the guides to those who are curious about the most beautiful Polish songs. The online Song Master Class program is launching now.
PWM Edition and Warsaw Wind Music Association invite to take part in the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra - Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020. This is the first edition of the international competition for composers, the subject of which is to write a premiere composition for a concert wind orchestra.
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)”.