The Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów
Najpiękniejsza ze wszystkich jest muzyka polska (Of all music, Polish music is the most beautiful)
(Józef Reiss, 1946)
The Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów is a new cultural initiative whose purpose is to promote Polish music around the world and make the listeners realise the quality and significance of the musical legacy of Stanisław Moniuszko and many other distinguished Polish composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Mission and Objectives of the Competition
The Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music (Międzynarodowy Konkurs Muzyki Polskiej im. Stanisława Moniuszki) in Rzeszów has been initiated in order to promote that part of the great legacy of nineteenth and twentieth century Polish music which has been forgotten or, for a variety of reasons, has been less popular in concert practice. Its other objective is to present rediscovered works to the general public and provide this unjustly neglected legacy with appropriate analyses and new editions. The Competition also endeavours to promote talented musicians who are willing to include lesser-known works written by Polish composers in their concert programmes. The final aim of the Competition is to disseminate information about Polish artistic events addressed to the international recipients.
The Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów will be organised on a biennial basis and will be intended for a variety of different sets of performers.
The first edition of the Competition will be divided into two distinct categories: one for piano and the other for chamber ensembles. The Competition accepts instrumental musicians applying either as soloists or as chamber ensembles (from duos to as many as sixteen musicians in an ensemble). There are no age or citizenship restrictions for the musicians applying to take part in the Competition.
The participants of the first edition of the Competition will present works chosen from among those written by 50 Polish composers who were mostly active in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The auditions for the Competition will take place at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszów and at the University of Rzeszów between 20 and 26 September 2019. The Prize Winners Concert, along with the Award Ceremony, will be held on 27 September 2019 at the Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszów and again on 29 September 2019 at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw.
The deadline for the submission of applications to take part in the Competition is 23 June 2019. At least a month before the above mentioned deadline there will be a preliminary round for the Polish participants of the Competition.
The Jury of the Competition will consist of distinguished Polish and foreign musicians and musical personalities. The following three main prizes will be separately awarded in both categories: the First Prize – 20,000 euros, the Second Prize – 10,000 euros and the Third Prize – 5,000 euros, in addition to three equivalent honourable mentions in the amount of 1,500 euros each. The participants will also be awarded special, individual and other additional prizes.
Competition jest organized by the Institute of Music and Dance and co-organized by the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic.
The Rulebook, framework schedule of the Competition, application forms, details of the repertoire, composers and sheet music, as well as all the news updates relating to the event can be found at www.konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl/en/