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Music Awards Turn 20
March 27, 2014   
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This year’s Fryderyki, the most prestigious awards in the Polish music industry, will be handed out April 24 at Warsaw’s Kongresowa Hall. The ceremony will mark the awards’ 20th anniversary.

The Fryderyki are given out by the Phonographic Academy, made up of Polish musicians and music industry insiders. Unlike in previous years, tickets for the upcoming award ceremony are available to the general public. Fans will be able to get a firsthand experience of one of the biggest cultural events of the year as they take a seat in the Kongresowa Hall next to their idols and other prominent figures on Poland’s music scene. The audience will watch live performances by top names including a special, 20th-anniversary concert featuring some of Poland’s biggest pop and rock acts of the past two decades.

The awards are presented in three main categories: jazz, classical music, and pop & rock. In total, there are 10 categories this year with 14 Fryderyki statuettes up for grabs. Past winners include vocalists Monika Brodka, Kasia Nosowska, Kuba Badach and Grzegorz Turnau, pianist Leszek Możdżer and the bands Zakopower, T-Love and Acid Drinkers. It is a tradition for some of the Fryderyki winners to perform live during the ceremony.

Every year, the Phonographic Academy also hands out Gold Fryderyki lifetime achievement awards to individuals who have played an outstanding role in Polish music. The recipients so far have included jazz trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, film score composer Wojciech Kilar, poet and composer Wojciech Młynarski, and the great contemporary classical music composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

This year, one gold statuette will go to world famous violinist and educator Andrzej Kulka and another two will be awarded posthumously to jazz guitarist and composer Jarek ¦mietana and to rock guitarist and composer Marek Jackowski, the leader of legendary band Maanam.

M.R.

For further information go to www.galafryderyk.pl

Fryderyki Award Ceremony
April 24, 7 p.m.
Kongresowa Hall, Palace of Culture, 1 Defilad Sq.
Tickets zl.99-399, available at www.eventim.pl,
www.ticketpro.pl, www.ebilet.pl, the Kongresowa Hall ticket office, the Eventim ZASP ticket office (25 Jerozolimskie Ave.), and Empik, Media Markt and Saturn stores
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