Workshops for jazz violinists and not only for them

27 July - 1 August 2015

The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice
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  • Seifert Competition 2016 poster


    The jury has choisen the poster of the 2nd edition of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition which will take place in August 24-27, 2016 in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice.

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  • Łukasz Górewicz and his new album "The String of horizons"


    Łukasz’s inspiration also comes from a particular, life-altering event – he has just become a father. Just like in his relationship with his newborn son, he started to discover the world and music a new, to notice things which he had long thought obvious. 

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  • Krakow - Seifert - Śmietana


    Krakow - Seifert - Śmietana is a unique project providing for organisation of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition alternatively with

    the International Jarek Śmietana Jazz Guitar Competition.

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  • New album "Roots" by Tomoko Omura


    Tomoko Omura, participants of Seifert Competition 2014, is among today's leading voices in jazz violin. “Roots”, her debut album for Inner Circle, is a compelling tribute to her native Japan, featuring original arrangements of ten classic Japanese folk and popular songs. 

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  • Maciej Afanasjew: Jazz passages for violin


    An inspiration to write the book was a need of exercises that show possibilities of using violin in various kinds of music. Most of books concerning an issue of passages focus mainly on basic chords: major triad, minor triad, diminished, augumented and dominant 7. 

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  • Young Musicians’ Tribute to Zbigniew Seifert


    Violinists from Spain, Slovakia and Poland have won the 1st International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition. Most prizes went to Polish musicians since – according to the jury – they have proved to be the worthiest successors to Seifert’s violin genius.  

    Photo: Krzysztof Warejko

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  • Pre-selection result


    In response to our call for entries for the 1st International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition, we have received as many as 63 applications from violinists living all over the world!!! (from the United States, Australia, Austria, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, Finnland, Switzerland and – naturally – also Poland - artists from 17 countries).

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  • Seifert Mementoes Donated to Polish Jazz Archive


    Hundreds of unique documents, including posters, photos and Zbigniew Seifert’s autographs will enrich the Polish Jazz Archive, which is part of the National Library of Poland. Collected by the eminent jazz composer-violinist’s sister, these treasures will be handed over to the National Library in July 2014.

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Tomasz Stańko about Zbigniew Seifert


He was first of all an outstanding violinist. Nobody plays like he did, even today with Coltrane’s technique of fourths, unlike any violin technique. (…).

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Urszula Dudziak about Zbigniew Seifert


Zbyszek amazed us musicians. Our jaws dropped when we heard what he came up with. 

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Richie Beirach about Zbigniew Seifert


Zbiggy was an angel who happened to land in Poland and chose the violin as a way to inspire, elevate, enchant and deliver a powerful message of passion for life.

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Janusz M. Stefański about Zbigniew Seifert


Who was he to me? He was a brilliant musician!

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Glen Moore about Zbigniew Seifert


I first heard Zbiggy on a cassette that Jeremy Steig made in Berlin in 1969.  He was playing a solo on Autumn Leaves.

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Dave Liebman


My brother Richie Beirach knew Zbiggy personally, which makes his comments all the more touching.

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Zbigniew Seifert


Zbigniew Seifert (1946-1979) was a unique figure in the world of Polish jazz. Though he did not even live to be thirty-three and his musical output is modest, its artistic value still compels admiration and has a distinct impact on young artists. Joachim Ernst Berendt once said: Zbigniew Seifert (...) was one of those musicians thanks to whom so much good is now said in the world about Polish jazz.

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Calendar 2016

August 24
audition in Lusławice – semi-finals
August 25
audition in Lusławice – semi-finals
August 26
audition in Lusławice – finals
August 27 – gala concert in Cracow

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The Idea

Zbigniew Seifert (1946-1979) was one of the most eminent Polish jazz musicians and a man of incredible musical talent. His untimely death did not let him fully develop his musical abilities and interrupted a promising worldwide career.

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Regulations for the 2nd edition of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition (11-16 July 2016) will be announced at a later date.

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1st prize - 10.000 EURO

2nd prize - 5.000 EURO

3rd prize - 2.000 EURO

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Marek Karewicz photos

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