After many years of efforts and perseverance of the whole music community, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice announces the First Szymanowski International Music Competition in cooperation with leading Polish musical and cultural institutions (Polish Radio, Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, and Karol Szymanowski Music Society in Zakopane).

The orchestra’s management says: « We hope that this important cultural initiative will help promote Polish music around the world and raise awareness among international audiences of the role of Karol Szymanowski and his works, which are such an important part of Polish cultural heritage. »

The competition will be held in Katowice, being since 2015 the UNESCO Creative City of Music, in a 5-year cycle. The first edition is scheduled to take place between 10 and 23 September 2018.

The competition involves five disciplines: piano, violin, voice, string quartet, and composition. The rules of the competition and other important details are available at:

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