Homage to Seifert


Jazz violin virtuosi from all over the world will participate in the 2nd International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition. The event will commemorate the 70th anniversary of birth of the jazz violin genius.

Seifert was one of the absolutely outstanding jazz violinists of our times. He found his artistic purpose in translating what he loved most in the music of, John Coltrane, his idol, into the language of the violin. Yet what he managed to achieve was much more than just to become a Coltrane of the jazz violin: his position in the pantheon of jazz stars is unquestioned as, a few decades after the death of the artist, his music continues to captivate with the virtuoso quality, depth of feeling, and intensity. This emotional load is clearly a function of the life of an artist grappling with a lethal illness. Work had to be effective and results immediate, as Seifert knew that his time was short. Too short to carry out all his artistic plans. He died in the oncological hospital of Buffalo (USA) on 15 February 1979 at the age of not even 33.

To pay homage to the figure of the prematurely deceased genius of the jazz violin, and above all to promote and reinforce his accomplishments among young artists all over the world, Zbigniew Seifert Foundation organises the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition. Its second round will be held from 24 to 26 August at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for music in Lusławice and on 27 August (the final gala) at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków.

There were 59 entries from 13 countries submitted to this year’s competition. Having made themselves with the submitted recordings, the jury of the competition, composed of Mark Feldman, famous New York violinist; Janusz Stefański, percussionist in bygone bands of Tomasz Stańko and Zbigniew Seifert; and Josh Grossman, the artistic director of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Society and Toronto Jazz Festival, selected 10 musicians who will be invited to the auditions at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice. The 10 artists are: Mario Forte and Mathias Levy from France, Florian Willeitner and Stephan Braun from Germany, Florian Sighartner from Austria, Apel-les Carod Requesens from Spain, and Dominika Rusinowska, Marcin Hałat, Mateusz Smoczyński, and Krzysztof Lenczowski from Poland; they all play the violin apart from Krzysztof and Stephan who are the only cellists to participate in the competition. During the auditions, the violinists and cellists will be accompanied by the Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio.

The organisers have announced three prizes in the competition:

1st Prize of € 10,000

2nd Prize of € 5,000

3rd Prize of € 2,000

The audience are welcome to vote for and select their winner, as was done during the first round of the competition. The voting will take place over a special radio platform, where jazz lovers from all corners of the world will be able to follow all the stages of the Seifert Competition.

Together with the final gala concert they will all be broadcast live on JazzRadio.fm and streamed on a YouTube channel.

The Special Prize – performance at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio on 16 December 2016 – has been founded by the Jazzarium Foundation and Polish Radio 2. The other Special Prize will be a concert in Hamburg on 20 November 2016.

The auditions will take place in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice at 7 pm from 24 to 26 August 2016. Admission is free. The final gala concert will be held at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków at 7 pm on 27 August. Performing at the gala concert together with the winners of the competition will be the Konglomerat Big-Band. Tickets are available from InfoKraków (ul. św. Jana 2 and Pawilon Wyspiańskiego / Wyspiański Pavilion), as well as from the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology one hour before the concert.

For more information please visit http://seifertcompetition.com/

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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