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The 11th Michał Spisak International Music Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza is organised by the Municipality of Dąbrowa Górnicza, Pałac Kultury Zagłębia (Zagłębie Palace of Culture) in Dąbrowa Górnicza and Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego (the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music) in Katowice, which also provides content-related supervision.
At that time, for the first time the Palace of Culture of the Dąbrowa Górnicza was filled with music, world-famous composer Michał Spisak! 1st Michal Spisak Festival - organized on the 40th anniversary of death - one of the most outstanding contemporary Polish composers who have found their place in the history of world music.
The honorary patronage over the festival was attended by: the Minister of Culture, the Speaker of the Silesian Province and the President of Dąbrowa Górnicza. Young musicians presented at the Festival Spisak creations - students of the Katowice Academy of Music and students of the last classes of music schools from the region. On the boards of PKZ also presented lecturers of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and Chamber Orchestra of Dąbrowski Basin. You could hear: "Concerto for two pianos", "Aubade for a small orchestra", "Humorous piano", "Andante and allegro for violin and piano".
1st Michał Spisak National Music Competition
The Artistic Director of the Competition was the Dean of the Vocal and Instrumental Faculty of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music prof. Zygmunt Tlatlik, who also serves as the Deputy Secretary of the Jury, was prof. Leon Markiewicz. Competition auditions of all stages were open to listeners and music lovers. The competition was open and was addressed to musicians under the age of 29. He has performed in three specialties of string instruments ie viola, cello, double bass.
1st Michał Spisak International Music Competition
It initiated the idea for a Competition of international range, addressed to instrumentalists of all nationalities. Since then the competition has been held annually in September – the month in which the composer from Dąbrowa Górnicza was born, and has been held in the same formula to date. For ten days, Dąbrowa Górnicza played host to outstanding young musicians. 94 artists from Poland, Hungary, Korea, China, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Germany, Croatia, Belarus and Great Britain took part in the competition. The Competition was in the following instrumental categories: oboe, clarinet, bassoon. The auditions were assessed by 14 jurors – outstanding artists and teachers from Poland and abroad. The Honorary Committee of the Competition was composed of outstanding Polish composers: Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, Jan Krenz, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.
2nd Michał Spisak International Music Competition
Talented participants from Poland, Hungary, Korea and Germany submitted applications for the
competition and competed in three categories of brass instruments: trumpet, french horn,
trombone. The organisers of the Competition 2nd Michał Spisak International Music Competition were: Municipal Office in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Zagłębie Palace of Culture in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.
3rd Michał Spisak International Music Competition
The competitors were from Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine, Hungary, Italy as well as from Spain and Mexico. Flutists were the most numerous group (39 participants). The Competition was in the following instrumental categories: flute, saxophone, accordion, and, according to the rules, it had three rounds. The Symphony Orchestra of the Zabrze Philharmonic under the baton of Sławomir Chrzanowski accompanied the talented soloists in the final round. Its goals are musical education, promotion of talents, as well as promoting the works of Michal Spisak.
4th Michał Spisak International Music Competition
At the Inaugural Concert, the Zabrze Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sławomir Chrzanowski, was accompanied by an outstanding soloist – Kaja Danczowska (violin) and the laureates of the last-year edition of the Competition: Seweryn Zapłatyński (flute) and Bartłomiej Duś (saxophone). On the stage of the Zagłębie Palace of Culture, the extraordinarily talented citizen of Dąbrowa Górnicza, the patron of the competition of young virtuosos, and at the same time, a unique man and friend, was mentioned by, among others, Philippe Callies – Spisak’s heir, Prof. Leon Markiewicz and a world-famous composer – Wojciech Kilar. We witnessed the most solemn moment of the evening, namely the posthumous decoration of the composer with the title of “Honorary Citizen of the City of Dąbrowa Górnicza”. We had an occasion to witness another solemn event. Zygmunt Tlatlik, Professor of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Artistic Director and co-creator of the Competition, was awarded, on this day, with the greatest distinction an artist can be granted – the Gloria Artis medal. The event was attended by 55 talented virtuosos, from Poland, China and South Korea, who competed in three instrumental categories: viola, violin, cello.
5th Michał Spisak International Music Competition
It was attended by 39 young virtuosos from Poland and abroad (Poland, Ukraine, Holland and Germany). They competed in three specialties of brass instruments: trumpet, trombone, horn. The auditions were assessed by the international Jury, chaired by Prof. Stanisław Dziewior. Because of the renovation of the Zagłębie Palace of Culture, the Competition was inaugurated with a formal concert at the Basilica of the Holy Virgin Mary in Dąbrowa Górnicza, with the participation of the “Amadeus” Orchestra of the Polish Radio, conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal and with the participation of soloists – laureates of the last year’s edition: Małgorzata Wasiucionek (violin), Tomasz Daroch (cello). The auditions of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounds were held at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.
6th Michał Spisak International Music Competition
The competition was attended by 96 artists, including 31 musicians from abroad, from 16 countries of the world, in three instrumental categories – flute, oboe, bassoon. The sixth edition of the Competition evoked a lot of interest in foreigners from Brazil, Spain, Taiwan, Hungary, China, France, Russia, Bulgaria, Venezuela, Ukraine, Belarus, Czech Republic, Sweden, Germany and South Korea. The competition was inaugurated at the Basilica of the Holy Virgin Mary in Dąbrowa Górnicza on 14 September 2012. Zbigniew Podraza and Prof. Tomasz Miczka formally opened the ceremony. The solemn Concert was attended by the world famous violinist – Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, who was accompanied by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, under the baton of Jerzy Maksymiuk, and soloists – laureates of the 2nd and 5th edition of the Competition: Tomasz Hajda (trombone), Krzysztof Tomczyk (french horn).
7th Michał Spisak International Music Competition
The 7th edition of the event commemorating the personality and accomplishments of the composer from Dąbrowa Górnicza, the patron of the competition, traditionally commenced with the Inaugural Concert. The formal opening, free to all the music fans, took place at the Basilica of the Holy Virgin Mary, on the 99th anniversary of Spisak’s birth. Marcin Wyrostek, an accordion virtuoso, the world famous Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk and excellent soloists: Małgorzata Wasiucionek (violin), Adam Krzeszowiec (cello), Szymon Krzeszowiec (violin), Izabela Berdy (oboe) and Katarzyna Zdybel (bassoon), presented the audiencje: „Concerto Giocoso” and „3 short compositions for orchestra” by Michał Spisak. The event was attended by 110 talented virtuosos, from Poland, South Korea, China, Germany, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the United States (California, Massachusetts – Boston), who competed in three instrumental categories: violin, viola, cello.
8th Michał Spisak International Music Competition
The musical holiday was inaugurated with a concert performed by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra under the baton of Maciej Tworek, at the Basilica of the Holy Virgin Mary on 14 September. This was a special day because it coincided with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding composer from Dąbrowa Górnicza – Michał Spisak. At the Inaugural Concert, Prof. Kajetan Hądzelek, President of the Award Committee of the Polish Olympic Committee, handed the gold medal granted posthumously to Michał Spisak for his merits to the Polish Olympic Movement. 71 candidates, from Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal, Spain, Japan and Poland, submitted their applications for the Competition. They competed in three instrumental categories: saxophone, clarinet, accordion.
9th Michał Spisak International Music Competition
After four years, the musical event returned to the renovated Zagłębie Palace of Culture, the full of life, cultural heart of Zagłębie Dąbrowskie. Its interiors were again filled with sounds of classical music. The event was inaugurated with a unique concert attended by: the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Ewa Strusińska (conductor), the Choir of the Silesian Philharmonic, Magdalena Lisak (piano), Michał Gajda (accordion) – the laureate of the last year’s edition of the Competition. At the 9th edition, the talented artists from all over the world, were challenged by three original and extremely intriguing instrumental categories. The subtle harp alluring with its gentle sound, the double bass hypnotizing with its tone and the tuba and bass trombone characterised by their deep sound. 45 instrumentalists, from Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium, Japan, Hungary, Russia, France, Great Britain and Poland, submitted their applications for the ninth edition. The participants were assessed by the international jury, chaired by the harpist, Prof. Helga Storck.
10th Michał Spisak International Music Competition
From 14–23 September 2016, the jubilee – 10th Michał Spisak International Music Competition will be held, so wonderfully combining the past, i.e. the remembrance of the outstanding composer, and the future, i.e. the promotion of young virtuosos. This time, talented artists from all over the world will be competing in the following three instrumental categories: flute, trumpet and cello. 110 competitors from Poland, the Czech Republic, Japan, Hungary, Georgia, South Korea, Germany, Slovenia, China, Taiwan and Italy submitted their applications to participate in the Competition.
11th Michał Spisak International Music Competition
The 11th Michał Spisak International Music Competition was special, because of 143 young people (including 53 non-Polish from 18 countries) who took part in the competition - that was a record! The jury was impressed by the high musical level of participants. Statue of Michał Spisak as a price for the 1st place went to: Roksana Kwaśnikowska in violin category, Agnieszka Podłucka in viola category and two winners in oboe specialty – Gabriel Pidoux and João Miguel Moreira da Silva. For the first time in history, the 3rd stage auditions were in the nature of the evening final concerts, which selected places on the podium.
"It is difficult - extremely difficult - to find words to talk about what is real, beautiful, arousing admiration and attachment. That's why I shiver my hand when I write about Michael Spisak - a brilliant artist, a crystal man, and an unrivaled friend. From the first contact with him, I had the admiration for his mature, full of raw beauty, and at the same time extremely clear music. " - Witold Lutoslawski.See more