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Jurek Dybał


fot. Michał Massa Mąsior

Jurek Dybał is the director of the Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Cracow. Dybał is a highly-regarded conductor, promoter of cultural activities and a musician of the famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. His dynamic presence on stage draws audiences to European concert halls. Dybał has conducted such orchestras as Wiener KammerOrchester, Wiener Concert-Verein, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR), the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Silesian Chamber Orchestra, the “Leopoldinum” Wrocław Chamber Orchestra, the Poznań Philharmonic, the Cracow Philharmonic, the Łódź Philharmonic, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic and the National Music Forum Orchestra in Wrocław.

In the field of early music Dybał works with the famous Concerto Köln and as an instrumentalist, with Marc Minkowski’s Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble.

Jurek Dybał is keen to conduct major open-air concerts, such as a joint appearance with famous Romani violinist Roby Lakatos. He has directed chamber operas and concert galas featuring soloists of the Vienna Ballet and Opera staged in Vienna’s Hofburg. He likes to work together with jazz, folk and world music ensembles. He is also involved in film music and various crossover projects, working with such groups as the gypsy jazz No Limit from Vienna, erhu violinist Zen Hu and Tytus Wojnowicz. He has produced multi-media performances to present unconventional promotion of contemporary music of the 20th and 21st century, inviting such personalities as Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Pszoniak, Edward Lutczyn, the Polish Dance Theatre from Poznań and Daniel Stryjecki.

Jurek Dybał is an active promoter of Polish music. He conducted the first Polish performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Adagio for strings and took part in the first performance of the composer’s string quartet Leaves from an Unwritten Diary and Duo Concertante (Polish and French premières). He also organised the Vienna première of Franciszek Lessel’s Overture with Wiener KammerOrchester and convinced Concerto Köln to include the music of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki to thei repertoire. He has also made first performances of compositions by Krzesimir Dębski. Together with Wiener KammerOrchester Dybał provided an additional prize for Soyoung Yoon – the winner of the 14th Wieniawski International Competition. The prize consisted of a concert with the winner in the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Jurek Dybał has worked with many renowned musicians, including Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin, Angela Hewitt, Itamar Golan, Mihaela Ursuleasa, Michel Lethiec, Frans Helmerson, Arto Noras, Erwin Schrott, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Piotr Paleczny, Xavier de Maistre, Gábor Boldoczki and many others. He also appears in chamber settings with such ensembles as the Wiener Klavierquintett, Prima Vista Quartet, Silesian Quartet, Wiener Virtuosen, Fine Arts Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Talich Quartet and Münchner Septet.

The conductor appears on records released by the Polish DUX label, BelgianR.C.P. and Japanese Camerata. He is a two-time winner of the Fryderyk award. In 2010-2012 he was a professor of the Hochschule der Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden.

During the celebrations of the Mahler Year, Jurek Dybał was honoured with a request to plant a Mahler rose in the composer’s birthplace, with such personalities as Thomas Hampson and Vaclav Havel.

Jurek Dybał is the founder and director of the Level 320 Krzysztof Penderecki International Festival which takes place in the underground space of the historical Guido mine in the city of Zabrze.