Top Chopin Pianist

Interpreting Chopin

Interpreting Chopin

Andrzej Wierciński has won the “Fryderyk Chopin National Piano Competition”, the preliminary round of which recently took place at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall. Eight finalists performed one of Chopin’s piano concerti, E minor or F minor, accompanied by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jacek Kaspszyk. The jury, led by Piotr Paleczny, chose 20-year-old Andrzej Wierciński as the winner. He studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice and is mentored by Wojciech Świtała. His winning performance of concerto E minor received a standing ovation. First prize means that Wierciński is automatically guaranteed entry into the “17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition” in October without having to participate in the preliminary round in April 2015 when 160 pianists from all over the world will be try to get a place in the tournament.
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Bregović Makes Comeback

Goran Bregović

Goran Bregović

Goran Bregović claims he has no regrets. “I was and still am a lucky man. When I was seventeen I used to play in a striptease joint and I saw more naked women there than everyone my age would have seen in a whole year,” the Bosnian composer explains. On 20 June together with Kayah he will perform at Life Festival Oświęcim 2015 which will be his first public show since 1999. This year Goran is celebrating his 65th birthday. In conversation, he talks about his gloomy thoughts on the Ukrainian conflict, reveals his secret on how to achieve success and explains why funerals are not always sadder than weddings. His comeback was something no one expected. His collaboration with Kayah spawned “Kayah & Bregović” released in 1999, which sold 700,000 copies. The album is well known for such hits as “Śpij, kochanie, śpij”, “Prawy do lewego”, “To nie ptak” i “Nie ma, nie ma ciebie”, and was also released in several other European countries. In Italy, for instance, the album went to seventh in the charts. The music was a mixture of Balkan, highland and Gypsy styles with elements of pop. This year’s concert will host many well-known guests whose names are soon to be revealed. The idea behind the Life Festival Oświęcim is to build peaceful relations above and beyond political and cultural boundaries, fight racism, anti-Semitism and war. Another important goal is to remove the spell that was cast on Oświęcim with the establishment of the German concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
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Pianos on Streets of Warsaw

On the Streets

On the Streets

“Urban Pianos” is a new Warsaw initiative, in which 11 pianos painted by street artists, can be found on different corners of the city, such as Plac Zbawiciela or skwer Hoovera. The pianos were created for the people of Warsaw so everybody is welcome to use them. The most important part of the initiative are pedestrians’ reactions to the instruments. People break their stride, play or even take pictures of the pianos. Spontaneous jam sessions have even started taking place. These interactions and ‘concerts’ were the main goal of the initiative. Organisers want to fight clichés and boost people’s creativity. The initiative is sponsored by a well-known beer producer.
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Summer, Street and Music

Street Rhythms

Street Rhythms

For many of us, summer is a time of relaxation and holidays. However, young people in Poland see it as a great opportunity to make money. Some take a guitar in their hands hoping that people passing by will appreciate their musical efforts. Surprisingly, busking is quite beneficial not only financially but in terms of learning the value of being well organised. The best places to busk in Warsaw are those most often visited by foreign tourists: the Old Town, the Palace of Culture and Science and large shopping centres. Other places are not so profitable. When it comes to the repertoire, the most popular and well-known songs are usually best. People are more likely to stop when they hear melodies they know and then the possibility of making money is greater. The weather is often a source of many problems with instruments. When the temperature is too high, the strings stretch; when it is too low, your hands become stiff. What is more, you cannot perform music when it is raining. These obstacles, however, do not discourage young buskers. The reason may be because this type of job does not always bring great profit but it does give pleasure and entertainment. Sadly, most others prefer a stuffy office job sitting in front of a computer screen.
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Polish Eurovision 2014

Donaton and Cleo

Donaton and Cleo

Donatan and Cleo will represent Poland in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. “My Słowianie” (Slavic Girls) will be sung in Copenhagen in Polish and in English and Donatan and Cleo will problably perform with the Mazowsze dance troupe. “It is a great chance for Donatan and Cleo to shine. At the moment they are trying to create as much hype as possible which has aroused the interest of the press and fans of other countries,” explains Mikołaj Dobrowolski, head of the Polish delegation in Copenhagen. Polish Television (TVP) was one of the first to support Donatan and Cleo. “We have already received several invitations from countries organising events to promote the contest but our foreign trips greatly depend on the schedule of the artists who already have several planned concerts,” adds Michał Dobrowolski, “At the moment, we are also planning to record a single to promote the contest.”
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Hotels Protest Against Music Fees

Polish Copyright

Polish Copyright

How important for hotel guests is a TV in their room or the music that is played in the lobby? The answer to this question depends on the final court verdict on the price of music played in public places. The copyright fees for music played in public, approved by the Copyright Commission, has been questioned by the Economic Chamber of the Polish Hotel Industry (IGHP). “To begin with, we question the new high fees. According to the Orbis group, it is double what it was before. We have compared our fees with other EU states and the newly proposed fees are, for example, 7.5 times higher than in France,” said Ireneusz Węgłowski, head of IGHP and the deputy president of Orbis S.A.. Copyright management organisations do not agree with these estimates. “The problem does not regard the fees. Up until now, many hotels had not signed any agreements with any of the royalties management organisations. Now they know how much they should actually pay and this explains the number of complaints from the hotel industry,” said Agnieszka Bieniek-Rusiecka, a solicitor from the Polish Society of Authors and Composers (ZAiKS).
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Song of Maidan

Ukraine Burns

Ukraine Burns

Taraka’s song “Podaj rękę Ukrainie” (Give Ukraine a Hand) has become the unofficial anthem of the Ukrainian Euro-Maidan. Karol Kus, the leader of the band admits, “I have cooperated with Ukrainians for many years. Last year we recorded our debiut joint Polish-Ukrainian serving of Slavic music. When the revolution started I decided to get involved somehow, support our brothers and express our solidarity. We wanted to support the desire of Ukrainians to be free and independent. This is the climate in which the song was born”. Polskieradio.pl: Many artists performed with different songs on the Maidan stage. How did you find out that your song “Podaj rękę Ukrainie” had become a kind of anthem? Karol Kus: I was in London at the time and I received a phone call and was told about it then. The song has become evidence that Poland really cares about the tragic events that have happened there. Then we arrived in Kiev and went on stage to sing the song together with thousands of people. I realised that our goal had been achieved. The song touched the hearts of ordinary people and I think and hope Ukrainians realise that we are brother nations.
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