About Competition

Director

Dyrektor konkursu - Ewa Bogusz-Moore
Director

Ewa Bogusz-Moore

Dyrektor konkursu - Ewa Bogusz-Moore

Director

Ewa Bogusz-Moore

Ewa Bogusz-Moore – general director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. In April 2019 she was invited to join the European Concert Hall Organization.


She started her musical career as a cellist. Before taking the position in NOSPR Ewa Bogusz-Moore acted as a deputy director at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute where she was entrusted with developing the strategy of promoting Polish classical music throughout the world. Her business model of the “Polska Music” programme encouraged international cooperation, e.g. with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Berliner Philharmoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, or Cité de la Musique. On behalf of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, she coordinated the celebrations of Witold Lutosławski’s Year and was the manager of I, CULTURE Orchestra, an educational orchestral project supporting development in Eastern Europe.


Ewa simultaneously combines orchestral management, creating and supporting musical projects with prominent organizations around the world. Her passion for the transformative power of arts together with business acumen allows her to deliver effective programs across the arts and education sectors.

Honorary Committee

Komitet honorowy - Sir Simon Rattle
Honorary Committee

Sir Simon Rattle

Komitet honorowy - Eugeniusz Knapik
Honorary Committee

Eugeniusz Knapik

Komitet honorowy - Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa
Honorary Committee

Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa

Komitet Honorowy - Andrzej Jasiński
Honorary Committee

Andrzej Jasiński

Komitet honorowy - Sir Simon Rattle

Honorary Committee

Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music.

For some years Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, in 1980 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, stepping up to Music Director from September 1990 until August 1998.  He is also Founding Patron of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and since the early 1990s, has been a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

In September 2002 Sir Simon became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he remained until June 2018.

In September 2017, Simon took up the position of Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Komitet honorowy - Eugeniusz Knapik

Honorary Committee

Eugeniusz Knapik

Komitet honorowy - Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa

Honorary Committee

Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa

Komitet Honorowy - Andrzej Jasiński

Honorary Committee

Andrzej Jasiński

Composition

Entries: 1.07-30.09.2022

The composition competition is a tribute to Karol Szymanowski, a great master craftsman of composing, who could use his art to lead a spiritual dialogue with the world of current affairs, simultaneously creating works of timeless value. Such are the works we are awaiting: ones belonging to the current times and universal, touching upon matters of significance for us today, simultaneously reaching beyond the horizon of this-worldiness.

We await works in one of the four disciplines: piano, violin, voice, or string quartet. The composition competition takes place a year ahead of the performing competition so as to enable the inclusion of the winning pieces as obligatory in its repertoire.

In addition to being awarded monetary prizes, the winning pieces will be published and included in the repertoire of the performing competition in 2023. Furthermore, all the prize-winning compositions will be recorded and published on a CD.

The prizes for the awarded compositions in the piano, violin and voice disciplines:
1st prize      3,000 €
2nd prize    2,000 €
3rd prize     1,000 €

The prizes for the awarded compositions in the string quartet discipline:
1st prize       4,000 €
2nd prize     3,000 €
3rd prize      2,000 €

Francesco Filidei przewodniczącym jury Konkursu
Chairman

Francesco Filidei

Agata Zubel

Agata Zubel

Daniel Cichy

Yann Robin jurorem Konkursu

Yann Robin

Rozalie Hirs jurorką Konkursu Szymanowskiego

Rozalie Hirs

Francesco Filidei przewodniczącym jury Konkursu

Chairman

Francesco Filidei

An organist and composer of international renown. He graduated from the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence and from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. 

Filidei’s music is very expressive but, at the same time, unobtrusive. He is a master of building up tension and deftly manoeuvring orchestration.

He has mastered the exceptional capability of employing sounds of any kind in his compositions. Not only that, but he can also create a beautiful piece with the use of animal sounds, mechanic ones, or silence.

Filidei is a laureate of such prestigious awards as: Siemens Förderpreisträger, Abbiati Award, Les Grands Prix Internationaux du Disque - Académie Charles Cros, or the Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation’s 2018 Commande awarded by the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Filidei has also been composer-in-residence for numerous ensembles and music festivals. 

He has been played with a number of world-class orchestras, including WDR, SWR, RSO Wien, ORT, RAI, the Tokyo Philharmonic, Bayerischen Rundfunk, LaVerdi, and numerous modern music ensembles. 

Filidei also teaches composition. He has taught at the Royaumont Foundation’s Voix Nouvelles program, the University of Iowa, Takefu, the International Academy in Tchaikovsky City, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, and many other distinguished institutions worldwide.

Agata Zubel

Agata Zubel

A composer and vocalist. As an artist, she breaks down stereotypes and enjoys international recognition, both as a creator of her own music and as an interpreter of the most challenging works of the vocal repertoire. 

She delivers a fascinating blend of the 50s’ and the 60s’ musical means with contemporary electro-acoustic elements. The New York Times has called her one of the greatest composers and vocalists in the world.

She has worked with multiple prestigious philharmonics, such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Musikgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Philharmonie in Berlin, in Cologne, Luxembourg, Moscow, Essen, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall in London, Casa da música in Porto, National Sawdust in New York, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, L’Opéra de Reims, National Philharmonic in Warsaw, and many more.

Her discography consists of more than a dozen titles, including the “Fryderyk” Award-winning Cascando and Apparition, Dream Lake, Blots on the Sun, Not I, or Poems with her vocal interpretations of songs by Copland, Berg and Szymański.

The artist has been honoured with such prestigious awards as: “Passport” Award of the “Polityka”, Coryphaeus of Polish Music, European Composer Award, Erste Bank Kompositionspreis, “Gloria Artis” Medal, and many more. 

Agata Zubel is also active in teaching, she is a lecturer of the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. What’s more, she and Cezary Duchnowski perform as the ElettroVoce duet.

Daniel Cichy

A musicologist and director-editor-in-chief of the PWM Edition.

He graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where he also obtained his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Alicja Jarzębska, and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg. 

He worked at the Institute of Music at the Silesian University in Cieszyn. Currently, he is a lecturer at the Institute of Musicology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

Daniel Cichy is a laureate of the Ray E. & Ruth A. Robinson Musicology Award, the Deutscher Musikrat and Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung scholar, and other recognized awards.

In 2009 he released his book Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik w Darmstadcie. Dzieje, rola i znaczenie w myśli teoretycznej, praktyce kompozytorskiej i życiu muzycznym drugiej połowy XX wieku.

Moreover, he is active as a music critic and journalist. 

The PWM is our strategic partner, preparing editions of the awarded compositions for performances in the performing part of the Competition.

Yann Robin jurorem Konkursu

Yann Robin

A composer and artistic director of the Ensemble Multilatérale. He actively promotes modern music, e.g. by organizing Controtempo Festival in Rome. 

The artist simultaneously studied jazz at CNR in Marseille and composition and analysis at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, and later he continued education at IRCAM Institute.

His compositions have been performed by such ensembles and orchestras as: Klangforum Wien, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Seattle Symphony, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, and more.

His albums are well recognized with such awards as: Diapason d'Or, "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik" and "Coup de Cœur" Académie Charles Cros. 

He has composed for numerous institutions like: Ircam, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Casa Da Musica w Porto, and festivals like Aix-en-Provence.

An important part of his work is education. He is often invited to various conferences, courses, or master classes worldwide.

Rozalie Hirs jurorką Konkursu Szymanowskiego

Rozalie Hirs

A composer and a poet. She graduated from Columbia University and the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague. Moreover, she holds a degree from Twente University, where she studied Chemical Engineering.

Her art works, both literature and music, are imagination stimulating. They are described as lyrical and experimental. She creates vocal, orchestra, and electronic compositions, often blending traditional instruments with electronic sounds. 

Hirs’s compositions have been performed by such ensembles as: Amsterdam Sinfonietta, ASKO|Schönberg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik, and the artist herself as she performs at international festivals. 

She has been invited by the Nieuw Ensemble to develop a program for the OpenMusic and contemporary compositional techniques course, which later she ran at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. She has also worked at Columbia University and has given guest lectures at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Szymon Bywalec - przewodniczący komisji kwalifikacyjnej
Chairman

Szymon Bywalec

Joanna Freszel w komisji kwalifikacyjnej Konkursu

Joanna Freszel

Emilia Sitarz - komisja kwalifikacyjna Konkursu Szymanowskiego

Emilia Sitarz

Anna Kwiatkowska w komisji kwalifikacyjnej Konkursu

Anna Kwiatkowska

Grażyna Draus w komisji kwalifikacyjnej Konkursu

Grażyna Draus

Andrzej Kwieciński komisja kwalifikacyjna Konkursu Szymanowskiego

Andrzej Kwieciński

Karol Nepelski komisja kwalifikacyjna Konkursu Szymanowskiego

Karol Nepelski

Szymon Bywalec - przewodniczący komisji kwalifikacyjnej

Chairman

Szymon Bywalec

Joanna Freszel w komisji kwalifikacyjnej Konkursu

Joanna Freszel

Emilia Sitarz - komisja kwalifikacyjna Konkursu Szymanowskiego

Emilia Sitarz

Anna Kwiatkowska w komisji kwalifikacyjnej Konkursu

Anna Kwiatkowska

Grażyna Draus w komisji kwalifikacyjnej Konkursu

Grażyna Draus

Andrzej Kwieciński komisja kwalifikacyjna Konkursu Szymanowskiego

Andrzej Kwieciński

Karol Nepelski komisja kwalifikacyjna Konkursu Szymanowskiego

Karol Nepelski

01.07.2022 beginning of the call for entires
30.09.2022 deadline for entries
31.10.2022 announcement of the results of the competition

 

Rules of the 2nd Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition - composition

The most important rules:

  1. We accept chamber pieces for one of the following instruments: violin (solo or with piano), voice (solo or with piano), piano, and string quartet.
  2. The violin, piano, and voice pieces ought to be from 3 to 5 minutes long.
  3. The string quartet pieces ought to be from 5 to 8 minutes long.
  4. The age limit for participants is 40.
  5. We accept entries from 1st July 2022 to 30th September 2022 through the online form which will be made available on the Competition website on 1st July.
  6. The voice pieces ought to be one of the following voice types: high, middle or low.
  7. The pieces submitted may have lyrics in any language. If you are using a language different from English, please provide a working translation into English, so that the jurors are able to comprehend your piece better.
  8. You may enter any number of pieces for the Competition. Entering each piece requires an entry fee of €25/110zł.
  9. The pieces you wish to enter for the Competition must not have been published anywhere else before.
  10. In each category, the pieces must be possible to perform with an instrument in standard tuning and without any modifications. If you win, your piece will become part of the Competition repertoire in the performing disciplines. This is why the way the instrument is used in your piece must not make it difficult for the participants to perform the remainder of the programme.

The above are only some of the most important rules of the Competition. Please read the complete Rules.

Violin

Entries: 1.11.2022-31.01.2023

In Karol Szymanowski’s music, the violin is a symbol of friendship and love. The composer was a long-time close friend of the ingenious virtuoso Paweł Kochański, who became a professor at the New York Juilliard School after leaving Poland. Kochański inspired Szymanowski and accompanied him on his way to creating his two phenomenal violin concertos.

Love was what Szymanowski felt for his ‘chosen people’, as he would call the Górale people of the Podhale region. It is the violin that reflects the echoes of their music best. The Karol Szymanowski competition searches for violinists who are able to express the sense of such love and friendship best.

The rules will be available soon.

The winners will receive high monetary prizes and the title of a laureate will surely open up new artistic opportunities before them.

1st prize      25,000 €
2nd prize    18,000 €
3rd prize     10,000 €

Special prize for the best performance of a piece by Karol Szymanowski: 6,000 €.

Honourable mention for the best accompanying pianist: 2,000 €.

The repertoire of the competition is built around works from the greatest revolutionaries, which is why it begins with Beethoven. In each of the stages, the participants can choose between the greatest violinistic masterpieces and multiple hidden gems.

The full repertoire will be available soon.

1.11.2022-31.01.2023 entries
1.03.2023 announcement of the list of participants who have qualified for the competition
4.09.2023 performance order draw
5–7.09.2023 1st stage
9–10.09.2023 2nd stage
16,20.09.2023 final
22.09.2023 laureates' concert

 

Piano

Entries: 1.11.2022-31.01.2023

Is it possible to imagine Karol Szymanowski’s world without the piano? Absolutely not! The piano was his confidant and inseparable companion at times of creative reveries. It was the instrument which enabled him to express himself not only as a composer, but also as a performer.

In Tymoszówka, the Szymanowskis’ family estate, the piano was virtually a member of the family. The story of its alleged destruction – by being thrown into a pond – is at the same time a story of an end of an era, also an era in the history of music. Yet, history goes on. In the competition, we search for pianists who are able to find the meaning of Szymanowski – here and now.

The rules will be available soon.

The winners will receive high monetary prizes and the title of a laureate will surely open up new artistic opportunities before them.

1st prize      25,000 €
2nd prize     18,000 €
3rd prize     10,000 €

Special prize for the best performance of a piece by Karol Szymanowski: 6,000 €.

We will not conceal the fact that while preparing the repertoire for pianists, we looked towards the East much more willingly than towards the West. Szymanowski, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Scriabin… Can one wish for anything more? If that is still not enough for somebody, the works by Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel and Bernstein which complement the repertoire list will surely offer something to suit every pianist.

The full repertoire will be available soon.

 

1.11.2022-31.01.2023 entries
1.03.2023 announcement of the list of participants who have qualified for the competition
4.09.2023 performance order draw
5–7.09.2023 1st stage
9–10.09.2023 2nd stage
15,19.09.2023 final
23.09.2023 laureates' concert

 

String Quartet

Entries: 1.11.2022-31.01.2023

A string quartet is an intimate form. It is a most challenging form, both for the composer and for the performers. Karol Szymanowski’s two string quartets are true gems, world-class masterpieces of the genre.

Like light focused in a lens, Szymanowski’s quartets concentrate within themselves the essence of his musical language, his style, and his emotionality. To perform them convincingly, one needs perfect workmanship and wide cultural horizons. Yet, the Karol Szymanowski Competition does not look for convincing performers. It looks for arch-masters.

The rules will be available soon.

The winners will receive high monetary prizes and the title of a laureate will surely open up new artistic opportunities before them.

1st prize      38,000 €
2nd prize     26,000 €
3rd prize      14,000 €

Special prize for the best performance of a piece by Karol Szymanowski: 10,000 €.

The repertoire of the competition is built around works from the greatest revolutionaries, which is why it begins with Beethoven. In the following stages, participants may choose from pieces by Schönberg, Bartók, Penderecki, Bacewicz, and of course Szymanowski. There will also be no shortage of icons of the Romantic quartet, i.e. Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Dvořák.

The full repertoire will be available soon.

1.11.2022-31.01.2023 entries
1.03.2023 announcement of the list of participants who have qualified for the competition
4.09.2023 performance order draw
14–16.09.2023 1st stage
18–19.09.2023 2nd stage
21.09.2023 final
23.09.2023 laureates' concert

Voice

Entries: 1.11.2022-31.01.2023

The human soul expresses itself most directly through singing. While singing Szymanowski, one may touch upon the mysticism of the East, get lost in the mist of Młoda Polska poetry, stand against the spiritual titans of Modernism, wander among the rhymes of Tuwim’s Słopiewnie, as well as lose oneself in King Roger’s dilemmas and Roxanne’s sensual charm.

Karol Szymanowski’s sister, Stanisława, was a singer herself. It is singing that his music breathes with. We seek singers who will find a common breath with Karol Szymanowski.

The rules will be available soon.

The winners will receive high monetary prizes and the title of a laureate will surely open up new artistic opportunities before them.

1st prize       25,000 €
2nd prize     18,000 €
3rd prize      10,000 €

Special prize for the best performance of a piece by Karol Szymanowski: 6,000 €.
Honourable mention for the best accompanying pianist: 2,000 €.

Unfortunately, Karol Szymanowski’s vocal works are biased towards high-pitched voices, both male and female ones. It was, however, King Roger’s baritone that the composer used to create one of the most fascinating characters of 20th-century opera. This is why the repertoire of the second edition of the competition offers a wider choice of pieces for singers with low voices than before.

1.11.2022-31.01.2023 entries
1.03.2023 announcement of the list of participants who have qualified for the competition
4.09.2023 performance order draw
15–17.09.2023 1st stage
19–20.09.2023 2nd stage
22.09.2023 final
23.09.2023 laureates' concert

Previous editions

The first edition of the competition took place in 2018 and it was a truly pioneering event. The initiators were Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, then director of NOSPR, and the authorities of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.

The competition took place merely four years after NOSPR had moved to its new seat, where the final auditions were run. Invitations to form the Honourable Committee were accepted by Sir Simon Rattle and Krzysztof Penderecki. The competition was divided into five categories: piano, violin, string quartet, voice, and composition.

The participants were judged by a jury composed of the following members:

Piano: Andrzej Jasiński (chair), Joanna Domańska, Olga Kern, Aviram Reichert, Martin Roscoe, Tamás Ungár.

Violin: Bartłomiej Nizioł (chair), Eszter Haffner, Laurent Korcia, Szymon Krzeszowiec, Alexander Trostiansky, Andreas Vierziger.

String Quartet: Valentin Erben (chair), Krzysztof Chorzelski, Tim Frederiksen, Tadeusz Gadzina, Arkadiusz Kubica, Mats Lidström.

Voice: Jadwiga Rappé (chair), Ewa Biegas, Hartmut Höll, Bruno Michel, Mitsuko Shirai, Elżbieta Szmytka.

Composition: Eugeniusz Knapik (chair), Jakob Kullberg, Krzysztof Penderecki, Martin Smolka.

The laureates of the 1st Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition were:

Piano:
• Tymoteusz Bies – 1st prize, special prize for the best performance of a piece by Karol Szymanowski
• Mateusz Krzyżowski – 2nd prize
• Seung Hui Kim – 3rd prize

Violin:
• Sławomira Wilga – 1st prize
• Roksana Kwaśnikowska – 2nd prize
• Maja Horvat – 3rd prize, special prize for the best performance of a piece by Karol Szymanowski:

Voice:
• Ewa Tracz – 1st prize, special prize for the best performance of a piece by Karol Szymanowski
• Sylwia Olszyńska – 2nd prize
• Agnieszka Jadwiga Grochala – 3rd prize

String Quartet:
• Eliot Quartett – 1st prize, special prize for the best performance of a piece by Karol Szymanowski
• Selini Quartet – 2nd prize
• New Music Quartet – 3rd prize

Composition:
• Giovanni Bonato – 1st prize
• Daniele Gasparini – 2nd prize
• Lim Youngjin – 3rd prize

Honourable mentions for the best accompanying pianists:
Maurycy Stawujak – best accompanying pianist in the voice category
Radosław Kurek – best accompanying pianist in the violin category

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