The Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition is held every five years with total prize money of over 280,000 Euros. It aims to promote Polish music and to raise awareness of Karol Szymanowski and his compositions. Krzysztof Penderecki and Simon Rattle form the Competition’s Honorary Committee and the Director of the Competition is Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa.
The Competition is organised by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice in cooperation with Polish Radio, Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, and Karol Szymanowski Music Society in Zakopane.
On Sunday 23 September the finalists performed at a Gala with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice.
About the winners:
Composition: Giovanni Bonato
Italian composer Giovanni Bonato studied at the Verdi Conservatoire in Milan and is the winner of more than 20 international prizes from Rome to Tokyo.
Successes include his opera Auxele which was premiered in Vienna and being composer in residence with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto.
His works have been performed by musicians and orchestras around the world including the Arditti Quartet, Ex Novo Ensemble, Leonard Slatkin, the Estonian National Male Choir and the World Youth Choir.
Bonato’s compositions have been broadcast by major European radio stations and been published by Ricordi, Rugginenti, Agenda and many others.
Piano: Tymoteusz Bies
The 23-year-old pianist has won prizes in many major piano competitions and festivals including the National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and 1st prize at the Friuli Venezia Giulia International Piano Competition.
Appearances include NOSPR, National Philharmonic, Silesian Philharmonic, Opole Philharmonic, concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum, St Petersburg, Paris, Cologne, Rome, the 69th Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój and the Chopin & his Europe Festival.
Scholarships include Krystian Zimerman’s Scholarship (2016), Piotr Kler’s Foundation Scholarship (2016), and the Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2015). His debut recording of Mozart and Chopin concertos was released this year.