Michał Spisak International Music Competition, held annually in Dąbrowa Górnicza, is open to musicians of all nationalities who are under the age of 30. Organizers’ intentions – manifested by the change of instruments in subsequent editions – make it a unique event in the country. Formula referring to prestigious music competitions in Munich or Geneva is an exception in Poland.
History of the Michał Spisak International Music Competition has its origins in April 2005. In connection with the 40th anniversary of the death of the composer born in Dąbrowa Górnicza, the then president of the city – Jerzy Talkowski initiated the Michal Spisak festival. Its purpose was to promote the work of Michal Spisak and to promote and support the development of talented young musicians. Over the years and subsequent editions of the contest, these goals remain unchanged.
The follow-up took place in 2006. As suggested by prof. Zygmunt Tlatlika submitted to the authorities of the city, about the transformation of the Festival into an open music competition, in the Dąbrowa Górnicza organized the 1st Michal Spisak Polish Music Competition. It was open and ran in three specialties of string instruments: viola, cello and double bass.
The motto of the competition was the words of the composer included in the letter to friend Jan Zięba: “I think constantly about the Zagłębie and Dąbrowa Górnicza, because you never forget yours home town.”
Contest archive at http://www.spisak.idabrowa.pl