The Polonia Music Art Foundation was established in 2016 on the initiative of Wrocław musicians – violinist Jarosław Pietrzak and pianist Julita Przybylska-Nowak, lecturers at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music, and Maciej Kieres – a well-known cultural activist, organizer and originator of many music events in Lower Silesia. The aim of the Foundation is to present unknown works of Polish composers, with particular emphasis on artists working on emigration. The Foundation also wishes to present the achievements of artists coming from national minorities, many living in the historical Polish lands in the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century.

The activities undertaken by the Foundation aim to broaden knowledge about the role played by artists born in the history of European and world music. A very small part of this creative output is now known and performed. Changing this unfavorable situation and introducing the forgotten masterpieces of Polish composers to the current concert repertoire will be the main task of the Foundation in the coming years.

The Foundation undertakes cooperation with many music ensembles and artists who introduce to their repertoire little-known compositions by Polish composers. In 2017, the Grand Duo Polonais CD was released with the first historical recordings of the compositions by Edward Wolff, Michał Bergson and Karol Kątski, performed by Art Chamber Duo. The title track is a composition by the brothers Henryk and Józef Wieniawski, which will be released for the first time on a CD made and released in Poland. The album is the beginning of a publishing project called Polonia Masterpiece, showing in the next phonographic realizations unknown masterpieces of Polish composers

 

Subsidised by the Institute of Music and Dance under the programme Music and Dance – Intervention 2017