A statement has been released by the Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition in Katowice announcing the decision to remove Russian music from the competition program.

“Given the sensitivity to Russian culture present in Poland and as a gesture of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, it was decided that no works by Russian composers would be performed at the 2nd International Music Competition Karola Szymanowski in Katowice,” the statement said.

“We are filled with sadness, as we remained hopeful to the very last moment that the conflict abroad would end peacefully and we would be able to continue organizing the competition without having to make such decisions. »

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