Penderecki selected the best work

Thursday, 15 November 2012
The First Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers’ Competition “Arboretum” ended on Saturday in Radom. It was won by Warsaw composer Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, writes Anna S. Dębowska (Gazeta Wyborcza, 12 November 2012).
His work – “Prismatic Shapes" for string orchestra – appealed to the taste of Krzysztof Penderecki, who himself judged the compositions that reached the finals. In this unique formula, patterned on the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award in Tokyo, there is only one judge (an eminent composer), who makes an arbitrary decision after a public performance of the most interesting works.
The second award went to Adam Porębski, a composition student from Wrocław, for “Stretched for Strings”. The third place was taken jointly by Wojciech Błażejczyk for "Introjection for String Orchestra" and Ignacy Zalewski, student of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw for his “Poem for String Orchestra ". The final was dominated by composers of the younger and middle generations except Geoffrey A. Taylor from England (born 1945), as there was no age limit for competition entrants.
- “Prismatic shapes" was absolutely the best work in the finals. If a composer can make a more than 10-minute composition out of a several-note motif, this testifies to his skills and sense of form – said Penderecki to “Gazeta".

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