Concert dedicated to Witold Rowicki on the 110th anniversary of his birth.
Dawid Runtz, one of the most recognisable talents of the Warsaw music scene, is currently the Music Director of the Zagreb Philharmonic, and since 2017 he has also been associated as the first conductor of the Polish Royal Opera in Warsaw. A graduate of Antoni Wit's symphonic and opera conducting class, he performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic in June 2016: during the graduation concert of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, and in 2017 he served as assistant to the then artistic director, Jacek Kaspszyk.
The choice of repertoire here – especially the ‘Titan’ Symphony No. 1 in D major – indicates that he has continued to develop as a conductor and shows huge potential. In Ottorino Respighi’s Concerto gregoriano, he will be accompanied on the stage by Frank Peter Zimmermann – an experienced and esteemed violinist regarded as one of the leading representatives of his generation. He has made a name for himself not just as an excellent performer of Classical- Romantic repertoire (concert works and chamber music), but also as a participant in numerous first performances: Matthias Pintscher’s Violin Concerto ‘en sourdine’ with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Peter Eötvös in 2003, and Augusta Read Thomas’s Third Violin Concerto ‘Juggler in Paradise’ with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Andrzej Boreyko in 2009.