KAZIMIERZ WIŁKOMIRSKI INTERNATIONAL
YOUTH CELLO COMPETITION
Dear Participants, Teachers, Guests,
On the last day of the fifteenth edition of the Kazimierz Wiłkomirski International Youth Cello Competition, I would like to start by paying homage to Kazimierz Wiłkomirski. It is his musical talent as a cellist, conductor, composer and teacher, and his frankly Renaissance approach to life that brings us together today, even if the pandemic requires us to meet virtually. We reflect on his influence by finding both artistic value and invaluable pedagogical material in his compositions. Every young artist knows how important authority and the master’s hand are in the life of a young person.
Promoting and inspiring young artists is possible thanks to his extraordinary approach, as well as the approach of the organizers of the first competition, Antonina Kasprzak-Górska, her husband Kordian Górski, prof. Ewa Szyrner, as well as the jurors who in the first few years influenced the shape of the event: prof. Andrzej Zieliński, prof. Kazimierz Michalik, prof. Stanisław Pokorski, prof. Stanisław Firlej. Every cellist appearing on this stage, every juror and organizer of this event adds their brick to the development of Polish culture.
I would like to express my thanks and respect for the members of the Competition Jury who have been with us in the recent editions, affirming important decisions made by young cello artists with their authority: prof. Markus Nyikos, prof. Urszula Marciniec-Mazur, prof. Zdzisław Łapiński, prof. Rimantas Armonas, prof. Adam Klocek, and dr Tomasz Lisiecki.
The Kazimierz Wiłkomirski Competition allows young cellists to present their skill in a repertoire including nearly the entire cross-section of music history. The program requirements are high, which gives young performers an opportunity to show their full personality. As the Jury Secretary, I have overheard some of the jury deliberations and I know that showing own personality is what the jurors prized the most. Each of us – those who love and practice music – is at a certain stage on their path to excellence, and the stage they are at at this moment may in some ways be reflected in the competition results. But this is just this moment. What it will be in two years, time will tell. People’s motivation to increase pace on this path to excellence can vary. Some are motivated by success, others by realizing that there are still things to improve. I hope that in our case this might coincide with the competition results, so that everyone, regardless of the result, would leave this virtual space convinced that it is worth to keep working. I hope that in two years we will hear the young performers again, find how they develop and enjoy their successes.
I would like to thank all the participants and teachers for their effort in preparing the competition program, I thank the Jurors for their work and guidance. And thank you, the Audience, for your engagement, as the competition website was visited so often that at some point it nearly ‘overheated’ (as they say), and together with my IT specialist, Łukasz Wikira, we were worried if we will make it. I hope that we did make it, after all, and that the participants are as happy as we are that the competition was watched frequently in most European countries and in the USA.
I would like to further express my gratitude to all who were involved in the organization of the event. All those, whose work is often invisible to us, but without whom the event could not take place.
We will continue and develop the Kazimierz Wiłkomirski Competition. The next edition will take place soon, already in two years. I am pleased to invite all of you to join us for the 16th Kazimierz Wiłkomirski International Youth Cello Competition in 2022.
POSM2 school principal