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Beethoven Academy Orchestra

Beethoven Academy Orchestra

One of the leading young-generation Polish symphony orchestras. It began work in earnest following successful performances at the 53rd Junger Künstler festival in Bayreuth. In 2005, at the initiative of Elżbieta Penderecka, it made its debut at the 9th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw. The orchestra’s discography numbers 17 discs on DUX Poland, Centaur Records USA, Le Foxx Music and Universal Music; the BAO has now signed to EMI. The album Siedem Pieśni Marii [Seven songs of Mary] (Universal Music Polska) went platinum. The orchestra’s repertoire also includes popular and film music (soundtracks for Warner Bros and Monolith, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer, Elliot Goldenthal, Michał Lorenc and Jan A. P. Kaczmarek). It has worked with such renowned soloists and conductors as Krzysztof Penderecki, Gabriel Chmura, Łukasz Borowicz, Michał Klauza, Piotr Sułkowski, Steven Isserlis, Kaja Danczowska, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Aleksandra Kurzak, Łukasz Długosz, Gautier Capuçon, Małgorzata Walewska, Aleksander Kobrin, Thomas Quasthoff, Ingolf Wunder, Kevin Kenner, Bartosz Koziak, Edita Gruberova and Iwona Sobotka, as well as prominent pianists from the 17th Chopin Competition in Warsaw (Charles Richard- Hamelin, Szymon Nehring, Dmitry Shishkin and Krzysztof Książek). The ensemble has performed at such venues as the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Musikverein in Vienna, Great Hall of People in Beijing, Sanat Concert Hall in Istanbul and Konzerthaus in Berlin. It performs regularly at the Beethoven Easter Festival, Polish Music Festival in Moscow and Cracow Film Music Festival. It also performs on a regular basis with the Concert Choir of Darmstadt, where it has been ensemble in residence since 2011. Since its founding, the orchestra has been under the artistic and organisational care of Marcin Klejdysz. In 2013, Jacek Kaspszyk became principal conductor. Since 2010, the orchestra has performed in Poland and abroad, including in its own series ‘Jeszcze polska muzyka…’, promoting forgotten Polish music.


 

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