Symphonic Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Symphonic Concert
Marc-André Hamelin, photo: Sim Cannety-Clarke

Ladies and Gentleman,

due to reasons beyond the Warsaw Philharmonic, Garrick Ohlsson will not perform in the symphonic concerts on 21 and 23 April 21 2023.
The soloist of these evenings will be another excellent pianist, Marc-André Hamelin, who will present Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms.
Other pieces in the programme and performers remain unchanged.

 

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In 1907 the people of Paris had the chance to attend two productions of Salome within a period of just six months: Richard Strauss’s opera and Florent Schmitt’s ballet music. The biblical tale of Salome is a remarkable text, pulsating with intense emotions from the very edge of human experience. The Dance of the Seven Veils, the most famous excerpt from Strauss’s opera Salome, is a real drama of sensuality, desire, revenge and tenebrous ecstasy. One is hardly surprised that it gained a life of its own on concert platforms. Both works – by Strauss and Schmitt – delight the ear with their colourful orchestration, deft stylisation and colouristic refinement, reviving – each in its own way – a myth of enduringly magnetic power.
 

Urszula Ciołkiewicz-Latek

 

The Warsaw Philharmonic Strategic Patron of the Year – PKO Bank Polski – warmly welcomes you to join us in this concert
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Bartosz Michałowski

Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir since 2017.

Bartosz Michałowski graduated with distinction in choral conducting from the Academy of Music in Poznań. In the years 1998–2005, he was assistant to Professor Stefan Stuligrosz and conductor of the Boys’ and Men’s Choir of the Poznań Philharmonic (known as the Poznań Nightingales), with which he has performed extensively in Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Russia and Japan.

He won first prize in the 9th Polish National Choral Conductors Competition in Poznań, as well as a special prize for his diligent work on voice production with choirs. In 2015, he won the Orphée d‘Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris, and was nominated for a Fryderyk Award. In 2020, he received a Fryderyk Award for a recording of Karol Szymanowski’s opera Hagith (with the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir). He also received two nominations for the International Classical Music Awards 2022.

Bartosz Michałowski is the founder, Artistic Director and conductor of the Poznań Chamber Choir – one of the best Polish ensembles of its kind. He is likewise the founder and Director of the ‘Opus 966’ Polish Composition Competition, and devised the ‘Pisz Muzykę – to proste!’ (‘Write music – it’s easy!’) composing workshops for children and youngsters. He also co-produced the ‘Obrazogranie’ project at the National Museum in Poznań.

As the Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, he has conducted – both in the Warsaw Philharmonic concert hall itself and in external venues – Szymanowski’s Kurpian Songs, masses by Kodály and Gretchaninov, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, and oratorios: Paulus by Mendelssohn and Messiah by Handel. He prepared the ensemble for the first ever performance of Anton Rubinstein’s sacred opera Moses (cond. Michail Jurowski) and has also helped prepare a dozen vocal-instrumental concerts of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, during which he has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Ton Koopman, Christoph König, Matthew Halls, Martin Haselböck, Jacek Kaspszyk and  Krzysztof Penderecki.

He has been invited to participate in renowned festivals including the SchleswigHolstein Musik Festival and Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, and has collaborated regularly with renowned institutions and orchestras. He has numerous first performances to his credit.

In addition to gaining experience as a conductor, Bartosz Michałowski has spent many years working on enhancing his skills and knowledge in the field of voice production, completing masterclasses with Poppy Holden (Great Britain), Christian Elsner (Germany) and Józef Frakstein (Poland). Bartosz Michałowski holds a PhD from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

 

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