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About Festival

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The 4th edition of the Krzysztof Penderecki International Festival is likely to be a delightful, astonishing event that will give everyone pause for thought. Without any doubt, it will become an unforgettable musical experience both to its regular listeners and newly-gained audience members. Scheduled for September 22, a premiere performance of a legendary work – which, despite its significant world-wide recognition and several brilliant adaptations (including a recent film release), has not been staged in Poland yet – is particularly recommendable.

The Diary of Anne Frank – the work in question – is a chamber opera in 2 acts created by Russian composer Grigory Frid who based the plot on the famous diary of a Dutch teenager living in hiding during the Nazi occupation.

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A historic event – the Polish premiere of the new Concerto for trumpet and orchestra by Krzysztof Penderecki in the series of world premieres – will take place at the upcoming third edition of the festival named in honor of the Maestro – the Krzysztof Penderecki International Festival – level 320 – in Zabrze.

Concerto for trumpet and orchestra by the Festival’s Patron will be performed during the final concert on the 25th of October at the House of Music and Dance in Zabrze. The piece was written specifically for a Hungarian trumpet virtuoso, a true international superstar – Gábor Boldoczki. That evening Sinfonietta Cracovia – one of the partners commissioning the piece, will accompany the soloist under the baton of Jurek Dybał.

Artists on the Festival

m graficzka-02-01Internationally renowned artists, such as Julian Rachlin, Sarah McElravy, Anna Maistriau, Rebekah Rota, Jurek Dybal and Sinfonietta Cracovia in Zabrze from the 21st to 25th of September in the postindustrial scenery of historical buildings of Zabrze – the heart of Silesia. This year we are awaiting World Premiere of the Polish version of "Anne Frank Diary" - the opera by Grigorij Frid 320 meters underground in Guido Coal Mine. The great finale will be an open-air concert with participation of Julian Rachlin, conducted by Maestro Penderecki himself. Read more in Artists section.

Patron

BF120402 5269-Kopie-350x524Born on November 23, 1933, in Dębica, Poland, Krzysztof Penderecki began studying composition under Franciszek Skolyszewski. He later studied at the Krakow Conservatory under Artur Malawski and Stanislaw Wiechowicz and graduated in 1958. He was then appointed as a professor at the Conservatory. Between 1966 and 1968, Penderecki was a lecturer at the Volkwang Hochschule für Musik in Essen, Germany. In 1968, he received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Organisation — DAAD. He was appointed rector of the Krakow Conservatory in 1972.
Krzysztof Penderecki's first public appearance on an international level was in 1959 at the Warsaw Autumn Festival. There he performed Strophen, one of three works for which he received first prizes at the 2nd National Young Composers Competition. The other two works were Psalms of David and Emanations.
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