Ptaszynska, Marta

Marta Ptaszynska

Marta Ptaszynska

A new production of Marta Ptaszynska’s children’s opera Mister Marimba was premiered by the Cracow Opera on September 20, 2008 with 18 performances this season. The opera will stay in the repertory for the 2009-10 season.  Her work for 70 percussionists, commissioned by the Poznan Philharmonic, was premiered with tremendous success on December 15,2009 at the Poznan Philharmonic. Her Percussion Concerto, DRUM OF ORFEO, was premiered on May 22, 2009 by Evelyn Glennie and the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Lodz under the direction of Wojciech Michniewski. The work was received enthusiastically by the large audience as well as by music critics.

In April she was a guest composer and lecturer at the Sounds New Music Festival in Canterbury, England (April 23-May 3) where several of her works were performed by prominent British musicians. She also presented a lecture on the life and music of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Earlier, she participated in the Music Conference at the Academy of Music in Cracow. Presently, she is working on a new opera on Chopin for the premiere scheduled for June 12, 2010 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Chopin’s birth.

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