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The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir was founded in 1953 under Zbigniew Soja. Later chorus masters have included Roman Kuklewicz (1955–1971), Józef Bok (1971–1974), Antoni Szaliński (1974–1978), and Henryk Wojnarowski (1978–2016), and since January 2017, the post has been held by Bartosz Michałowski.

The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir was founded in 1953 under Zbigniew Soja. Later chorus masters have included Roman Kuklewicz (1955–1971), Józef Bok (1971–1974), Antoni Szaliński (1974–1978) and Henryk Wojnarowski (1978–2016), and since January 2017, the post has been held by Bartosz Michałowski.

The Choir’s performances focus on symphonic and oratorio concerts with the Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, as well as a cappella performances in the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall. Each season, the Choir stages numerous concerts here, and also appears regularly at the ‘Warsaw Autumn’ International Festival of Contemporary Music and the ‘Wratislavia Cantans’ International Festival.

The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir has also performed extensively abroad, in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Spain, Iceland, Israel, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Lithuania, Latvia, France and Italy. In May 2015, it also toured Great Britain with the Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. The Choir has been frequently invited to perform in concerts with such outstanding orchestras as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberger Symphoniker, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem symphony orchestras, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

The Choir’s first appearance on an opera stage brought further invitations to opera houses: La Scala (Weber’s Oberon, 1989; Beethoven’s Fidelio, 1990), La Fenice in Venice (Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, 1986; Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, 1987), Paris (Beethoven’s Fidelio, 1989); Palermo (Szymanowski’s King Roger, 1992; Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, 1993; Honegger’s Antigone, 1993), and Pesaro (Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, 1994). In 1988, 1990 and 2001, the Choir sang in gala concerts organised for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

The Choir has been conducted by such outstanding Polish and international masters of the baton and composers as Moshe Atzmon, Gary Bertini, Andrzej Boreyko, Sergiu Comissiona, Henryk Czyż, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Sir Charles Groves, Jacek Kaspszyk, Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Helmut Koch, Witold Lutosławski, Lorin Maazel, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Igor Markevitch, Andrzej Markowski, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Grzegorz Nowak, Seiji Ozawa, Krzysztof Penderecki, Zoltán Peskó, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, Wolfgang Rennert, Ljubomir Romansky, Witold Rowicki, Hanns-Martin Schneidt, Jerzy Semkow, David Shallon, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Tadeusz Strugała, Stanisław Wisłocki, Antoni Wit and Bohdan Wodiczko.

The Choir’s wide repertoire comprises over 400 oratorios and a cappella works, ranging from the Middle Ages to contemporary pieces. A special place in the Choir’s repertoire is occupied by Polish music, especially pieces by Krzysztof Penderecki. The ensemble has performed and recorded all of his oratorios and a cappella works. In February 2017, the Choir received the most prestigious award of the phonographic industry, a Grammy, in the ‘Best Choral Performance’ category, for the first CD in the Penderecki Conducts Penderecki series (featuring Dies Illa, Psalms of David, Hymn to St Daniil and Hymn to St Adalbert). The Choir had been nominated for a Grammy six times before: five times for its recordings of Krzysztof Penderecki’s works, i.e. St Luke Passion (two nominations: in 1991, conducted by the composer, and in 2004, conducted by Antoni Wit), Polish Requiem (2005), Symphony No. 7 ‘Seven Gates of Jerusalem’ (2007) and Utrenja (2009), and also for a Karol Szymanowski album featuring, among others, Stabat Mater, Demeter and Veni Creator (2008). The album with the Polish Requiem also received the Record Academy Award 2005 (from the Japanese magazine Record Geijutsu). In April 2009, the Choir’s album Stanisław Moniuszko – Masses received a Fryderyk Award, in the ‘Album of the Year – Choral and Oratorio Music’ category, whilst the second volume was honoured with a Golden Orpheus – Arturo Toscanini Award from the French Académie du Disque Lyrique, in the category ‘Best Phonographic Initiative’, in May 2010. The latter was given in recognition of its promotion of Stanisław Moniuszko’s oeuvre. These two CDs are the world’s only recording of Moniuszko’s complete masses. In March 2011, the Choir received a Fryderyk Award for its 1989 CD recording of Roman Maciejewski’s Requiem. Missa pro defunctis, which was reissued with a new graphic layout in 2010 to mark the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The ensemble was awarded two more Fryderyks for Karol Szymanowski recordings: in 2018 for an album featuring Litany to the Virgin Mary, Stabat Mater and Symphony No. 3 ‘Song of the Night’ (with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jacek Kaspszyk), and in 2020 for the opera Hagith (with the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw and Michał Klauza). In 2018, the Choir featured in a recording of a vast collection called 100 for 100: Musical Decades of Freedom, released by PWM, featuring 100 works by Polish composers from the years 1918–2019. The ensemble recorded pieces by Padlewski, Łuciuk and Twardowski, and the CD set also included its earlier recordings of Szymanowski’s works (the collection as a whole was singled out for yet another Fryderyk Award in 2020).

The Choir’s discography also comprises Christmas carols (DVD and CD), followed by a CD featuring the same repertoire in 2015, as well as Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt and Juda Maccabaeus, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Fidelio and Symphony No. 9, Verdi’s Requiem, Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Elsner’s Passion, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Moniuszko’s Litanies of Ostra Brama, Maklakiewicz’s Masses, Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, Bellini’s Norma, Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Kilar’s Missa pro pace, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Dvořák’s Requiem and Weinberg’s Symphony No. 8 ‘Polish Flowers’.

 

[2022]

The Choir
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Bozik
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Cupryjak
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Dobrowolska
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Dobrzyńska-Krysiak
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Dudzińska
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Grabowska
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Jasińska
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Jaskowska
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Jedynak-Obłoza
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Kalisz-Kędziorek
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Kapla-Marszałek
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Miłkowska-Cieśla
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Mularczyk
Marta Mularczyk
Mularzuk
Dorota Mularzuk
Muszyńska
Maria Muszyńska
Opacka
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Poškute-Królak
Inga Poškute-Królak
Schabowska
Magdalena Schabowska
Siedlecka-Kosińska
Ewelina Siedlecka-Kosińska
Sikora
Eliza Sikora
Sikorska
Sylwia Sikorska
Smorga
Alina Smorga
Suwannarit
Samitra Suwannarit
Szczerbaczewicz
Barbara Szczerbaczewicz
Żwirdowska
Dorota Żwirdowska
Bartnik
Jadwiga Bartnik
Cesarczyk
Grażyna Cesarczyk
Dąbrowska
Beata Dąbrowska
Dobber
Brygida Dobber
Fijałkowska
Anna Fijałkowska
Filipczak
Dorota Filipczak
Gontarz
Joanna Gontarz
Hennig
Małgorzata Hennig
Jadczak
Marzanna Jadczak
Janiec
Olga Janiec
Jankowska
Martyna Jankowska
Kaczyńska-Lechnio
Jolanta Kaczyńska-Lechnio
Kołodziejczyk
Bożena Kołodziejczyk
Kozłowska
Anna Kozłowska
Matuszewska
Ewa Matuszewska
Mieczkowska
Ewa Mieczkowska
Pawluczuk
Aleksandra Pawluczuk
Rodowicz
Urszula Rodowicz
Spodniewska-Szyndler
Małgorzata Spodniewska-Szyndler
Stawarz
Anna Stawarz
Stupnicka
Małgorzata Stupnicka
Cyciura
Mariusz Cyciura
Jaskowski
Marcin Jaskowski
Kołbuk
Wojciech Kołbuk
Kutysz
Henryk Kutysz
Latek
Mariusz Latek
Lawrence
Robert Lawrence
Malec
Arkadiusz Malec
Marusiak
Andrzej Marusiak
Miroszczuk
Adam Miroszczuk
Sławiński
Adam Sławiński
Szemraj
Kacper Szemraj
Szwajkowski
Marek Szwajkowski
Tupczyński
Zbigniew Tupczyński
Warmijak
Tomasz Warmijak
Wiśniewski
Grzegorz Wiśniewski
Wiśniewski
Tadeusz Wiśniewski
Woźniak
Daniel Woźniak
Zwoliński
Emil Zwoliński
Chalimoniuk
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Daglis
Stanisław Daglis
Golec
Dariusz Golec
Grabski
Mirosław Grabski
Gunerka
Sebastian Gunerka
Kaczyński
Adam Kaczyński
Kondraciuk
Miłosz Kondraciuk
Kozłowski
Andrzej Kozłowski
Kozłowski
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Matuszak
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Parczała
Marian Parczała
Stawarski
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Wawreczko
Roman Wawreczko
Widlarz
Piotr Widlarz
Wota
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Żywczok
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Pustoła
Ariadna Pustoła
Wilczyńska
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Wawreczko
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