Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Krzysztof Komeda Composers’ Competition


There is nothing quite like this competition anywhere in the world. The underlying concept stems from the assumption that the phenomenon which is jazz, perceived as a universal artistic language, is most assuredly one of the elements that unites European and world culture and tradition.

The competition is addressed to young artists for whom jazz is a common value uniting sundry nations in the experience of music. Its aim is to promote the work of young composers; the maximum age for entrants is 35. This is the only competition in Poland devoted to jazz works and composers inspired by the jazz phenomenon. Only compositions which have never been published or recorded and have never received a public performance, may be entered. Entries will be judged by a jury of distinguished artists and composers.

The competition has aroused great interest not only Poland, but also well beyond her borders. Former winners include Thiago Trajano and Zezo Olimpio from Rio de Janeiro, Monika Allen from New York and Bartosz Smorągiewicz from Würzburg, Stepanka Balcarowa from Slovakia.

2013 sees the 8th edition of the Krzysztof Komeda Composers’ Competition. It will, as ever, be held in Poland.

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