The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017

Sep 11, 2017

Support, presentation and promotion of young Polish musicians have been the primary objectives of the Institute of Music and Dance (Instytut Muzyki i Tańca, IMiT) ever since the organisation's inception. These are realised in no small measure by such residence programmes as 'Composer-in-Residence', 'Conductor-in-Residence' and 'Artist-in-Residence', which aim at supporting debuts, stimulating creative endeavours and encouraging Polish institutions to cooperate with young composers and performers.

The next residence series commence from September 9. The artistic season 2017/18 will feature 11 residences, including 3 for composers, 3 for conductors and 5 for artists.

Launched in 2011 as the Institute's first such project, the 'Composer-in-Residence’ programme is dedicated to composers below the age of 40 and to professional orchestral and choral ensembles in Poland. It refers to the worldwide practice of putting creators and professional music institutions together, in which at least one work commissioned from and written by the composer-in-residence is performed, along some of his or her other compositions, during the applicant institution’s artistic season.

The 'Conductor-in-Residence' franchise initiated in 2013 allows a young conductor to make a debut and to practise with a professional ensemble. As part of the programme, the conductor is given a residence with a professional orchestra or with an opera or music theatre, where he or she takes an active part in preparing concerts and musical events under the watchful eye of experienced conductors. The resident is also given an opportunity to conduct a concert or another musical event on their own.

The remaining franchise in the set ('Artist-in-Residence'), in operation since 2015, is dedicated to young Polish performers and to Polish musical institutions as well as other types of institutions that hold a regular concert schedule. It invites solo instrumentalists and singers, as well as ensembles (chamber, vocal and mixed) of up to nine musicians, who represent a variety of stylistic line-ups. The programme is open to Polish musical artists of up to 35 years of age who have graduated from artistic educational establishments. The project provides artistic residences to soloists and ensembles with the relevant institutions and to singer soloists with opera and music theatres.

Since 2011, the year of the IMiT's initial enterprise, there have been six editions of the 'Composer-in-Residence' programme, four editions of the 'Conductor-in-Residence' programme and two editions of the 'Artist-in-Residence' programme, which account to 42 residences in total.

In all, the completed editions have featured 48 residents taken care of by 32 institutions: philharmonics, symphony and chamber orchestras, choirs and opera theatres.

There have been commissions and premiere performances of 25 new works and a total number of 81 works written by composers-in-residence. Overall, the residences have featured 170 concerts and 16 opera productions, including the 22 concerts and 7 opera productions that were directed by the conductors-in-residence themselves. The concerts have attracted approximately 55,000 listeners amongst the audiences.

The Institute of Music and Dance gives heartfelt thanks to all the institutions and ensembles that took part in the organisation of the programmes and the residences. We were especially proud of the positive feedback we received from the participant artists.

Detailed information on all the IMiT's residence programmes, including special guides featuring the residents' feedback, can be found at www.imit.org.pl in 'programmes'.

We strongly invite everyone to watch our videos that explain the idea behind the project and showcase the profiles of its participants. The videos entitled Composer-in-Residence (2013), Premiere performance (2015), Conductor-in-Residence (2015) and Artist-in-Residence (2016) can be viewed in two language versions at www.imit.org.pl in resources and at youtube IMITpolska.

 

Participants of the residence programmes from the completed editions (2011 – 2017):

Composer-in-Residence

Andrzej Kwieciński, Maciej Zieliński, Przemysław Zych, Barbara Kaszuba, Bartosz Kowalski, Zuzanna Niedzielak, Jędrzej Rochecki, Wojciech Błażejczyk, Tomasz Jakub Opałka, Ignacy Zalewski (2), Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Miłosz Ireneusz Wośko, Rafał Zapała, Marcin Gumiela, Rafał Kłoczko, Dariusz Przybylski, Szymon Godziemba-Trytek, Paweł Hendrich.

I think the ‘Composer-in-Residence’ project run by the IMiT is excellent. The benefits are mutual. The orchestra has a chance to learn new music, as well as new angles of looking at instrumentation and new concepts of art. The composer, on the other hand, is given an opportunity to work with large ensembles, like the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic Orchestra. It would be impossible to overestimate the cooperation with the guest conductors: Wojciech Michniewski and Antoine Glatard, too. And last but not least, it was possible for me to appear in front of an audience in Kielce, which I found enormously rewarding – after all this is the place where I come from and where I started my musical education.

Rafał Zapała (residence with the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic / 2014/2015 season)

Conductor-in-Residence:

Rafał Kłoczko, Maciej Koczur, Krzysztof Kozakiewicz, Maciej Tomasiewicz (2), Ariel Ludwiczak, Justyna Maj, Szymon Morus, Paweł Pietruszewski, Katarzyna Tomala, Maciej Wierzchoń, Paweł Jaskółka, Joachim Kołpanowicz, Kamil Parcheta.

After a few weeks following the artistic season and the first edition of the ‘Conductor-in-Residence’ programme, I have to admit that it has been the most wonderful and precious of all my conducting experiences. One year that abounded in so many events and that gave me an opportunity to work with professional orchestras was much more valuable than several years of conducting studies, even with the foremost pianists, or the master courses for conductors in which I have had the chance and pleasure to take part. To say that a conductor’s instrument is his orchestra may sound trivial, but it is no exaggeration. It was only when I could work systematically with a professional group of musicians that I realised what conducting is really all about. It gave me immense joy. And it still does.

Maciej Tomasiewicz (residence with the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic / 2013/2014 season)

Artist-in-Residence:

Airis Quartet, Przemysław Baiński, Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka, Extempore, Stefan Plewniak, Ensemble Barocum, Rafał Grząka, Rafał Łuc, Marcin Zdunik.

Taking part in the ‘Artist-in-Residence’ project has been an incredibly valuable artistic experience for us. It let us appear in places where we had never performed before meeting new audiences. We appreciate the fact that the ‘Artist-in-Residence’ programme promotes performance of works composed in recent years for the ‘Composing Commissions’ programme. It allowed us to once again perform Łukasz Pieprzyk’s Ignition, whose debut in 2013 launched our cooperation with the composer that later produced another composition unusually scored for a string quartet and a percussion trio.

Airis Quartet (residence with the Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music ‘Silesia’ / 2015/2016 season)

Institutions providing the residences:

Cappella Gedanensis, Elbląg Chamber Orchestra, Częstochowa Philharmonic, Lower Silesia Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra, Gorzów Philharmonic (2), Łódź Philharmonic (2), Opole Philharmonic, National Philharmonic, Silesia Philharmonic, Świętokrzyska Philharmonic (4), Szczecin Philharmonic, Early Music Academy Foundation, Foundation for the Promotion of Music Sonoris (representing the Polish Radio Choir), Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music ‘Silesia’, Katowice History Museum, Baltic Opera in Gdańsk, Kraków Opera, Podlasie Opera – European Centre for Art, Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra ‘Amadeus’, Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (2), Karol Namysłowski Symphony Orchestra in Zamość, Rybna Palace, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Polska Filharmonia Kameralna Sopot (Bałtycka Agencja Artystyczna BART), Polish Radio Orchestra, Polska Orkiestra Sinfonia Iuventus, Radom Chamber Orchestra, Płock Symphony Orchestra, Baltic Neopolis Orchestra Society, Ludwig van Beethoven Society (representing the Beethoven Academy Orchestra), Stowarzyszenie Śpiewacze Chór Akademicki im. prof. Jana Szyrockiego Zachodniopomorskiego Uniwersytetu Technologicznego in Szczecin, Toruń Symphony Orchestra (2).

The time spent with the ‘Composer-in-Residence’ project was no doubt an exceptional period in the history of Cappella Gedanensis. Our ensemble did not only benefit from meeting and presenting in Poland works by a young, talented artist, both as a composer and a conductor, but also from facing a challenging test of organisational skills in terms of both the variety of the ensembles present and the premiere performances of new works. What was particularly important was that the ensemble (the soloists, the choir and the orchestra) were immensely satisfied with the cooperation and the compositions they performed. Taking part in the Institute of Music and Dance’s project surely provided our ensemble with excellent promotion, that we were given in Poland, which emphasised our versatility. It was evident not only in the reviews we received and the opinions we heard backstage, but also – and most importantly for that – judged by the large audiences that gathered at our concerts.

Cappella Gedanensis (Rafał Kłoczko’s residence / 2015/2016 season)

 

  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Barbara Kaszuba, Anna Duczmal-Mróz, fot. kadr z filmu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Bartosz Kowalski, fot. kadr z filmu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Dariusz Przybylski, fot. dokumentacja programu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Ensemble Barocum, fot. dokumentacja programu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, fot. Zuzanna Oses
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Extempore, fot. Magda Hueckel © Instytut Muzyki i Tańca
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Ignacy Zalewski, fot. kadr z filmu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Jędrzej Rochecki, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk - fot. kadr z filmu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Joachim Kołpanowicz, fot. Wirginia Łoboda
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Justyna Maj, Piotr Kowal, fot. dokumentacja programu (Zbigniew Burda)
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Kamil Parcheta, fot. dokumentacja programu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka, fot. kadr z filmu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Katarzyna Tomala, Jacek Kaspszyk, fot. dokumentacja programu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Krzysztof Kozakiewicz, Rafał Łuszczewski, fot. kadr z filmu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Ariel Ludwiczak, fot. Edyta Rembała
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Maciej Tomasiewicz, fot. kadr z filmu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Maciej Wierzchoń, fot. Ewa Wierzchoń
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Marcin Gumiela, fot. Marek Hofman
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Marcin Zdunik, fot. dokumentacja programu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Miłosz Ireneusz Wośko, fot. Honorata Karapuda
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Paweł Hendrich, Szymon Bywalec, fot. dokumentacja programu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Paweł Jaskółka, fot. dokumentacja programu (Wojciech Mateusiak)
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Paweł Pietruszewski, fot. Magda Hueckel © Instytut Muzyki i Tańca
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Rafał Grząka, fot. dokumentacja programu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Rafał Łuc, fot. www.omn.art.pl
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Rafał Zapała, fot. Patryk Piłasiewicz
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Stefan Plewniak, fot. dokumentacja programu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Szymon Godziemba-Trytek, fot. Dariusz Barabaś
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Szymon Morus, fot. Oskar Szramka
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Wojciech Błażejczyk, Tomasz Jakub Opałka, fot. kadr z filmu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Zuzanna Niedzielak, fot. kadr z filmu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Airis Quartet, fot. Grażyna Zubik
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Andrzej Kwieciński, fot. Jędrek Sokołowski, agencja Flatten Image
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Maciej Koczur, Andrzej Kwieciński, fot. kadr z filmu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Maciej Zieliński, Łukasz Borowicz, fot. dokumentacja programu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Przemysław Baiński, fot. kadr z filmu
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Przemysław Zych, fot. archiwum kompozytora
  • The Institute of Music and Dance's residence programmes in 2011 – 2017 | Rafał Kłoczko, fot. kadr z filmu