Full program

The 4th International “Discovering Paderewski” Festival

The 4th edition of the International “Discovering Paderewski” Festival will be held in Lviv from November 5th -15th 2015, it will include:

November 5, 2015 (Thursday), 19.30

Lviv Philharmonic Hall

CEREMONY and CONCERT dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki on the occasion of awarding Krzysztof Penderecki with the title of The Doctor Honoris Causa of the Lviv National Academy of Music.

Concert program with the music by Krzysztof Penderecki:
Sinfonietta N1
Agnus Dei
Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor
Maciej Tworek, assistant conductor
Chamber Orchestra “Academy”

The inaugural concert will be organized following the idea of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki and will be a special event of the Festival, which will continue last year project “From Paderewski to Penderecki ( the project started last year during the 3rd edition of the Festival in 2014 ( a memorable performance of Penderecki’s CREDO in Lviv Opera House).

Project title “From Paderewski to Penderecki” expresses the idea to present to the audiences of the festival some significant achievements of the two great composers of the similar-sounding names, but with completely different creativity and artistic worlds. This is a valuable and real promotion of the cultural phenomena of Polish music of the period from the beginning of the 20th to the 21st century.

Krzysztof Penderecki, the greatest living Polish composer is highly respected in Lviv, and his appearences and performances are always a gigantic event here.

The composer was born on the territory of today’s Ukraine and feels emotional connection with the city of Lviv relating to the memories of his family.
The whole event will be dedicated to the awarding ceremony of presenting to Krzysztof Penderecki the Title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Academy of Music in Lviv.

November 12, 2015 (Thursday), time TBA

Potocki Palace in Lviv
Panel of Discussion
Discussion panel theme: Geopolitical aspects of Polish-Ukrainian relations of the times of II RP and UNR- the times of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. – Moderated by Taras Woznyak
The aim of the conference is to study and discuss aspects that unite Poland and Ukraine by finding and creating common cultural heritage referring Ignacy Jan Padereski legacy. With breaking clichés in history interpretations we suggest new ways of building together long lasting reconciliation in the spirit of friendly future. Figure of Paderewski, who is known for being “the greatest musician among politicians and the greatest politician among the musicians” with his achievements and creativity could be an appropriate starting point for establishing a dialogue.

November 13, 2015 (Friday), 19.00

Lviv Philharmonic Hall
Andrzej Bauer, conductor (PL)
Adam Wodnicki, piano (USA)
Academic Symphony Orchestra of Lviv Philharmonic

Lubawa Sydorenko – Symphony N1 “Ab Initio”
Edvard Grieg – Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16
Witold Lutoslawski – Concerto for Orchestra

Andrzej Bauer. Cellist, winner of the first prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich, prize-winner at the “Prague Spring” Competition and holder of the “Europaischer Forderpreis” award. Andrzej Bauer records for many foreign Radio and television Networksand participates in international festivals, performing in most European countries as well as in the USA and Japan. He has performed with all polish orchestras including Sinfonia Varsovia and National Philharmonic in Warsaw, who invited the cellist to be a soloist on their European tours. Bauer’s first recording for Koch/Schwan, which includes works by Schubert, Brahms and Schumann, was awarded the quarterly German Critics Prize [“Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”]. Successive CD releases include works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, as well as Lutosławski’s Cello concerto. In 2000 he published the first in the history of Polish discography double album with complete Cello Suites by J. S. Bach on CD ACCORD label. The album received the Phonographic Academy Award Fryderyk 2000.

Adam Wodnicki. Internationally renowned pianist, recording artist and pedagogue. Polish-born artist has received acclaim on five continents for his dramatic interpretations, poetic sensitivity and brilliant technique. Wodnicki’s recording of the three Piano Trios by Robert Muczynski (Centaur) was chosen by a Fanfare critic as one of the top five albums on the ‘Best of 2004’ list; and the 2008 release on the Dux label of the Piano Concertos by Serocki, Baird and Krenz received a Polish Phonographic Academy nomination for the 2009 Fryderyk Award. Adam Wodnicki has also made numerous radio and TV recordings, including recordings of piano concertos by Serocki, Baird, Krenz and Stojowski. He has appeared in such musical centers as Krakow, Warsaw, Helsinki, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Pretoria and Prague as well as at the most prestigious international music festivals.

Adam Wodnicki studied with Jan Hoffman, Guido Agosti and Gyorgy Sebok, and his artistic roots can be traced to the traditions of Fryderyk Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ferrucio Busoni. Three-time prizewinner of the annual Chopin Society National Piano Competition in Warsaw and the recipient of three prizes at the 8th Festival of Polish Pianists, Wodnicki is Regents Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas in Denton and Co-Director of International Piano Masterclasses in Varna. Adam Wodnicki is a Steinway Artist.

November 14, 2015 (Saturday), 19.00

Lviv Opera House
Special Event:
Folk Song and Dance Ensemble “Mazowsze”
Opera “Cracovians and Highlanders”

Folk Song and Dance Ensemble “Mazowsze”. Named after the region of central Poland which inspired it, Masowsze was founded by Tadeusz Sygietynski. With the help of his actress-wife, Mira Zimiska-Sygietynska, he researched the region for folk dance melodies and costumes and developed an extensive repertoire that remains strong to this day. Today the ensemble utilizes over 1,200 authentic costumes carefully preserved for many decades. Original musical instruments are also used, many made and used by local orchestras throughout Poland’s countryside. Following a period of research, collection of costumes and instruments, and rehearsal, Masowsze presented its premiere performance in Warsaw’s Polish Theater in 1950. This debut was followed by historic initial appearances in Paris and in the U.S.

Today Mazowsze is regarded as one of the world’s best known folk dance groups. Serving as an ambassador of the Polish culture, the ensemble brings with it a taste of the motherland to many Poles scattered throughout the world. It has been compared to a gem in the artistic crown of Poland. Its rich repertoire of music and dance, including Poland’s five national and many regional dances, delights audiences of all ages and nations.

Repertoire includes songs and dances from 40 ethnographic regions of Poland. Special repertoire of songs by Chopin, Verdi, Ogiński, Elsner, carols, Easter songs. “Mazowsze” also performs most popular songs from 50 countries, in their original languages, i.a. Argentina, the United States, Spain, Israel, Lebanon, France, China, Japan, Finland, Egypt, Russia. During over 60 years of artistic work “Mazowsze” had 6.8 thousand. concerts, 17 million viewers, performances in 50 countries on 5 continents and 278 locations in Poland.

November 14, 2015 (Saturday), 19.00

Lviv Opera House
In 2012, Polish-Ukrainian Foundation named Ignacy Jan Paderewski with association the «Polish Community» organization established The PADEREWSKI Award. The form of the award is a statuette modeled on a portrait of Ignacy Jan Paderewski and a honorary diploma. The award is granted to institutions and individuals for their special contribution to building good relations between Poland and Ukraine, for engagement in actions towards Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation, as well as the popularization of the creative legacy and achievements of Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

In 2015 it is planned to handing statuettes to 5 people.

November 15, 2015 (Sunday), 19.00

Lviv Philharmonic Hall
A Evening of the ETHNO JAZZ MUSIC
Polish-Ukrainian Quartet DAGADANA
Daga Gregorowicz (vocal, electronics) PL
Dana Vynnytska (vocal, keyboards) UA
Miko Pospieszalski (double bass, electric bass, violin) PL
Bartosz Nazaruk (drums and percussion) USA/PL
Guest artist – Marianna Humetska, piano
DAGADANA is a fusion of jazz, electronica, Polish, and Ukrainian folk music. The band incorporates traditional folk melodies within their own compositions, which are set to words of traditional songs, modern poetry, and lyrics. Their approach to performing and recording music includes the usevocals sang through voice processors, trance-like acoustic bass influences, various musical instruments. DAGADANA’s multicultural music inspires to interest everyone who is open to the richness of Slavic mind.

Their debut album “Malenka” (2010) was awarded the prestigious Polish “Fryderyk” prize and was recognized as the world music album of the year. In addition, their album “Dlaczego nie” was nominated for the “Fryderyk” prize in 2011. The album reached #8 on The Best World Music Albums of the World list in England (www.WorldMusic.co.uk).

With “List do Ciebie” (“A Letter To You”) album, DAGADANA revives the memory of the poet Janusz Różewicz. The band has performed with guest musicians from around the world. In China, DAGADANAplayed with the NORTH LAB band from Beijing and recorded music for their next album (2016). You may here the World Premiere of some of the songs in Lviv.

DAGADANA has performed over three hundred concerts in Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czech Rebublic, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Malaysia, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Ukraine.

DAGADANA serves as an Ambasador of Eastern Europe which represents Polish and Ukrainian cooperation.