Transatlantyk Festival 2020 – Gala and opening concert

The Transatlantyk festival, created and directed by the composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, is celebrating its 10th edition from October 1 to 8, 2020 in Katowice (Poland), with a mix of in-person and online events.


On Thursday, October 1st at 19:00h, the opening gala of the festival took place with a concert entitled “The best of Jan A.P. Kaczmarek” performed by the NOSPR – National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Monika Wolińska, and with the participation of the soprano Iwona Sobotka.

Transatlantyk Festival 2020 - Gala and opening concert


The concert included the pieces Emigra – Symfonia bez końca, Rhapsody Śląska, Universe – Opera Otwarta and themes composed for movies such as Total Eclipse, Washington Square, Unfaithful, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale or Finding Neverland, that granted Kaczmarek the Oscar.


The concert/gala, whose tickets could be purchased for 35 PLN (8 € – follow link), is now available online for free at the following link: (from the minute 23:20)


Remember that the festival also includes this year the famous “Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest”: the only instant composition contest in the world, where participants will have to score a clip from a movie on the piano in real-time, that they have never seen before.


More information about the contest:


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