Warsaw Music Encounters is an annual festival of early and new music, created in 1986. The Festival, founded and directed till 2016 by the composer Władysław Słowiński, is organised by the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union and co-organised by Polish Radio Programme 2. Since 2017 the Festival’s director is Jarosław Siwiński – composer, pianist, coordinator of music and educational events.
In agreement with the programmatic formula expressed in the Festival’s subheading “Early Music – New Music”, the Festival presents important early and new music compositions and promotes the most recent works by contemporary composers, many of which have been written specially for this Festival, which also contributes to its unique character.
Since 2010, the Festival has also begun to present jazz music. Among the Festival performers we should mention, apart from leading Polish artists, such orchestras as: Lviv Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonia Iuventus, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (POR), the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, and Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra; ensembles such as The King’s Singers, Musica Antiqua Köln, Musica Reservata de Barcelona, More Hispano – Vicente Parrilla, Discantus, Alla Francesca, La Morra, the Moscow Synodal Choir of the Kremlin, Concerto Italiano with cembalist Rinaldi Alessandrini, and Musica Nova; soloists, including violinist Alena Baeva, pianist Friedrich Hoericke and cellist Ivan Monighetti as well as conductors: Agnieszka Duczmal, Krzysztof Słowiński and Jan Stanienda. Among the featured jazz artists, there have been the legendary String Connection, the outstanding German Thärichen’s Tentett, spirited jazz pianist Marcin Masecki, who created a ‘deconstruction’ of Scarlatti’s Sonatas, We4 band with harmonica and vibraphone at the forefront, Atom String Quartet – a leading Polish jazz ensemble, as well as one of the most interesting string quartets in the world, the Ptaszyn Wróblewski Sextet, Lora Szafran and pianist Bogdan Hołownia with his band. In 2018 it was Jacek Kotlarski and pianist Kuba Stankiewicz with his group.
The programme of 33rd Warsaw Music Encounters will consist of the following concerts:
a concert of the Lviv Virtuosos Chamber Orchestra, directed by Roman Rewakowicz and featuring soloists Agata and Łukasz Długosz (flutes) in a contemporary Polish-Ukrainian programme;
a concert entitled Aforyzjada with brief chamber works by 10 Polish contemporary composers to aphorisms by Krzysztof Bilica. Concert addressed to everyone, but mostly to children. Performers include: Anna Mikołajczyk (soprano), Zdzisław Piernik (tuba), Julia Samojło (piano), and Polonika String Quartet;
a concert of the Emotivo vocal ensemble, with popular songs by Polish composers also known for their classical music works, such as Krzesimir Dębski, Krzysztof Knittel, Ryszard Sielicki, Adam Sławiński, and others –in jazz arrangements;
a concert of Neoquartet, a string quartet from Gdańsk, performing works by Piotr Moss and Witold Szalonek;
a concert of the trio of saxophone (Alicja Wołyńczyk), accordion (Jarosław Gałuszka) and piano (Agnieszka Kopacka-Aleksandrowicz) with Stanisław Moniuszko’s Tańce góralskie (Highland Dances) and some new contemporary works commissioned by the Festival;
a concert ofthe Concerto Polacco ensemble directed by harpsichordist Marek Toporowski. with soloist Julita Mirosławska (soprano). We will listen to both early and most recent music works (commissioned by the Festival).