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The Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra Amadeus

The Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra Amadeus

Founded in Poznań in 1968 by Agnieszka Duczmal. A year after winning the Herbert von Karajan silver medal at the International Young Orchestras Meeting in West Berlin, in 1977, the orchestra became the regular ensemble of Polish Radio and Television, and later the ‘Amadeus’ Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, under the direction of Agnieszka Duczmal. Since 2009, Anna Duczmal-Mróz has been the orchestra’s second conductor. The orchestra records regularly for Polish Radio, in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. It has worked with radio stations abroad, including the German stations NDR, WDR and SFB, the BBC in London, CBC in Montreal and Mexican Radio, for which it has recorded mainly Polish music. The artistic achievements of the ‘Amadeus’ Orchestra include many first performances, including the first world recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in Józef Koffler’s arrangement for chamber orchestra. The orchestra has given concerts in most European countries and in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Kuwait, Taiwan and Japan, often working with world-class soloists such as Martha Argerich, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Mischa Maisky, Wynton Marsalis, Igor Oistrakh, Ivo Pogorelich and Ingolf Wunder. The orchestra has performed in many of the world’s greatest concert halls, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, philharmonic concert halls in Berlin, Cologne, Munich and St Petersburg, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Musikvereinsaal in Vienna, Pollack Hall in Montreal, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, La Scala in Milan and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. The orchestra regularly participates in many European music festivals.


 

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