News - August 17, 2011


Transatlantyk Festival

The closing gala of the International Transatlantyk Film and Music Festival took place on Friday, the 12th of August, at Aula Artis WSNHiD. Founder and director Jan A.P.Kaczmarek and Magdalena Mielcarz led the ceremony, which featured the brilliant Balanescu Quartet and the Rozbitek Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam Banaszak and featuring pianist Jacek Kortus.

“9 days and 36 000 viewers! 300 movie screenings, 171 films, 40 of them Polish premieres, 2160 Master Class participants – these numbers help to understand festival’s scope.” said Jan A.P.Kaczmarek opening the gala.

The evening was filled with music and emotions connected to the results of the competitions:

The Transatlantyk Audience Award was given to the film “For Lovers Only” directed by Mark Polish. Polish film and theatre actress, Danuta Stenka presented the award.

The Transatlantyk RMF Radio Classic Award, for the most radio-worthy music was given to Arturas Saskinas, a Lithuanian composer.

The jury of Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest led by William Goldstein, awarded five composers.

1st Place ($10 000) won Dawid Rudnicki, a 30 year-old graduate of Music Academy in Katowice (composition and jazz)

2nd Place ($5 000) won Felix Raffael, a 27 year-old graduate of Music Academy in Hannover (piano)

3rd Place ($ 2 500) won Rio Saito, a 31 year old graduate of Royal Colege of Music in London

Two special mentions were given to Karol Mossakowski and Radosław Mateja, both graduates of Music Academy in Poznań.

The jury of Transatlantyk Film Music Competition, chaired by Jan A.P.Kaczmarek, presented six awards:

The main title of Transatlantyk Young Composer of 2011 went to a 26-year-old TV composer, Matthijs Kleboom, from the Netherlands, who also received the 1st Place prize of $20,000.

2nd Place was shared by composer Natali Drosou, 28, representing Greece/Poland/Great Brittain, and an American student, Garth Neudstadter, 25, from Yale and Julliard School of Music. Each received $5,000.

The 3rd Prize for $5,000 was presented to a Polish composer, Krzysztof A. Janczak, 28, a musicology graduate of Warsaw University, Ecole Normale Superiere de Musique de Paris and Maurice Ravel Conservatory in Paris.

Special mention for Exceptional Musical Score for an Animated Short went to Vasco Hexel, 31, a graduate of Berkeley College of Music and Royal College of Music.

Jury member Richard Gladstein, who produced “Finding Neverland” and “Pulp Fiction”, emphasized the high quality of talent evidenced from the submissions of over 100 participants from all over the world.

The last prize of 20,000 PLN and Transatlantic Chopin Award for the Most Promising Artist of the Year went to a renowned Polish violinist, Agata Szymczewska.

The evening was filled with music from the celebrated Balanescu Quartet and culminated with J. A. P. Kaczmarek’s “Yankiel’s Concerto”, a version for piano and orchestra, featuring a virtuoso pianist Jacek Kortus, and conducted by Adam Banaszek.