€280,000 prize money up for grabs in new Polish competition

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The inaugural Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition kicks off in Katowice, Poland, this September with prize money in excess of €280,000.

Organised by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in cooperation with Polish Radio, the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and the Karol Szymanowski Music Society, the Competition aims to promote Polish music around the world and to raise awareness of Karol Szymanowski and his compositions.

Confirmed finalists from Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, UK, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela will compete in five categories:

  • Composition (deadline for submissions – 16 August 2018)
  • Piano
  • String Quartet
  • Violin
  • Voice

Key people are as follows:

  • Honorary Committee: Krzysztof Penderecki and Simon Rattle
  • Director: Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa
  • Jury Chairs: Eugeniusz Knapik (Composition), Andrzej Jasiński (Piano), Valentin Erben (Quartet), Bartłomiej Nizioł (Violin), Jadwiga Rappé (Voice)

Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition details

The Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition will run from 10-23 September 2018 and every five years thereafter.

  • The first and second stages will take place in the home of the NOSPR and at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice
  • The Competition Final, during which the soloists will be accompanied by the NOSPR, and a gala event will be staged in the NOSPR Concert Hall

Header photo: The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall will host the Competition Final © C Bartekbarczyk

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