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Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
WARSAW PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA continues the long and rich tradition of chamber music performed by artists associated with Warsaw Philharmonic. The first chamber ensembles were founded in the Philharmonic early in the 20th century. In the 1960s and 70s, the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Musicians’ Ensemble under Karol Teutsch scored numerous successes on the world’s concert stages. Other ensembles featuring musicians from Warsaw Philharmonic also gained international recognition. In the 1990s, a string orchestra gave concerts with eminent soloists (Konstanty A. Kulka, Nigel Kennedy) as well as recording for record companies and the television.
Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra was reactivated in the context of the Philharmonic’s centenary celebrations and gave its first concert on 10th February 2002. It was formed by leading Warsaw Philharmonic instrumentalists, including former members of Karol Teutsch’s ensemble. Jan Lewtak was appointed artistic director of the orchestra. This seasoned soloist and chamber musician graduated from Zenon Brzewski’s and Mirosław Ławrynowicz’s violin class in Warsaw’s F. Chopin Academy of Music. He is the winner of several violin competitions and recipient of the Committee for Public Radio and Television Award.
Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra has performed with such outstanding artists as, among others: Salvatore Accardo, Jean‑Louis Capezzali, Łukasz Długosz, Marek Drewnowski, Urszula Dudziak, Evelyn Glennie, Ilya Gringolts, Krzysztof Herdzin, Andrzej Jagodziński, Jakub Jakowicz, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Isabelle van Keulen, Jacek Kortus, Jadwiga Kotnowska, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Rafał Kwiatkowski, Roby Lacatos, Adam Makowicz, Ewa Małas-Godlewska, Shlomo Mintz, Artur Pachlewski, Mariusz Patyra, Baiba Skride, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Agata Szymczewska, and Edward Zienkowski.
In 2003, the Orchestra under the baton of Antoni Wit recorded Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons on CD, with Jan Lewtak as soloist. In 2008 Lipinski Sound released a disc with the same cycle featuring Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra under Jan Lewtak and the violinist Mariusz Patyra. In the same year the ensemble under Antoni Wit recorded an album with Krzysztof Penderecki’s works for string orchestra.
In February 2009, the Orchestra celebrated Grażyna Bacewicz’s birth centenary with a programme composed entirely of that eminent composer’s works, including the premieres of two recently discovered pieces: the Sinfonietta of 1929 and Symphony of 1946. These compositions were also released on a CD dedicated to Bacewicz’s music for string orchestra, recorded by the Orchestra for Sony Music. The Orchestra’s 10th anniversary in December 2011was celebrated with a concert, released on CD by Warsaw Philharmonic / CD Accord. The Orchestra under Antoni Wit also recorded Krzysztof Penderecki’s Fonogrammi for a Grammy-awarded CD released by Naxos in February 2013.