The Polska Music programme actively supports performances of Polish classical music by renowned international artists worldwide, aiming to increase its popularity across the globe.
As well as initiating international stage productions and concerts, commissioning new work, and nurturing contemporary composers, Polska Music also promotes recordings, books and events. Polska Music has collaborated with a host of high-profile partners around the world, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bregenz Festival, Chandos Records, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Klangforum Wien, Lincoln Center Festival, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Münchener Kammerorchester, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rambert Dance Company, Royal Opera House, Sound and Music, Welsh National Opera and 59 Productions.
The Polska Music programme was launched in 2011 by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute – a national cultural institution aiming to strengthen Polish cultural impact and to benefit international cultural exchange.
Key projects carried out within the framework of Polska Music include the celebrations of the Year of Lutosławski outside Poland and the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Woven Words tour; the world premiere of Górecki’s Symphony IV by the London Philharmonic Orchestra; the staging of the Mieczysław Weinberg opera The Passenger in the US (the Lincoln Center Festival in New York and the Lyric Opera of Chicago), the premieres of Karol Szymanowski’s King Roger at the Royal Opera House and the Sydney Opera House, and the production of many albums, for labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos Records, Kairos and Sony Classical.
The most important Polska Music events in 2017 will be the Australian premiere of King Roger in Sydney and Melbourne ; the presentation of Krzysztof Penderecki’s legendary Saint Luke Passion as part of the Southbank Centre festival in London and the Andrzej Czajkowski opera The Merchant of Venice in the prestigious Royal Opera House; an interdisciplinary presentation of the work of the Experimental Studio of Polish Radio as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; a presentation of the achievements of contemporary Polish female composers at the Heroines of Sound festival, which helps shape the European canon; residencies by Polish artists with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and MusikFabrik, as well as presentations of the symphonic music of Witold Lutosławski, Mieczysław Weinberg, Mieczysław Karłowicz and Karol Szymanowski in the musical metropolises of São Paulo, Rome and Paris.