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I, CULTURE Orchestra during Chopin and His Europe Festival in 2016, photo: organiser’s press materials

The 7th edition of I, CULTURE Orchestra begins this year’s True Emotions Inspire concert tour. The repertoire will include such ambitious works as Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra, Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Cello Concerto.

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10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors’s poster

The competition will host 50 conductors from around the globe, the majority of the entrants will come from Asia, Poland and the United States.

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Radomska Inicjatywa Oberkowa, photo: Michał Sołśnia / promotional material

The sound of the Radom countryside? Bach in Świdnica? Chopin in Duszniki Zdrój? Organetto in Paradyż? Improvisations and experiments in Sokołowsko? Where to go? Culture.pl presents a guide Poland’s lesser-known summer festivals.

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Scene from Andrzej Czajkowski's Merchant of Venice directed by Keith Warner, photo: Krzysztof Bieliński

Andrzej Czajkowski's opera will be staged in six British opera theatres, with the tour ending at the Royal Opera House in London. The Merchant of Venice is a co-production of the Bregenz Festival, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polska Music Programme as well as the Grand Theatre National Opera in Warsaw.

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Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, photo: Choir of Wrocław Medical University /promotional materials

Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny is biologist, singer and conductor. She was born on 24 March 1976 in Głubczyce. "From the scientific perspective, singing raises your endorphin level, and as such it can be addictive", says Franków-Żelazny.

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Stanisław Skrowaczewski, photo: Michał Gmitruk / Forum

Frederick Harris, author of the biography of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, remembers the late conductor-composer. The performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's St Luke Passion with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall on 4th March 2017 was dedicated to the memory of Skrowaczewski.

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Stanisław Skrowaczewski, photo: Michał Gmitruk / Forum

Composer and conductor who worked with the most distinguished orchestra groups around the world. Born 3 October 1923 in Lvov, died 21 February 2017.

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Portrait of Fryderyk Chopin discovered by Alain Kohler, photo: courtesy of the Polish Institute in Paris

Alain Kohler, a Swiss physicist and Chopin specialist, found a new photograph that most likely depicts Fryderyk Chopin. The Polish Institute in Paris has just informed the public about the discovery.

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Karol Mossakowski, fot. Roderik Kučavík, promotional materials

Young Polish organist shared first prize in the Grand Prix de Chartes in Paris.

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The Sixteen, Helper and Protector, the cover of the album, photo: Anna Stowe Travel / Alamy

Italian influences in Polish architecture and the cuisine of the 16th and 17th century are well-known to the average audience member through a shared education. However, one can get the impression that the time between the beginning of the Polish state up to the era of Chopin was a mute period.

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Krystian Adam Krzeszowiak, photo: Krzysztof Jarosz / Forum

A tenor born in Jawor is one of the most promising young Polish tenors: he has performed in La Scala, Covent Garden, Carnegie Hall and other prestigious concert halls and has recorded for Sony, Warner and Deutsche Grammophon.

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 Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, photo: Wiktor Zdrojewski / promo materials

On 1st April 2016, the Warsaw Philharmonic will celebrate the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland with a choir concert, featuring compositions by Poland’s most-esteemed composers – from Zieleński to Penderecki. The concert will be shown live on YouTube.

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Agata Zubel, photo: Barbara Czartoryska

Performing at National Sawdust in New York, Agata Zubel has opened the Ferus Festival with her opera-ballet Between. Courtenay Casey, the venue’s artistic planning director, described Zubel’s musicality and sound selection as ‘genius’.

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Marcin Świątkiewicz, photo ⓒ POLITYKA / Leszek Zych

Marcin Świątkiewicz is one of the foremost Polish harpsichord players of young generation, appreciated equally in solo and chamber music repertoire and known for his inventive basso continuo realisations.

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Xian concert hall, photo: press materials

Is classical music condemned to be forever associated with the West? Is music from the rest of the world valuable only when it incorporates some folk or traditional elements?

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Szymon Nehring during the 3rd stage of the 17th Chopin Competition, 15 October 2015. Photo: Bartek Sadowski / NIFC

Szymon Nehring is a classical pianist, born in Kraków in 1995. He has won numerous prizes and distinctions and is the only Pole among the finalists of the 17th Chopin Competition.

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Kirill Karabits performing at a concert in Kassel, Germany, during the Kultursommer Nordhessen, 2014, photo: © Konrad Ćwik / Culture.pl

Established by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2011, the youth symphony orchestra is preparing itself for its fifth concert tour. Its ninety-four musicians, made up of performers from Poland and Eastern Partnership countries, are heading to Poland, Germany, Georgia, Spain and Ukraine.

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I, Culture Orchestra, Kijów, fot. Elwira Nowicka

On this year’s tour, the I, CULTURE Orchestra will play a special concert under the evocative title The European Symphony of Ukrainian Independence – 24 August the Orchestra will perform in Kiev on the occasion of Ukrainian Independence Day.

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Apollon Musagete Quartett, photo. Marco Broggreve

Chopin and Scriabin, Wieniawski and Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Szymanowski – 300 musicians, 4 orchestras, 16 soloists, and over 30 concerts will comprise this year’s edition of the International “Chopin and His Europe” Music Festival that is to be hosted in Warsaw from 15 to 29 August, 2015.

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'My mind was always busy trying to understand all this and to identify myself between Europe and the Caucasus' says Lisa Batiashvili, the 35-year-old Georgian violinist who is this season’s soloist of I, CULTURE Orchestra.

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