Kraków Jazz Week 2024: Seifert Competition and Jazz Juniors

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - Thursday, October 3, 2024

  • Thursday, September 26, 2024 - Thursday, October 3, 2024

The Seifert Competition in collaboration with the Jazz Juniors Festival and Competition will be held under the umbrella brand of Kraków Jazz Week.

The Seifert Competition will take place from September 26 to 29, 2024. The Jazz Juniors Festival and Competition will run from September 30 to October 3, 2024.

Seifert Competition for the sixth time!

Violinists, cellists and violists from 12 countries, including as far away as Japan, Taiwan, Brazil and the USA, applied for the 6th edition of the competition. In addition, among the applicants were musicians from Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Great Britain and Poland. Competition entries were judged by an international jury consisting of: Anja Lechner, Michal Urbaniak and Ernst Reijseger. The jury qualified 10 violinists for the auditions in Krakow, including: Anais Drago (Italy), Tomohiro Ishii (Japan), Aleksandra Krynska (Poland), Wojtek Maciejowski (Poland), Andrew Magill (USA), Amalia Obrębowska (Poland), Chase Potter (USA), Hugo Van Rechem (France), Michal Schab (Poland), Joao Silva (Portugal).

- This year's edition of the Zbigniew Seifert International Violin Competition is the sixth edition of this event, during which we meet in a circle of jazz lovers to honor the memory of the exceptional artist Seifert was. We are pleased that the competition meets with great interest, attracting participants from the farthest corners of the globe. This year applications arrived from as far away as Taiwan, Brazil, Japan and the USA. Among the qualified participants, we also have violinists from Italy, France, Portugal and a large group of Poles. We hope that the September meeting will be fruitful not only in terms of the competition, but also create a space for inspiring exchanges of experience and amazing musical moments. Although there is an unspoken rivalry during the competition, we equally wish to emphasize the spirit of cooperation and creative energy that always accompanies this event,” says Aneta Norek-Skrycka, president of the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation.

Qualified for the 6th edition of the Seifert Competition, young artists wishing to tackle the works of Zbigniew Seifert - performance of his works is mandatory at each stage of the competition - will hear during auditions open to the public, which will be held at the CRICOTEKA Center for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor in Cracow (2-4 Nadwiślańska Street) on September 26-29. Participants in the competition will be accompanied by the same rhythm section consisting of: Dominik Wania (piano), Michał Kapczuk (double bass), Dawid Fortuna (drums).

Source: press release

Cricoteka Centre for Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor

ul. Nadwiślańska 2

Successive rounds of the permanent exhibition in the former power plant present the ideas central to the work of Tadeusz Kantor.

Tadeusz Kantor (1915–90) – one of the most important theatrical artists and reformers of the 20th century – chose Kraków as the place both to work and live in. Although the premieres of the legendary Cricot 2 Theatre were held in various European cities and the productions travelled the whole world, their director always returned to the city in the shadow of Wawel. Conscious of the significance of his artistic legacy, he set up “a living archive” here: the Cricoteka. After the death of the artist, the operations of the Cricot 2 might have been suspended, yet the Cricoteka continues to organise exhibitions, symposia, performances, workshops, and meetings, at the same time publishing materials devoted to Kantor’s art. Its home is the former power plant of Podgórze “wrapped” in a modern construction. The exhibition halls are suspended over the roof of the historical building, and the café situated on the top floor commands a panorama of the city, extending over the other side of the Vistula. One by one, the mutations of the permanent exhibition present the crucial ideas in the art of Tadeusz Kantor. Objects used in the theatre, props, sketches, photographs from the Cricoteka collection, and videos and recordings of productions accompanying them portray the successive stages in the development of his theatre. The temporary exhibitions of contemporary art organised here are references to the artist’s oeuvre.

The Gallery – Studio of Tadeusz Kantor at ul. Sienna 7, where the artist spent the last years of his life, is also part of Cricoteka. Visitors are welcome to the room that the artist made his home and place of work, and a gallery presenting the cycles of his drawings.

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