Masters of jazz, outstanding composers, summer outdoor festivals, concerts in old factories, and a reconstructed instrument by Leonardo da Vinci… Discover the sound of Poland.
Over 100 polonaises for 100 years of Polish independence
A total of 106 works have been submitted in a competition for composers to write a polonaise to grace this year’s centenary of Poland’s independence.
Poles in New York to pay homage to Paderewski
On February 21st a gala dedicated to Ignacy Paderewski will be held in New York’s Carnegie Hall. Michal Rusinski, the organiser of the event and the head of the GP Club in New York, talks to us about the gala.
Rubinstein Festival opens in Łódź
Monday is the first day of the fifth International Music Festival dedicated to legendary Polish-born pianist Artur Rubinstein which is held in the city of Łódź.
He won Poland on the piano
The Polish cause would not have found such a broad audience in America had it not been for his talent and fervent patriotism. Also, it is largely to Paderewski that we owe the rebirth of our country. It is fitting therefore, that we should revive his memory.
Polish music legend Zbigniew Wodecki dies
Zbigniew Wodecki, a Polish musician and composer whose career spanned almost five decades, died on Monday at the age of 67.
Polish pianist Nehring scores success in Tel Aviv
Twenty-one-year-old Szymon Nehring is the winner of the 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv.
Polish opera wins international accolade
The production of Władysław Żeleński’s “Goplana”, premiered by the National Opera in Warsaw in 2016, is among the winners of the 2017 International Opera Awards.
Events around Poland commemorate composer Karol Szymanowski
A wide range of concerts are being held in Poland on the 80th anniversary of the death of Karol Szymanowski, one of the most prominent of the nation’s 20th century composers.
Polish singer, actor Młynarski dies
Polish poet, songwriter, comedian and director Wojciech Młynarski has died at the age of 75
Penderecki’s St Luke Passion in London
St Luke Passion by the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki was performed Saturday by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, soloists and three Polish choirs conducted by the LPO’s Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski.
Stanisław Skrowaczewski, the world’s oldest active conductor passes away
Stanisław Skrowaczewski, the first Polish musician to launch an international career in the communist era and the greatest Polish conductor of the past 50 years, has passed away in the USA at the age of 93.
Hand-written Chopin manuscript bought by Warsaw museum
The Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw has bought a hand-written manuscript of a piano ballade by the great Polish composer.
Krzysztof Penderecki awarded a Grammy
The composer Krzysztof Penderecki was awarded with the phonographic Grammy award in the category "Choral Music" for the album "Penderecki Conducts Penderecki." The award ceremony took place on the night of Sunday to Monday in Los Angeles.
Polish dancer wins international accolade
Polish teenager Stanisław Węgrzyn has been named one of the eight most promising talents at the Prix de Lausanne, an international competition for young dancers held annually in Switzerland.
“King Roger” premiere at the Sydney Opera House
“King Roger” is setting off on a new journey as this opera by Karol Szymanowski reaches the shores of Australia for the first time. It premieres on Friday.
Unpublished photograph of Chopin believed to have been discovered
An exciting surprise in the world of classical piano. A remarkably important unpublished image has been discovered in a private home by Alain Kohler, a Swiss physicist and Frédéric Chopin connoisseur.
Polish musicians in the race for Grammys
Three Polish musicians have been nominated for the 59th Grammy Awards, among the world's most prestigious awards for musical achievemnt.
Polish Institute in Vienna holds Visegrad Group debate
A debate on the role of culture in shaping the identity of the Visegrad Group and a “V4” concert were among the main events organized recently by the Polish Institute in Vienna in relation to Poland’s presidency of the Visegrad Group.
So long, Leonard: Polish fans bid farewell to Cohen
Several thousand fans gathered in Kraków on Sunday to pay tribute to Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who died earlier this month and who was hugely popular in Poland.
Polish opera - available around the world
Music lovers around the world will be able to watch a performance of Władysław Żeleński’s “Goplana” on Thursday in a live relay from the National Opera in Warsaw.
Wieniawski Violin Competition - second round
Twenty-six violinists from nine countries have qualified for the second round of the Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznań, western Poland.
Pole wins the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition
Polish saxophonist Łukasz Dyczko, 18, is the winner of the 18th Eurovision Young Musicians Competition.
Folk music from around the world in Zakopane
Song and dance ensembles from across the world have descended on Poland’s southern mountain resort of Zakopane for the 48th International Festival of Highland Folklore.
Chopin at his finest
The “Chopin and his Europe” Festival will be dominated by young artists this year – and it is they who will ensure the event’s world class profile.
Bach to Basics – Poland’s organ music festivals
The sound of organ music has resonated in churches for hundreds of years. Sources say that organs were played in Krakow, Plock and Kety as early as the 14th century.
The pleasure of being in good company
Waldemar Dąbrowski, the director of the Polish National Opera, on the Theatre’s global presence and staging long-forgotten Polish operas.
National Opera unveils plans for new season
Seven new opera and ballet productions are planned at Warsaw’s National Opera for the 2016/17 season.
Katowice – a city of music
Katowice, the heart of Upper Silesia, is the first Polish city to join UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network as a city of music. It is home to the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR), called the cradle of Polish composers.
I try to make sound speak
Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, tells Polska.pl about his love for Chopin’s music, eating cakes as a second hobby, and what he likes about Poland.
Hitting a nostalgic note
Polish pianist, composer, jazz musician and Grammy winner, Włodek Pawlik, talks to Polska.pl about internationally acclaimed Polish jazz musicians, the Chopin of jazz music, and hearing Poland in musical compositions.
Every note counts
In order to play his music well and prepare for the competition we not only practice our technique but also read about Poland and get to know the country better, contestants of the 17th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw told Polska.pl.
Chopin for all generations
The Chopin Competition 2015 brings the Polish composer’s music to both young and old.
Polish opera’s success in New York
Mariusz Treliński is the first Pole to direct at the Metropolitan Opera. Met Opera chief invited him to inaugurate the next season in September 2016. Below is an interview with the director.
Krakow attracts with festivals
The Misteria Paschalia Easter Festival opened this year’s festival cycle called Six Senses.
Direction: cultural capital
A performance by Andrea Bocelli serves as a prelude to the events of the European Capital of Culture 2016 in Wrocław. With half a year to go before the inauguration of a year full with celebrations of culture, Wrocław’s residents and visitors can review the framework programme for ECC 2016.