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Sinfonia Varsovia

Sinfonia Varsovia

"No orchestra work I ever did has proven as satisfactory as the work I did as a soloist and conductor for the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra"
Yehudi Menuhin
August 29th 2009

"...they are wonderful, they are one of the best orchestras, not only in Poland. First class."
Martha Argerich
August 23rd 2009

In 1984, to an invitation from Waldemar Dąbrowski, managing director of the Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Studio Arts Centre in Warsaw, and Franciszek Wybrańczyk, director of the Polish Chamber Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin came to Poland. Concerts under his baton met with an enthusiastic reception from audiences and critical acclaim, and Menuhin accepted an offer to become the first guest conductor of the newly founded orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia. The orchestra has performed in the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Barbican Centre in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Herkulessaal in Munich. It is a regular guest of such festivals as the Beethoven Easter Festival, ‘Warsaw Autumn’ and Witold Lutosławski ‘Chain’ Festival. Sinfonia Varsovia enjoys a special connection with ‘Chopin and his Europe’, appearing at the festival since its very first edition. Since 2010, it has organised the festival ‘La Folle Journée’ in Warsaw. Particularly noteworthy is the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Festival ‘Sinfonia Varsovia for its City’. The orchestra has given first performances of works by such composers as John Adams, Witold Lutosławski, Paweł Mykietyn, Onutė Narbutaitė, Krzysztof Penderecki and Paweł Szymański. It has recorded more than 280 CDs. Some of the orchestra’s most interesting recordings have been released by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute (recorded at ‘Chopin and his Europe’), including a disc with the Chopin piano concertos performed by Jan Lisiecki and Sinfonia Varsovia under the direction of Howard Shelley (Diapason découverte), and also with Martha Argerich and Jacek Kaspszyk, Maria João Pires and Christopher Warren-Green, and Nelson Goerner and Jacek Kaspszyk. The orchestra’s organising body is the City of Warsaw. In 2010, the first steps were taken towards building a new home for Sinfonia Varsovia. The first concert in the new hall is scheduled for the spring of 2022.


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