The second edition of the Competition was held from September 11-18, 2021.
Carter Johnson, a young and talented Canadian pianist, won the Second International Polish Music Competition in the piano category, while in the chamber ensemble category, the Książek Piano Duo, composed of Agnieszka Zahaczewska-Książek and Krzysztof Książek, won an unqualified victory.
The second prize in the piano category went to Ivan Shemchuk, representative of Ukraine, winner of the First International Competition of Polish Music in 2019, while in the chamber ensembles the Warsaw-based wind Kwintofonia. Third prize winners were pianist Michal Karol Szymanowski and violin and piano duo Aleksandra Kuls and Marcin Koziak.
Honourable mentions were awarded to pianists Ruslan Kazakov (Russia), Adam Mikołaj Goździewski, Krzysztof Kozlowski and chamber musicians Popko / Thieu-Quang, Dobrowolski / Słapiński Duo and Trio Legend.
The jury also awarded a total of 38 non-statutory prizes, the vast majority in the form of special concerts in leading philharmonic halls and festivals in Poland and abroad. For the first time in the competition’s history, among other prizes, a special prize was awarded for the best performance of a chamber work by Miłosz Magin, funded by the composer’s daughter, Margot Magin, as well as a prize of one thousand euros in each performance category, which was awarded by the journalistic.
The laureates performed on September 18 at a gala concert with the Podkarpacka Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Massimiliano Caldi and Tomasz Chmiel.