The 1st Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition
was won by twenty six year old Polish violinist Bartosz Dworak. The competition was conceived of and organized by the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation in order to honor the memory and promote the musical legacy of the great Polish jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert
, who died in 1979 from cancer at the age of 32.
More famous abroad than in his native Poland, Seifert’s unique, John Coltrane
-esque jazz violin style continues to inspire jazz violinists around the world, as witnessed by the 63 entrants to the 1st International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition from 17 countries.
Dworak, who leads his own quartet as well as playing in the groups Mango Collective and Klezzmates, was adjudged by distinguished jury members Glen Moore
, Mark Feldman
and Professor Janusz Stefanski
to be the best jazz violinist from a very strong field of ten finalists.
The 1st International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition was part of the 19th edition of the Summer Jazz Festival at Piwnica pod Baranami, in Krakow
Dworak received the first prize of 10,000 Euros at a gala evening at the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology on Saturday, 19 July.
The jury awarded 2nd prize to Catalonian violinist Apel. Les Carod Requesens. 3rd prize was jointly awarded to Polish violinist Dawid Lubowicz and Slovakian violinist Roman Janoska.
The semi-finals and final were held over three days in the Krzytof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Luslawice. The entire event was broadcast live on Polish national radio. The special audience award went to Polish violinist Stanislaw Slowinski.
The 1st International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition attracted Polish national television coverage, radio and print media, national and international jazz journalists. In this respect, the organizers considered the event a great success in promoting the name of Zbigniew Seifert.
The competition will be held on a bi-annual basis, with the next edition scheduled for 2016. Although the venue is yet to be decided, it has been suggested that future editions of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition may be held in a different host country each time. Those violinists interested in entering the 2016 competition should check the Seifert Foundation website from time to time for forthcoming announcements.
Anybody interested in supporting the work of the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation in promoting the important musical legacy of Zbigniew Seifert should contact the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation website
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Krzysztof Warejko