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October 28, 2023, 12:00

Włodzimierz Kamiński Art of Violin Making Festival, 25-28.10.2023/day 4th


October 28, 2023
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Schedule of Festival events:


25.10.2023, Wednesday
11.00-18.00: 1st stage of the Competition, closed to the public

26.10.2023, Thursday
10.00-18.00: 1st stage of the Competition, closed to the public
18.30: Announcement of results of the 1st stage of the Competition and discussions with the Jury

27.10.2023, Friday
15.00-18.00: Auditions of the 2nd stage of the Competition, open to the public
19.00: Announcement of the results of the 2nd stage of the Competition and discussions with the Jury

28.10.2023, Saturday
19.00: Festival Gala and Laureates’ Concert

The Competition is open to students of violin making schools from all over the world and their graduates, who have completed their studies no earlier than in 2022.

The competition is held in two stages. In the first stage, the jury assesses the aesthetic and ergonomic qualities of instruments, and this stage is closed to the public. In the second (final) stage of the Competition, the instruments are presented in the concert hall from behind a curtain (anonymously) by a violinist Celina Kotz, and the Jury performs the sound assessment. The auditions of the second stage are open to the public. The concluding event of the Competition is the Laureate Concert held during the Festival Gala, at which the awarded instruments will be presented. Admission to the second stage auditions and the Laureate Concert is free for the public.

Peter Beare (United Kingdom) – Chairman of the Jury, violin maker
Roman Barnaś (United States) – violin maker
Dominique Nicosia (France) – violin maker
Ulrike Rempel (Germany) – violin maker
Honorata Stalmierska (Poland) – violin maker, Festival Director
Agata Szymczewska (Poland) – violinist
Jarosław Nadrzycki (Poland) – violinist


in two groups, for professionals and beginners

26.10.2023, Thursday
10.00-13.00: beginner and professional groups

27.10.2023, Friday
10.00-15.00: professional group

Topic: Setting up an instrument, working on sound quality and collaborating with musicians

This Workshop-Masterclass is intended for all students of artistic violin making, including international participants of the Competition, who will be able to take an active part in the Workshop, as well as student and professional musicians who will be able to participate as free listeners. During the Masterclass, an internationally renowned violin making expert Andrew Fairfax will share his knowledge about sound adjustments of an instrument, i.e., how to set up an instrument, which steps to take to check and improve sound quality, and how to effectively work with musicians.

The Workshop is free and open to all student participants of the Festival.

Tutor: Andrew Fairfax (United Kingdom)

Topic: A day from the life of a violin maker – be like Marcin Groblicz 

The beginners’ group is aimed at the Poznan public and all those who want to feel for a moment like maestro Antonio Stradivari or our great Polish master luthier Marcin Groblicz. No previous knowledge of violin making is required to take part in the workshop.
During the workshop, participants will learn about the history of violin making, visit a violin maker’s workplace, become acquainted with the basic tools, and make a piece of the violin themselves under the watchful eye of a master.

Tutor: Marcin Krupa (Poland)


28.10.2023, Saturday
9.00-15.00: presentations
15.00-17.00: expert panel

Topic: Violin making centres and the education of violin makers in Europe from the 16th century to the present day

The conference is devoted to the presentation of violin making centres in Europe. Together with speakers from Poland, presenting the achievements of the Polish violin making school, from the masters Groblicz and Dankwart to the legacy of Festival patron Włodzimierz Kamiński and contemporary Polish violin making artists, invited speakers from the United Kingdom (Newark school), France (Mirecourt), Italy (Cremona) and Germany (Mittenwald) will present the history, style, and methods of education in their respective violin making centres.

Towards the end of the conference, an expert panel will take place, initiating talks on the creation of an international agreement of violin making schools and closer collaboration between them. This agreement will significantly facilitate the cooperation of future generations of luthiers in the international arena, accelerate the exchange of experience and knowledge and open new opportunities for students of artistic violin making.


26.10.2023, Thursday
12.00-17.00: exhibition
13.00: lunchtime concert

27.10.2023, Friday
10.00-15.00: exhibition
13.00: lunchtime concert

The exhibition consists of works by contemporary Polish violin makers, members of the Polish Union of Artist Violin Makers, who present their instruments in the open space of the Aula Nova of the Academy of Music in Poznan. The exhibition is open to the public, who will have an opportunity to discuss with the artists their daily work. Musicians can additionally compare the instruments of individual makers from the exhibition and network with selected luthiers. The exhibition will be enhanced by accompanying events in the form of Lunchtime Concerts, during which previously submitted instruments from the Exhibition will be presented.


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Włodzimierz Kamiński Art of Violin Making Festival is held under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage


Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Fund for the Promotion of Culture

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Włodzimierz Kamiński Art of Violin Making Festival is held under the honorary patronage of Marshal of the Wielkopolska Region

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Włodzimierz Kamiński Art of Violin Making Festival is held under the honorary patronage of the Mayor of Poznań

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TVP Kultura, TVP3 Poznań, Głos Wielkopolski, naszemiasto.pl, Radio Poznań, IKS, kulturapoznan.pl

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