110th Anniversary of the Birth of Witold Lutosławski Filharmonia Narodowa

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110th Anniversary of the Birth of Witold Lutosławski
Julia Fischer, photo: Uwe Arens

Mieczysław Karłowicz’s violin training proved helpful in his compositional work, as evidenced by his Violin Concerto in A major. Its first performance, in Berlin, in 1903, given by Stanisław Barcewicz with the Philharmonic Orchestra under the composer’s baton, was well received. This youthful work, which in many respects presages the style of Karłowicz’s later symphonic poems, became one of the most important compositions in the Polish violin literature.

Ravel described his ballet music for Daphnis et Chloé as a ‘choreographic symphony’. Written for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1912), it became one of the more important proclamations of the great changes occurring in twentieth-century music, and its appeal meant that it also entered the concert repertoire.

Witold Lutosławski’s Fourth Symphony, composed to commission for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, marked the composer’s eightieth birthday: it was premiered on 5 February 1993 in Los Angeles. The first Polish performance, on 25 September 1993, by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under the composer’s baton, would prove to be his final appearance in his homeland. Faithful to the idea of a two-movement form, the composer used it here too, commenting: ‘the first movement paves the way for the principal movement. It should draw the listeners in, interest them, intrigue them. But it should not give them complete satisfaction. It must arouse hunger, and ultimately even impatience. And that is the right moment to bring in the principal movement’.

Piotr Maculewicz


Andrzej Boreyko

The 2022/2023 season is Andrzej Boreyko’s fourth as Music and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He will also open the season of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi at the Teatro alla Scala as their resident director in September 2022.

Highlights of previous seasons have included major tours with the Warsaw Philharmonic to Spain, with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia to Germany and the Filarmonica della Scala (to the Ljubljana, Rheingau, Gstaad and Grafenegg festivals). Guest engagements from recent seasons have included the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Rundfunk-Sinfonie-orchester Berlin, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Sydney, Toronto, Seattle, Minnesota, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras, and Chicago, Dallas and Detroit symphony orchestras. In 2019, he conducted the Cleveland Orchestra.

He will return to the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Prague Symphony Orchestra, with which he will appear at the Budapest Palace of Arts.

Other orchestras he has worked with include the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Wiener Symphoniker, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Royal Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic.

As an advocate for contemporary music, Andrzej Boreyko continues to record world premieres with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, most recently the music of Paul Kletzki, Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, Giya Kancheli and André Tchaikowsky.

Previous appointments include Music Director positions at the Jenaer Philharmonie, Hamburger Symphoniker, Berner Symphonieorchester, Dusseldorf Symphoniker, Winnipeg Symphony, Belgian National Orchestra and Naples Philharmonic.