The Era New Horizons Tour kicks off on the first day of the new year with a week-long film digest of the 10th edition of the Era New Horizons International Film Festival in Warsaw. Over the next two months, the ENH Tour travels across Poland to 10 cities, hosting a great number of reputable international selections of 2010, such as Anocha Suwichakornpong's "Mundane History" and Michelangelo Frammartin "Le quattro volte"... Read more »about: Era New Horizons Tour 2011
Jacek Borcuch's latest film is part of the prestigious CineMart event that accompanies the 40th International Film Festival in Rotterdam at the end of January. The plot of "Lasting Moments" (working title) revolves around a pair of Polish students who meet when they are in Germany working over the summer holidays. They encounter difficult times that change the easy path of their lives up until now... Read more »about: Jacek Borcuch's "Lasting Moments" at CineMart
With Monika Sosnowska’s project in the imposing interior courtyard of the K21 Ständehaus is made available to an artistic intervention for the first time. At two-year intervals beginning in 2010, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will be inviting internationally acclaimed artists to use the "airspace" above the piazza as the site of a contemporary intervention, each designed to heighten awareness of the museum as a "house of art" in the eyes of entering visitors... Read more »about: Monika Sosnowska - Staircase
Sławomir Elsner's big burning cars set the gallery walls of the Polish Cultural Institute alight in Berlin. At the outset, the Berlin-based Polish artist makes reference to the dark American rock 'n' roll films of the '60s. However, the associations within his very particular aesthetic can also be linked to the present-day - rebellious youths on the outskirts of Paris or Dionysian antics on the streets of Berlin or Warsaw... Read more »about: Sławomir Elsner: Paris-Berlin-Warszawa
The exhibition features never-before-seen paintings by Zakrzewski and the artist's works on paper from the '80s. It was in the USA that Zakrzewski’s individual poetics were established: geometric abstraction - seen by the American critics as a reference to constructivism and to the idea of suprematist author Kasimir Malevich... Read more »about: Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski: A Line and a Stroke
Yulianna Avdeeva Performs with the New York Philharmonic
The winner of the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition Yulianna Avdeeva will perform with the New York Philharmonic at the seat of the orchestra in Lincoln Center
This is Avdeeva's second performance with the New York Philharmonic, the first being the concert conducted by Alan Gilbert at Warsaw Philharmonic on October 29, 2010, marking the finale of the Chopin Competition. That evening Avdeeva performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11, which she had also performed in the final stage of the competition. The privilige to play with America's most historic symphonic institution comes as part of the Chopin Competition winning award.
At Avery Fisher Hall in New York the Russian pianist will play the same concerto with orchestra, again, under Alan Gilbert. On this night Gilbert will also conduct a performance of Piotr Tschaikovsky's Nutcracker Op. 71, Act 2.
Yulianna Avdeeva won First Prize in the 16th International Frédéric Chopin Competition in Warsaw on October 20, 2010. The first woman to win this competition in 45 years, she was also awarded the Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a sonata. In addition to her subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic, she will also appear for the first time with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, led by Charles Dutoit.
Ms. Avdeeva has won a number of other prizes including the Bremen Piano Contest 2003 and the Concours de Genève 2006. At the age of 12 she received the First Prize of the International Carl Czerny Young Pianists Competition in Prague. Her honors also include First Prize in the Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam Competition.
Born 1985 in Moscow, Yulianna Avdeeva began her piano studies at age five with Elena Ivanova at the Gnessin Special School of Music for highly gifted young musicians. In 2003 she entered the Zurich University of the Arts to study with Konstantin Scherbakov, for whom she also served as assistant from 2006 to 2009. At the same time, she worked with Vladimir Tropp at the Gnessin Music Academy. In 2008 she graduated in both Zurich and Moscow with top grades and was accepted at the renowned International Piano Academy Lake Como.
Yulianna Avdeeva's repertoire spans a wide range of music, from Bach to composers of the 20th century. In addition to her work as a soloist she enjoys playing chamber music, and recorded Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata on a historic fortepiano.
Here are some phrasal expressions Poles like using a lot, but whose literal meaning can be quite confounding for non-native speakers. Translating them makes little sense, but we did it anyway to see what we could uncover. Can you guess what they mean? Read more »about: 9 Odd Phrases Only Poles Use
The Observatory exhibition features objects produced during three editions of an international design workshop for design students from Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, conducted by Polish designers from Studio MALAFOR. The exhibition will be on display at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven this October. Read more »about: The Observatory Exhibition at Dutch Design Week
Andrzej Wajda, the legendary Polish director passed away a year ago on 9th October 2016. Below we present one of his last interviews, where he discussed the release of his long-awaited film about the artist Władysław Strzemiński, his thoughts on why the audience is so important in filmmaking, and how decades in cinema didn’t quench his thirst for freedom. Read more »about: I Don’t Make Films for Myself: An Interview with Andrzej Wajda
The restaurant scene in Łódź has become more and more varied, and eating out is possible even on the most limited budget. Whether you're a tourist or from Poland itself, there are plenty of options for all tastes – trendy spots such as Off Piotrkowska with its many pubs, clubs and bistros are a haven for hipsters, whilst Manufaktura shopping centre attracts families. Read more »about: Eating Out in Łódź on a Budget