The competition was conceived by the Institute of Art of the Academic Culture Association, which remains its primary organizer. The first edition was held in 1997. It was created with a view towards promoting talented young musicians and popularizing Polish contemporary music throughout the world.
The competition was conceived by the Institute of Art of the Academic Culture Association, which remains its primary organizer. The first edition was held in 1997. It was created with a view towards promoting talented young musicians and popularizing Polish contemporary music throughout the world. It is divided into five categories: one each for soloists, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets, composed of any set of instruments (voice included). Musicians who have not yet attained the age of 30 may participate. The repertoire for competitors should consist of two works of contemporary music: a piece composed abroad after 1965 and a Polish work of contemporary music dating from after 1945 (the latter being mandatory). Competitors are judged by an international jury composed of exceptional musicians and educators, and Krzysztof Penderecki acts as the jury's honorary chairman.
Auditions take place in two stages. During the first stage the jury identifies finalists and winners in specific categories, and awards a Special Prize for the best execution of a work by a Polish composer. During the second stage of the competition, finalists vie for the Grand Prix. The organizers have also created an extensive program of scholarships and competition winners gain the opportunity to give concerts in a number of European cities (Amsterdam, Leipzig, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Prague, Stockholm, London) and in the United States. The competition is accompanied by a number of recitals by exceptional, world-famous musicians. In 1997 the gala concert featured clarinetist Orit Orbach, in 1999 - cellist Ivan Monighetti and flutist Mary Stolper, in 2000 - pianist Ralph van Raat and violinist Grigorij Zyslin, and in 2001 - clarinetist Dymitri Ashkenazy.
The Gala Concert of the COMPETITION OF CONTEMPORARY CHAMBER MUSIC also has its Warsaw edition, which, since the fourth edition of the event, has been held at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw on an evening in the month of December.
Polish Music Information Center
Polish Composers' Union
Międzynarodowy Konkurs Współczesnej Muzyki Kameralnej
(dawniej im. Krzysztofa Pendereckiego)
Stowarzyszenie Kultury Akademickiej - Instytut Sztuki
Rynek Główny 8
Phone: (+48 12) 429 45 38
Phone/Fax: (+48 12) 412 75 40