Seifert in Catalonia


Featuring violin virtuosos from all around the world, including a beautiful Polish accent, the capital of Catalonia hosted the Barcelona Fiddle Congress. Among other performers, it presented also the laureates of the 1st edition of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition.

The programme of the event held from 4 to 7 February 2016 featured workshops, concerts, and jam sessions attended by 500 violinists from Spain and neighbouring countries, as well as 40 tutors from Europe and the USA. The congress was organised by Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC), and its artistic director was an acknowledged Spanish violinist and educator Oriol Sana, D.F.A. This unusual event, perceived by the violinists themselves the greatest event of such type in the world, featured also a Polish accent. At the invitation of and in collaboration with the Congress organisers, the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation organised a concert of the laureates of the 1st edition of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition. The international audience had a chance to listen to the extraordinary young Polish violinist Bartosz Dworak, 1st prize winner, and Catalonian Apel-les Carod Requesens, 2nd prize winner and a graduate from ESMUC. They were accompanied by a Spanish section composed of: Joel Gonzalez - piano, Pau Lligadas - double bass, Joan Casares – drums. Artists presented both their original compositions and popular pieces by Zbigniew Seifert, including ‘Quo Vadis’, and ‘City of Spring’. The greatest and most applauded surprise was the joined performance of both violinists and their stunning interpretation of Seifert’s hit ‘Man of the Light’.

Thanks to the courtesy of the organisers, the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation had also a chance to promote this year’s 2nd edition of the Seifert Competition, to be held from 24 to 27 August in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice, and in Krakow, among the participants and tutors of the Barcelona Fiddle Congress. Many violinists have already declared their interest in the event, while foreign educators present at the Congress undertook to disseminate information about the Competition at their universities.

The Zbigniew Seifert Foundation’s partner in the project was the Polish Institute in Madrid.

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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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 (24-27 August 2016).

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1st prize - 10.000 EURO

2nd prize - 5.000 EURO

3rd prize - 2.000 EURO

and special award

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Marek Karewicz photos

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