NEWS: Semi-finalists in the 2nd Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition (Lusławice and Kraków, Poland)

Zbigniew Seifert (1946-1979). Photo credit: Marek Karewicz

Mary James writes:

Jazz violin virtuosi from all over the world will participate in the 2nd International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition , to be held 24-26 August 2016 at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for music in Lusławice, Poland with a final gala on 27 August at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków. The event commemorates the 70th anniversary of the birth of Seifert.

Seifert 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. He translated what he loved most about the music of John Coltrane into the language of the violin. His music continues to captivate with its virtuoso quality, depth of feeling, and intensity. He died of cancer in 1979 at the age of 32.

There were fifty-nine entries from 13 countries in this year’s competition. The jury of the competition, composed of Mark Feldman, Janusz Stefański and Josh Grossman selected 10 musicians who have been invited to audition.

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 Lenczowski and Braun who are the only cellists to participate in the competition. During the auditions, the artists will be accompanied by the Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio.

There are prizes totalling €17,000 and audiences are welcome to vote for and select their winner. Entrance to the auditions is free of charge for the audience and voting will take place over a special radio platform. The final Gala will be broadcast live on and streamed on YouTube.

Mary James, who lives in Gloucestershire, is a jazz promoter and manager.  
Twitter @maryleamington

LINK: Seifert Competition website

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