Opening of the 2023/2024 Concert Season Filharmonia Narodowa

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Opening of the 2023/2024 Concert Season
Eva Vogel, photo: Uwe Hauth

The intriguing programme of the concert inaugurating the 2023/2024 concert season at the Warsaw Philharmonic takes the form of an encounter between three classics. Although it might seem that the music of Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki continues to define contemporary Polish music, it is increasingly being assigned to the canon of the past. The programme of the opening concert of the new artistic season reminds us of important events related to those three innovative composers: the 110th anniversary of the birth of Lutosławski and the 90th anniversary of the birth of Penderecki and Górecki. Ludwig van Beethoven, who in his own times was regarded as a revolutionary (but also an eccentric), also came to embody for subsequent generations what was classical (and for many, what was finest). The turbulent history of the reception of his monumental Ninth Symphony in D minor shows that the significance of a given work is never established once and for all. It fascinated not just musicians and listeners with different tastes, but also representatives of different political factions and followers of extreme ideologies. It met along the way both nationalism and also universalism, which gave humanity hope. Today, one of the themes of the Symphony’s finale, which some critics of Beethoven’s time regarded as arrant extravagance, is one of the most recognisable melodies in Western musical culture, familiar as the anthem of the European Union.

Bartłomiej Gembicki 

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

Andrzej Boreyko

2023/2024 marks Andrzej Boreyko’s final season as Music and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic. This season, they return to the International Krzysztof Penderecki Festival, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival and Chopin and his Europe Festival and will tour across Japan and South Korea. Andrzej Boreyko also enters his season as Resident Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, conducting their season-opening concert at the Teatro alla Scala which pairs Gustav Mahler’s Lied von der Erde with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. He returns to open the Mahler Festival in Leipzig with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and will also conduct the passacaglia Mystery of Time by Czech composer Miloslav Kabelač.

In the spring of 2023, he made an outstanding return to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 alongside works by Victoria Poleva and Elena Langer. He received glowing reviews, including: ‘[Boreyko] gave a masterclass in how a conductor serves the interests of composers and their works, and how to leave the audience shouting for more… rapturous playing by the whole orchestra; elegant and insightful conducting’ (

Andrzej Boreyko is also a popular guest conductor of the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symfoniorkester and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as well as many others, including the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (NOSPR).

In 2022, Andrzej Boreyko concluded his eighth and final season as Music Director of Artis—Naples. Previous appointments include Music Director positions of the Jenaer Philharmonie, Symphoniker Hamburg, Berner Sinfonieorchester, Dusseldorfer Symphoniker, Winnipeg Symphony and Belgian National Orchestra.