‘He was a genius. He had the same ability of extracting best features from his team members as Miles Davis. When he entered the stage, the band changed and every musician played perfectly, as if they felt that someone great was on stage, as if it were God himself,’ this is how American musicians reminisce about Zbigniew Seifert.
To pay him a tribute and not to forget about his extraordinarily vast output that he left behind to the Polish and international cultures, the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation has organised the second edition of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition. The applications can be submitted as of 18 February until 31 March 2016.
‘Zbyszek is our national treasure!’ emphasises the member of the Competition Honorary Jury, extraordinary jazz trumpeter Tomasz Stańko. ‘He was the Paganini of jazz violin,’ adds Urszula Dudziak who has been supporting the idea of organising a jazz event dedicated to the memory of the genius Zbigniew Seifert from its outset.In the world of jazz there are many competitions for instruments acknowledged in the genre. There was, however, not a single one for jazz violinists. Even in the USA - the world’s cradle of jazz - there has not been organised a major event dedicated to this instrument. The idea of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition was thus born to address this gap and underline the importance of jazz violin. First of all, it was created in order to commemorate one of the greatest jazz violinists of our times, the magnificent Polish jazzman and author Zbigniew Seifert.
The first edition of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition organised in 2014 was a tremendous success - it was participated by 63 violinists from 17 different countries, and the jury was composed of world’s jazz giants: the famous New York violinist Mark Feldman, co-founder and bassist of the legendary Oregon Glen Moore Band, and the drummer of Tomasz Stańko’s and Zbigniew Seifert’s combos.
The 2nd edition of the Seifert Competition will be held from 24 to 27 August July 2016 in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice, and in Krakow.
The Competition Jury will again be composed of the two mentioned artists: Mark Feldman and Janusz M. Stefański, and they are going to judge the violinists that compete for the competition prizes along with Josh Grossman, the artistic director of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Association and Toronto Jazz Festival. The organisers have provided for three Awards in the Competition: 1st prize - EUR 10,000, 2nd prize - EUR 5,000, 3rd prize - EUR 2,000.
Like during the first edition, also the audience will be able to select their favourite. The voting will take place via a special radio platform, where jazz lovers from all around the world will be able to follow all stages of the Competition.
Moreover, the Jazzarium Association and Programme 2 of the Polish Radio will fund a special prize in the form of a performance in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio.
However the Seifert Competition is not only about the prizes. The Zbigniew Seifert Foundation has not limited itself to organise auditions and a gala concert connected with the award presentation. The Competition’s idea is to promote the musical output of Seifert and help out young, talented musicians to launch careers on international stages. In 2015 and 2016 the Foundation organised a series of concerts in Germany and Poland, featuring the laureates and participants of the first edition of the Seifert Competition. In July 2015 the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice hosted workshops for jazz violinists. A couple of weeks ago, the Competition laureates played a special concert as part of the Barcelona Fiddle Congress, being the world’s largest event of such type.
At the turn of 2015 and 2016, the Foundation organised one more unique event. In collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, it organised a competition for a poster promoting the 2nd edition of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition. The jury composed of Paweł Brodowski (chief editor of Jazz Forum), Aneta Norek-Skrycka (president of the Zbigniew Seifert Association), Rafał Olbiński (visual artist) and Katarzyna Stanny D.F.A. (lecturer at the Studio of Multimedia Design, Department of Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw) selected the winning work – authored by Magdalena Wieczorek. All works submitted for the contest will be presented at a special exhibition during the 2nd edition of the Seifert Competition in Lusławice.
The Regulations of the 2nd edition of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition, as well as other necessary information, is available at:
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