The Opening concert

The grand opening of the 59th Beethoven's Hradec will take place on June 12 at 6:00 PM in the concert hall of the Minorite Monastery with a performance by Beata Warykiewicz-Siwy (violin) and Magdalena Duś (piano).

Tickets for the concert are available for pre-sale at Sluna Opava. Admission is free for Subscription holders of the city of Opava (upon presentation of their pass), as well as for competition participants.


  1. L. van Beethoven: Romance pro housle a orchestr č. 2 F dur, op. 50
  2. B. Smetana: Five Waltzes, JB 1:18, No. 1 in C minor, No. 5 in A-flat major
  3. J. Brahms: Scherzo c moll pro housle a klavír, z F. A. E. Sonáty

*** Intermission ***

  1. K. Szymanowski: Myths, Op. 30
  2. K. Szymanowski: Harnasie, op. 55

Beata Warykiewicz-Siwy: violin
Magdalena Duś: piano

prof. dr hab. Beata Warykiewicz-Siwy

Violinist and teacher. A graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where she graduated with honors in the violin class of Professor Stanisław Lewandowski and adt Aureli Błaszczok in 1988. She also studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam in the class of Professor Istvan Parkanyi (postgraduate studies). She attended master classes conducted by, among others, Professors M. Frischenschlager (Austria), W. Marschner (Germany), R. Masters (England), and K. Danczowska (Poland).

She is the laureate of many awards and honors, including: Honorary mention at the First International Young Violinists' Competition in Lublin (1979), First prize at the National Interpretation Competition of Karol Szymanowski in Kraków (1982), First prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Aberdeen, Scotland (1984), First prize in the "Adelaide Violin Competition" in South Australia (1986), Second prize in the "Het Postbank Sweelinck Violin Competition" in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1990), Finalist in the International Competition for Instrumentalists "The Skene Aberdeen Festival Award" in Aberdeen, Scotland (1984), Semifinalist in the International Young Violinists' Competition Yehudi Menuhin in Folkestone, England (1983), and the Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznań (1986). From 1990 to 1992, she worked with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest in Hilversum, the Netherlands, and from 1992 to 1997, she was the concertmaster of the Radio Kamerorkest (Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra) also in Hilversum.

After returning to Poland, she began working at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where she now leads the violin class and since 2013 also the Methodology of Violin Playing. In 2021, she was awarded the title of Professor of Arts in the field of musical arts.

As a soloist, she has performed with 12 philharmonics and several chamber orchestras in Poland, the Berliner Rundfunkorchester and the Sinfonieorchester Thuringen (Germany), Camerata Slovaca in Bratislava (Slovakia), and the chamber orchestra L'Estro Armonico (Netherlands). Since 1980, she has given concerts in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, the USA, Australia, and the UK.

She has performed in recitals, solo, and chamber concerts in such venues as Schauspielhaus in Berlin, Tivoli in Copenhagen, Concertgebouw, "Beurs van Berlage" and Ijsbreker in Amsterdam, "Barocksaal" in Des Alten Rathause in Vienna, Palacio de Percent in Madrid, the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, and the chamber hall of NOSPR in Katowice. She has participated in many festivals in Poland and abroad, including "Berliner Festtage" and "Cottbuser Musikherbst" in Germany, "Janáček May" in the Czech Republic, "Concerts De Vollore" in France, "Varna Summer" in Bulgaria, the Henryk Wieniawski Festival in Szczawno-Zdrój, the Polish Violin Festival of Grażyna Bacewicz in Częstochowa, the Warsaw Autumn, and the Karol Szymanowski Days of Music in Zakopane. She has recorded for Polish Radio and Television, Dutch Radio and Television, and ABC Radio in Australia.
She is a member of the Karol Szymanowski Music Society and a consultant for the Center for Artistic Education. She currently focuses on teaching and performing.

adt dr Magdalena Duś

Pianist and chamber musician born in Przemyśl. She is currently an assistant professor at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where she graduated with honors in 2006 in the piano class of Professor Hanna Kryjak. For the past 10 years, she has led the chamber piano music class at her alma mater.

As a chamber musician, she has been invited to participate in concert projects with outstanding artists, including David Walter, Florent Héau, János Balint, Silvia Careddu, Christoph Hartmann, Arno Bornkamp, Vincent David, Joe Christophe, Tomoko Akasaka, and Wenzel Fuchs. She is particularly valued for her extraordinary ability to establish a musical dialogue, sound imagination, energy, and passion in interpreting compositions.

Together with the excellent saxophonist Bartłomiej Duś, she has formed the MagDuś Duo for 11 years. Their debut album "Malincolico," released by the German label Classic Clips, received excellent reviews in the foreign press. The duo has been awarded at chamber music competitions, including the 18th International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź (2013 – second prize) and Salieri-Zinetti in Verona (2014 – second prize). Together with Polish composers, the MagDuś Duo develops the repertoire of contemporary music, leading to the creation of many chamber compositions by Hanna Kulenty, Wojciech Ziemowit Zych, Michał Dobrzyński, Przemysław Szczotka, as well as orchestral works: the Double Concerto "Three Visions after Dante" by Marta Ptaszyńska and "Atlantiss Forte" and "Aisthetikos" by Hanna Kulenty. The latter was recorded in September 2021 by Magdalena Duś, Bartłomiej Duś, and the French Orchestre Pasdeloup conducted by Marzena Diakun at the Paris Philharmonic. The album "Polish Heroines of Music," which includes this piece, was released by Anaklasis and nominated for the Fryderyk 2022 award in the "Album of the Year – Concert Music" category.

The pianist has made recordings with prominent artists, including "Brahms. Clarinet Works" (DUX 2015), "Éclats romantiques" (DUX 2020), and a monographic album dedicated to the works of Marcel Chyrzyński (2021 Orpheus).

An essential part of the pianist's professional life is collaborating with students. In her work, she strives to impart a passion and love for music, focusing on revealing the unique qualities of each of her students' playing.

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