Polish Music Days is a project of PianoClassic Association of Cracow, Poland showcasing Poland’s composers from Chopin, other well known 19th century composers to contemporary composers perhaps not so well known to Western audiences. The series of three concerts is uniquely presented by combining music, through its soloists and ensembles, and the spoken word, through its compere and master of ceremonies Wojciech S. Wocław. The modern project was funded with the assistance of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and organised in Canberra by the Friends of Chopin Australia, the Australian National University School of Music and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Canberra from the 19-23 August 2013.
The first concert featured Marian Sobula considered to be “one of the most talented pianists of his generation” playing a Chopin program in the first half and Paderewski in the second.
The second concert given by SoundArt Duo with pianist, Anna Miernik-Sobula, and clarinettist, Barbara Borowicz, playing a variety of contemporary works by Feliks Dobrzynski, Witold Lutoslawski, Krzysztof Penderecki and Janusz Bielecki.
The final concert featured Piotr Tomasz performing an all Chopin program, commencing with the Barcarolle No. 4 Op 60, the Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No.1 and Polonaise-Fantasy Op 61. After the interval he played the Ballade No. 4 Op 52, Waltz Op 34 No. 1, Polonaise-Heroique Op. 53 and two waltzes.
Additionally a private recital for the Friends of Chopin Australia was organised on 21 August 2013 in the residence of one of its members.
All artists are prize winners of many international competitions and recipients of various scholarships. The master of ceremonies is a professional compere, write, journalist and organizer of cultural events.For more information visit: www.mariansobula.com, www.soundartduo.com, www.piotrtomasz.com, www.wojciechswoclaw.pl.
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