Violinist Milena Pioruńska is Poland’s Eurovision Young Musicians representative

Violinist Milena Pioruńska has been nominated as Poland’s Eurovision representative for the 2022 Eurovision Young Musicians contest in Montpellier, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage said.

The young violinist, a pupil of the Mieczysław Karłowicz General Music School of the 2nd degree in Poznań, has also been awarded Poland’s Young Artist of the Year Award.

Ms Pioruńska has played violing ever since she turned five, performing solo at over 150 music shows with, among others, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Hungarian Radio at the Concert Hall of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. She also performed in the televised talent show Virtuosos V4+, as well as taking part in over 30 pan-Polish and international violin competitions.

Having taken place on May 2 at the National Philharmonics in Warsaw, the finale gala featured, apart from Ms Pioruńska exceptional young competitors, namely Małgorzata Cieszko (Oboe), Paweł Libront (Clarinet), Józef Wajdzik (Accordian) and Krzysztof Wierciński (Piano).

The finalists performed classical music pieces together with a symphonic orchestra. In the repertoire were Fryderyk Chopin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henryk Wieniawski, Carl Maria von Weber and Ole Schmidt.

The jury ruled Milena Pioruńska the worthiest of the Main Award. The violinist also received awards funded by Zdzisław Bujanowski, the chief of the Artistic Education Centre, and Jacek Kurski, the chairman of Poland’s public broadcaster TVP.

All of the finalists were awarded WsperaMY individual workshop packages funded by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Montpellier, France is set to host Eurovision Young Musicians 2022 in July, with the contest returning after four years. Initially scheduled to be held in Zagreb, Croatia in 2020, Eurovision Young Musicians was cancelled due to COVID-19.