4th International Krzysztof Penderecki Cello Competition

Sunday, November 26, 2023 - Monday, December 4, 2023

  • Sunday, November 26, 2023 - Monday, December 4, 2023
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"The Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków keeps cultivating the memory of its Patron, for example through organizing the Krzysztof Penderecki International Cello Competition every 5 years celebrating the round anniversaries of the Master’s birth, and in Krakow, which is the city where he lived and created. The composer’s favourite instrument, for which he had a particular fondness, was cello. We are convinced that this year’s fourth edition of the Competition will become a real celebration of cello music. We believe it will attract to Krakow talents from all over the world, bring the participants many unforgettable experiences, and open doors to further great artistic careers" – says Prof. Wojciech Widłak, Rector of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków.

Chairman of the Competition Jury, Prof. Zdzisław Łapiński adds: "The music of Krzysztof Penderecki became an inspiration for the idea of the competition, which has become a great space for exchanging views and experiences related to discovering meanings in music. Experiencing new pieces of music improves the knowledge of the culture of a given country and thus develops the personality, enriching it with new spiritual values. All the young artists taking part in the preparations for the competition have already succeeded, by exploring new areas of the most perfect of all arts – music."

The competition is open to cellists who are 16–30 years old. During the event they will be a jury under the honorary patronage of Elżbieta Penderecka, consisting of outstanding Polish and foreign cellists.

26 November 2023, 6pm
Kraków Philharmonic Hall
Competition inauguration
Hayoung Choi
– cello
Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra
Alexander Humala - conductor
Krzysztof Penderecki Cello Concerto No. 2
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Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 7 in D minor Op. 70

27 November 2023, Monday
28 November 2023, Tuesday
Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music
1st stage auditions
9am–10.45am
11am–1pm
3pm–4:45pm
5pm–7pm
Admission free

29 November 2023, Wednesday
Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music
1st stage auditions
9am–10.45am
11am–1pm
6pm – 1st stage results
Admission free

30 November 2023, 5pm
Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music
International Cello Forum

1 December 2023, Friday
2nd stage auditions
9am–11am
11.15am–1.15pm
3pm–5pm
5.15pm–7.15pm
Admission free

2 December 2023, Saturday
Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music
2nd stage auditions
9am–11am
11.15am–1.15pm
5pm – 2nd stage results
Admission free

3 December 2023, Sunday
Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music
3rd stage auditions
5.30pm–6.30pm
6.30pm–7.30pm
8pm–9pm
9pm–10pm
Admission free

4 December 2023, Monday, 7pm
ICE Kraków
Laureate concert
Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra
Katarzyna Tomala-Jedynak conductor

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