Maria Knapik Awarded Silver Medal by Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage




Knapik Ottawa, Canada, October 8, 2011: The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is proud to announce that Maria Knapik, Polish-born Canadian soprano, has been awarded its silver medal – Distinguished Culture – Gloria Artis – for her outstanding artistic achievements and promotion of Polish culture in Canada.  The presentation took place at the Songs of Chopin Concert under the patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.  The concert which was organized by Maestro International and conducted by Maestro Michel Brousseau, took place on October 1, 2011 in Ottawa.

Poland can be very proud of its culture. Ask a foreigner about famous Poles, and we hear names such as Fryderyk Chopin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wisława Szymborska, Czesław Miłosz. And of course there are the Polish pianists, conductors, poster creators, filmmakers… Krystian Zimmerman, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Tateusz Kantor. All these names speak for themselves.

Naturally, the recognized and superb masters have worthy successors.  And Ms. Knapik is one of them.  Earlier this year, The American Institute of Polish Culture awarded Ms. Knapik the Gold Medal for her ongoing national and international efforts to promote Polish arts and culture, notably in her beloved discipline of opera. She has also been recently awarded a grant from the Creation and Production Fund for Professional Artists by the City of Ottawa.  Ms. Knapik is presently preparing for a guest appearance at the upcoming concert: Mozart’s Requiem.  The concert will take place on November 26, 2011 in Ottawa.

About the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Silver Medal

The Medal for Merit in Culture – Gloria Artis (Polish: Zasłużony Kulturze – Gloria Artis) or Gloria Artis Medal, is a decoration in Arts awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland to persons and organizations for distinguished contributions to, or protection of the Polish culture and the people’s heritage. It is awarded for merit rendered to Polish culture, as well as for supporting Polish culture and art abroad, and strengthening cultural relations between Poland and other countries. There are three categories for the medal: gold, silver and bronze with green, blue and brown ribbons, respectively, all with central white and red stripes. This award was instituted on July 20th, 2006.