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An Anthology of Polish Music - Conductors

Polish Conductors

Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk

He studied with K. Stryja at the Academy of Music in Katowice. A prizewinner of the G. Fitelberg Conducting Competition in Katowice (1991), he currently serves as Music Director of the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice and Director of the Fitelberg Competition. In previous years he was Artistic Director of the symphony orchestras in Zabrze, Białystok and Poznan, as well as Chief Conductor of the International Piano Competition in Porto (Portugal). In 1995 he conducted the Białystok Philharmonic Orchestra on a tour of the United States, which comprised a concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. Foreign engagements have taken him also to Austria, Germany, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Canada, Tunisia, South Korea, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Spain, Portugal and China. The promotion of Polish music, especially by contemporary composers, occupies an important place in his career.

Łukasz Borowicz

One of the most talented Polish conductors of the young generation, he studied with B. Madey at the Music Academy in Warsaw, with K. Leitner in Vienna (opera conducting) and with G. Gelmetti in Siena. He held grants from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and the Ministry of Culture and Art., and is a prizewinner of several competitions: the A. Pedrotti in Trento (1999), the D. Mitropoulos in Athens (2000) and the Conductors' Competition in Porto (2002). In 2007 he was appointed Music Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor, he has worked with leading Polish orchestras, the Festival Orchestra di Sofia, Danish Radio SO, Orchestra of Colours (Ateny), Orquestra de Cadaques, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Erdödy Chamber Orchestra (Budapest), MATÁV Symphony Orchestra (Budapest) and the National Philharmonic Orchestras in Belarus and Ukraine. He is a co-founder of the Polish Orchestra Jeunesses Musicales.

Bogusław Dawidow

He studied conducting with B. Wodiczko and K. Missona in Poland, and subsequently in Vienna and Italy (with F. Ferrara). He is Artistic Director of the Opole Symphony Orchestra and a conductor of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. He served as Artistic Director of the National Academic Symphony Orchestra in Tomsk, Russia (1994-2002). He conducted many orchestras in Poland and on foreign tours, in Europe (Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Rome, Zurich, Moscow, London, St Petersburg), South America and the Far East. He has made many recordings for radio and on various labels.

Czesław Grabowski

He studied conducting and composition at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice. In 1986 he was appointed Managing and Artistic Director of the Zielona Góra Symphony Orchestra. He is also director of the annual events, the ‘Masters of Polish Violin Music' Festival and the International East-West Festival. He also works as guest conductor with many Polish and foreign orchestras, in concerts of symphonic, oratorio, opera and popular music. He has toured Denmark, Spain, Holland, Germany, Ukraine, Belarus and Italy. His compositional output includes symphonic, chamber and choral works. Many of them have

Marek Kudlicki

He graduated from the State Higher School of Music in Kraków, where he studied organ with J. Grubich and conducting with K. Missona. He developed his skills with H. Haselböck at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. He won First Prize at the National Organ Competition in Kraków in 1973. He has performed in most of the European countries, the two Americas, South Africa, New Zealand and the Far East, including such leading musical centres as Stockholm, London, Vienna, Sydney, Wellington, New York, Minneapolis, Bogota and Buenos Aires). He has taken part in many international organ festivals and has sat on the juries of organ competitions. He has done much to promote Polish music worldwide, giving recitals and lectures in many countries. He has also developed a successful career as a

Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski

In 1996 he graduated with distinction from the Music Academy in Warsaw, where he studied with B. Madey, and a year later was appointed Managing and Artistic Director of the Białystok Philharmonic, which in 2005 was renamed the Podlasie Opera and Symphony Orchestra. He is also Artistic Director of the Warsaw ‘Filharmonia' Orchestra. He has performed with leading Polish orchestras, including the National Polish Radio SO, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Radio SO. He is a guest conductor at the Grand Theatre - National Opera in Warsaw. Foreign tours have taken him to the United States, Germany, Spain, Morocco and Mexico. He has made many recordings for Polish Radio and on various labels. He has wide-ranging musical interests. In addition to conducting, he studied singing for many years.

Grzegorz Nowak

He studied composing with F. Dąbrowski, and conducting with W. Krzemieński and S. Stuligrosz. In 1984 he won the E. Ansermet Conducting Competition in Genevar. He perfected his skills in Tanglewood (USA), working with such masters of the baton as L. Bernstein, I. Markevitch, S. Ozawa and E. Leinsdorf. Invited by K. Masur, he was an assistant at the New York Philharmonic in 1992. At present he is the artistic director of the German radio orchestra SWR Rundfunkorchester in Kaiserslautern, the Canadian Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Helvetica, and also the Swiss festival Musique et Amitié in Bienne. He has worked with the leading orchestras of the world, conducting such ensembles as the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre National de France. He was the first recipient of a scholarship from the Eastman School of Music to complete doctoral studies in conducting. Grzegorz Nowak has headed such ensembles as the Słupsk Chamber Orchestra and Musical Theatre, the Biel Symphony Orchestra and Opera (Switzerland), the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (Canada), and the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera in Warsaw. He performed with many outstanding soloists, such as K. Zimerman, M. Rostropowicz, V. Ashkenazy,

H. Szeryng, M. Argerich, A.-S. Mutter, P. Zukerman, N. Kennedy, W. Wiłkomirska, K. A. Kulka, P. Paleczny, K. Battle, E. Podleś.

Krzysztof Penderecki

He is one of the most prominent living composers. He studied composition with A. Malawski and S. Wiechowicz in Kraków. He lectured in Essen and at Yale University in New Haven and served as Rector of the Music Academy in Kraków. His major works include Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, Dies irae, St. Luke Passion, the operas The Devils of Loudun and Paradise Lost, the Polish Requiem and The Seven Gates of Jerusalem. Penderecki's long list of honours includes the Prix Italia, the Sibelius Medal, the Award of the Polish Composers' Union, the A. Honegger Award, the Herder Prize, the Award of the

K. Wolff Foundation in Israel, the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Grawemeyer Award from the University of Louisville, the Order of Cultural Merit of Monaco, the UNESCO International Music Council Award, the Cannes Classical Award as ‘Living Composer of the Year' (2000), the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts and The Guardini Award. Since 1972 he has also developed a career as a conductor, working with the world's leading orchestras on a diverse repertoire comprising both his own compositions and major symphonic works of various periods. He was Artistic Director of the P. Casals Festival in San Juan (Puerto Rico), the Puerto Rico International Cello Competition and of Sinfonia Varsovia. He served as guest conductor of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Orchester in Hamburg, the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester in Leipzig and the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

Paweł Przytocki

He is a graduate of the Music Academy in Kraków, where he studied with

J. Katlewicz. He served as Artistic Director of the Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk (1988-1991) and of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Łodź (1995-1997). He has performed with most of Polish symphony orchestras as well as with many abroad (Budapest Concert Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonika de Xalapa, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Capella Istropolitana in Bratislava, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara). Foreign tours have taken him to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, France and Spain. He has been invited by Athens Festival (1987), Musikfest Stuttgart (1988), Flanders Festival (1989), La Chaise-Dieu Festival (1996), Kissinger Sommer (1998), Bratislava Musik Festival (1999), Augsburger Mozartsommer

(2000) and the Prague Spring (2001).

Piotr Wijatkowski

He is a graduate of the Music Academy in Warsaw, where he studied with H. Czyż. He continued his education with M. Gielen at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mozarteum in Salzburg. He has conducted many orchestras in Poland and abroad (the United States, France, Austria, Ukraine, Egypt). He currently works with the Lublin Symphony Orchestra, with which he toured extensively (Sweden, Germany, Holland, Italy, Demark, South Korea). He has made numerous recordings for radio and television, as well as on CD (Szymanowski's Symphonie concertante, K. Lipiński's orchestral works, A. Tansman's Suite for two pianos).

Antoni Wit

He has served as Managing and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic since 2002. He had earlier worked with the Pomeranian Philharmonic, the Orchestra and Choir of Polish Radio and Television in Kraków, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria and the National Polish Radio SO in Katowice (1983-2000). In both his radio recordings and regular concert programming A. Wit emphasized Polish music, giving many first performances of works by K. Penderecki, W. Lutosławski and W. Kilar. He studied music in his native Kraków, conducting with H. Czyż and composition with K. Penderecki at the State Higher School of Music. He continued his studies with N. Boulanger in Paris. The Second Prize at the H. von Karajan International Competition in Berlin in 1971 marked the beginning of his international career. He has performed in the most important European music centres, as well as in the two Americas, and the Middle and Far East, conducting such famous orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony and the NHK Tokyo. His discography includes over 100 records featuring works by Chopin, Szymanowski, Prokofiev, Messiaen, Lutosławski, Penderecki and Meyer. His honours include the ‘Diamond Baton' Polish Radio Award for outstanding artistic achievements and the promotion of Polish music in Poland and abroad. A. Wit also pursues a teaching career. He is a professor of conducting at the Music Academy in Warsaw.




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