WARSAW PHILHARMONIC CHOIR
Henryk WOJNAROWSKI - conductor, choirmaster
Julian GEMBALSKI - organ
Morning Concert for Children
Let's Go Carolling
hosted by Malina SARNOWSKA
FOLK SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE OF WARSAW UNIVERSITY
On 25th October 2013, we inaugurate a new era in Warsaw Philharmonic's activity. On that day, Internet users will be able to listen online to Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection'. The conductor is Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk. It is the first online concert streaming in the history of our Philharmonic.»
London's BBC Proms is one of the world's most prestigious musical festivals. This year's edition sees the debut of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Antoni Wit, who visit the Royal Albert Hall on Friday, August 23, at 7.30 p.m. »
The format of Warsaw Philharmonic's Sunday concerts for children is going to change in the season of 2013/14. Both cycles known from previous seasons: Concerts for Children (in the Concert Hall) and Matinées for Young Music Lovers (in the Chamber Music Hall) will be divided into concerts for two different age groups: at 11 am for younger children (3 to 6 years old) and at 2 pm - for the school-aged group (7 to 12 years old). These changes will also be reflected in the system of ticket subscriptions. »
The Polish President Bronisław Komorowski and the Minister of Culture, Bogdan Zdrojewski, congratulate Antoni Wit on receiving the Grammy Award
On 12th February 2013, The President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski telephoned Antoni Wit to offer him his personal congratulations on winning the world's most prestigious music prize - the Grammy Award. The Award was granted for a Naxos release of Krzysztof Penderecki's works, featuring Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Antoni Wit.»
JACEK KASPSZYK - Artistic Director of Warsaw Philharmonic
(from 1st September 2013)
Jacek Kasprzyk graduated in conducting, music theory and composition from the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw (1975). In the same year he made his debut in the Grand Theatre - Polish National Opera in Warsaw conducting a première of Mozart's Don Giovanni. In 1976 he was appointed guest conductor to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. A year later he won the 3rd prize in the prestigious Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition in Berlin, which led to his debuts in Berlin and New York Philharmonic in 1978. In the same year he became first conductor, and two years later - music director of the Great Orchestra of the Polish Radio and Television (now - PNRSO), with which he toured many European countries.
In 1982 he took residence in London, making his debut in the Royal Festival Hall with Philharmonia Orchestra. He later collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Capital Radio's Wren Orchestra (as its principal conductor) and made guest appearances with e.g. Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National, BBC Scottish Symphony and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with which he gave a concert in 1984 at BBC Proms. He also led orchestras in the USA (Cincinnati Symphony, San Diego Symphony), Canada (Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony), Japan (Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic) as well as Hong Kong Philharmonic and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
In 1998 Jacek Kasprzyk took up the posts of artistic and music director, and in 2002 - also that of managing director of the Grand Theatre - Polish National Opera in Warsaw. In this theatre he staged new productions of, among others, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle and Miraculous Mandarin, Szymanowski's King Roger, Penderecki's Ubu Rex, Berlioz's Damnation of Faust, R. Strauss's Salome and Berg's Wozzeck. He appeared with the Grand Theatre ensembles at the Festival in Beijing, in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and Festival Castell de Peralada in Spain, as well as touring Japan three times. He has conducted spectacles in such renowned opera houses as the English National Opera, Opera North in Leeds, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Opéra Comique in Paris, Opéra de Lyon, theatres in Bordeaux, Zurich and Stockholm, Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and others. In 2006-08 he regularly collaborated with the ensembles of the Lithuanian National Opera, with which he performed at the festivals in Ljubljana, Ravenna and Tel Aviv.
The Grand Theatre's production of King Roger under his baton was presented as part of the special I, CULTURE project at the inauguration of Poland's Presidency of the EU Council in July 2011. Another recent highlight of Jacek Kaspszyk's career were his concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Festival ‘Chopin and His Europe'.
In 2011 the artist received the Elgar Society Medal for his outstanding interpretations of that composer's musical works. The Medal had previously been granted to such eminent musicians as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Litton or Leonard Slatkin.
Since 2006, Jacek Kasprzyk has been the artistic director of Witold Lutosławski Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Wrocław. In 2009-12 he was also music director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (PNRSO) in Katowice.
The artist's most recent contracts were related to his return to Wiener Symphoniker at the Bregenz Festival in 2012, concerts at the Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron and appearances with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana at the Lugano Festival. He also regularly gives performances in the Far East. He opened the 2011-12 season with China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony and gave his first concert with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (with the pianist Stephen Kovacevich). In the season 2012-13 he returned to Malaysia, made his debut with KBS Symphony in Seoul, gave concerts in Great Britain with Opera North (Leeds), conducted Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and China Philharmonic, appeared at the Lugano Festival and toured Great Britain with the PNRSO.
Jacek Kaspszyk's extensive discography includes a recording of Rossini's Il signor Bruschino with Warsaw Chamber Opera and Baird's Concerto lugubre with the Great Orchestra of the Polish Radio (Edison Award), as well as Collins Classics releases featuring four of London's symphony orchestras: London Symphony (Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Mahler's Symphony No. 1 and R. Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra), Philharmonia Orchestra (Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2 and Verdi's Operatic Overtures), London Philharmonic Orchestra (works by J. Strauss (son) and Schubert's 5th and 8th Symphonies) as well as the Royal Philharmonic (Puccini's Interludes).
The artist regularly collaborates with Martha Argerich, e.g. at the Festival in Lugano. 2010 saw the release of their album with music by Chopin. With Wrocław Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Jacek Kaspszyk made a CD featuring Lutosławski's 2nd and 4th Symphonies which was awarded the Fryderyk Award of the Polish music record industry in 2011. He also made a number of acclaimed recordings with the ensembles of the Grand Theatre - Polish National Opera. His interpretation of Szymanowski's King Roger (released by CD Accord) was nominated for BBC Music Magazine's Disc of the Year award. A Gramophone magazine reviewer wrote about that release: "On every count, including pennies, this sweeps the board [...] under Kaspszyk it makes a mesmerizing impression."
(Photo: Juliusz Multarzyński)