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Mari Fukumoto, photo: Sonja Werner; Janusz Wawrowski, photo: Bartek Barczyk

Krzysztof Meyer’s 80th Birthday


A versatile composer, perfectly au fait with the styles of music old and new. His remarkable erudition, intuition and curiosity helped him to master the features of musical language from different epochs. Hence we find in the oeuvre of Krzysztof Meyer both works based on twelve-note technique and symphonies in the style of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, deceptively similar to works by the Austrian genius. He began composing as a child, then honed his skills under the guidance of Krzysztof Penderecki, Nadia Boulanger and Witold Lutosławski. His special relationship with Dmitry Shostakovich led Meyer to write a monograph, translated into a dozen or so languages, and to finish one of the Russian composer’s operas.

During this concert to mark Krzysztof Meyer’s eightieth birthday, we will hear his Musica festiva for organ and orchestra. This composition was commissioned by Łodź Philharmonic for the orchestra’s centenary, and its first performance came in 2015. The original score required the participation of two organs, which makes it impossible to perform in most of the world’s concert halls. Fortunately, foreseeing that difficulty, the composer also prepared a version with ‘only’ one organ, which will be performed in the concert in Warsaw.

Bartłomiej Gembicki 

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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’ (bachtrack.com).

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.

 

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