International music competition dedicated to Polish composer

The 1st Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition has attracted 120 submissions and 100 musical compositions. The festival will be held in Katowice (southern Poland) on 10-23 September.

The competition is aimed at popularising Polish music abroad and raising awareness of Karol Szymanowski and his work. Those taking part in the competition will compete in five categories: piano, violin, voice, string quartet and composition.

"We are delighted that 120 people from around the world have applied to take part, we have also received over 100 pieces for the composition competition. This bodes well for the later stages of the competition," said the artistic director of the event, Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, at Thursday's press conference.

The undertaking is being supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Polish State Radio, the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, The Karol Szymanowski Music Society in Zakopane (southern Poland) and the city of Katowice itself. Since 2015 Katowice has held the title of a UNESCO Creative City of Music.

The first and second stages of the competition will take place simultaneously in the seat of the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice and at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. At the final event, the soloists will be accompanied by the NOSPR orchestra and a gala event will be staged in the NOSPR concert hall.

The total prize-money for the five sections of the competition amounts to EUR 287,000.

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) was a composer, pianist, music critic and a member of the Young Poland modernist art movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The 1st Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition begins in Katowice on September 10 and will end on September 23.