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Jacek Kasprzyk


Photo: Maciej Zienkiewicz

One of Poland’s foremost conductors, Jacek Kaspsyzk has previously held positions as Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Music Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and of the Polish National Opera as well as Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the Noord Nederlands Orkest. He is also Principal Conductor of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Krakow and has just been appointed Principal Guest Conductor & Music Advisor of Poznań Opera.

Since his early success at the Karajan Conducting Competition in Berlin, Kaspszyk has conducted many major orchestras throughout the world including Berlin Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, RSO Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Symphony, the Oslo, Stockholm, Rotterdam and Czech Philharmonics, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with whom he toured Australia. He has worked with all the major London orchestras, the BBC Orchestras (including at the BBC Proms), as well as the Royal Scottish National, the Hallé and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras. He has toured extensively with the Warsaw Philharmonic in Europe, Asia and USA.

This season he will be welcomed back to Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw and Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestras, Polish Baltic Philharmonic Gdansk, Szczecin Philharmonic, Pomeranian Philharmonic Bydgoszcz and CSO Presidential Orchestra in Ankara. He will also make several return visits to and tour with Poznań Opera, including concerts at the Philharmonie Berlin.

Highlights of the past seasons have been performances with the Ulster Orchestra, Cottbus Philharmonic Orchestra with Martha Argerich, Warsaw and Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestras and the Orchestra of Poznań Opera, with NOSPR Orchestra at the Beethoven Festival in Katowice, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de d’Île de France with pianist Louis Lortie.

His recording of Lutosławski’s Symphonies No 2 & 4 with the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic received the 2011 Fryderyk Award as Album of the Year, Symphonic and Concert Music. Kaspszyk has also made a ground-breaking recording of Szymanowski’s King Roger with Polish National Opera. He enjoys a fruitful collaboration with Martha Argerich, having regularly conducted at the Progetto Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, documented on several acclaimed CDs for EMI.

Kaspszyk has received the prestigious Elgar Medal in recognition of his many fine performances of Elgar’s works, joining distinguished colleagues like Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Litton and Leonard Slatkin. Kaspszyk was also awarded the Lutoslawski Medal in October 2013.