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Ladies and Gentlemen,

Mieczysław Wajnberg (1919 - 1996) was an outstanding Polish composer. Shortly after discovering his remarkable work, he has come to be regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, alongside Witold Lutosławski, Bela Bartok and Dmitri Shostakovich. After many decades of oblivion, Mieczysław Wajnberg's works can be heard today in the largest concert halls in the world, and his music is enthusiastically discovered by an increasing number of music lovers.

In December 2021, we admired the wonderful creations of young violinists from around the world who visited Katowice during the 1st International Mieczysław Wajnberg Violin Competition. Shortly after the success of the first edition of the Competition, the eyes of the whole world were drawn to the dramatic events in Ukraine that are still taking place today. We believe that as people united by the beauty and power of music - a universal bond beyond all divisions, we are able to unite and express our opposition to Russian aggression with the loud voice of our instruments and provide spiritual support to its victims.

Mieczysław Wajnberg's life was also marked by pain and suffering, but even in his most moving works there is a note of hope. Let the tragic fate of the Competition's patron be a symbol of the strength of survival, reconciliation and care for a better tomorrow.

I cordially invite young violinists to participate in the 2nd International Mieczysław Wajnberg Violin Competition in Katowice and encounter the timeless beauty and immeasurable depth of his music, which can touch the most sensitive strings of every person's soul.

Prof. Szymon Krzeszowiec


Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego w Katowicach

ul. Zacisze 3, 40-025 Katowice, Poland
Academy of Music in Katowice
Academy of Music in Katowice
International Violin Competition - Katowice