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The 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition – Results Announced!
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.
The jury has granted the following statutory prizes:
• 1st prize: Maria Motolygina – Russia
• 2nd prize: Slávká Zamečniková – Slovakia
• 3rd prize: Long Long – China
• 4th prize: Ruslana Koval – Ukraine
• 5th prize: Gihoon Kim – South Korea
• 6th prize: Piotr Buszewski – Poland
The PWM Edition Award in the 10th edition of the Competition, amounting to EUR 2000, has been presented to the soprano Alina Adamski (Poland), who sang Karol Szymanowski’s Song of the Wave from his cycle of six Songs of the Fairy-Tale Princess Op. 31 (No. 5) to words by Zofia Szymanowska. The Competition Jury included managers of the greatest opera houses and festivals, such as the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Salzburger Festspiele, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Staatsoper Berlin, as well as Polish singers of international renown: Ewa Podleś, Izabella Kłosińska and Piotr Beczała.
This year’s anniversary edition of the Moniuszko Vocal Competition is conceived as part of the great celebrations of the composer’s birth bicentenary. PWM Edition is a strategic partner of the Festival.
The 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition was held on 5th-11th May. Seventy seven singers from several dozen foreign countries as well as from Poland came to Teatr Wielki – The Polish National Opera in Warsaw for the auditions, whose first stage took place on 6th-7th May. Forty performers (12 representatives of Poland included) qualified for stage two, held on 8th-9th May. 14 participants, including 4 Poles, made it into the finals.
The full list of the singers awarded in the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition is available on the official website of Teatr Wielki – The Polish National Opera.
The Moniuszko Vocal Competition is the largest event of this type in Poland. Young artists from all over the world have been flocking to Warsaw since 1992 to present their talents to eminent representatives of the music world. Success in the Competition has paved the way to international careers for many of them. More information about the Competition can be found on the official website of Teatr Wielki – The Polish National Opera.
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.
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.